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Lincoln Paine
The Sea and Civilization
A Maritime History of the World
A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of the
sea—revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came
into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and
stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing
together civilizations and defining what makes us most human.
The Sea and Civilization is a mesmerizing narrative of maritime enterprise, from the origins of long-distance migration to
the great seafaring cultures of antiquity; from Song Dynasty
human-powered paddleboats to aircraft carriers and container
ships. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of
civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both
great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a
stunning work of history.
Vintage | Paper | 978-1-101-97035-5
800 pages | $22.00 | Exam Price $11.00
“Superbly realized. . . . Elegantly written and encyclopedic in
scope. . . . [A] forceful reminder that the urge to ‘go down to the
sea in ships’ has shaped civilizations and cultures in every period
and in every part of the globe.” —The Wall Street Journal
“The most comprehensive maritime history ever produced. . . . An
all-consuming vision oozes from Paine’s book. His passion is to
tell the story of the sea. History is seldom written with that kind
of passion today.” —The Times (London)
Karen Armstrong
Fields of Blood
Religion and the History of Violence
With unprecedented scope, Armstrong looks at the whole history of each tradition—not only Christianity and Islam, but
also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism.
Religions, in their earliest days, endowed every aspect of life
with meaning, and warfare became bound up with observances
of the sacred. Modernity has ushered in an epoch of spectacular violence, although, as Armstrong shows, little of it can be
ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how
and in what measure religions came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different faiths in our time.
“Elegant and powerful. . . . Both erudite and accurate, dazzling in its
breadth of knowledge and historical detail.”
—The Washington Post
“Consistently surprising and illuminating, Fields of Blood should
be read by anyone interested in understanding the interaction of
religion with violence in the modern world.” —The New Republic
“Written in a lucid and fleet prose. . . . [Armstrong is] one of the
keenest minds working on understanding the role religion plays in
cultures around the globe.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-307-94696-6
528 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
Sven Beckert
Empire of Cotton
A Global History
The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of
constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants
and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert
makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern
capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities
that are with us today.
In a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs
and powerful politicians recast the world’s most significant
manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and
slave labor with new machines and wage workers to make and
remake global capitalism. The result is a book as unsettling as it
is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story
of cotton with how the present global world came to exist.
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-375-71396-5
640 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“[ Empire of Cotton ] should be devoured eagerly, not only by
scholars and students. . . . The book is rich and diverse in the
treatment of its subject. The writing is elegant, and the use of both
primary and secondary sources is impressive and varied. Overviews
on international trends alternate with illuminating, memorable
anecdotes.” —The Washington Post
Robert Tombs
The English and Their History
Here, in a single volume, is a fresh, uniquely inclusive account
of England, “first as an idea, and then as a kingdom, as a
country, a people, and a culture.” With extraordinary insight
and authority, Robert Tombs begins with the island’s very first
inhabitants and brings us up to the present day, stopping along
the way to recount the stories of conquerors, kings, and queens;
myths, legends, and truths. He examines language, literature,
law, religion, politics, and more, covering every significant
event and development and illuminating the sources of England’s collective beliefs and memory.
“The English and Their History . . . is a work of supreme intelligence.
In this vigorous, subtle and penetrating book, Tombs defies the
proprieties of our politically motivated national history curriculum
to rethink and revise notions of national identity. Tombs has done
nothing less than narrate with rare freshness and confidence 2,000
years of English history. . . . Robert Tombs’s book is a triumph. In a
literal sense it is definitive.” —The Observer (London)
“Robert Tombs’s The English and Their History is history at its best.
He gives a fluent, elegant and abundantly energetic narrative from
the Bronze Age to the Scottish Referendum of 2014. . . . I have
not read history that is so important and exciting for years.”
—Richard Davenport-Hines, The Times Literary Supplement
Knopf | Cloth | 978-1-101-87476-9
1040 pages | $45.00 | Exam Price $22.50
J o s e p h J . E ll i s
The Quartet
Orchestrating the Second American Revolution,
From Pulitzer Prize–winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis,
the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just
fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing
power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
The Quartet is the story of this second American founding
and of the men most responsible—George Washington,
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. Ellis has
given us a dramatic portrait of one of the most misconstrued
periods in American history: the years between the end of
the Revolution and the formation of the federal government.
The Quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an
even more compelling truth—one that lies at the heart of
understanding the creation of the United States of America.
“An engaging reconsideration of the arduous path to the
Constitution.” —The Wall Street Journal
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-385-35340-3
320 pages | $27.95 | Exam Price $14.00
“This is more than just a reinterpretation of a vital transition in
our history; it is a reflection of new material from an episode
that occurred two and a quarter centuries ago. . . . Having set
forth the analysis, Ellis plunges into the narrative. His is an
inviting voice and his story compelling, built around irresistible
figures.” —The Boston Globe
Flora Fraser
The Washingtons
George and Martha, “Join’d by Friendship,
Crown’d by Love”
Here are the socially awkward young soldier and the charming
and rich young widow he wooed and won; the early years of
their marriage at Mount Vernon; his inflexible determination
and iron will throughout the long war; she, joining him in Valley Forge, a commanding and admired figure in her own right;
and, finally, the eight years of America’s first presidency: he,
the reluctant president, and she, the faultless first lady. Here,
too, are the domestic Washingtons—Martha presiding over
dinners for foreign dignitaries, keeping careful control of her
children; George, always concerned about her welfare, worrying about his stepchildren, and dancing the night away with
pretty women. The Washingtons is a major contribution to the
literature of our founders.
“The book is based on a mastery of the original sources and brings
to life, with much imagination, a wonderful marriage in a period of
revolution and war. It is written with a light touch, but is a serious
account in every respect. This is a book worthy of its subject.”
—Robert Middlekauff, author of The Glorious Cause
“Martha Washington here emerges from her husband’s historical
shadow to reclaim the place she occupied in life as his indispensable
collaborator in war and peace. An important story delightfully told.”
