Epidemics and Society From the Black Death to the Present

A "brilliant and sobering" (Paul Kennedy, Wall Street Journal) look at the history and human costs of pandemic outbreaksAs seen on 60 MinutesThe World Economic Forum #1 book to...

China and The World

As the world evolves in increasingly unpredictable directions, one of the key determinants of the future global order will surely be the impact of China. No country and no society...

China and Japan Facing History

China and Japan have cultural and political connections that stretch back fifteen hundred years. But today their relationship is strained. China's military buildup deeply worries...

Baa Baa Black Sheep The True Story of the "Bad Boy" Hero of the Pacific Theatre and His Famous Black Sheep Squadron

Here, in his own words, is the true story of America's wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, and of his greatest battle of all—the fight to survive.The World...

War's End An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission

On August 9, 1945, on the tiny island of Tinian in the South Pacific, a twenty-five-year-old American Army Air Corps major named Charles W. Sweeney climbed aboard a B-29...

The People's Republic of Walmart How the World's Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

Since the demise of the USSR, the mantle of the largest planned economies in the world has been taken up by the likes of Walmart, Amazon, and other multinational corporations. For...

Lord High Executioner The Legendary Mafia Boss Albert Anastasia

Umberto "Albert" Anastasia was born in Italy at the turn of the century. Five decades later, he would be gunned down in a barber shop in New York City. What happened in the years...

Cellar of Horror The Story of Gary Heidnik

Serial killer Gary Heidnik's name will live on in infamy, and his home, 3520 North Marshall Street in Philadelphia, is a house tainted with the memory of unbelievable horrors....

Fruit from the Sands The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. Many foods we consume today - from almonds and apples to tea and rice - have histories that can be traced along the tracks...

The Mapmaker's Wife A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

In the early years of the eighteenth century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of...

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