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The Hub's Metropolis

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The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780262018753
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Published: MIT Press - March 22nd, 2013

Somerville rowhouses, huge building lots in Weston, stately homes along Comm. Ave. in Newton -- there's a reason for every aspect of the Boston area's built environment. Read about the accidental and deliberate design decisions that led to the region we know today, and then go see for yourself, using the walking tour suggestions throughout the book.

Sarah


Bunker Hill

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Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution (The American Revolution Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670025442
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Published: Viking - April 30th, 2013

Philbrick’s clear and entertaining prose brings an old story to life. Live with our patriots and marvel at their heroism and foibles. Washington, Warren, Knox, Bunker Hill, Breed’s Hill and Battle Road. Loyalists, Generals, Admirals, and mad King George. Boston occupied and under siege! Enjoy and marvel at the exploits as Philbrick enthralls us – again!

Jane Jacobs


The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China

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The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China: A History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780809030750
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Published: Hill and Wang - April 9th, 2013

Culminating in 1900, the technologically superior European powers (and Japan) essentially helped themselves to rotting Qing Dynasty China, so arrogantly that a groundswell peasant army (surreptitiously supported by the Empress) finally attacked their crypto-colonizers, resulting in several battles, sieges and international diplomatic shenanigans. A great narrative of a major puzzle piece of the Great Game of empire and hegemony.

Gary


Agent Zigzag

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Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307353412
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Published: Broadway Books - August 12th, 2008

Agent Zigzag is about a singular character who rose to the occasion for crown and country at a crucial time in history. Recruited by the Germans to spy on the British, career criminal Eddie Chapman turned on them to  become one of Britain’s most valuable assets. A combination of character study and action adventure combining espionage, adventure, true crime, love, World War 2 and more in a gripping, page-turning package, Chapman’s story has never been told with more verve.


Marie


The Fall of the House of Dixie

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400067039
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

It's satisfying to dip into the ongoing stream of historical Civil War literature and be able to say "This is a good one!". Levine looks into the Confederacy's complex subcultures, classes and motivations and comes up with some fascinating fresh  insights, as well as succinct renderings of pertinent battles and campaigns.


Gary


An Army of Phantoms

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An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595588333
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Published: New Press - September 4th, 2012

A delicious sociopolitical examination/rumination of the Cold War US via popular culture.  Though primarily a film critic, Hoberman has always put his reviews (even back when he was the Village Voice film critic) in a larger cultural context.  It lives up to the cover art!

Gary


The Second World War

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ISBN: 9780316023740
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 2012

Beevor has written several excellent books about particular aspects of the war, and now his complete overview of the subject is  a superb addition to the latest generation of WW2 literature. He writes a compelling narrative and brings fresh insights and perspective and pulls it all together beautifully.


Gary


War on the Waters

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War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807835883
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 17th, 2012

Huzzah!  A new book by the Pulitzer-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, my choice for the go-to one-volume history of the Civil War.  Here he treats the naval aspect of the conflict with the same compelling narrative style as Battle Cry, including blockade runners, extraordinary battles for dominance of the crucial Mississippi River and the total game-changing introduction of ironclads.
Gary


The Mortal Sea

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The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674047655
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Published: Belknap Press - October 8th, 2012

Closely examining detailed records from explorer’s diaries to fisherman’s logs and government reports, Bolster has assembled a comprehensive environmental history of the devastating human impact on life in the North Atlantic. He shows definitively the present crisis in the fishery is the legacy of continual overfishing during the past five hundred years. This book is a major contribution to both coastal marine studies and American history.
Dale


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