—H. W. Brands, author of Reagan
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-27278-2
448 pages | $30.00 | Exam Price $15.00
Nick Bunker
An Empire on the Edge
How Britain Came to Fight America
In An Empire on the Edge, British author Nick Bunker delivers
a powerful and propulsive narrative of the road to war. At the
heart of the book lies the Boston Tea Party, when the British
stumbled into an unforeseen crisis that exposed deep flaws in an
imperial system sprawling from the Mississippi to Bengal. Shedding new light on the Tea Party’s origins and on the roles of such
familiar characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas
Hutchinson, and the British ministers Lord North and Lord Dartmouth, Bunker depicts the last three years of deepening anger
on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating in the irreversible descent into revolution.
“[A] bracing gallop through the three years leading up to the ‘shot
heard round the world.’. . . A broad and telling portrait.”
—The Wall Street Journal
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-74177-6
448 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“A joy. . . . An exciting backstage look at the events that caused the
American Revolution . . . [and] an excellent analysis of the situation in the American colonies and Great Britain in the eighteenth
century.” —New York Journal of Books
Laura Auricchio
The Marquis
Lafayette Reconsidered
The Marquis de Lafayette at age nineteen volunteered to fight
under George Washington and became the French hero of the
American Revolution. In this major biography Laura Auricchio
looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the
transcendent aims of liberty and fully reveals a man driven by
dreams of glory only to be felled by tragic, human weaknesses.
Drawing on substantial new research conducted in libraries, archives, museums, and private homes in France and the United
States, Auricchio gives us history on a grand scale revealing the
man and his complex life, while challenging and exploring the
complicated myths that have surrounded his name for more
than two centuries.
“Absorbing. . . . Well-written, well-furnished. . . . An excellent
account.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Superb. . . . [Auricchio] artfully weaves Lafayette’s story into a
rich account of the interconnections between eighteenth-century
France and America, re-creating in vivid detail the worlds he
occupied, from the salons of the Enlightenment to the battlefield
and public squares of the New World. This is a book of remarkable historical depth.” —America Magazine
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-38745-5
448 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
T. J . S t i l e s
Custer’s Trials
A Life on the Frontier of a New America
In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of
Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving
how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes
Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory
person—capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the
institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six
years). It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American
figure, a man both widely known and little understood.
“This magnificent biography lifts the shroud of myth that has long
hovered over Custer. Well-written, exhaustively researched, and
full of fresh insights, it does a superb job of re-creating not only
his life but even more the world in which he lived.”
—Maury Klein, author of Days of Defiance: Sumter, Secession,
and the Coming of the Civil War
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-59264-4
608 pages | $30.00 | Exam Price $15.00
“In this definitive reconsideration of an icon, Stiles reminds us
why Custer remains such a fascinating fixture in our national
consciousness: To understand Custer is to understand a significant
sequence in the American DNA.”
—Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice
Stephen E. Ambrose
Crazy Horse and Custer
The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the
United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of the Little
Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where 3,000 Indians stood
waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon
be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of
the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both
were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became
leaders in their societies at very early ages; both were stripped
of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of
their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of
the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge.
Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown
to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting
for possession of the open prairie.
“Movingly told and well written. . . . A fine contribution, one that will
be read with pleasure and admiration by general reader, student
and scholar alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the familiar
facts.” —Library Journal
“An epic and accurate retelling of one of our country’s most tragic
periods.” —The Baltimore Sun
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-385-47966-0
560 pages | $18.00 | Exam Price $3.00
A lv i n M . J o s e p h y , J r .
The Longest Trail
Writings on American Indian History, Culture,
and Politics
Alvin Josephy, Jr.’s groundbreaking, popular books and
essays advocated for a fair and true historical assessment
of Native Americans, and set the course for modern Native
American studies. This collection, which includes magazine
articles, speeches, a white paper, and introductions and chapters of books, gives a generous and reasoned view of five
hundred years of Indian history in North America from first
settlements in the East to the long trek of the Nez Perce Indians in the Northwest. The essays deal with the origins of still
unresolved troubles with treaties and territories to fishing
and land rights, and who should own archeological finds, as
well as the ideologies that underpin our Indian policy. Taken
together the pieces give a revelatory introduction to American Indian history, a history that continues both to fascinate
and inform.
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-345-80691-8
528 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
Lewis and Clark
Through Indian
Nine Indian Writers
on the Legacy of the
Edited by
Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
At the heart of this landmark collection of essays rests a single question: What impact, good or
bad, immediate or long-range, did Lewis and Clark’s journey
have on the Indians whose homelands they traversed? The
nine writers in this volume each provide their own unique answers; from Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, who offers a haunting essay evoking the voices of the past; to Debra
Magpie Earling’s illumination of her ancestral family, their
survival, and the magic they use to this day; to Mark N. Trahant’s attempt to trace his own blood back to Clark himself; and
Roberta Conner’s comparisons of the explorers’ journals with
the accounts of the expedition passed down to her. Incisive and
compelling, these essays shed new light on our understanding
of this landmark journey into the American West.
“Every story has two sides, and until now, the Indian point of
view has scarcely been heard.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Should be required reading for all Americans.”
—Santa Cruz Sentinel
America in 1492
The World of the Indian
Peoples Before the Arrival
of Columbus
Edited by
Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
When Columbus landed in 1492,
the New World was far from being
a vast expanse of empty wilderness: it was home to some
seventy-five million people. They ranged from the Arctic to
Tierra del Fuego, spoke as many as two thousand different
languages, and lived in groups that varied from small bands of
hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated and dazzling empires of
the Incas and Aztecs. This brilliantly detailed and documented
volume brings together essays by fifteen leading scholars
to present a comprehensive and richly evocative portrait of
Native American life on the eve of Columbus’s first landfall.
Developed at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the
American Indian and edited by award-winning author Alvin M.
Josephy, Jr., America in 1492 is an invaluable work that combines the insights of historians, anthropologists, and students
of art, religion, and folklore.
“A book like [this] needs no recommendation beyond its
accuracy, comprehensiveness, and serious of purpose.”
