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Europe's Radical Influence on America: 'An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln'

Robin Blackburn's writing is taut, intelligent, and compelling. He packs an astonishing amount of information into a scant hundred pages, providing a fresh and powerful look at Civil War politics and social issues.

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The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

With simple narration and still photographs, Ken Burns is able to evoke joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. It's a singular achievement, beautifully composed and profoundly moving.

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'The Warmth of Other Suns': A Time When the Bible Itself Was Segregated

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson's powerful narrative is vital to understanding the plight of African Americans, vital to understanding the United States, and should not be ignored.

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'Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years': A Reformation Now & Again; a Schism Here & There

The difficulties that Christianity may face in the present pale in comparison to the struggles of the past, and all along the way the faith has proved adaptable, resilient, and appealing.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (40th Anniversary Edition) by George V. Higgins

Higgins’ message, about crime’s futility and the falseness of its glamour as portrayed by Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola, is an important one, and his book more than succeeds in conveying it.

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Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton

The true stars of this book are the numerous photographs and illustrations that depict the visual evolution of chronological design.

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The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester

Lester’s invaluable history proves that the adventurers and artists who gave shape to the globe also gave shape to the course of human progress. The story is as easy to follow as the lines rendered on a map.

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Free Press

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis

Davis' brilliance is best demonstrated in these marvelous short stories, where her work retains a light, playful tone, able to skip nimbly from topic to topic, mood to mood.

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