Category: Unusual histories

Thirteen Days in September

Knopf | September 16, 2014 | 345 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 presents a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israel and Egypt to sign a peace treaty—the first treaty in the modern Middle East, and one which endures to... More Info

The Onion Magazine

Little, Brown | November 4, 2014 | 272 pages
Covers That Matter For People Who Don't From America's Finest News Source comes a compilation of the most important, most influential, and glossiest magazine covers ever produced by the hand of humankind. Seen by tens of billions worldwide, these are the unforgettable Onion Magazine covers that... More Info

Desert Queen

Anchor | August 18, 2019 | 425 pages
Recounts the life of Gertrude Bell, an Englishwoman adventurer in the style of Beryl Markham and Isak Dinesen, who explored parts of the Arab world around the time of World War I and helped create the modern Middle East. 25,000 first printing.  More Info

A History of the World in 12 Maps

Penguin Group USA | October 28, 2014 | 544 pages
“[A] mesmerizing and beautifully illustrated book.” —The Telegraph (London) Maps are objects of endless fascination, and the urge to map is a basic human instinct. In this masterful study, historian and cartography expert Jerry Brotton reveals how maps—far from being objective... More Info

Playa Dust

Black Dog Pub Limited | August 1, 2014 | 256 pages
A collection of essays from people who have been a part of the annual countercultural festival Burning Man, including those who attended the first beach effigy burnings in the mid-1980s to recently participating artists, musicians, architects, sociologists and lawyers. Original. 3,000 first... More Info

The Hoarders

University of Chicago Press | October 9, 2014 | 197 pages
The verb “declutter” has not yet made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, but its ever-increasing usage suggests that it’s only a matter of time. Articles containing tips and tricks on how to get organized cover magazine pages and pop up in TV programs and commercials, while clutter... More Info

The United States of Paranoia

Harper Perennial | October 14, 2014 | 464 pages
Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror. The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn’t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our... More Info

The Bullet and the Ballot Box

Verso | October 1, 2014 | 256 pages
In 1996, when Nepal's Maoists launched their armed rebellion, their ideology was widely considered obsolete and they had limited public support. By 2008 they had gained access to state power and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. How did this become... More Info


December 1, 2013 | 267 pages
In 1889, Samuel Winkworth Silver’s rubber and electrical factory was the site of a massive worker revolt that upended the London industrial district which bore his name: Silvertown. Once referred to as the “Abyss” by Jack London, Silvertown was notorious for oppressive working conditions and... More Info

Can a Bee Sting a Bee?

Ecco | October 7, 2014 | 336 pages
In the spirit of Schott’s Miscellany, The Magic of Reality, and The Dangerous Book for Boys comes Can a Bee Sting a Bee?—a smart, illuminating, essential, and utterly delightful handbook for perplexed parents and their curious children. Author Gemma Elwin Harris has lovingly compiled weighty... More Info

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Harper Perennial | October 7, 2014 | 320 pages
The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art. "The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also... More Info

Raising Henry

October 28, 2014 | 272 pages
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Wikipedia U

Johns Hopkins University Press | October 2, 2014 | 176 pages
Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has been a lightning rod for debates about knowledge and traditional authority. It has come under particular scrutiny from publishers of print encyclopedias and college professors, who are skeptical about whether a crowd-sourced encyclopedia—most of whose... More Info

To End All Wars

Mariner Books | March 6, 2012 | 496 pages
Presents a history of World War I, focusing on the moral conflict between the proponents of the war and its critics in Great Britain.  More Info

Arthur Ashe

JHU Press | August 28, 2014 | 344 pages
Arthur Ashe explains how this iconic African American tennis player overcame racial and class barriers to reach the top of the tennis world in the 1960s and 1970s. But more important, it follows Ashe’s evolution as an activist who had to contend with the shift from civil rights to Black Power.... More Info

The Stream Runs Fast

Thomas Allen Pub | August 18, 2019 | 298 pages
Following the reissue in 2005 of Nellie McClung's classic autobiography, Clearing in the West, comes the highly anticipated second volume, The Stream Runs Fast. Covering McClung's later life from 1896 to 1945, The Stream Runs Fast chronicles her life during some of the most important events in... More Info

Packaged Pleasures

University of Chicago Press | September 1, 2014 | 336 pages
From the candy bar to the cigarette, records to roller coasters, a technological revolution during the last quarter of the nineteenth century precipitated a colossal shift in human consumption and sensual experience. Food, drink, and many other consumer goods came to be mass-produced, bottled,... More Info

Lies, Passions, and Illusions

University of Chicago Press | September 29, 2014 | 125 pages
François Furet needs little introduction. Widely considered one of the leading historians of the French Revolution, he was a maverick for his time, shining a critical light on the entrenched Marxist interpretations that prevailed during the mid-twentieth century.  More Info

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 | August 18, 2019 | 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 | August 18, 2019 | 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 | August 18, 2019 | 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

The city without women

Mosaic Pr | August 18, 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

Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods

Cornell University Press | August 18, 2019 | 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

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