Category: Unusual Histories


The Inspection House

September 9, 2014 | 136 pages
Forty years after Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish, The Inspection House" beguilingly explores the surveillance that defines modern life.  More Info


Vintage | October 1, 2014 | 541 pages
Describes how recent archaeological research has transformed long-held myths about the Americas, revealing far older and more advanced cultures with a greater population than were previously thought to have existed.  More Info

Year Zero

Penguin Group USA | September 30, 2014 | 384 pages
A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a... More Info

Between Gods

Doubleday Canada | September 2, 2014 | 400 pages
From the Man Booker-nominated author of the novel Far to Go and one of our most talented young writers comes an unflinching, moving and unforgettable memoir about family secrets and the rediscovered past. Alison Pick was born in the 1970s and raised in a supportive, loving family. She grew up... More Info


William Collins | September 11, 2014 | 320 pages
'Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.' Bestselling author Bernard Cornwall is celebrated for his ability to bring history to life. Here, in his first work of non-fiction, he has written the true story of the epic battle of Waterloo - a momentous turning point in European... More Info

The Art of Travel

Hamish Hamilton | March 1, 2014 | 272 pages
The Art of Travel is Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference.Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes.  More Info

Hanns and Rudolf

September 5, 2014 | 416 pages
Part history, part biography, part true crime, Hanns and Rudolf chronicles the untold story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany's most notorious war criminals. May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is... More Info

The story of Baby P

Policy Press | July 16, 2014 | 352 pages
In England in 2007 Peter Connelly, a 17 month old little boy - known initially in the media reporting as 'Baby P' - died following terrible neglect and abuse. Fifteen months later, his mother, her boyfriend and the boyfriend's brother were sent to prison. But media attention turned on those who... More Info

The Brother

Simon & Schuster | September 16, 2014 | 608 pages
“A fresh and fast-paced study of one of the most important crimes of the twentieth century” (The Washington Post), The Brother now discloses new information revealed since the original publication in 2003—including an admission by his sons that Julius Rosenberg was indeed a Soviet spy and a... More Info

After Lincoln

Simon & Schuster | September 16, 2014 | 464 pages
A brilliant evocation of the post-Civil War era by the acclaimed author of Patriots and Union 1812. After Lincoln tells the story of the Reconstruction, which set back black Americans and isolated the South for a century. With Lincoln’s assassination, his “team of rivals,” in Doris Kearns... More Info

Home and Away

Greystone Books | August 23, 2010 | 176 pages
An uplifting tale of travelling with Team Canada as they compete for the Homeless World Cup. In 2008 Dave Bidini accompanies Homeless Team Canada to the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.  More Info

Fifty Foods That Changed the Course of History

Firefly Books Limited | September 2, 2014 | 224 pages
A beautifully presented guide to the foods that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Though many of the foods in this book are taken for granted and one (the mammoth) is no longer consumed, these foods have kept humans alive for millennia and theirs is a fascinating story.  More Info

Acid Test

Blue Rider Press | September 9, 2014 | 448 pages
An examination of the transformative and therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs draws on half a century of scientific, political and legal controversy while outlining key findings about their role in the treatment of PTSD and other conditions. 40,000 first printing.  More Info

Kindred Beings

HarperOne | September 2, 2014 | 272 pages
Enter a world of tender friendships, staunch loyalties, violent jealousies—and enduring love. As a child, Sheri Speede knew that she wanted to advocate for animals in any way she could. But it was not until many years after veterinary school, when she was transporting a chimpanzee named Pierre... More Info

The Village

Ecco | August 26, 2014 | 640 pages
The brilliantly lively, anecdotal biography of Greenwich Village, infamous and prodigiously influential, from the 1600s to the present  More Info

All about love

Harper Paperbacks | January 9, 2001 | 239 pages
Presenting radical new ways to think about love, the acclaimed cultural critic, feminist, and author examines the role of love in our personal and professional lives and how it can be used to end struggles between individuals, communities, and societies. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 40,000... More Info

Lies My Teacher Told Me about Christopher Columbus

July 17, 2014 | 48 pages
An historian sets the record straight on Columbus's "discovery" of the Americas, using art and text to sum up recent revisionist thought and to debunk common myths about the European invader responsible for the deaths of thousands. Original.  More Info


