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book image The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680–1715
Crisis of the European Mind
Paul Hazard
Hazard
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In this landmark of intellectual history, Paul Hazard looks at the period leading up the Enlightenment, years which saw the erosion of the classical values of respect for tradition, stability, and proportion, as well as a growing awareness of non-European cultures. Hazard captures the excitement of a revolution, the impact of which continues to be felt in our own time.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton , J. Lewis May

book image The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Burning of the World
Béla Zombory-Moldován
Zombory-Moldován
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Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence by a young artist, drafted into the bloody combat of the First World War, is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible conflict that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Peter Zombory-Moldovan

book image Augustus
Augustus
John Williams
Williams
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Williams's biographical treatment of the founder of the Roman Empire won him the National Book Award and reveals him to be as transformative a writer of historical novels as he is of westerns (in Butcher's Crossing) and the campus drama (in Stoner).
Contributors: Daniel Mendelsohn

book image The World of Odysseus
World of Odysseus
M.I. Finley
Finley
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The World of Odysseus provides a vivid picture of the Greek Dark Ages, its men and women, works and days, morals and values.
Contributors: Bernard Knox

book image War and the Iliad
War and the Iliad
Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff
Bespaloff
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These essays do more than prove the permanent relevance of Homer's great poem. They analyze the logic of war itself, and explore how intoxicating violence defines the human condition.
Contributors: Christopher Benfey , Hermann Broch , Mary McCarthy

book image The Thirty Years War
Thirty Years War
C.V. Wedgwood
Wedgwood
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The only comprehensive account of the war in English, C.V. Wedgwood's magisterial book is a triumph of literary history that brings to life the war's campaigns, battles, and negotiations, as well as its terrible human toll.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton

book image A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
Savage War of Peace
Alistair Horne
Horne
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Not only essential reading for anyone who wishes to investigate this dark stretch of history, but a lasting monument of the historian's art.

book image Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Larry McMurtry
McMurtry
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Once again Larry McMurtry casts a keen and elegaic eye not only on the often harsh truths of the West, but also on the power of western illusions.

book image Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Larry McMurtry
McMurtry
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In this acclaimed collection, Larry McMurtry profiles explorers and martyrs, hucksters and scholars—figures in the West's enduring yet ever-shifting mixture of myth and reality.

book image Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Alexander Berkman
Berkman
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No other book discusses so frankly the criminal ways of the closed prison society, its homosexuality or extortion. No other political prisoner even remotely approaches Berkman's sympathy for what most of the revolutionaries refer to contemptuously as common criminals.
Contributors: John William Ward