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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is a 2005 non-fiction book by American author and science writer Charles C. Mann about the pre-Columbian Americas. It was the 2006 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best cre... View details

The seeds of this book date back, at least in part, to 1983, when I wrote an article for Science about a NASA program that was monitoring atmospheric ozone levels. In the course of learning about the ...
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"Steven Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life."-Pat Conroy

At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicid... View details

Thermopylae is a spa. The word in Greek means “hot gates,” from the thermal springs and, as His Majesty knows, the narrow and precipitous defiles which form the only passages by which the site may be ...
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A brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City-a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny, from award-winning journalist Sam Anderson



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Welcome to Oklahoma City. It’s been a long day. You’ve taken two flights to get here, possibly three. You’ve eaten unfortunate foods. You fell asleep at the Memphis airport, somehow, with your head le...
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A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year exploring world trade from Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC to modern globalization. How did trade evolve to the point where we don’t think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world... View details

The messages we receive from [the] remote past were neither intended for us, nor chosen by us, but are the casual relics of climate, geography, and human activity. They, too, remind us of the whimsica...
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A Voyage Long and Strange is a rich mixture of scholarship and modern-day adventure that brings the forgotten first chapter of America's history vividly to life.

What happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arriva... View details

THE STORY OF America’s discovery by Europeans begins with a fugitive. Eirik the Red fled his native Norway, the sagas say, “because of some killings.” Settling in Iceland, Eirik took up farming and fe...
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Here is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events. The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best-known conquistadors... View details

Fig. 1. Tenochtitlán, or “Antient Mexico,” portrayed as more of a European city than a Mesoamerican one, complete with medieval towers and Old World oxen; from John Harris’s Voyages and Travels (1744 ...
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A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England's most celebrated knight, William Marshal-providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it.

Caught on the wrong side of an English civil war an... View details

In 1152 King Stephen of England decided to execute a five-year-old boy. This child – William Marshal – had committed no crime. He was a hostage, given over to the crown as surety for his father’s word...
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Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history. Winner of the World History Association Book Award.

Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in th... View details

“Here’s the northeast monsoon at last,” said Hon. Robert Ellis, C.B., junior member of the Governor’s Council, Madras, as a heavy shower of rain fell at Coonoor, on a day towards the end of October 18...
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In A Short History of Nearly Everything, the bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand-and, if possible, answer-the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourse... View details

A proton is an infinitesimal part of an atom, which is itself of course an insubstantial thing. Protons are so small that a little dib of ink like the dot on thisi can hold something in the region of ...
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The Ottoman Empire was one of the most important non-Western states to survive from medieval to modern times, and played a vital role in European and global history.

It continues to affect the peoples of the Middle East, the Balkans and central and w... View details

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