Pan Macmillan Adult | June 19, 2014 | 550 pages
The brilliant and entertaining companion to the Sunday Times top ten bestseller Germania. For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off--through luck, guile... More Info

Violins of Hope

Harper Perennial | August 12, 2014 | 336 pages
A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. The violin has... More Info

Camino de Santiago

Aurum Press Limited | May 15, 2014 | 180 pages
The first one-volume walking guide to the most popular long-distance route walked by British tourists in Europe. With the advent of low-cost airlines it is as cheap for the British tourist to go to mainland Europe as to the extremities of the UK -- which is why in recent years continental... More Info

Global Muckraking

August 1, 2014 | 256 pages
Crusading journalists from Sinclair Lewis to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have played a central role in American politics: checking abuses of power, revealing corporate misdeeds, and exposing government corruption. Muckraking journalism is part and parcel of American democracy. But how many... More Info

Seven Years In Tibet

HarperCollins UK | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
Imprisoned in India by the British when World War II was declared, Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer escaped, crossing the Himalayas to Tibet. Settling in Lhasa, the Forbidden City, he became the tutor and friend of the present Dalai Lama in this classic of adventure literature.  More Info

Tales from Langley

February 8, 2014 | 378 pages
In Tales from Langely: The CIA from Truman to Obama author Kross gives us the nitty-gritty on the CIA: its hits and misses; information on the early operations and leaders; their fights with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI; Operation Paperclip; assassination plots; mole hunts; strange insider murders;... More Info

Gods in Everyman

Harper Paperbacks | July 1, 2014 | 352 pages
The companion volume to Goddesses in Everywoman reveals the powerful inner patterns, or archetypes, that shape men’s personalities, careers, and personal relationships—offering a insights into Greek mythology, Jungian archetypal psychology, and into themselves and the people in their lives. A... More Info

When the United States Spoke French

Penguin Press | July 10, 2014 | 400 pages
In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic’s formative years from the viewpoint of a... More Info

Wings of War

Doubleday of Canada | July 22, 2014 | 256 pages
A boy-friendly book set during World War One, published for the centennary of the war and accompanied by a digital component to boost interest from the school and library market. It's the early 1900s and Edward Setten is growing up in the prairies fascinated by his uncle, who is one of the very... More Info

Vermeer's Camera

Oxford University Press, USA | October 1, 2014 | 207 pages
Explores the possibility that Vermeer used the camera obscura to achieve the photographic qualities of his paintings and provides a history of the camera obscura, how it is used, and the composition of Vermeer's paintings.  More Info

Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods

Cornell University Press | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
On the basis of extensive historical research and access to new archival sources, Helleiner provides a major reinterpretation of the negotiations at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944.  More Info

The city without women

Mosaic Pr | October 1, 1994 | 157 pages
The events which began in June, 1940 and in time led to the internment of several hundred Italian-Canadians have become in recent years a more rlevant part of history for all Canadians. Internment, because of its harsh intrusion on individual and family life, matters not simply to the interned but... More Info

Two Billion Eyes

March 1, 2014 | 304 pages
As China navigates the murky waters of a 'third way' with liberal economic policies under a strict political regime, the surprising battleground for China's future emerges in the country's highest rated television network - China Central Television, or CCTV. With 16 internationally broadcast... More Info

Red Scare

University of Texas Press | February 15, 2014 | 418 pages
Winner of the Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History, this authoritative study of red-baiting in Texas reveals that what began as a coalition against communism became a fierce power struggle between conservative and liberal politics.  More Info

What Is Visible

Twelve | June 3, 2014 | 320 pages
Laura Bridgman was the first deaf and blind person to learn language--fifty years before Helen Keller. Laura also couldn't taste or smell; she lost all senses but touch from a bout with scarlet fever at age two. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book so illuminated the challenges of... More Info

The Wrong Enemy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 1, 2014 | 352 pages
A veteran journalist for the New York Times describes the toll taken on the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan since September 11 through ordinary citizens' accounts of fighting and first-hand descriptions from Taliban warlords, intelligence thugs, American generals and Afghani politicians. 50,000... More Info