—The Plain Dealer
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-679-74337-8
496 pages | $20.00 | Exam Price $10.00
Vintage | Paper | 978-1-4000-7749-6
224 pages | $15.00 | Exam Price $3.00
Hampton Sides
In the Kingdom of Ice
The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the
USS Jeannette
On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his
team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS
Jeanette. Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first
nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing
voyage, the hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack
ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship. Hours later, the ship had
sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles
north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack. In The Kingdom of Ice
is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most
brutal place on earth.
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-307-94691-1
480 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“[Sides] brings vividness to In the Kingdom of Ice, and in the
tragedy of the Jeannette he’s found a story that epitomizes both
the heroism and the ghastly expense of life that characterized the
entire Arctic enterprise. . . . De Long and his companions became
explorers of not only unknown geographical territory but also
extremes of suffering and despair.” —Time
“Enthralling… In the Kingdom of Ice is a brilliant explosion of
narrative nonfiction: detailed, moving, harrowing, as gripping as
any well-paced thriller but a lot more interesting because it is also
true.” —The Times (London)
R o b e r t H. P at t o n
Hell Before Breakfast
America’s First War Correspondents
The first war correspondent, William H. Russell of The Times
(London), described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” But it wasn’t long before others saw it differently. Hell Before Breakfast is the spectacular
tale of larger-than-life Americans who made it their business to
bring back news from the front; from Bull Run to the Paris Commune, from Africa to the Ottoman Empire, through decades of
lightning-fast technological progress and high adventure. As
America matured into a great power and the monarchies of
Europe battled for dominance through a series of brief, bloody
imperial wars, with the storm clouds of World War I drawing
rapidly closer, these men and their newspapers were at center
stage—the vanguard of a golden age of war correspondence.
“Robert H. Patton paints a vivid picture of those nearly inconceivable
times through the eyes of those who wrote about major historical
events.” —The Washington Post
“Tells the story of the early years of this new profession and its
practitioners with considerable gusto. . . . [Patton] is a graceful
writer.” —The Wall Street Journal
Vintage | Paper | 978-1-101-91049-8
368 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
S t e p h e n M . S i lv e r m a n
R a p h a e l D . S i lv e r
The Catskills
Its History and How It Changed America
The Catskills have been vital to the development of America:
Henry Hudson’s first spotting the distant blue mountains in
1609; the New York State constitutional convention, resulting
in New York’s own Declaration of Independence from Great
Britain; the construction of the Catskill Mountain House in the
1800s and its rugged imitators that offered WASP guests “one
hundred percent restricted” accommodations.
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-27215-7
464 pages | $45.00 | Exam Price $22.50
Here are the gangsters who sought refuge in the Catskill
Mountains, and the resorts that catered to upwardly mobile
Jewish families after World War II, giving rise to hundreds
of hotels in what became known as the Borscht Belt and Sour
Cream Alps, with their headliners from movies and radio (Phil
Silvers, Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, et al.), and others who
learned their trade there, among them Moss Hart (who got his
start organizing summer theatricals), Sid Caesar, Lenny Bruce,
Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Joan Rivers.
Here are the Catskills brought fully to life in all of their intensity,
beauty, vastness, and lunacy.
Robert A. Caro
The Power
Ric Burns and
James Sanders,
with Lisa Ades
Robert Moses and the Fall
of New York
New York
An Illustrated History
The companion volume to the PBS
television series, with more than
500 full-color and black-and-white illustrations.
One of the most acclaimed books of our time, The Power
Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and misshaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and
makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was,
for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our
time in New York, the shaper not only of the city’s politics but
of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that
plague us today.
“The most absorbing, detailed, instructive, provocative book ever
published about the making and raping of modern New York City
and environs and the man who did it, about the hidden plumbing of New York City and State politics over the last half century,
about the force of personality and the nature of political power
in a democracy. A monumental work, a political biography and
political history of the first magnitude.” —New York
“A masterpiece of American reporting. It’s more than the story of
a tragic figure or the exploration of the unknown politics of our
time. It’s an elegantly written and enthralling work of art.”
—Theodore H. White
This lavish and handsomely produced book captures all the
beauty, complexity, and power of New York—the city that
seems the very embodiment of ambition, aspiration, romance,
desire; the city that has epitomized the entire parade of modern life, with all its possibilities and problems. Chronicling the
story of New York from its establishment as a Dutch trading
post in 1624 to its global preeminence today, the book is at
once the biography of a great city and a vivid exploration of
the myriad forces—commercial, cultural, demographic—that
converged in New York to usher in the contemporary world.
“This book combines striking illustrations with scintillating essays
to produce a superb history of the world’s first city.”
—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
“A ravishing book.” —The New York Times
Knopf | Paper | 978-0-375-71032-2
640 pages | $45.00 | Exam Price $22.50
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-394-72024-1
1344 pages | $26.00 | Exam Price $13.00
Victor Sebestyen
The Making of the Modern World
In 1946, Victor Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative
and takes us to meetings that changed the world: to Berlin
in July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin we have successfully
tested the bomb; to Yan’an, China, in January 1946, when
General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader
Mao Zedong that Americans won’t send troops to China,
assuring the Communists will attain power; to Delhi, India,
in April 1946, when UK cabinet members tell Pandit Nehru
and Mahatma Gandhi that the British will leave India within
a few months, ending two centuries of British imperialism; to
Jerusalem in May 1946, when representatives of David BenGurion and moderate Zionists meet with Menachem Begin and
Jewish terrorist groups and agree on a plan to drive the British
from Palestine. The bombing of the King David Hotel resulted,
accelerating the creation of Israel. Drawing on new archival
material and interviews, Sebestyen analyzes these postwar
decisions as he discusses the economic collapse, starvation,
ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed the war.
Pantheon | Cloth | 978-1-101-87042-6
464 pages | $30.00 | Exam Price $15.00
“An impressively wide-ranging and detailed survey of the war’s
aftermath. . . . An uncommonly clear bird’s-eye view of a postwar world of rivalry, hardship, and chaos.”
