Hair: A Human History

By Kurt Stenn

A microhistory within the vein of Salt and Cod exploring the organic, evolutionary, and cultural background of 1 of the world's so much attention-grabbing fibers.
Most humans don't provide a moment proposal to the stuff on their head, yet hair has played an important position in in type, the humanities, activities, trade, forensics, and undefined. In Hair, Kurt Stenn — one of many world's most advantageous hair follicle specialists — takes readers on international trip via heritage, from fur service provider institutions and sheep farms to scientific clinics and sufferer aid teams, to teach the impressive influence hair has had on human life.

From a totally bald attractiveness queen with alopecia to the famed hair-hang circus act, Stenn weaves the historical past of hair via numerous eye-catching examples, with sources various from renaissance merchants’ diaries to interviews with wig makers, glossy barbers, and extra. as well as expelling the organic foundation and the evolutionary background of hair, the fiber is placed into context: hair in historical past (as tied to fabric turbines and service provider associations), hair as a build for cultural and self-identity, hair within the arts (as the cloth for artist's brushes and musical instruments), hair as commodity (used for every little thing from the internal lining of tennis balls to an absorbent to scrub up oil spills), and hair as proof in criminology. 

Perfect for lovers of Mark Kurlansky, Hair is a compelling learn established solidly in ancient and medical learn that may satisfaction any reader who desires to be aware of extra in regards to the global round them.

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War Brides

By Helen Bryan

An foreign bestseller with over a million readers.

With struggle threatening to unfold from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles right into a new type of basic: Evacuees from London are billeted in neighborhood houses. Nightly air raids develop into grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails each convenience. males depart to struggle and die. And 5 girls forge an not likely bond of friendship that might switch their lives forever.

Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the past due vicar, is reeling from the inside track that Richard Fairfax broke their engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American woman from the Deep South. Evangeline’s arrival factors a stir within the village—but now not the chaos that might happen in the event that they knew her reasons for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is one of the terrible of London who see the evacuations as an opportunity to flee a lifetime of destitution. one other new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a tender Jewish woman who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits along with her child son, yes that the remainder of her relations is secure and certain to appear any day. after which there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is decided to maintain her within the nation-state and out of the papers.

As the battle and its relentless hardships accentuate round them, an identical struggles that threaten to tear aside their lives additionally carry the 5 nearer jointly. They draw energy from each other to defeat ambitious enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming possibility of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor of their midst—and locate striking energy inside of themselves to aid their neighbors. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that may live longer than the fiercest conflict and suffer years and distance.

When 4 of the ladies go back to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day occasion fifty years later, tv cameras concentrate on the heartwarming tale of those previous girls as warfare brides of a bygone age, yet pass over the extra newsworthy perspective. The women’s challenge isn't to commemorate or remember—they’ve lower back to settle a ranking and avenge one in every of their own.

Revised version: This variation of War Brides comprises editorial revisions.

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Twentieth-Century South Africa (New Edition

By William Beinart

An leading edge exam of the forces--both damaging and dynamic--which have formed South Africa, this e-book offers a stimulating creation to the historical past of the state within the 20th century. It attracts at the wealthy and energetic culture of radical historical past writing and weaves monetary and cultural heritage into the political narrative.

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Chasing Lincoln's Killer

By James L. Swanson

NEW YORK occasions bestselling writer James Swanson grants a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on infrequent archival fabric, vague trial manuscripts, and interviews with kinfolk of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast moving mystery in regards to the pursuit and seize of John Wilkes sales space: a wild twelve-day chase throughout the streets of Washington, D.C., around the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

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Henry VIII and His Six Wives: A Guide to Historic Tudor Sites

By Peter Bramley

A specific guidebook to 150 surviving ancient websites linked to Henry VIII, his better halves, and his mistresses—battlefields, castles, monasteries, and churches

In his hunt for a male inheritor Henry VIII broke with Rome, instigated the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and purchased six other halves successively. of those, have been completed, a chilling first in English heritage. From those tumultuous occasions a stunning variety of old websites associated with the Tudors live to tell the tale, available now via this superbly illustrated ebook. The guidebook is prepared via quarter and covers England and a bit of Europe. With instructions to every website, in addition to complete information of the Tudor occasions and personalities associated with them, this guidebook will entice all who locate vacationing an ancient web site brings existence and colour to the research of history.

