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The Excruciating History of Dentistry

by James Wynbrandt St. Martin's Press (January 27, 2015)

For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose...

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

by Trevor Royle St. Martin's Press (December 23, 2014)

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle

The Crimean War is one of history's most compelling subjects. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and maladministration on a grand scale....

American Aurora

by Richard N. Rosenfeld & Edmund S. Morgan St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

200 Years ago a Philadelphia newspaper claimed George Washington wasn't the "father of his country." It claimed John Adams really wanted to be king. Its editors were arrested by the federal government. One editor...

After Fidel

by Brian Latell St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

This is a compelling behind-the-scenes account of the extraordinary Castro brothers and the dynastic succession of Fidel's younger brother Raul. Brian Latell, the CIA analyst who has followed Castro since the...

How Far From Austerlitz?

by Alistair Horne St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

A London Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

The Battle of Austerlitz was Napoleon's greatest victory, the culmination of one of the greatest military campaigns of all time. It was...

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War

by James F. Dunnigan & Albert A. Nofi St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more...

Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined...

Shock Factor

by Sgt. Jack Coughlin & John R. Bruning St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2014)

From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Shooter, comes a riveting narrative of how snipers have changed the course of America's war on al Qaida in the Middle East and Africa.

Retired Marine sniper...

Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south...


by Roger Clarke St. Martin's Press (October 07, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James' The Turn of the Screw] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative...

The Chemical Muse

by D. C.A. Hillman, Ph.D. St. Martin's Press (September 30, 2014)

"The last wild frontier of classical studies." ---The Times (UK)

The Chemical Muse uncovers decades of misdirection and obfuscation to reveal the history of widespread drug use in Ancient Rome and Greece. In...

Elizabeth's Spymaster

by Robert Hutchinson St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2014)

England in the time of Elizabeth was on the brink of disaster. On the continent, Catholic Spain sought to forcefully reimpose the Catholic Church on its Protestant neighbors. At home, a network of powerful Catholic...

Band of Giants

by Jack Kelly St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2014)

Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet...

Hiroshima Nagasaki

by Paul Ham St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2014)

In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little...

Unreasonable Men

by Michael Wolraich St. Martin's Press (July 22, 2014)

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Republican Party stood at the brink of an internal civil war. After a devastating financial crisis, furious voters sent a new breed of politician to Washington. These...

The Victorian City

by Judith Flanders St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

From the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Invention of Murder, an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets of Dickens' London.

The nineteenth century...

A Sweet and Glorious Land

by John Keahey St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

In the winter of 1897-1898, Victorian writer George Gissing made a well-chronicled journey throughout southern Italy. The result was a book, By the Ionian Sea, in which he detailed the influence of ancient Greece...

The Last English King

by Julian Rathbone St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

On September 27, 1066, Duke William of Normandy sailed for England with hundreds of ships and over 8,000 men. King Harold of England, weakened by a ferocious Viking invasion from the north, could muster little...

Tudors Versus Stewarts

by Linda Porter St. Martin's Press (July 01, 2014)

The war between the fertile Stewarts and the barren Tudors was crucial to the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth century. The legendary struggle, most famously embodied by the relationship between...

Queen Victoria

by Matthew Dennison St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2014)

Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology;...

The Spanish Armada

by Robert Hutchinson St. Martin's Press (June 10, 2014)

After the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, Protestant England was beset by the hostile Catholic powers of Europe, including Spain. In October 1585, King Philip II of Spain declared his intention to destroy...

Land Beyond the River

by Monica Whitlock St. Martin's Press (May 27, 2014)

Along the banks of the river once called Oxus lie the heartlands of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Catapulted into the news by events in Afghanistan, just across the water, these strategically important,...

The Koreans

by Michael Breen St. Martin's Press (May 20, 2014)

The rise of South Korea is one of the most unexpected and inspirational developments of the latter part of our century. A few decades ago, the Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation...

Once Upon a Time in Great Britain

by Melanie Wentz St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)

Visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales? Don't miss Narnia, Wonderland, Hogwarts and Middle-Earth!

If you're planning a trip abroad--or just a flight of fancy into literature's best-loved magical lands--Melanie...

The Language of the Land

by James Stephenson St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)

A rare adventure with the last Stone Age hunting and gathering tribe in Africa.

In 1997 James Stephenson arranged to have almost a full year free, a year he wanted to spend among the Hadzabe in East Africa. He...