—The Daily Mail (London)
Twelve Days
Revolution 1989
The Story of the 1956
Hungarian Revolution
The Fall of the Soviet
Victor Sebestyen, a journalist
whose own family fled Hungary,
incorporates newly released official
documents, his family’s diaries,
and eyewitness testimony. We witness the thrilling first days
when—armed only with a few rifles, petrol bombs, and desperate courage—the people of Budapest rose up against their
Soviet masters and nearly succeeded. As the world watched in
amazement, it looked as though the Hungarians might humble
the Soviet empire. But the Soviets were willing to resort to brutal lengths—and, sadly, the West was prepared to let them.
Dramatic, vivid, and authoritative, Twelve Days adds immeasurably to our understanding of this historic event and reminds
us of the unquenchable human desire for freedom.
At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal
states. By year’s end, they had
all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it
happen so quickly? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as
a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events, on
interviews with witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material. He tells the story through the eyes
of ordinary men and women as well as through the strategic
moves of world leaders. He shows how the KGB helped bring
down former allies; how the United States tried to slow the process; and why the collapse of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst
for the fall of the entire Soviet empire.
“This is a vivid, heartbreaking account of the brutal crushing of
the first armed insurrection against Soviet occupation. Twelve
Days is essential reading for understanding the great risks people
will take for freedom.” —Kati Marton, author of The Great
Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World
“A must-have accounting. . . . Sebestyen’s brilliantly written narrative unfolds in brief, gripping episodes.” —Newsweek
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-27795-4
384 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“Numerous books have [attempted] to synthesize the compelling
story of the fall of communism, but Revolution 1989 comes
closest to being the essential volume. Sebestyen’s elegant
narrative lays out in crisp episodes what was happening . . .
throughout the tumultuous 1980s.” —The Daily Beast
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-38792-9
498 pages | $18.95 | Exam Price $3.00
Richard Bernstein
China 1945
Mao’s Revolution and America’s Fateful Choice
At the beginning of 1945, relations between America and the
Chinese Communists couldn’t have been closer. Chinese leaders talked of America helping to lift China out of poverty; Mao
Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emissaries.
By year’s end, Chinese Communist soldiers were setting ambushes for American marines; official cordiality had been
replaced by chilly hostility and distrust, a pattern which would
continue for a quarter century, with the devastating wars in
Korea and Vietnam among the consequences.
A tour de force of narrative history, China 1945 examines
American power coming face-to-face with a formidable Asian
revolutionary movement, and challenges familiar assumptions about the origins of modern Sino-American relations.
“Excellent. . . . [Bernstein] covers China’s political context
in 1945 like a scholar, but maintains his journalist’s eye for
human drama.” —The New York Times Book Review
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-74321-3
464 pages | $17.00 | Exam Price $3.00
“An important book. . . . A cautionary tale at a time when the
United States confronts a resurgent China and its Communist
leaders across the Pacific Ocean, and wonders again if they can
be believed.” —The Washington Post
Jung Chang and
J o n H a ll i d ay
The Unknown Story
The most authoritative biography of the Chinese leader ever
written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of
research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle
in China who have never talked before—and with virtually
everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him.
It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the
Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was
not driven by idealism or ideology; his intimate and intricate
relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately
bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese occupation of
much of China; and he schemed, poisoned, and blackmailed to
get his way. After Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal
was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream he caused the
deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. In
all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao’s rule—in
“An atom bomb of a book.” —Time
“A magisterial work. . . . This magnificent biography methodically
demolishes every pillar of Mao’s claim to sympathy or legitimacy.
. . . A triumph.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The most complete and assiduously researched biography of its
subject yet published. . . . No earlier work comes close to matching the density of detail here. . . . The authors have performed
brilliant historical detective work.” —The Atlantic Monthly
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-679-74632-4
864 pages | $20.00 | Exam Price $10.00
Peter Finn
Petra Couvée
The Zhivago Affair
The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a
Forbidden Book
In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout went to a village outside
Moscow to visit Russia’s greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He
left carrying the manuscript of Pasternak’s only novel, suppressed
by Soviet authorities. From there the life of this extraordinary
book entered the realm of the spy novel. The CIA published a
Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago and smuggled it into
the Soviet Union. Copies were devoured in Moscow and Leningrad, sold on the black market, and passed from friend to friend.
Pasternak’s funeral in 1960 was attended by thousands who
defied their government to bid him farewell, and his example
launched the great tradition of the Soviet writer-dissident. First
to obtain CIA files providing proof of the agency’s involvement,
Peter Finn and Petra Couvée take us back to a remarkable Cold
War era when literature had the power to stir the world.
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-345-80319-1
384 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“A fascinating book that is thoroughly researched, extraordinarily accurate in its factual details, judicious in its judgments, and destined
to remain the definitive work on the subject for a very long time to
come.” —The New York Review of Books
“A work of deep historical research that reads a little like Le Carré.
. . . The authors show how both sides in the Cold War used
literary prestige as a weapon without resorting to cheap moral
equivalency.” —Time
D av i d E . H o ff m a n
The Billion Dollar Spy
A True Story of Cold War Espionage and
While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the
evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow
station heard a knock on his car window. A man handed him
an envelope whose contents stunned U.S. intelligence: details
of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military
technology that were totally unknown to the United States. In
the years that followed, the man, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer
in a Soviet military design bureau, used his high-level access
to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets.
Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA
and on interviews with participants, David Hoffman has created
an unprecedented and poignant portrait of Tolkachev, a man
motivated by the depredations of the Soviet state to master the
craft of spying against his own country. Stirring, unpredictable,
and at times unbearably tense, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting.
“The Billion Dollar Spy is one of the best spy stories to come out of
the Cold War and all the more riveting, and finally dismaying, for
being true. . . . [A] solidly researched history (even the footnotes
are informative).” —The Washington Post
Doubleday | Cloth | 978-0-385-53760-5
336 pages | $28.95 | Exam Price $14.50
Steven Lee Myers
The New Tsar
The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
In a gripping narrative of Putin’s rise to power as Russia’s
president, former Moscow bureau chief of The New York Times,
Steven Lee Myers, recounts Putin’s origins—from his childhood
of abject poverty in Leningrad, to his ascension through the
ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule. Along
the way, world events familiar to readers, such as September
11th and Russia’s war in Georgia in 2008, as well as the 2014
annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, are
presented from never-before-seen perspectives.
