The History Buff

The History Buff will almost exclusively focus on weighty tomes of nonfiction--especially history (of course) and biography; will also be interested in current events/politics titles and business titles that relate to historic trends 

A History of Life in 100 Fossils Cover Image
ISBN: 9781588344823
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Published: Smithsonian Books - October 14th, 2014

The Smithsonian Institution presents an intriguing overview of evolution through 100 representative fossils, ranging from one-celled organisms to early humans. A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS is loaded with a plethora of amazing photographs and illustrations, accompanied by highly informative summaries of the signifcance of these particular rungs in the evolutionary ladder. THE perfect gift for natural history lovers.

Mark Twain's America: A Celebration in Words and Images Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316209397
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 21st, 2014

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and artifacts from the Library of Congress, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is a beautiful pictorial biography of Twain and his time. This magnificent volume covers both his private and public lives, presenting Twain in his historical context, while also showing why he is still so relevant today. Guided by Harry Katz's vibrant narrative and including excerpts from Twain's own writing, MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA is sure will appeal to both American history and literature buffs.

Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802123145
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 19th, 2014

AGENT STORM is the thrilling true story of contemporary terrorist and double agent, Morten Storm. A young Dutch man who converted to Islam and became mixed up in Al Qaeda, Storm eventually flipped and became a spy for the CIA, MI6 and Dutch intelligence, providing information that directly led to the execution of his mentor and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. With unprecedented insight into the culture of terrorist and intelligence organizations alike, AGENT STORM is THE spy story of our era. A must-have for any espionage enthusiast or current events connisseur.

The West Point History of the Civil War (West Point History of Warfare #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476782621
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 21st, 2014

Replete with meticulous detailed maps, photographs, primary materials, and expert strategic analysis, THE WEST POINT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR is the most comprehensive military history of the War of the War Between the States ever compiled. Straight from the archives of the United States Military Academy, this is the same information they teach their cadets. Simply a must-have for any military history buff or Civil War nut.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476708690
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

In Walter Isaacson's inimitable style, THE INNOVATORS profiles the pioneers and accomplishments that led us into the digital world. Including chapters on Ada Lovelace, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Alan Turing and other influential figures in computer science, this is the history of our present. Sure to be pure gold this holiday season, THE INNOVATORS is a perfect gift for readers of science and history.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062127181
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Published: Harper - November 11th, 2014

Trying to find something for the history buff whose read absolutely everything? LIVES IN RUINS is a detailed and thrilling look into the lives of archaelogists and their occupational obsessions. This is an entirely new way to experience history--through the lives of those who search for and preserve it every day for the rest of us. Filled with rare stories ranging from mummies to the American Revolution, LIVES IN RUINS is as entertaining as it is fascinating.

Writing History in the Global Era Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 15th, 2014

As important as the study of history, is understanding the viewpoint from which it is written. WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA provides an accessible look at historiography and how the conception of history has changed over time. However, it goes beyond that noble endeavor and also explores the changes that still need to be made in this age of globalization in order to make the study of human history more inclusive and relevant to our time. A great gift idea for the history buff who has read everything, WRITING HISTORY IN THE GLOBAL ERA will also appeal to those interested in cultural studies and theories of writing.

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610394598
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 14th, 2014

Noted expert on Africa, Martin Meredith, surveys 5000 years of the continent's history, from the empires of the Egyptian pharoahs, to the horrors of colonization and the Middle Passage, right up to the myriad present day issues facing the land and its people. THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA is a profound work, almost assured to become a seminal text of African history. For readers who enjoy nothing more than poring over a hefty, epic historical tome, it doesn't get any better than THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA.

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385531207
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 28th, 2014

This rousing biography draws on numerous, varied sources from across centuries and continents to create a new portrayal of Joan of Arc and why her short life has so resonated throughout time. JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED looks at the contrasting images of this legendary heroine, culminating in a revealing and revitalizing narrative. This is sure to be a hit with fans of biography, world history, religion, and culture.

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307273383
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

A work of political history that charts the fall of Gary Hart, a once-promising Democrat brought down by a sex scandal in 1987. This clear-eyed book argues that Hart’s downfall gave rise to something now commonplace: tabloid politics. A book for political and news junkies—those who remember Hart, and also those starting to pay attention to this country.

The Woman Who Would Be King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307956767
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

Fans of Egypt and books about strong historical figures will delight in this lucid biography of Hatshepsut, a young woman who, in 1478 BCE, became Egypt’s second female pharaoh. But this isn’t just a book for history junkies. This story—full of political intrigue and issues of gender—echoes our present day and resonates still.

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770437060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 28th, 2014

Millions of Americans are fascinated by New Orleans. Do you know one of those people? This book—the definitive account of the modernization of New Orleans—focuses on Tom Anderson, czar of Storyville, a man of vice. As colorful and fascinating as an HBO miniseries, this wild historical tale will delight lovers of deliciously decadent stories.

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