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A Short History of Drunkenness
How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
Mark Forsyth
From the internationally bestselling author of The Etymologicon, a lively and fascinating exploration of how, throughout history, each civilization has found a way to celebrate, or to control, the eternal human drive to get sloshed



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Concerning the Angels
Rafael Alberti
First published in Spain in the summer of 1929, Concerning the Angels (Sobre los angeles) is the great Spanish poet Rafael Alberti's masterpiece, on a par with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Pablo Neruda's Residencia en la tierra, and Federico Garcia...



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Desolation Angels
Jack Kerouac
"Desolation Angels explains even better than the other Kerouac novels what the place of religion may have been in the Beat mystique." – Nelson Algren



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A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, was a landmark volume in science writing and in world-wide acclaim and popularity, with more than 9 million copies in print globally.



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History as Mystery
Michael Parenti
Essays on how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege, and how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work."Michael Parenti, always...



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Desolate Angel
Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America
Dennis McNally
The long-awaited reissue of the definitive biography of Jack Kerouac, unwitting avatar of the Beat Generation and author of On the Road. Jack Kerouac--"King of the Beats," unwitting catalyst for the '60s counterculture, groundbreaking author--was a...



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Local Girl Makes History
Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments
Dana Frank
A Bay Area historian's nostalgic journey to childhood tourist attractions reveals their hidden stories and universal relevance.



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Invisible History
Afghanistan's Untold Story
Elizabeth Gould, Paul Fitzgerald
A fresh and comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan's political history emphasizing the impact of US interventions



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A Young People's History of the United States
Howard Zinn
Now in paperback with illustrations, this is the new, revised, and updated single volume young adult edition of Howard Zinn's classic telling of American history. A Young People’s History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of...



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The Secret History of the World
Mark Booth
They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history--or what we come to know as history--has been written by the wrong people? What if everything we've been told is only part of the story? What if it's the wrong part?



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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane
The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans



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The History of White People
Nell Irvin Painter
A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of "race" is an all-too-human invention



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A Renegade History of the United States
Thaddeus Russell
In this groundbreaking book, noted historian Thaddeus Russell tells a new and surprising story about the origins of American freedom. Rather than crediting the standard textbook icons, Russell demonstrates that it was those on the fringes of society...



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Los Angeles Stories
Ry Cooder
World-famous musician Ry Cooder publishes his first collection of stories.



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A Time of Angels
Homero Aridjis
A poetic fable, illustrated by one of Mexico's most prominent artists, describes a dreamy contemplation of the reign of angels.