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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476796628
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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2018

New York Times illustrator Nora Krug uses comics, collage, narrative and found documents to explore her ambivalent feelings of nostalgia and guilt for her German family's wartime past. A fascinating historical detective story!


Review by Stephen

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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780691176949
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 22nd, 2017

I can't even remember when I started this book. A self-described "saga of the Russian Revolution," it's as monumental and as sprawling as the enormous apartment building at its heart. A work of history to rival the classics of Russian literature.


Review by Stephen

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631492228
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 6th, 2016

I waited to read S.P.Q.R. because I did not want to read yet another history of Rome. Not for the first time, I find myself in error. Mary Beard interrogates our marbled vision of Rome, re-examines the historical record, and writes with wit that warms my Classicist heart.


Review by Alex

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A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781942658108
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 23rd, 2016

If you have any interest in the fight against totalitarian theocracy, then you must read A Road Unforeseen. I found it to be a thorough, well organized primer on Kurdistan, ISIS, and the self governing region known as Rojava. Meredith Tax is a phenomenal researcher, and makes this deeply complicated topic very readable. Still not convinced? THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN FIGHTING AN INSANE DEATH CULT.


Review by Anje

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

The Russian Revolution is one of the defining events of modern history, and sci-fi author China MiƩville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


Review by Stephen