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book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
Cobb
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Collecting memoirs, portraits of favorite haunts, appreciations of Simenon and Queneau, René Clair and Brassaï, and including the famous polemic "The Assassination of Paris," Paris and Elsewhere shows us a France unglimpsed by tourists.

book image Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Part of Our Time
Murray Kempton
Kempton
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Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life.
Contributors: David Remnick

book image Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China
Peking Story
David Kidd
Kidd
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"Kidd's pieces are simple, graceful, comic, mournful miniatures of an ominous catastrophe, the unprecedently swift death of a uniquely ancient civilization." —John Updike

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

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 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 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 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 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