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book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image Looking Back
Looking Back
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image Looking Back: Heroes, Rascals, and Other Icons of the American Imagination
Looking Back
Russell Baker
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Iona and Peter Opie
Opie
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren is a pathbreaking work of scholarship that is also a splendid and enduring work of literature.
Contributors: Marina Warner

book image Madame de Pompadour
Madame de Pompadour
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery.
Contributors: Amanda Foreman

book image Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Norman Mailer
Mailer
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1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in American politics and society, the effects of which reverberate today. Norman Mailer was on the ground, covering Nixon's relentlessly stage-managed nomination in Miami as well as the Democratic convention in Chicago—where the violence at the heart of the American dream exploded on the streets.
Contributors: Frank Rich

book image The Moro Affair
Moro Affair
Leonardo Sciascia
Sciascia
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The Moro Affair presents a chilling picture of how a secretive government and a ruthless terrorist faction help to keep each other in business.
Contributors: Peter Robb , Sacha Rabinovitch

book image Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg
Moura
Nina Berberova
Berberova
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In this legendary biography, an unusual labor of love, Berberova paints a portrait of the ultimate survivor, a woman who made her life a triumph of fiction.
Contributors: Marian Schwartz, Richard D. Sylvester

book image My Century
My Century
Aleksander Wat
Wat
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The great Polish poet Aleksander Wat's memoirs provide a powerful and moving account of life in Eastern Europe in the terrible twentieth century.
Contributors: Czesław Miłosz , Richard Lourie

book image Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States
Names on the Land
George R. Stewart
Stewart
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Organized thematically (sample chapters: "Yankee Flavor," "America Discovers Columbus," and "How Names Were Symbols of Empire") this lighthearted book will be a delight for anyone who ever wondered how their hometown, or (more likely) the next town over, could be called that.
Contributors: Matt Weiland