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The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

Ian W. Toll
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October 14, 2016

What was originally planned to be a single book on the Pacific War soon evolved into a series of well-researched books about the conflict. In ...

Ian W. Toll

The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution

Dominic Lieven
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September 8, 2016

Russia’s involvement in World War I is often explained from the Western perspective, with very little, if any, consideration of the Russian viewpoint. The collapse of the Ottoman empire set the stage for a struggle for control over the Balkans and the adjoining sea routes between Russia and Ge...

Dominic Lieven

What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business, Third Edition: The Complete Guide for Musicians, Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives, Attorneys, and Accountants

Peter F. Thall
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August 26, 2016

The focal point of many aspiring artists and talented songwriters, the music industry sees just a tiny fraction of these creators reach financial success. In the pre-Internet world, recording labels and music studios would select the winners, but the structure of the industry is changing drama...

Peter F. Thall

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

Barry Strauss
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August 4, 2016

Despised and hailed, Julius Caesar emerges as a central figure of antiquity, attracting the interest of notable authors and numerous researchers.Yet, although there might be at least as many publications on Caesar’s violent death as on his lifetime achievements, the famous assassination is sti...

Barry Strauss

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Kevin Kruse
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August 2, 2016

Faith-based conflicts in America have been going on for decades, but the idea that the U.S. government endorses God, and more specifically the Christian religion, is not as old as most of us might think. President Roosevelt set off a chain of events in motion after he launched the New Deal and...

Kevin Kruse

Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Rosemary Sullivan
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July 29, 2016

What may have been a privileged life for others turned into an ever-ending struggle for Svetlana Alliluyeva. Behind the high Kremlin walls or on the streets of New Delhi, Joseph Stalin’s daughter had one mission – to shake off her father’s legacy and find her true self. Followed by the powerfu...

Rosemary Sullivan

Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

James H. Scott
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July 28, 2016

In With the help of sources never accessed before in Japan, Russia and China, Scott provides compelling insights into America’s first attack on Japan in World War II. ...

James H. Scott

Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy

David Milne
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July 21, 2016

In the course of a century, U.S. foreign policy has repeatedly switched from overseas interventions to domestic issues only to swing again. Nine policymakers, or influencers, have managed to change the direction of the country’s foreign policy with mixed results. David Milne provides detailed ...

David Milne

American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II

Jonathan W. Jordan
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July 12, 2016

In the first days of U.S. involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt faced a severe lack of resources, as well as various branches of the military at odds with each other, as he prepared the nation to wage a “total war.” Putting aside any personal rivalries and ambitions, Secret...

Jonathan W. Jordan

The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

Bryan Denson
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July 8, 2016

It is always shocking to learn why people who are trained to protect their homeland end up hurting the nation. One such unlikely conspirator, Harold James “Jim” Nicholson, was extremely smart, highly skilled, and greatly respected at the CIA. Yet, Nicholson felt betrayed by the agency when his...

Bryan Denson

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution

Ian Tattersall
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June 30, 2016

In this brief but nuanced history of his field, paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall describes the causes of many of the misconceptions of the exploration of our own origins. Often contrary and illuminating, Tattersall looks at how paleoanthropologists think and work and delves into several inte...

Ian Tattersall

The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency

Annie Jacobsen
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June 24, 2016

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, was created by the U.S. Congress in 1958 to advance research in military technologies. A top secret organization, the agency has played a key role in the development of some of the biotechnological weapons, missile programs, coded communica...

Annie Jacobsen

Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges

James W. Stone
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June 23, 2016

The United States of America has led and often dominated the world when it comes to economic, military or technological progress in the course of at least seventy years. However, as other regions are picking up pace, the gap between the U.S. and the other developed nations has been steadily na...

James W. Stone

The Power of Why: Breaking Out in a Competitive Marketplace

C. Richard Weylman
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June 21, 2016

From competitive markets to unnamed rivals, companies face various problems whenever they have a product to sell. What remains the same, however, is the inability of most of them to identify the reasons why consumers buy certain products and why some organizations manage to sell better than th...

C. Richard Weylman

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations

Brandon L. Garrett
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June 17, 2016

Even though corporations are paying record fines for breaking the ever-growing maze of complex laws, prosecutors rarely punish individuals for their misdeeds. Under the pre-arranged deferred prosecution, tough talking federal prosecutors and state attorneys general hardly ever push corporation...

Brandon L. Garrett

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation

Nicholas Guyatt
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June 16, 2016

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Nicholas Guyatt

Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

Alvin E. Roth
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June 10, 2016

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Alvin E. Roth

The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data

Michael C. Lynch
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June 8, 2016

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Michael C. Lynch

Jonas Salk: A Life

Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
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June 6, 2016

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Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

John Seabrook
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June 3, 2016

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John Seabrook