On one hand, Putin’s many reforms have helped reshape the
potential of millions of Russians whose only experience of democracy had been crime, poverty, and instability after the fall
of the Soviet Union. On the other hand, Putin has ushered in
a new authoritarianism, unyielding in his brutal repression of
revolts and squashing of dissent. Still, he retains widespread
support from the Russian public. The New Tsar is a breathtaking
look at one man’s rule.
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-96161-7
592 pages |$32.50 | Exam Price $16.25
“Personalities determine history as much as geography, and
there is no personality who has had such a pivotal effect on
twenty-first-century Europe as Vladimir Putin. The New Tsar is a
riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in
full-bodied, almost Shakespearean fashion why he acts the way
he does.” —Robert D. Kaplan, author of Asia’s Cauldron and The
Revenge of Geography
L aw r e n c e W r i g h t
Thirteen Days in September
The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace
In September 1978, three world leaders—Menachem Begin
of Israel, Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and U.S. president Jimmy
Carter—met at Camp David to broker a peace agreement
between the two Middle East nations. During the thirteen-day
conference, Begin and Sadat got into screaming matches and
had to be physically separated; both attempted to walk away
multiple times. Yet, by the end, a treaty had been forged—one
that has quietly stood for more than three decades, proving
that peace in the Middle East is possible.
Wright combines politics, scripture, and the participants’ personal histories into a compelling narrative of the fragile peace
process. He reveals an extraordinary moment of lifelong enemies working together—and the profound difficulties inherent
in the process. Thirteen Days in September is a timely revisiting
of this diplomatic triumph and an inside look at how peace is
“Masterly. . . . Magnificent. . . . Wright reminds us that Carter’s
Camp David was an act of surpassing political courage.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-8041-7002-4
464 pages | $16.00 | Exam Price $3.00
“Exceedingly balanced, highly readable, and appropriately sober.”
—Los Angeles Times
H. W. B r a n d s
The Life
In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the
twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Employing
archival sources not available to previous biographers and drawing on dozens of interviews with surviving members of Reagan’s
administration, Brands has crafted a richly detailed and fascinating narrative of the presidential years. He offers new insights
into Reagan’s remote management style and fractious West
Wing staff, his deft handling of public sentiment to transform
the tax code, and his deeply misunderstood relationship with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, on which nothing less than the
fate of the world turned.
“A lucid and witty writer, Mr. Brands lays out the facts in short
chapters that bounce along like one of the ‘bare-fisted walloping
action’ films that Reagan once starred in. He has a talent for letting
his sources speak for themselves.” —The Economist
Doubleday | Cloth | 978-0-385-53639-4
816 pages | $35.00 | Exam Price $17.50
“Drawing on Reagan’s diary, speeches, statements, letters and
memoirs, and on interviews with the president’s aides, Brands tells
a briskly paced story. . . . This astute biography is further evidence
that the 40th president continues to cast a long shadow over a still
largely conservative political order.” —The Washington Post
Peter Slevin
Michelle Obama
A Life
An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with élan, here
is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of
Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—
and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history.
With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing
detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from
her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated
South Side. He offers a fresh and compelling view of the White
House years when Michelle Obama casts herself as mentor,
teacher, champion of nutrition, supporter of military families,
and fervent opponent of inequality.
“Peter Slevin is dogged in his reporting, nuanced in his storytelling and thoughtful in his analysis. He not only shows us who this
historical first lady is, but how she came to be. In the process,
he reveals much about our times and our culture.”
—The Washington Post
“Ripe with revelations about her deeply complicated relationship
with her own position as an Ivy League­–educated black woman.
. . . Richly rendered context for Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign,
when Mrs. Obama suddenly became a litmus test.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-95882-2
432 pages | $27.95 | Exam Price $14.00
J i ll L e p o r e
The Secret History of Wonder
Wonder Woman is the most popular female superhero of all
time. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret
identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history.
In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder
Woman’s story provides the missing link in the history of the
struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with
the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends
with the troubled place of feminism a century later. This edition
includes a new afterword with fresh revelations based on neverbefore-seen letters and photographs from the Marston family’s
“Lepore’s brilliance lies in knowing what to do with the material she
has. In her hands, the Wonder Woman story unpacks not only a
new cultural history of feminism, but a theory of history as well.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-45660-1
416 pages | $17.00 | Exam Price $3.00
“[Lepore] places Wonder Woman squarely in the story of women’s
rights in America—a cycle of rights won, lost and endlessly fought
for again. Like many illuminating histories, this one shows how
issues we debate today were under contention just as vigorously
decades ago, including birth control, sex education, the ways in
which women can combine work and family, and the effects of
‘violent entertainment’ on children.” —The Wall Street Journal
Dana Goldstein
The Teacher Wars
A History of America’s Most Embattled
In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history
of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers
have been embattled for nearly two centuries. She uncovers
the surprising roots of hot-button issues, from teacher tenure to
charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve
schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student
test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting
“elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been
tried in the past without producing widespread change. The
Teacher Wars upends the conversation about American education by bringing the lessons of history to bear on the dilemmas
we confront today. By asking “How did we get here?” Dana
Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward.
“Ms. Goldstein’s book is meticulously fair and disarmingly
balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing
philippic. . . . The book skips nimbly from history to on-the-ground
reporting to policy prescription, never falling on its face.”
—The New York Times
“[Goldstein’s] careful historical analysis reveals certain lessons
useful to anyone shaping policy, from principals to legislators. . . .
Thorough and nuanced.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-345-80362-7
384 pages | $16.00 | Exam Price $3.00
M at t B a i
All the Truth Is Out
The Week Politics Went Tabloid
In May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a reform-minded
Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls.
Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and
a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media
frenzy the likes of which had never been seen before.
Matt Bai, former chief political correspondent for The New York
Times Magazine, shows the Hart affair to be far more than
one man’s tragedy: rather, it marked a crucial turning point in
the ethos of political media, and the new norms of life in the
public eye. All the Truth Is Out is a tour de force portrait of the
American way of politics at the highest level, one that changes
our understanding of how we elect our presidents and how the
bedrock of American values has shifted under our feet.
