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14-18: Understanding the Great War

by Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau & Annette Becker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 23, 2014)

With this brilliantly innovative book, reissued for the one-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker have shown that the Great War was the matrix...


Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn Kurtz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life. The film, shot long ago by his...


The Unsubstantial Air

by Samuel Hynes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 21, 2014)

The Unsubstantial Air is the gripping story of the Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. Much more than a traditional military history, it is an account of the excitement of becoming...


Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors

by Brian A. Catlos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 26, 2014)

An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean world, and a new understanding of the forces that shaped it

In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors, the award-winning scholar Brian Catlos puts us on the ground...


Midnight In Sicily

by Peter Robb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 05, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island...


Berlin Now

by Peter Schneider & Sophie Schlondorff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 05, 2014)

A smartly guided romp, entertaining and enlightening, through Europe's most charismatic and enigmatic city

It isn't Europe's most beautiful city, or its oldest. Its architecture is not more impressive than that...


Some Desperate Glory

by Max Egremont Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

The story of World War I, through the lives and words of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars is in 2014. And while World War I devastated...


Lost and Found in Johannesburg

by Mark Gevisser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions

Lost and Found in Johannesburg begins with a transgression—the armed invasion of a private home...


The Dirt on Clean

by Katherine Ashenburg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

The question of cleanliness is one every age and culture has answered with confidence. For the first-century Roman, being clean meant a two-hour soak in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with...


Encounters at the Heart of the World

Pulitzer Prize for History 2015

by Elizabeth A. Fenn Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 11, 2014)

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History

Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at...


The Queen's Bed

by Anna Whitelock Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 11, 2014)

From the private world of a beloved English queen, a story of intimacy, royalty, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge

Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At...


Flappers

by Judith Mackrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 14, 2014)

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 21, 2014)

A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania

For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar...


Warsaw 1944

by Alexandra Richie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 10, 2013)

The full untold story of how one of history's bravest revolts ended in one of its greatest crimes

In 1943, the Nazis liquidated Warsaw's Jewish ghetto. A year later, they threatened to complete the city's destruction...


Hanging Man

by Barnaby Martin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

The gripping story of post-Mao China and the harrowing fate of the artist and activist Ai Weiwei

In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds appeared in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In April 2011, he...


The Riddle and the Knight

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir...


A Massacre in Memphis

by Stephen V. Ash Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2013)

An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history

In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence...


The Argumentative Indian

by Amartya Sen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2013)

A Nobel Laureate offers a dazzling new book about his native country

India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints....


Thank You for Your Service

by David Finkel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

Now a Major Motion Picture Directed by American Sniper Writer Jason Hall and Starring Miles Teller

The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the...


Franco's Crypt

by Jeremy Treglown Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

An open-minded and clear-eyed reexamination of the cultural artifacts of Franco's Spain

True, false, or both?

Spain's 1939-75 dictator, Francisco Franco, was a pioneer of water conservation and sustainable energy....


Another America

by James Ciment Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

The first popular history of the former American slaves who founded, ruled, and lost Africa's first republic

In 1820, a group of about eighty African Americans reversed the course of history and sailed back to...


The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister—and of the family...


Wyatt Earp

by Andrew C. Isenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 25, 2013)

Finalist for the 2014 Weber-Clements Book Prize for the Best Non-fiction Book on Southwestern America

In popular culture, Wyatt Earp is the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a...


Bringing It All Back Home

by Philip F. Napoli Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 11, 2013)

A collection of heartrending oral histories that topples assumptions about the people who served in Vietnam

The Vietnam War was a defining event for a generation of Americans. But for years, misguided and sometimes...


A New Time for Mexico

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In the essays in A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes discusses the history, origins and nature of Mexico's political system and the unforeseen, tumultuous events that began in 1994 with the rebellion in Chiapas...


The Campaign

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In The Campaign, a witty and enthralling saga of revolutionary South America, Carlos Fuentes explores the period of profound upheaval he calls" the romantic time." His hero, Baltasar Bustos, the son of a wealthy...


Truth's Ragged Edge

by Philip F. Gura Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 09, 2013)

From the acclaimed cultural historian Philip F. Gura comes Truth's Ragged Edge, a comprehensive and original history of the American novel's first century. Grounded in Gura's extensive consideration of the diverse...


