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  • 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
    The best-selling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America “makes history sound like pure fun….”— New York Times Magazine
  • Astronomy : The Heavenly Challenge
    Astronomy is perhaps the oldest science. The ancients saw cosmic meanings in the stars, and they organized their lives around lunar and solar cycles (i.e. the month and year). They also observed th...
  • Buried Book, The: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh
    Daring adventurers, fearless explorers, ancient kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this riveting story of the first great epic of world literature.
  • Chemistry and The Enlightenment
    Modern chemistry emerged from the historical traditions of metalworking (beginning as early as the Bronze Age in 3500 BC); medicine (especially
  • Complexity and Chaos
    Traditional scientific determinism has suggested that the natural world is regular and predictable, and that timeless and universal nature is best understood by studying its parts in isolation. For...
  • Darwin and Evolution
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882) published in 1859 a vastly important work: On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwin ...
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The
    One of the greatest texts in the English language.
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Part II, The
    Gibbon's work occupies an immortal place in the pantheon of historical masterpieces.
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The: Volume 1
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a model of clarity and completeness, as accurate as historical research in Gibbon’s day could make it. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395.
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The: Volume 2
    This second volume of Gibbon’s masterpiece, covering A.D. 395 to A.D. 1185, recounts desperate attempts against barbarians, palace revolutions and assassinations, theological controversy, and more.
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The: Volume 3
    This final volume of Gibbon’s celebrated work covers 1185 A.D.—1453 A.D. and explores the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the invention of gunpowder, and the beginning of the Renaissance.
  • Einstein's Revolution
    In 1905, Albert Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity, followed by the General Theory of Relativity in 1916. He firmly established (1) the idea that all judgement about motion is a ma...
  • First Three Minutes, The
    Now updated with a major new afterword that incorporates the latest cosmological research, this classic of contemporary science writing by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist explains what happened whe...
  • Feud that Sparked the Renaissance, The: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World
    This fascinating true story brings to life Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, two talented, passionate artists and the competitive drive that united and divided them.
  • Germany
    Germany is historically one of the most important of all nations. Since emerging from its days as a Roman province, Germany (including Prussia) has had a central role in European affairs. It has re...
  • Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle
    In this enlightening and entertaining work, Johnson presents heroism through examples in history. From Alexander to Joan of Arc and George Washington to Marilyn Monroe, here are men and women from eve
  • History of Ancient Egypt
    History of Ancient Egypt: art, culture, philosphy, religion, daily life.
  • History of Rome
    A short history of Rome. It's people, places, army and pastimes.
  • History of the Jews, A
    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation.
  • Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Horrible Histories: The Measly Middle Ages
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Horrible Histories: The Savage Stone Age
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Horrible Histories: The Stormin' Normans
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Horrible Histories: The Vicious Vikings
    Based on the bestselling books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars
    Suetonius wrote Lives of the Twelve Caesars in the reign of Vespasian around 70AD. He chronicled their extraordinary careers, presenting perspicacious insights into the men as much as their reigns.
  • Medical Science
    Though medical science began with the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, dissection, and the study of the human body was prohibited for religious reasons until the Renaissance. In 1623, William H...
  • Medieval Science
    After Rome fell in the 5th century A.D., Europe endured a long drought of ideas. The Middle Ages were a time when spiritual, other-worldly concerns dominated intellectual life; study of the natural...
  • Natural Science and the Planet Earth
    Among the greatest natural historians was Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), who influenced Goethe, Darwin, and America's leading naturalists. Humboldt's Cosmos, published in five volumes from 184...
  • New Understanding of the Atom, A
    The concept of the atom—the smallest physical building block of nature—has been around at least since ancient Greece. Leucippus and Democritus conceived of a mechanical or physical atom...
  • Origins of the Universe
    For most of history, the beginning of the universe has been understood through the many myths offered in various cultures. But in the modern age, scientific cosmology has emerged to offer new expla...
  • Persian Expedition, The
    Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition.
  • Persian War, The
    Herodotus tells the heroic tale of the Greeks' resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, King of Persia.
  • Plutarch - Greek Lives
    Plutarch's unique insight into the great men of the Ancient World through his biographies.
  • River Out of Eden
    In this audio book based on his number one bestselling book, Dawkins presents a closely argued and intellectually exhilarating case for his radical Darwinian view of life on Earth.
  • Roman Lives
    Though he was Greek, Plutarch wrote his Lives in the first century, a world dominated by the Roman Empire. Here he considers some of the major figures who had left their stamp.
  • Science In Antiquity
    After 3500 B.C., when cuneiform writing was developed and recorded history began, science first emerged among stargazing astronomer-priests in ancient west Asia. The gods were identified with the s...
  • Secrets of the Code
    Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? Did they have a child together? In the Secrets of the Code, Burstein attempts to distill expert opinion on the subject.
  • Short History Of Ireland, A
    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station’s most ambitious project to date.
  • Spartans, The: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse
    The Spartans of ancient Greece were a powerful and unique people, a society of warrior-heroes who exemplified the heroic virtues of self-sacrifice, community endeavor, and achievement against all odds. Paul Cartledge engagingly examines the rise and fall of this singular society.
  • Survey of Ancient History, A
    Take a fascinating journey from the mists of prehistory to the fall of the Roman empire.
  • Tacitus: The Histories
    Tacitus, a Roman orator and public official, describes and interprets his own period, beginning with the political situation following Nero’s death and ending at the close of the Flavian dynasty.
  • Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World
    The valiant efforts of the Greek warriors against huge onrushing Persian army at the narrow pass at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. changed the way future generations would think about combat, courage, and death. Cartledge shows how the repercussions of this history-altering moment affect our culture...

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