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Biographies, war histories, and more! 

History can take many forms—from personal histories to those researched by authors. This month, we're offering great deals on a wide variety of stories—Get your hands on these discounted books today! 

Note: These deals were last updated on 6/3/19. Check back soon for more history books on sale! 

Buy Raquela at Amazon

Raquela

By Ruth Gruber

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A National Jewish Book Award–winning biography: A fascinating look at the early years of Israel’s statehood experienced through the life of a pioneering nurse

During her extraordinary career, nurse Raquela Prywes was a witness to history. She delivered babies in a Holocaust refugee camp and on the Israeli frontier. She crossed minefields to aid injured soldiers in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and organized hospitals to save the lives of those fighting the 1967 Six-Day War. Along the way, her own life was a series of triumphs and tragedies mirroring those of the newly formed Jewish state.

Raquela is a moving tribute to a remarkable woman, and an unforgettable chronicle of the birth of Israel through the eyes of those who lived it. 

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The Borgias and Their Enemies, 1431–1519

By Christopher Hibbert

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This colorful history of a powerful family brings the world they lived in—the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance—to life.

The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame—Lucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who inspired Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince.

From the author of The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and other acclaimed works, The Borgias and Their Enemies is “a fascinating read” (Library Journal).

The Borgias and Their Enemies, 1431–1519

By Christopher Hibbert

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Mad Dog Killers

By Ivan Smith

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This soldier of fortune’s “superb [and] harrowing” memoir of joining the fight against Africa’s Simba rebellion “cuts to the core” (The Weekend Post, South Africa).

This was not conventional warfare. Loyalty to country or unit did not exist. For Ivan, the greatest dangers came from within his own band of fellow mercenaries, more of whom would die from accidental discharges, drunken shoot-outs, or stray bullets in the back than were ever killed in action by Simba rebels.

More than half a century later, Ivan relives the nightmare that was his time in the Congo, where he’d come to understand that there was no law of the jungle—just a lust for killing, and a true abject fear that helped to keep him alive.

Mad Dog Killers

By Ivan Smith

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The Bremer Detail

By Frank Gallagher

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An action-packed memoir by a high-level private security contractor who worked in Iraq just after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

In May 2003 President George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as presidential envoy to Iraq. Bremer banned the Ba’ath party and dismantled the Iraqi army, which made him the prime target for dozens of insurgent and terrorist groups. Assigned to protect him during his grueling sixteen-hour days were Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher and a team of former Marines, SEALs, and other defense professionals. When they arrived, Baghdad was set to explode. As the insurgency gathered strength Bremer and the men who guarded him faced death daily. They were not in the military, but Gallagher and his team were on the front lines of the Iraq War. This fascinating memoir takes the reader deep behind the scenes of a highly dangerous profession.

The Bremer Detail

By Frank Gallagher

Buy A Rose for Winter at Amazon

A Rose for Winter

By Laurie Lee

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A passionate ode to the magic of Spain, composed by one of its most ardent admirers

Fifteen years after the events described in his acclaimed autobiographies, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War, Laurie Lee returned to Spain, the land of his youth and experience. He found a country bowed but not broken, where the heavy gloom of the recent past was shot through with the vibrant rays of tradition: the exquisite ecstasy of the flamenco, the pomp and circumstance of the bullfight, the eternal glory of Christ and church.

From the smuggler’s paradise of Algeciras to the Moorish majesty of Granada, Lee paints the wonders of Spain with a poet’s brush. To read A Rose for Winter is to be transported to one of the most enchanted places on earth.

A Rose for Winter

By Laurie Lee

Buy 1813: Empire at Bay at Amazon

1813: Empire at Bay

By Jonathon Riley

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A distinguished historian and British Army veteran examines the political and military alliances that led to the defeat of France in the Napoleonic Wars.

1813 was a critical year in the war that ended with the downfall of Napoleon—the year in which the balance of power tipped decisively against the French monarch’s First Empire. In 1813: Empire at Bay, military historian and retired British Army Lt. Gen. Jonathon Riley explores the international alliance behind the major campaigns that raged across Europe and ultimately broke France’s power.

1813: Empire at Bay

By Jonathon Riley

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A Georgian Heroine

By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden

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“A very fair and balanced portrait of one of the Regency era’s most remarkable—and most unknown—women” from the authors of A Right Royal Scandal (Jacqueline Reiter, author of Earl of Shadows).

Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs lived an incredible life, one which proved that fact is often much stranger than fiction. As a young woman she endured a tortured existence at the hands of a male tormentor, but emerged from that to reinvent herself as a playwright and author; a political pamphleteer and a spy, working for the British Government; and later single-handedly organizing George III’s jubilee celebrations. Trapped in France during the revolutionary years of 1792–95, she published an anonymous account of her adventures. However, was everything as it seemed?

The extraordinary Mrs. Biggs lived life upon her own terms in an age when it was a man’s world, using politicians as her mouthpiece in the Houses of Parliament and corresponding with the greatest men of the day. Throughout it all though, she held on to the ideal of her one youthful true love, a man who abandoned her to her fate and spent his entire adult life in India.

A Georgian Heroine

By Joanne Major and Sarah Murden

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Berlin Battlefield Guide

By Tony Le Tissier

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On April 16, 1945, the Red Army unleashed a colossal offensive against Berlin with the aim of destroying Hitler’s armies in the East and capturing the German capital before the Western Allies. Over two million soldiers confronted each other in the last act in the war against Nazi Germany.

In the course of the next three weeks, relentless Soviet assaults crashed against a desperate, sometimes suicidal defense, and the historic city was turned into a vast battleground. This was the climax of an awful conflict. It represented the death struggle of Hitler’s Third Reich and the supreme achievement of Stalin’s forces, and the story of the battle has fascinated students of warfare ever since. Yet this epic contest can only be understood by visiting the sites of the battle on the ground, on the outskirts of the city, in the suburbs, in the city center where the final dramatic combat took place. And this is the aim of Tony Le Tissier’s definitive guide to the Battle of Berlin.

Berlin Battlefield Guide

By Tony Le Tissier

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A British Achilles

By Lorna Almonds Windmill

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“Intriguing . . . describes a modest but exceptional man from whom the contemporary soldier, politician, and citizen can learn how to enjoy life (and how not to).” —The Spectator

Son of the victor of Jutland, George Jellicoe has enjoyed power and privilege but never shirked his duty. His war exploits are legendary and, as a founder member of Stirling’s SAS and first commander of the Special Boat Service, he saw action a-plenty. A brigadier at twenty-six with a DSO and MC, he liberated Athens as the Germans withdrew and saved Greece from a Communist revolution.

A British Achilles

By Lorna Almonds Windmill

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Were We Our Brothers' Keepers?

By Haskel Lookstein

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In this major work exploring the American Jewish response to the Holocaust as it occurred, by examining contemporary Jewish press accounts of such events as Kristallnacht, the refusal to allow the refugee ship St. Louis to land in America, the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, and the deportation of the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, Haskel Lookstein provides us with an important perspective on the way in which events are reported on, perceived, and interpreted in their own time.

Were We Our Brothers' Keepers?

By Haskel Lookstein

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Slow Death by Rubber Duck

By Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie

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A look at the chemicals surrounding us that’s “hard-hitting . . . yet also instills hope for a future in which consumers make safer, more informed choices” (The Washington Post).

Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes—now, it’s personal.

The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. To prove this point, for one week Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us. Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose the corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe.

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

By Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie

Buy Little Bighorn at Amazon

Little Bighorn

By John Hough Jr.

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Eighteen year-old Allen Winslow is living what should be every young man’s dream. Thanks to his mother’s charming intercession, he is to ride with the legendary Seventh Cavalry led by Gen. George Custer himself.

Beautifully written and filled with unforgettable characters both fictional and factual, Little Bighorn brings the American West and its heartbreaking history to life, brilliantly portraying the flawed and tormented Custer.

Little Bighorn

By John Hough Jr.

Buy Ice Brothers at Amazon

Ice Brothers

By Sloan Wilson

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The bestselling World War II adventure story based on Sloan Wilson’s experiences as a Coast Guard officer on the Greenland patrol.

A masterful blend of high drama and convincing realism, Ice Brothers is a true classic of World War II and one of Sloan Wilson’s finest novels.

Ice Brothers

By Sloan Wilson

Buy The Miracle Detective at Amazon

The Miracle Detective

By Randall Sullivan

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In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After some skepticism from the local parish, the matter was placed “under investigation” by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist and Rolling Stone contributor Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct an official inquiry into such an incident. So began his eight year immersion into the world of “Miracle Detectives.”

