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    Disaster!
    A History of Earthquakes, Floods, Plagues, and Other Catastrophes
    By John Withington
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    Tune into the news today, and one would think that human beings were at risk of being wiped from the face of the earth—by tsunamis, earthquakes, swine flu, or terrorism. One could be forgiven for thinking that we are in far more danger today than ever before. The fact of the matter is that danger has... [READ MORE]
    The Freemasons
    A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
    By Jasper Ridley
    (Arcade Publishing)
    What did Mozart and Bach, Oscar Wilde and Anthony Trollope, George Washington and Frederick the Great, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They were all Freemasons, a subject of endless fascination. To the layman, they are a mysterious brotherhood of profound if uncertain influence,... [READ MORE]
    France on the Brink
    A Great Civilization in the New Century
    By Jonathan Fenby
    (Arcade Publishing)
    This completely revised and fully updated edition of the book Bill Bryson called “superb” presents a sharply insightful, authoritative portrait of France today as it struggles to live up to its vision of itself amid storm clouds that won’t go away.France on the Brink was chosen as a New York Times book... [READ MORE]
    Long Way Back to the River Kwai
    Memories of World War II
    By Loet Velmans
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Loet Velmans was seventeen when the Germans invaded Holland. He and his family fled to London on the Dutch Coast Guard cutter Seaman’s Hope and then sailed to the Dutch East Indies—now Indonesia—where he joined the Dutch army. In March 1942, the Japanese invaded the archipelago and made prisoners of... [READ MORE]
    Cooper's Creek
    Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback
    By Alan Moorehead
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    In 1860, an expedition set out from Melbourne, Australia, into the interior of the country, with the mission to find a route to the northern coast. Headed by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills, the party of adventurers, scientists, and camels set out into the outback hoping to find enough water... [READ MORE]
    The Forgotten Highlander
    An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific
    By Alistair Urquhart
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death Railway” and building the Bridge on the River Kwai. Subsequently, he moved to work on a Japanese... [READ MORE]
    Famous Sheriffs and Western Outlaws
    Incredible True Stories of Wild West Showdowns and Frontier Justice
    By William MacLeod Raine
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    This in-depth collection, unchanged since the 1940s, tells of the most legendary heroes and villains of the Old West. Get swept back to a time when sheriffs did their best to keep order in a lawless land. Read about the likes of Tom Horn, the “Apache Kid,” “Bucky” O’Neill, Tom Nickson, and many more!... [READ MORE]
    The Great Game in Cuba
    How the CIA Sabotaged Its Own Plot to Unseat Fidel Castro
    By Joan Mellen
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    The Great Game in Cuba uses the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution to examine the CIA’s inner workings during the fifties and sixties. Detailing the agency’s lies and deceits, Mellen paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of the CIA in Cuba after the Castro revolution: what it wanted and the lengths... [READ MORE]
    Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Film and Fame
    By Michael Munn
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    In Nazi Germany, the cult of celebrity was the embodiment of Hitler’s style of cultural governance. Hitler’s rise to power owed much to the creation of his own celebrity, and the country’s greatest stars, whether they were actors, writers, or musicians, could be one of only two things. If they were compliant,... [READ MORE]
    Guinness
    The Greatest Brewery on Earth--Its History, People, and Beer
    By Tony Corcoran
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    There is no other company, industry, or premises more closely aligned—indeed almost synonymous—with its hometown than Guinness’s St. James’s Gate Brewery and the city of Dublin. From the company’s modest beginnings in 1759 to its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its continued... [READ MORE]
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