Harper | January 7, 2014 | 448 pages
After stumbling upon his late aunt's personal belongings, the author pieces together the story of a woman living the precarious existence of a British citizen in a country occupied by the enemy during the Second World War.  More Info


Parallax Press | May 13, 2014 | 272 pages
To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more... More Info

The French Intifada

February 14, 2014 | 386 pages
Beyond the affluent centre of Paris and other French cities, in the deprived banlieues, a war is going on. This is the French Intifada, a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’ conceals a bitter... More Info

All the President's Men

June 3, 2014 | 352 pages
The full account of the Watergate scandal from the two Washington Post reporters who broke the story. This is “the work that brought down a presidency…perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history” (Time, All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books). This is the book that changed... More Info

Slanting I, Imagining We

May 1, 2014 | 255 pages
The 1980s and 1990s are a historically crucial period in the development of Asian Canadian literature. Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literature Production in the 1980s and 1990s contextualizes and reanimates the urgency of that period, illustrates its historical specificities, and shows... More Info

Fractured Times

October 1, 2014 | 336 pages
Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away in 2012, was one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age. Through his work, he observed the great twentieth-century confrontation between bourgeois fin de siècle culture and myriad new movements and ideologies, from communism and extreme nationalism... More Info

Curious Behavior

Belknap Press | May 1, 2014 | 288 pages
Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread-in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how... More Info

American Afterlife

University of Georgia Press | October 1, 2014 | 216 pages
An exploration of American mourning customs examines such topics as the rise of the modern cemetery, the green funeral movement, and obituary writing, and draws on personal stories to provide insight into America's relationship with death today.  More Info

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary

Stewart Tabori & Chang | May 20, 2014 | 288 pages
Stitch dictionaries are to knitters what Webster’s is to a writer. Within the pages of these inspiring reference books are the endless variations of knit and purl stitches that produce the fabrics of all knitting. But in the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does... More Info

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?

William Morrow Paperbacks | May 20, 2014 | 304 pages
Published in time for the 2014 World Cup, the ultimate collection of soccer’s greatest lore and legends, illustrated with 100 black-and-white photos, by two of the world’s most knowledgeable soccer journalists. Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking ride through soccer history that will... More Info

The Most Dangerous Animal of All

Harper | May 13, 2014 | 368 pages
In this gripping narrative, an award-winning author and journalist tells the story of a 39-year-old adoptee who discovered that his birth father is one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history, forcing him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and... More Info

Give War and Peace a Chance

May 20, 2014 | 288 pages
From a popular Tolstoy scholar: an entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever. Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is also one of the most feared. And at 1,500 pages, it’s no wonder... More Info

Buildings Must Die

Mit Press | October 1, 2014 | 304 pages
Buildings, although inanimate, are often assumed to have "life." And thearchitect, through the act of design, is assumed to be their conceiver and creator. But what of the"death" of buildings? What of the decay, deterioration, and destruction to which they areinevitably subject? And what might such... More Info

The Russian Revolution

Oneworld Publications Limited | January 1, 2014 | 218 pages
1917: the year a series of rebellions toppled three centuries of autocratic rule and placed a group of political radicals in charge of a world power. Here, suddenly, was the first modern socialist state, “a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer”. But the dream was short-lived,... More Info

Happiness Works! Get Yours Here!

May 1, 2012 | 174 pages
Whiteley offers insights into precisely what happiness truly is and debunks the myth that happiness is different things for different people. He discusses four misleading ideas of happiness that are continuously being pitched in the marketplace.  More Info

The Night Shift

October 1, 2014 | 263 pages
In The Night Shift, Dr. Brian Goldman shares his experiences in the witching hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto. We meet the kinds of patients who walk into an E.R. after midnight: late-night revellers injured on their way home after last call, teens assaulted in the streets by other... More Info

Revolutionary Iran

March 27, 2014 | 528 pages
The definitive history of the Iran-Iraq war, and revolutionary Iran, essential for understanding the country todayFor over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. Many policy-makers today share a weary wish... More Info