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-47468-1
288 pages | $15.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“In buoyant, vivid prose . . . All the Truth Is Out gives the reader a
visceral appreciation of how our political discourse has changed
in the last two and a half decades, and how those changes
reflect broader cultural and social shifts.” —The New York Times
“An introspective book that is set in another era but offers insights
into ours. . . . Bai says what is obvious—that the Donna Rice
furor irreparably hurt Hart—but he also says what is less
obvious, and very wise: that it hurt us all.” —The Boston Globe
M e l v i n I. U r o f s k y
Dissent and the Supreme Court
Its Role in the Court’s History and the Nation’s
Constitutional Dialogue
Melvin Urofsky looks at the role of dissent in the Supreme Court
and the meaning of the Constitution through the longest-lasting
public-policy debate in the country’s history, among members
of the Supreme Court, between the Court and the other branches of government, and between the Court and the people of
the United States. The Framers understood that if a constitution
doesn’t grow and adapt, it atrophies and dies, and if it does, so
does the democratic society it has supported. Dissent—on the
Court and off, Urofsky argues—has been a crucial ingredient
in keeping the Constitution alive and must continue to be so.
“In this scholarly yet wholly accessible treatment, Urofsky
chronologically examines notable dissents and dissenters in the
court’s history and considers the phenomenon from all angles,
including how the threat of a dissent can help shape the majority
opinion. He supplies illuminating discussions of John Marshall
Harlan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Louis Brandeis, great
dissenters whose opinions ‘carried the seeds for growth and the
future transformation of judicial doctrine.’ Readers will appreciate
Urofsky’s resurrection of some lesser-known justices—Stephen
Field, Wiley Rutledge—and their contributions to our
Constitutional discourse.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Pantheon | Cloth | 978-0-307-37940-5
544 pages | $35.00 | Exam Price $14.50
W i l H ay g o o d
Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court
Nomination That Changed America
Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and fought for human rights and
human dignity. Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first
African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a
provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the
politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or
desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the
twentieth century. This galvanizing book makes clear that it
is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall’s lasting influence on the racial politics of our nation.
“Haygood has done a great service by reminding us of an
extraordinary man at an extraordinary moment.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-95719-1
416 pages | $32.50 | Exam Price $16.25
“Wil Haygood has brought us an elegant, fascinating and important tale, rendered with relentless originality and the author’s
superb gift of portraiture. Showdown reveals the essence of the
great Thurgood Marshall, as well as the historical forces and often
surprising backstage mechanics that enabled him to become the
first African-American Supreme Court Justice.”
—Michael Beschloss
A l a n M. D e r s h o w i t z
The World’s First (But Certainly Not Last)
Jewish Lawyer
One of the world’s best-known attorneys gives us a no-holdsbarred history of Jewish lawyers: from the biblical Abraham
through modern-day advocates who have changed the world by
challenging the status quo, defending the unpopular, contributing to the rule of law, and following the biblical command to
pursue justice.
Dershowitz profiles Jewish lawyers well-known and unheralded,
admired and excoriated, victorious and defeated—and gives
us glimpses into the gung-ho practice of law. Louis Brandeis,
Theodor Herzl, Judah Benjamin, Max Hirschberg, René Cassin,
Bruno Kreisky, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Irwin Cotler are just
a few of the “idol smashers, advocates, collaborators, rescuers,
and deal makers” who helped to change history. Dershowitz’s
thoughts on the future of the Jewish lawyer are presented with
the same insight, shrewdness, and candor that are the hallmarks of his more than four decades of writings on the law.
Schocken | Cloth | 978-0-8052-4293-5
208 pages | $26.00 | Exam Price $13.00
“This is the biblical Abraham as you have never seen him before:
as the father of a long line of Jewish lawyers. Here is a story told
with wit, verve, and penetrating insight by one of the great Jewish lawyers of our time—the fearless, peerless Alan Dershowitz.
A brilliant, entertaining, and wonderfully stimulating book.”
—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, author of Not in God’s Name
K at h r y n H a r r i s o n
Joan of Arc
A Life Transfigured
Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan of Arc for our time—a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and
self-confidence on the battlefield, in the royal court, during a
brutally rigged inquisition and imprisonment, and in the face
of her death. In this new take on Joan’s story, Harrison deftly
weaves historical fact, myth, folklore, scripture, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation
into a fascinating narrative, revitalizing our sense of Joan as
one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.
“It remains, after nearly 600 years, a story to break your heart.
. . . It is Joan’s rambunctious humanity as much as her divinity
that makes her powerful, both for modern audiences and
historians.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning. . . . A layered portrait not only of Joan’s life, but of her
times. . . . [Harrison] awes us with her incisive intelligence, her
fierce curiosity, her literary prowess.” —The Boston Globe
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-7679-3249-3
416 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“It is impossible for Harrison to write an uninteresting book. . . .
Read Joan of Arc for what it tells you about the world in which
the subject lived and the half-millennium of culture that has
continued to mythologize her.” —The Washington Post
Kirstin Downey
The Warrior Queen
Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more
than Isabella of Castile to shape our modern world, in which
millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and
practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella’s
influence, due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often
attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and
philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship,
Downey’s luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant,
fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through
life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought
under her command.
“Downey humanizes rather than idealizes her subject. . . . Isabella
offers the reader a deeply satisfying portrait of a fascinating and
complex woman.” —Washington Independent Review of Books
“[An] immensely provocative figure . . . [who] successfully maneuvered in an almost exclusively male world of politics.”
—Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review
“In a fascinating revisionist portrait, Downey sketches a monarch
both adored and demonised, and makes the case that Isabella laid
the foundation for the first global superpower.” —BBC.com
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-307-74216-2
544 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
Alexander Lee
The Ugly Renaissance
Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity
in an Age of Beauty
Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the
stunning achievements of the Renaissance—paintings,
statues, and buildings that are the legacy of one of the greatest
periods of cultural rebirth and artistic beauty the world has
ever seen. But beneath the elegant surface lurked a seamy,
vicious world of power politics, perversity, and corruption. In
this meticulously researched and lively portrait, Renaissance
scholar Alexander Lee illuminates the dark contradictions
that existed alongside the enlightened spirit of the time:
the scheming bankers, greedy politicians, bloody rivalries,
murderous artists, religious conflicts, rampant disease, and
indulgent excess without which many of the most beautiful
monuments of the Renaissance would never have come into
“Fascinating. . . . Explore[s] the dualities of creative brilliance and
human baseness.” —The Spectator (London)
Anchor | Paper | 978-0-345-80292-7
448 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“Effortlessly combin[es] scholarly depth with a highly accessible
style. . . . Lee has given us a Renaissance that is . . . uglier, but
infinitely more interesting.” —New Humanist
Mark Molesky
This Gulf of Fire
The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the
Age of Science and Reason
On All Saints Day of 1755, the tremors from a magnitude 8.5
earthquake swept furiously from its epicenter in the Atlantic
Ocean toward the Iberian Peninsula. Nowhere was it felt more
than in Lisbon, then the thriving capital of a great global empire. In a few minutes most of Lisbon was destroyed—but that
was only the beginning. A tsunami swept away most of the ruined coast along the Tagus River and carried untold souls out to
sea. When fire broke out across the city, the surviving Lisboetas
were subject to a firestorm reaching temperatures over 1,832ºF.
Drawing on a wealth of new sources, on modern science, and
on a sophisticated grasp of Portuguese history, Molesky gives
us the definitive account of the destruction, of history’s first
international relief effort, and of the dampening effects these
events had on the optimistic spirit of the Enlightenment.
“Humanity’s perennial battles between faith and reason have
always been tested most intensely in times of calamity. The
Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 was the first and most dramatic of
such tests in the modern era and the great calamity has long
been waiting for its historian. Now it has its brilliant chronicler
and analyst in Mark Molesky whose This Gulf of Fire is an
extraordinary marriage of fine, vivid narrative and sharp clear
thought. Full of poignant stories it makes gripping reading and
like all powerful histories stays around in one’s mind long after
the last page is read.” —Simon Schama, Columbia University
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-307-26762-7
512 pages | $35.00 | Exam Price $17.50
Neil MacGregor
Memories of a Nation
German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains
a large number of widely shared memories and experiences;
examining some of these is the purpose of this book. British
Museum Director Neil MacGregor chooses objects and ideas,
people and places that still resonate in the new Germany—
porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus
design and the German sausage, the crown of Charlemagne
and the gates of Buchenwald—to show us something of its
collective imagination. There has never been a book about
Germany like it.
“It’s hard to imagine a method more successful than MacGregor’s
—the careful juxtaposition of singular objects with their
surrounding history—for conveying the complexities of Germany’s
continuing journey.” —The Daily Telegraph (London)
Knopf | Cloth | 978-1-101-87566-7
656 pages | $40.00 | Exam Price $20.00
“MacGregor [is] our greatest cultural polymath. . . . Anyone who
wants to understand Germany should read this book.”
—The Observer (London)
“Deeply felt, carefully conceived, and an important addition to any
consideration of the shape not only of modern Germany but of
Europe as a whole.” —The Economist
A n d r e a W u lf
The Invention of Nature
Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer
and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was
packed with adventure and discovery, whether he was climbing
the highest volcanoes in the world or translating his research
into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking.
Among Humboldt’s most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision
of nature, that it is a complex and interconnected global force
that does not exist for the use of humankind alone.
With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book,
Andrea Wulf shows the myriad fundamental ways in which
Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and
she champions a renewed interest in this vital and lost player in
environmental history and science.
“The Invention of Nature is a big, magnificent, adventurous book—
so vividly written and daringly researched—a geographical
pilgrimage and an intellectual epic! With brilliant, surprising, and
thought-provoking connections to Simón Bolívar, Charles Darwin,
William Herschel, Charles Lyell, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe,
Henry David Thoreau, and George Perkins Marsh.”
—Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder
“This is one of the most exciting intellectual biographies I have ever
read, up there with Lewes’s Goethe and Ray Monk’s Wittgenstein.”
—A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians and Victoria
Knopf | Cloth | 978-0-385-35066-2
496 pages | $30.00 | Exam Price $15.00
Robert Beachy
Gay Berlin
Birthplace of a Modern Identity
For almost a century before the Nazis rose to power, Berlin was
the undisputed gay capital of the world. Educators, activists,
and medical professionals flocked to this city of firsts—the
first sex reassignment surgeries, the first Institute for Sexual
Science, and (arguably) the first openly gay man—to explore
and educate both themselves and the rest of the world about
new and emerging sexual identities. In this fascinating exploration of how the uninhibited urban sexuality of Berlin helped redefine our understanding of sexual orientation, Robert Beachy
guides readers through the past events and developments that
continue to shape and influence the way we think about sexuality to this day.
“Beachy enlarges our understanding of how the international gayrights movement eventually prospered, despite the setbacks that
it experienced not only in Nazi Germany but also in midcentury
America.” —The New Yorker
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-47313-4
352 pages | $16.95 | Exam Price $3.00
“A very good, serious, detailed, scholarly work of history by an
excellent researcher who has clearly done his homework—and
then some.” —San Francisco Chronicle
T i m o t h y W.
S ta n g n e t h
Hitler’s First
Eichmann Before
The Quest for Justice
The Unexamined Life of a
Mass Murderer
Before Germany was engulfed by
Nazi dictatorship, it was a constitutional republic. And just before Dachau became a site of Nazi
genocide, it was a legal state detention center for political prisoners. In 1933, that began to change. In Hitler’s First Victims,
Timothy W. Ryback evokes a society on the brink—one in
which civil liberties are sacrificed to national security, in which
citizens increasingly turn a blind eye to injustice, in which the
bedrock of judicial accountability chillingly dissolves into the
martial caprice of the Third Reich. This is an astonishing portrait of Hitler’s first moments in power, and the true story of
one man’s race to expose the Nazis as murderers on the eve
of the Holocaust.
