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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062276162
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Published: Harper - October 13th, 2015

From the founder of Salon.com comes this impeccably researched history of Allen Dulles and the CIA, replete with new connections and sensational anecdotes (like about the meeting of Fidel and Malcolm X in a Harlem hotel room). For anyone interested in contemporary US history, intelligence, and the levers of American power. (Corby)


Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives Cover Image
By Karin Wieland, Shelley Frisch (Translator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871403360
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 5th, 2015

Growing up in Berlin, Leni Riefenstahl could see into Marlene Dietrich's family apartment from the roof of her building. Can you imagine? The stories of these two film titans, and how lives begun so closely could diverge so radically, unfold in the mesmerizing DIETRICH AND RIEFENSTAHL. (Liz)


S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871404237
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 9th, 2015

Finally—a readable history of the Roman empire from the world’s leading Classical Scholar Mary Beard, who always manages to bring an insightful and often provocative new way of looking at ancient history. For anyone interested in Greece, Rome, and the Classical world—a must-have! (Corby)


Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780547250250
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 6th, 2015

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385350662
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 15th, 2015

Science and history lovers will adore this biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the world. Through von Humboldt’s story, author Wulf provides a glimpse into the nineteenth century, an era when new ideas were being formed every day. (Ben)


Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town Into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe-- Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594204968
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Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2015

People who think they know the story of Martin Luther will want to read this book, which investigates this legendary figure of the Reformation through a narrow, revolutionary lens: the relationship of his groundbreaking beliefs to the print press. For the Protestant who wants to dig deeper into the history of his/her beliefs. (Ben)


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

The inimitable Sarah Vowell lampoons and reveres our forefathers in equal measure on this trip to rediscover one of our nation’s earliest and greatest allies--Marquis Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette. The Revolution has never been so much fun! Perfect for fans of American History and witty, deadpan humor. (Keaton)


Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525429777
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking - October 27th, 2015

Can’t get enough of Winston Churchill? Then look at his life through the eyes of his wife, Clementine, who finally gets her own story told in this rich biography. A loving portrait of a marriage, and a stunning tale of courage, Purnell’s book funnels an important era into a remarkable personal history. (Ben)


The Day the Renaissance Was Saved: The Battle of Anghiari and Da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781612194608
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 12th, 2015

Lovers of history and art will salivate over Capponi’s elegant, detailed book about a lost da Vinci masterpiece and the military battle that inspired it. (Ben)


Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781400067657
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Published: Random House - November 10th, 2015

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Meacham turns his visionary eye to one of America’s (and Houston’s) most powerful politicians, George H.W. Bush. What forces helped construct his life? And how did the rest of his family come from his ambitions? A raw, unvarnished, but still sympathetic look at a controversial figure. Basically, you’re dad’s going to love this book. (Ben)


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