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book image The Age of Conversation
Age of Conversation
Benedetta Craveri
Craveri
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An award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them.
Contributors: Teresa Waugh

book image American Humor: A Study of the National Character
American Humor
Constance Rourke
Rourke
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Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character" examines such legendary figures as the Yankee, the backwoodsman, and the minstrel singer to show how the popular comic imagination contributed to America's changing self-awareness.
Contributors: Greil Marcus

book image The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Chaudhuri
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The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is an astonishing work of self-discovery and the revelation of a peerless and provocative sensibility.
Contributors: Ian Jack

book image The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved
Bog People
P.V. Glob
Glob
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Conceived as a kind of a detective story, this classic of archaeological history—out of print for over thirty years—is a fascinating account of the religion, culture, and daily life of the Iron Age in Europe.
Contributors: Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Paul T. Barber , Rupert Bruce-Mitford

book image Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists
Born Under Saturn
Margot and Rudolf Wittkower
Wittkower
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A rare art history classic that The New York Times calls a "delightful, scholarly and gossipy romp through the character and conduct of artists from antiquity to the French Revolution."
Contributors: Joseph Connors

book image Classic Crimes
Classic Crimes
William Roughead
Roughead
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Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland.
Contributors: Luc Sante

book image The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual
Harold W. Cruse
Cruse
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A landmark work of African-American thought written in a period of immense social ferment.
Contributors: Stanley Crouch

book image Defeat: Napoleon's Russian Campaign
Defeat
Philippe-Paul de Ségur
Segur
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Ségur's eye-witness account of what remains one of the greatest military disasters of all time is a masterpiece of military history and was an essential source for Tolstoy's War and Peace. It is also a reminder of the risks of imperial hubris.
Contributors: Mark Danner , J. David Townsend

book image India: A Mosaic
India: A Mosaic
Robert B. Silvers, Barbara Epstein
Roy
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Nine essays on India, all originally published in The New York Review of Books.
Contributors: Arundhati Roy

book image The Jeffersonian Transformation: Passages from the "History"
Jeffersonian Transformation
Henry Adams
Adams
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The ideal introduction and companion to Adams's "massive and magisterial" history of the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, presenting an indelible picture of America's startling rise to world power.
Contributors: Garry Wills

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