“In recounting the compelling story of a prosecutor who sought
to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes at Dachau in the
early days of the Nazis’ reign, Timothy Ryback’s book is all the
more startling and important for bringing to life an episode so
little known. It suggests what might have been if more Germans
at the time had done their professional duty with equal moral
compass.” —Raymond Bonner, author of Anatomy of Injustice
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-8041-7200-4
304 pages | $16.00 | Exam Price $3.00
In 1960, Adolf Eichmann took to the defendant’s box in Jerusalem and insisted that he was no “manager of the Holocaust,”
as his accusers claimed, just a small-time bureaucrat following
orders. Like countless others, Hannah Arendt—covering the
trials for The New Yorker—believed him. Eichmann Before
Jerusalem challenges this history for the first time, completely
reassessing Eichmann’s story and drawing upon a wealth of
newly uncovered materials that reveal his great deception.
Mapping out the astonishing links between innumerable past
adherents—from ace Luftwaffe pilots to SS henchmen—both
in exile and in Germany, Bettina Stangneth reconstructs the
secret life of one of the Holocaust’s principal organizers.
“No future discussion will be able to confront the Eichmann
phenomenon and its wider political implications without
reference to this book.” —The New York Times Book Review
Vintage | Paper | 978-0-307-95016-1
608 pages | $17.95 | Exam Price $3.00
I s a b e ll e T o m b s
That Sweet Enemy
Britain and France: The History of a Love-Hate
From Waterloo to Chirac’s slandering of British cooking, the
authors chart this cross-channel entanglement and the unparalleled breadth of cultural, economic, and political influence it has
wrought on both sides, illuminating the complex and sometimes
contradictory aspects of this relationship—rivalry, enmity, and
misapprehension mixed with envy, admiration, and genuine affection—and the myriad ways it has shaped the modern world.
Written with wit and elegance, and illustrated with delightful images and cartoons from both sides of the Channel, That Sweet
Enemy is a unique and immensely enjoyable history.
“Magnificent. . . . An important interpretation of one of Europe’s
defining relationships and a rollicking, eventful cultural tour.”
—The Washington Post Book World
Vintage | Paper | 978-1-4000-3239-6
816 pages | $24.00 | Exam Price $12.00
“It is difficult . . . to do justice to a book that is about so much more
than politics. Robert and Isabelle Tombs have startling and insightful
things to say about the lives of exiles, sports, food, literature and
cross-pollination in countless other fields. That Sweet Enemy is an
intellectual feast, and even those who think they know everything
about either country will relish it.”
—The Times Literary Supplement (London)
Charles Moore
Margaret Thatcher:
The Authorized Biography
Volume I: From Grantham to the Falklands
With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume
of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher
reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first
years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain
and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had
unique access to all of Thatcher’s private and governmental
papers, and interviewed her and her family extensively for
this book. The book immediately supersedes all other biographies and sheds much new light on the whole spectrum of
British political life from Thatcher’s entry into Parliament in
1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power—victory
in the Falklands in 1982.
“It’s an incredible level of access. . . . Presents a remarkable and
richly detailed portrait.” —The Boston Globe
“Meticulously researched and gracefully expounded. . . .
Both ideologically and personally, we now have a better
understanding of the remarkable figure who became Britain’s
first woman prime minister.” —Financial Times (London)
“Sparkling, riveting and fresh. . . . Like her or loathe her, Thatcher
was a colossus. Moore’s biography does her justice.”
—The Washington Post
Vintage | Paper | 978-1-101-87383-0
928 pages | $20.00 | Exam Price $10.00
Tim Whitmarsh
Battling the Gods
Atheism in the Ancient World
Long before the Enlightenment sowed the seeds of disbelief
in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious
public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those
who prevail, and the Age of Faith mostly suppressed the lively
free-thinking voices of antiquity. Whitmarsh brings to life the
fascinating musings of Diagoras of Melos; Democritus, the first
materialist; and Epicurus and his followers. Whitmarsh also
shows how the early Christians both were called atheists (for rejecting the pagan gods) and came to use the rhetoric oppressing
atheism to spread their own faith. Battling the Gods reveals how
atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have
intrigued the human imagination for millennia.
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“Battling the Gods is a timely and wonderfully lively reminder that
atheism is as old as belief. Skepticism, Whitmarsh shows, did
not slowly emerge from a fog of piety and credulity. It was there,
fully formed and spoiling for a fight, in the bracing, combative air
of ancient Athens. That the fight was never decisively won or lost
only makes its history, as this book shows, all the more gripping.”
—Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve: How the World
Became Modern
T o m H o ll a n d
The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
This impeccably researched history of the reign of the first five
Roman emperors—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and
Nero—enlightens, entertains and argues for the continued
relevance of ancient Rome.
“Among the many virtues of Tom Holland’s terrific history is that he
does not shrink from seeing the Roman emperors for what they
were: ‘the west’s primal examples of tyranny.’ He accepts that
tales of their paranoid depravity make historians uneasy. . . . He
knits the history of ancient Rome into his narrative—its founding
myths, the fall of the republic, the religious superstitions—with a
skill so dextrous you don’t notice the stitching. Dynasty is both a
formidable effort to compile what we can know about the ancient
world and a sensational story.” —The Guardian (London)
“This is a wonderful, surging narrative—a brilliant and meticulous
synthesis of the ancient sources. . . . This is a story that should be
read by anyone interested in history, politics, or human nature—
and it has never been better told.” —Mail on Sunday (London)
“Holland’s masterly account of this first wicked century of the Roman
empire is, at its heart, a political analysis. . . . The story he tells
strides onwards across the landscape of grief and horror without
pause or stutter. . . . Holland is unshockable as he proceeds with
breezy, clear-eyed analysis from one degrading display of cruelty
and paranoia to the next. . . . It is down to his skill as a storyteller
that there’s no difficulty in imagining that it might all happen again
tomorrow.” —Sunday Times (London)
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Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong
Fernand Braudel
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The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
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Memory and the
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Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600–1850
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Eric Hobsbawm
Eric Hobsbawm
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The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World:
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The Island at the Center of
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Joseph J. Ellis
Carol Berkin
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Women in the Struggle for
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Simon Sebag Montefiore
Robert Gellately
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David E. Hoffman
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Andrea Wulf
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