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A Bowl for a Coin

by William Wayne Farris Open BookShelf (August 17, 2019)

A Bowl for a Coin is the first book in any language to describe and analyze the history of all Japanese teas. To understand the triumph of the tea plant in Japan, Wayne Farris begins with its cultivation and...

The Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia

by Anthony Kwame Harrison (editor) Open BookShelf (January 14, 2020)

Deejaying, emceeing, graffiti writing, and breakdancing. Together, these artistic expressions combined to form the foundation of one of the most significant cultural phenomena of the late 20th century — Hip-Hop....

The Lives of the Caesars

by Suetonius Standard Ebooks (October 26, 2019)

Suetonius was a Roman historian born in about 69 AD, shortly after the death of the emperor Nero. This book, detailing the lives of the twelve Roman emperors who were known as “Caesar”—some by a family...

Ten Days That Shook the World

by John Reed Standard Ebooks (October 02, 2019)

This book is the author's eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution. Writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives a gripping account of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin...

The Diary

by Samuel Pepys Standard Ebooks (August 22, 2019)

Pepys’ Diary is an incredibly frank decade-long snapshot of the life of an up and coming naval administrator in mid-17th century London. In it he describes everything from battles against the Dutch and the...

Commentaries on the Gallic War

by Julius Caesar Standard Ebooks (April 30, 2019)

Commentaries on the Gallic War describes the conflicts between Rome and the region of Gaul in western Europe, as well as the Germanic peoples who lived to the east of the river Rhine, and Britain to the north,...

Vanishing Fleece

by Clara Parkes Abrams Press (September 30, 2019)

A fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way 

Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country...

Ten Drugs

by Thomas Hager Abrams Press (March 04, 2019)

Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher’s genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect...

The Suspect

by Kent Alexander & Kevin Salwen Abrams Press (November 11, 2019)

A contributing source for the Warner Bros.’ film Richard Jewell starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser!

"Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable...

The Great Great Wall

by Ian Volner Abrams Press (June 10, 2019)

During his campaign for the presidency, one of Donald Trump’s signature promises was that he would build a “great great wall” on the border between the US and Mexico, and Mexico was going to pay for it....

No One Man Should Have All That Power

by Amos Barshad Abrams Press (April 08, 2019)

An exploration of infamous, controversial figures and how they exert control.

Amos Barshad has long been fascinated by the powerful. But not by elected officials or natural leaders—he’s interested in their...

The National Team (Updated and Expanded Edition)

by Caitlin Murray Abrams Press (April 01, 2019)

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has won four World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and U.S. Soccer, and helped to redefine...

Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers

by Bobby Seale & Stephen Shames Abrams (October 17, 2016)

In words and photographs, Power to the People is the story of the controversial Black Panther Party, founded 50 years ago in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton.


The words are Seale’s, with contributions...

Girl Scouts

by Girl Scouts of the USA & Betty Christiansen Stewart, Tabori & Chang (December 11, 2017)

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts of the USA is launching a yearlong celebration that kicks off with this special look at its history. The organization has culled iconic photographs, documents,...

The Book of the Moon

by Maggie Aderin-Pocock Abrams Image (April 08, 2019)

Have you ever wondered if there are seasons on the moon or if space tourism will ever become commonplace? So has Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock. In fact, she earned her nickname “Lunatic” because of her deep fascination...

The Stonewall Riots

by Gayle E Pitman Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2019)

This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours...

The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World

by Tom Roston Abrams Press (September 09, 2019)

The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame 

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth,...

Wilfred Thesiger

by Alexander Maitland Abrams Press (October 26, 2011)

The author of Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs and The Life of my Choice, he was a legend in his own lifetime but his character and motivations have remained an intriguing enigma. In this authorized biography--written...

Threads of Life

by Clare Hunter Abrams Press (October 14, 2019)

A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard 

In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of...

Overground Railroad

by Candacy Taylor Abrams Press (January 06, 2020)

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists 

Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to...

The History of the World in Fifty Dogs

by Mackenzi Lee & Petra Eriksson Abrams Image (October 14, 2019)

An illustrated collection of stories about dogs that knew how to sit, stay, and witness history


Most dog lovers know Fido and Laika, but how about Martha, Paul McCartney's Old English Sheepdog? Or Peritas,...

The Central Park

by Cynthia S. Brenwall & Martin Filler Abrams (April 15, 2019)

Drawing on the unparalleled collection of original designs for Central Park in the New York City Municipal Archives, Cynthia S. Brenwall tells the story of the creation of New York’s great public park, from...

Silk and Cotton

by Susan Meller Abrams (December 02, 2019)

The traditional textiles of Central Asia are unknown treasures. Straddling the legendary Silk Road, this vast region stretches from Russia in the west to China in the east. Whether nomadic or sedentary, its...

The Downtown Pop Underground

by Kembrew McLeod Abrams Press (October 22, 2018)

The 1960s to early ’70s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. The Downtown Pop Underground takes a kaleidoscopic...

Queer City

by Peter Ackroyd Abrams Press (May 07, 2018)


“Always entertaining . . . much to be recommended.”—The Spectator

“A nimble, uproarious pocket history of sex in his beloved metropolis.”—Independent

“Ackroyd has an encyclopedic...

The Timothy Leary Project

by Jennifer Ulrich, Michael Horowitz & Zach Leary Abrams Press (April 16, 2018)

The first collection of Timothy Leary’s (1920–1996) selected papers and correspondence opens a window on the ideas that inspired the counterculture of the 1960s and the fascination with LSD that continues...

Path of Blood

by Thomas Small & Jonathan Hacker Abrams Press (July 30, 2018)

Path of Blood tells the gripping and horrifying true story of the underground army which Osama Bin Laden created in order to attack his number one target: his home country, Saudi Arabia. His aim was to conquer...