In prose that “often reads like a spiritual whodunit,” The Miracle Detective takes you along Sullivan’s eight-year investigation into apocalyptic prophesies, claims of revelation, and the search for a genuine, direct encounter between man and god (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Miracle Detective

By Randall Sullivan

Buy Barefoot to Avalon at Amazon

Barefoot to Avalon

By David Payne

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This is the “piercing . . . tour de force” account of David and George A.’s boyhood footrace that lasted long into their adulthood, defining their relationship and their lives (Los Angeles Times). As universal as it is intimate, this is an exceptional memoir of sibling rivalry and sibling love, and of the torments a family can hold silent and carry across generations. A story not only of survival in the face of adversity but of hard-won wisdom, Barefoot to Avalon is “an elegy to a brother that plumbs depths beyond depths—a fever-dream of a memoir, a blazing map of familial love and loss, headlong and heartbreaking and gorgeously written” (James Kaplan, national bestselling author of Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman).

Barefoot to Avalon

By David Payne

Buy Jumping Fire at Amazon

Jumping Fire

By Murry A. Taylor

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This “terrifying, grimly funny” memoir about fighting forest fires in Alaska offers “an affectionate portrait of a fraternity of daredevils” (The New Yorker).

Jumping Fire

By Murry A. Taylor

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The Lost Cyclist

By David V. Herlihy

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This “fascinating” story of a nineteenth-century mystery “should appeal to most lovers of history, as well as to bicycling enthusiasts. Strongly recommended” (Library Journal).

The Lost Cyclist

By David V. Herlihy

Buy A Sliver of Light at Amazon

A Sliver of Light

By Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd

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During the summer of 2009, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were captured by border patrol. Wrongly accused of espionage, the three Americans ultimately found themselves in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, where activists and protesters from the Green Movement were still being confined and tortured. Cut off from the world and trapped in a legal black hole, the three friends discovered that pooling their strength of will and relying on one another was the only way they could survive.

In A Sliver of Light, Bauer, Fattal, and Shourd finally get to tell their side of the story. They offer a rare glimpse inside Iran at a time when understanding this fractured state has never been more important. But beyond that, this memoir is a profoundly humane account of defiance, hope, and the elemental power of friendship—and a “ record of a human rights triumph” (San Jose Mercury News).

A Sliver of Light

By Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd

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Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914–1916

By Martin Gilbert

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The astounding life and career of one of modern history’s great public figures continues in the third volume of the acclaimed multivolume biography. 

Acclaimed British historian Sir Martin Gilbert continues the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill. This volume contains a full account of Churchill’s initiatives and achievements as wartime First Lord of the Admiralty between August 1914 and May 1915. These include his efforts to prolong the siege of Antwerp, his support for the use of air power, and his part in the early development of the tank. It shows the forcefulness with which he argued for an offensive naval policy, first against Germany, then against Turkey.

Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914–1916

By Martin Gilbert

Buy Last of the Few at Amazon

Last of the Few

By Max Arthur

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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk—and Britain stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. But for the German army to advance across the English Channel and invade, Hitler needed mastery of the skies.

The Royal Air Force would have to be completely destroyed.

These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. Their stories are as riveting, vivid, and poignant as they were seventy years ago, in “a tide of telling testimony . . . Expertly tracked down and anthologized by our foremost oral historian of war” (The Daily Mail).

Last of the Few

By Max Arthur

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Kindred Souls

By Edna P. Gurewitsch

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The poignant and unforgettable true account of the deep, loving friendship between a handsome physician and the former First Lady, as seen on PBS’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Kindred Souls is a rare love story—the tale of a friendship between two extraordinary people, based on trust, exchange of confidences, and profound interest in and respect for each other’s work. With perceptiveness, compassion, admiration, and deep affection, the author recalls the final decade and a half of the former First Lady’s exceptional life, from her first encounter with the man who would become Mrs. Gurewitsch’s husband through the blossoming of a unique bond and platonic love.

Kindred Souls

By Edna P. Gurewitsch

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Muhammad Ali

By Thomas Hauser

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A sweeping biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all time—“a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not” (The Boston Globe).

Muhammad Ali

By Thomas Hauser

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Published on 01 May 2019

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