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The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that 'One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but there wa... read more

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

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 History

"A landmark project." -- Dr. Andrew Weil"Engrossing and highly readable." -- Sam Quinones"An astonishing journey through time and space." -- Julie Holland, MD"The most important, provocative, and challenging book I've read in a long ti... read more

Opium - An Intimate History of the Flower That Changed the World

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 History

VOICES OF HISTORY celebrates the great speeches of world history and cultural life. In this exuberant collection, acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore takes us on a journey from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some speeches are her... read more

Voices of History: Speeches That Changed the World

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 History

She couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old. "Go ahead, ask your question," her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, "You're my hero. Who's yours?"  Many people--especially girls--have asked us that same question over the years. It... read more

The Book of Gutsy Women

Do you know a capella from zarzuela, or your major from your minor? Can you distinguish between a serenade and a symphony? If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book ... read more

30-Second Classical Music: The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers and Innovations, Each Explained in Half a Minute

What does the Hippocratic oath actually say? Who originally discovered antibiotics? And is it true that technology now allows reconstructive surgery to use customized 3D... read more

30-Second Medicine - The 50 Crucial Milestones, Treatments and Technologies in the History of Health, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Times September 2018 paperbacks A New York Times bestseller
Bowden's most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centrepiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American war in Vietnam.
By January 1968, despi... read more

Hue 1968 - A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
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From the Akkadian Empire to modern-day America, Rise and Fall charts the history of the world through its ten greatest empires. Through these we examine humanity's will to power in forms both infamous and poorly understood, and trace the evolutio... read more

Rise and Fall - A History of the World in Ten Empires

The boy is my greatest joy. We strengthen each other. We are one. Inseparable . . . If only we were free; but daily, hourly, death is before our eyes. In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his ... read more

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

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 History

Reading Level:very good

Stunningly illustrated history tells the story of James Cook's three voyages into the Pacific, including his visits to New Zealand.
Themes include the navigation and charting of the Pacific; first encounters between Western and indigenous cultures; the representation of... read more

James Cook: The Voyages

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 History

Reading Level:4 Non Fiction

The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and ... read more

The Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant and the Coming of the Atomic Bomb

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 History

Reading Level:4 Non Fiction

From the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.In August 1765, the East India Company ... read more

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company