City of Ravens

by Boria Sax Abrams Press (July 04, 2012)

Yet the truth is that they arrived in Victorian times as props in gory plays for tourists. But the ravens' past has far more high drama. From the plains of the North American Indians to the arctic tundra, all...

The Dardanelles Disaster

by Dan van der Vat Abrams Press (September 27, 2010)

Acclaimed naval military expert Dan van der Vat argues that the disaster at the Dardanelles prolonged the war by two years, led to the Russian Revolution, forced Britain to the brink of starvation, and contributed...

Churchill's War Lab

by Taylor Downing Abrams Press (June 01, 2011)

Indefatigable patriot, seasoned soldier, incomparable orator, and, with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, leader of men --Winston Churchill's greatness in the allies' triumphant victory in World War ii is undisputed....

A Dog's History of America

by Mark Derr Abrams Press (November 25, 2013)

In this revelatory history, Mark Derr looks at the ways in which we have used canines—as sled dogs and sheepdogs, hounds and Seeing Eye dogs, guard dogs, show dogs, and bomb-sniffing dogs—as he tracks changes...

Before Galileo

by John Freely Abrams Press (August 26, 2013)

Virtually nothing is said about the European scholars who came before. In reality, more than a millennium before the Renaissance, a succession of scholars paved the way for the exciting discoveries usually credited...

The Horses of St. Mark's

by Charles Freeman Abrams Press (August 11, 2010)

Celebrated historian Charles Freeman, author of the 2009 surprise hit A.D. 381, explores the mysterious origin of the statues and their turbulent movements through Europe over the centuries: in Constantinople,...

The Last Crusaders

by Barnaby Rogerson Abrams Press (March 28, 2011)

The Crusades were the bridge between medievl and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the lttle explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for thy made the crisis...

The Grand Turk

by John Freely Abrams Press (September 30, 2009)

Sultan Mehmet II, known to his countrymen as 'the Conqueror' and to much of Europe as 'the Terror of the World,' was once Europe's most feared and powerful ruler. Now, Turkey?s most beloved American scholar,...


by Nicholas Clee Abrams Press (March 28, 2012)

Watching Eclipse is the man who wants to buy him. An adventurer and rogue who has made his money through gambling, Dennis O'Kelly is also a known companion to the madam of a notorious London brothel. Under O'Kelly's...


by Donald Craig Mitchell Abrams Press (June 20, 2016)

In 2015, 239 Indian tribes operated 478 casinos, high-stakes bingo halls, and other gambling facilities on Indian reservations in 28 states that collectively earned $28.5 billion in gross gaming revenue. How...


by Elizabeth Abbott Abrams Press (August 31, 2011)

Why do women become mistresses, and is a mistress merely a wife-in-waiting, or is she the very definition of the emancipated, independent female? In Mistresses, Elizabeth Abbott intelligently examines the motives...

The Commandant

by Rudolf Hoess, Jürg Amann & Ian Buruma Abrams Press (February 15, 2012)

The amoral sensibility Hoess displayed regarding all that went on in the charnal factory where the industrialization of death was practiced--where probably 3 million people were literally worked to death, shot...

Elsie de Wolfe's Paris

by Charlie Scheips Abrams (October 13, 2014)

The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1858–1950) was the international set’s preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. She had a legendary villa in Versailles, where in the late 1930s she held...

A.D. 381

by Charles Freeman Abrams Press (February 04, 2009)

In A.D. 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict defined...

Finding Arthur

by Adam Ardrey Abrams Press (October 28, 2014)

The legend of King Arthur has been told and retold for centuries. As the king who united a nation, his is the story of England itself. But what if Arthur wasn't English at all? As writer and Arthurian scholar...

Epic Win for Anonymous

by Cole Stryker Abrams Press (August 31, 2011)

Created by a 15-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind "the Web's most infectious memes and catchphrases" (Wired). Today it has over 12 million monthly users, with enormous social influence...

Engineers of the Soul

by Frank Westerman & Sam Garrett Abrams Press (August 06, 2012)

Frank Westerman draws the reader into the wild euphoria of the Russian Revolution, as art and reality are bent to radically new purposes. Writers of renown, described by Stalin as "engineers of the soul," were...


by Richard A. Billows Abrams Press (October 31, 2011)

The Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. is not only understood as the most decisive event in the struggle between the Greeks and the Persians, but can also be seen as perhaps the most significant moment in our collective...


by Chip Jacobs & WilliamJ Kelly Abrams Press (October 01, 2008)

The smog beast wafted into downtown Los Angeles on July 26, 1943. Nobody knew what it was. Secretaries rubbed their eyes. Traffic cops seemed to disappear in the mysterious haze. Were Japanese saboteurs responsible?...

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

by Natalie Haynes Abrams Press (April 23, 2012)

In this thoroughly engaging book, Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship and wit to the most fascinating true stories of the ancient world. The Ancient Guide to Modern Life not only reveals the origins of our...

Legends of the Samurai

by Hiroaki Sato Abrams Press (March 05, 2012)

In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors. Through his masterful translations...

Operation Sea Lion

by Leo McKinstry Abrams Press (November 12, 2014)

Only Britain stood in the way of the complete triumph, and Hitler planned a two-pronged offensive—a blistering aerial bombardment followed by a land invasion—to subdue his final enemy. But for the first...

Return of the Dambusters

by John Nichol Abrams Press (September 25, 2017)

The Dambusters were the go-to forces for dangerous precision attacks: They bombed Hitler’s prize battleship, Tirpitz, as well as rocket sites, weapon strongholds, and the dams at the heart of the industrial...