In Search of the Immortals

by Howard Reid St. Martin's Press (May 06, 2014)

Everyone knows that the ancient Egyptians were great mummifiers, and their sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped corpses are familiar images to us all. Yet across the vast sweep of history, we find many other great...

Stars and Strikes

by Dan Epstein St. Martin's Press (April 29, 2014)

Dan Epstein scored a cult hit with Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s. Now he returns with a riotous look at the most pivotal season of the decade.


Defending the City of God

by Sharan Newman St. Martin's Press (April 29, 2014)

Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region's most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural world...

The Road from Versailles

by Munro Price St. Martin's Press (April 22, 2014)

What becomes of leaders when absolute power is wrested from their hands? How does dramatic political change affect once-absolute monarchs? In acclaimed historian Munro Price's powerful new book, he confronts...

How the Scots Made America

by Michael Fry St. Martin's Press (March 04, 2014)

Ever since they first set foot in the new world alongside the Viking explorers, the Scots have left their mark. In this entertaining and informative book, historian Michael Fry shows how Americans of Scottish...

The Race Underground

by Doug Most St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast,...

Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned

by Alvin Townley St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military...


by Christopher Lee St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

1603 was the year that Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors, died. Her cousin, Robert Carey, immediately rode like a demon to Scotland to take the news to James VI. The cataclysmic time of the Stuart monarchy...

Elizabeth's London

by Liza Picard St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

Liza Picard immerses her readers in the spectacular details of daily life in the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603). Beginning with the River Thames, she examines the city on the north bank, still largely...

Dr. Johnson's London

by Liza Picard St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

An enthralling review of an exhilarating era, Dr. Johnson's London brilliantly records the strangeness and individuality of the past--and continually reminds us of parallels with the present day.

The practical...

Churchill's First War

by Con Coughlin St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

Churchill's First War by Con Coughlin is a fascinating account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign, offering fresh and revealing parallels into today's war in Afghanistan...

The Rise of the Tudors

by Chris Skidmore St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart...


by Robert Schnakenberg St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults is a hilarious collection of insulting historical quotations in the vein of The Portable Curmudgeon that will have history buffs and readers of humor books in stitches....

The Affair of the Poisons

by Anne Somerset St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects...

The Gates of Africa

by Anthony Sattin St. Martin's Press (January 07, 2014)

London, 1788: a group of British gentlemen---geographers, scholars, politicians, humanitarians, and traders---decide it is time to solve the mysteries of Africa's unknown interior regions. Inspired by the Enlightenment...

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

by Richard Ned Lebow St. Martin's Press (January 07, 2014)

The "Great War" claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. One hundred years later, historians are beginning to recognize how unnecessary it was. In...

London 1945

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (December 31, 2013)

London at the outset of World War II in 1939 was the greatest city in the world, the heart of the British Empire. By 1945, it was a drab and exhausted city, beginning the long haul back to recovery.

The defiant...

Genghis Khan

by John Man St. Martin's Press (December 31, 2013)

Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius and demi-god. To Muslims, Russians and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his...


by Liel Leibovitz St. Martin's Press (December 17, 2013)

a·li·ya, n., also aliyah. pl. aliyas or aliyot.

The immigration of Jews into Israel.

Why would American Jews---not just materially successful in this country but perhaps for the first time in the two-thousand-year...

Glorious War

by Thom Hatch St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Glorious War, the thrilling and definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer's Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant...

Alliance of Enemies

by Agostino von Hassell, Sigrid MacRae & Simone Ameskamp St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Alliance of Enemies tells the thrilling history of the secret World War II relationship between Nazi Germany's espionage service, the Abwehr, and the American OSS, predecessor of the CIA. The actors in this...

With the Heart of a King

by Benton Rain Patterson St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

Philip II of Spain, the most powerful monarch in sixteenth-century Europe and a ferocious empire-builder, was matched against the dauntless queen of England, Elizabeth I, determined to defend her country and...

Six Days

by Jeremy Bowen St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the...

We Took the Streets

by Mickey Melendez & Jose Torres St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

The Young Lords were one of the most provocative and controversial organizations to arise during the tumult of the late 1960s. Inspired by the wave of protest movements sweeping the country, and the world, as...

Sovereign Ladies

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

Maureen Waller has written a fascinating narrative history---a brilliant combination of drama and biographical insight on the British monarchy---of the six women who have ruled England in their own names.