The Faithful Executioner

by Joel F. Harrington Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2013)

Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister...


A Very Different Age

by Steven J. Diner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 1997)

The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods,...


The Ruling Caste

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2007)

A sparkling, provocative history of the English in South Asia during Queen Victoria's reign

Between 1837 and 1901, less than 100,000 Britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over...


Trickster Travels

by Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 06, 2007)

An engrossing study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which introduced Africa to European readers

Al-Hasan al-Wazzan--born in Granada to a Muslim family that in 1492 went to Morocco, where he traveled extensively...


Former People

by Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2012)

Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the...


Opening Mexico

by Julia Preston & Samuel Dillon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 15, 2005)

The Story of Mexico's political rebirth, by two pulitzer prize-winning reporters

Opening Mexico is a narrative history of the citizens' movement which dismantled the kleptocratic one-party state that dominated...


Autumn Glory

by Louis P. Masur Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2004)

A suspenseful account of the glorious days a century ago when our national madness began

A post-season series of games to establish supremacy in the major leagues was not inevitable in the baseball world. But...


Runaway America

by David Waldstreicher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 10, 2005)

Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary: that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate. To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and...


Five Germanys I Have Known

by Fritz Stern Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 24, 2007)

The "German question" haunts the modern world: How could so civilized a nation be responsible for the greatest horror in Western history? In this unusual fusion of personal memoir and history, the celebrated...


Fortress Israel

by Patrick Tyler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

"Once in the military system, Israelis never fully exit," writes the prizewinning journalist Patrick Tyler in the prologue to Fortress Israel. "They carry the military identity for life, not just through service...


People Who Eat Darkness

by Richard Lloyd Parry Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 22, 2012)

Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in...


The Elizabethans

by A. N. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

"In Wilson's hands these familiar stories make for gripping reading."—The New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Author of Dante in Love

A sweeping panorama of the Elizabethan age,...


The Longest Fight

by William Gildea Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 19, 2012)

Many people came to Goldfield, Nevada, America's last gold-rush town, to seek their fortune. However, on a searing summer day in September 1906, they came not to strike it rich but to watch what would become...


The Potato

by Larry Zuckerman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 1999)

The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the...


Yemen Chronicle

by Steven C. Caton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 03, 2006)

A report like no other from the heart of the Arab Middle East

In 1979, Steven C. Caton went to a remote area of Yemen to do fieldwork on the famous oral poetry of its tribes. The recent hostage crisis in Iran...


Military Incompetence

by Richard A. Gabriel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 1986)

The history of American military operations in the post-Vietnam era has been marked by failure and near-disaster. Since 1970, American forces have been committed in five operations--in Sontay to rescue prisoners,...


1831

by Louis P. Masur Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 09, 2002)

1776, 1861, 1929. Any high-school student should know what these years meant to American history. But wars and economic disasters are not our only pivotal events, and other years have, in a quieter way, swayed...


Here Lies Hugh Glass

by Jon T. Coleman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

In the summer of 1823, a grizzly bear mauled Hugh Glass. The animal ripped the trapper up, carving huge hunks from his body. Glass's fellows rushed to his aid and slew the bear, but Glass's injuries mocked their...


Rudeness and Civility

by John F. Kasson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 01, 1991)

With keen insight and subtle humor, John F. Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America's colonial times through the nineteenth century. He describes the transformation of our notion of...


Sweet and Low

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 20, 2007)

Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and...


Ungentlemanly Acts

by Louise Barnett Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2001)

The shocking story behind the U.S. Army's longest court-martial-full of sex, intrigue, and betrayal.

In April 1879, on a remote military base in west Texas, a decorated army officer of dubious moral reputation...


Sleeping on a Wire

by David Grossman & Haim Watzman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 19, 2003)

Israel describes itself as a Jewish state. What, then, is the status of the one-fifth of its citizens who are not Jewish? Are they Israelis, or are they Palestinians? Or are they a people without a country?...


The Dark Heart of Italy

by Tobias Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 19, 2005)

In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors. Instead, he found a very different country: one besieged by unfathomable terrorism...