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The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

Who is the richest individual on the earth, ever? Does the place you have been born have an effect on how much cash you’ll earn over a life-time? How may we all know? Why—beyond the idle curiosity—do those questions even topic? In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, one of many world’s prime specialists on wealth, poverty, and the space that separates them, explains those and different mysteries of ways wealth is erratically unfold all through our international, now and during time.
Milanovic makes use of heritage, literature and tales directly out of today’s newspapers, to debate one of many significant divisions in our social lives: among the haves and the have-nots. He finds simply how wealthy Elizabeth Bennet’s suitor Mr. Darcy particularly was once; how a lot Anna Karenina won through falling in love; how prosperous historic Romans examine to today’s super-rich; the place in Kenyan source of revenue distribution used to be Obama’s grandfather; how we should always take into consideration Marxism in a latest global; and the way position the place one is born determines his wealth. He is going past mere leisure to provide an explanation for why inequality concerns, the way it damages our economics clients, and the way it may possibly threaten the rules of the social order that we take for granted.

daring, enticing, and illuminating, The Haves and the Have-Nots teaches us not just tips to take into consideration inequality, yet why we should.

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

Like people, towns are mortal. they're born, they thrive, and so they finally die. In Atlas of misplaced Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the increase and fall of such awesome locations as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She additionally information the fewer popular locations, together with Centralia, an deserted Pennsylvania city ate up by way of unquenchable underground fireplace; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, the place housing, faculties, and shops have been equipped for 500,000 those that by no means got here; and Epecuen, a vacationer city in Argentina that used to be swallowed up via water. appealing, unique art exhibits the site of the misplaced towns and depicts how they appeared once they thrived.

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Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England

By Richard Philip Abels

This biography of Alfred the nice, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate interpreting of the first assets with a cautious review of the newest scholarly study at the historical past and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a superb warlord, an efficient and creative ruler, and a passionate pupil whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and religious renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative suggestions not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet begun the method of political consolidation that might culminate within the construction of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the good: conflict, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to recuperate the ancient Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.

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Ideology and Popular Protest

During this pathbreaking paintings initially released in 1980, the overdue George impolite examines the position performed via ideology in a variety of well known rebellions in Europe and the Americas from the center a while to the early 20th century. impolite was once a champion of the position of operating humans within the making of background, and Ideology and renowned Protest was once the 1st ebook dedicated to the comparative learn of renowned political rules and realization in either preindustrial cultures and the age of the commercial Revolution. in keeping with impolite, the advance of recent progressive struggles relied on a vital merger of the tradition and ideas of the typical individuals with the novel ideologies of intellectuals. In a brand new foreword, Harvey Kaye experiences Rude's occupation as a pioneer within the serious examine of social hobbies and highlights the iconic worth of Ideology and renowned Protest as a school room text.

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The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

By Alan Taylor

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History

"Impressively researched and fantastically crafted…a incredible account of slavery in Virginia in the course of and after the Revolution." ―Mark M. Smith, Wall highway Journal

Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves dwelling alongside Chesapeake Bay longingly considered crusing ships as "freedom’s swift-winged angels." In 1813 these angels seemed within the bay as British warships coming to punish the americans for mentioning battle at the empire. Over many nights, 1000s of slaves paddled out to the warships looking safety for his or her households from the ravages of slavery. The runaways burdened the British admirals into changing into liberators. As publications, pilots, sailors, and marines, the previous slaves used their intimate wisdom of the geographical region to remodel the struggle. They enabled the British to improve their onshore assaults and to seize and burn Washington, D.C. Tidewater masters had lengthy dreaded their slaves as "an inner enemy." via mobilizing that enemy, the battle ignited the private fears of Chesapeake slaveholders. It additionally alienated Virginians from a countrywide executive that had missed their safeguard. in its place they grew to become south, their pursuits aligning a growing number of with their part. In 1820 Thomas Jefferson saw of sectionalism: "Like a firebell within the evening [it] woke up and crammed me with terror. I thought of it right away the knell of the union." The notes of alarm in Jefferson's remark communicate of the terror aroused through the hot predicament over slavery in his domestic nation. His imaginative and prescient of a cataclysm to return proved prescient. Jefferson's startling commentary registered a flip within the nation’s direction, a pivot from the nationwide goal of the founding towards the specter of disunion. Drawn from new resources, Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the occasions that encouraged black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the state on a brand new and unsafe direction. 35 illustrations; four maps

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