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Elephant Company

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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069330
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Published: Random House - July 15th, 2014

‘Somewhere on the border of Burma and India...carved on a giant teak tree, are the words BANDOOLA BORN 1897, KILLED IN ACTION 1944.’ Billy Williams, the war hero known as Elephant Bill, said elephants  made him a better man. He loved and trained  them, worked beside them as they carried supplies, built bridges, and transported the sick through WW1 in Burma, and especially mourned Bandoola’s death as an old friend. ELEPHANT COMPANY  is an inspirational war epic; part history, part wildlife adventure, and part biography – all of it poignant and fascinating.

Megan



The Zhivago Affair

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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908001
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 17th, 2014

The Zhivago Affair brings to light the involvement of the CIA in the distribution of Pasternak’s epic novel in the USSR which had banned its publication, an involvement which would likely have profoundly disturbed Pasternak had he known about it. But this book tells us much more than just that episode of Doctor Zhivago’s history. It’s really a fuller biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author and a fascinating history of the writing and publication of this his most renowned work undertaken during Stalin’s repressive regime.

Dale


Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

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The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - April 29th, 2014

Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.

Sarah


The Heir Apparent

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The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400062553
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Published: Random House - December 3rd, 2013

Given unprecedented access to the royal archives at Windsor Castle, author Jane Ridley paints a fascinating and nuanced picture of King Edward VII, also known as Bertie. Beginning with his early life strictly controlled by his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through his marriage, fatherhood, relationships with other women and then ascension to the throne in 1901, Edward VII is seen to be a far more intriguing, complex and gifted man than history has previous portrayed him.

Nathan


The Most Dangerous Book

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The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594203367
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Published: Penguin Press - June 12th, 2014

The story of the transformation of Ulysses by James Joyce from contraband to classic is absolutely fascinating. Vice squads. Book piracy. Smuggling. Courtroom drama. Heroes of art and expression. Villains of prudishness and fear. More than just a book about a book, Birmingham’s work explores all aspects of culture and highlights just how close we were to a world in which literature was controlled by the fearful instead of driven by the brave.   

Josh


Mantle of Command

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The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547775241
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 13th, 2014

Mantle of Command is a masterful re-examination of the under appreciated but pivotal role played by FDR in all the Allied strategic decisions in World War II. With fascinating detail Hamilton compelling narrates how FDR, often at odds with Churchill and his own generals, skillfully maneuvers the Allies to yield to his vision of the best way to achieve victory, a victory that was by no means assured in the early days of the war. Dale


the Time in the World: A Book of Hours by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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ISBN: 9780385535410
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Such a fascinating book: this contemporary Book of Hours feeds the mind and heart. Topics range from Casanova's famous late-night card match, to the love of roses in ancient Persia, to the confusing evolution of star naming. Minka Sicklinger's illustrations are a perfect companion. I loved basking in it by reading only an entry a day...

Jennifer


The Year Without Summer: 1816

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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250042750
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 11th, 2014

An astounding study in climate change in the aftermath of a monster volcanic eruption (10 times the force of Krakatoa). This single natural event had world-wide consequences: New England blizzards in June; European food riots; panicking establishment of fringe religious sects; mass population shifts; even the composition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  What a year!

Gary


How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

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How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608195916
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 4th, 2014

Author of ten books on the City of Light, Joan DeJean begins in the 17th Century and takes us though the dazzling history of how and why Paris became the most beautiful city in the world – full of stunning architecture, lavish parks, museums, boulevards, monuments – a city alive with adventure and excitement.


Nathan


A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

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A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome Cover Image
By Alberto Angela, Gregory Conti (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781933372716
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Published: Europa Editions - May 26th, 2009

Great pleasure for the history buff or curious general reader.  Angela picks a specific day at the height of the Roman Empire and follows various typical Romans through their day, illustrating how they dress, eat, etc.  Angela's easy conversational style belies what must be copious research.


Gary


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