History

The Greeks

by  H.D.F. Kitto
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783 greeksMost ancient cultures disappeared with scarcely a trace, their effect upon our modern way of life of little consequence. The Greeks, however, continue to influence contemporary man through their drama, philosophy and art, their political cogniance and knowledge of science. There are many books introducing the Greek world to the modern reader, but this volume was recognied as a classic in the field upon its publication by Penguin Books.

The Trial of the Templars

by  Malcolm Barber
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673 trial templarsThe Templars fought against Islam in the crusader east for nearly two centuries. During that time the original small band grew into a formidable army, backed by an extensive network of preceptories in the Latin West.

A Century of War

by  John V. Denson
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759 century warJohn Denson, in a book that covers the history of America's large wars from 1860 through the Cold War, describes the 20th century — not coincidentally a century of statism — as the bloodiest in all history: "More than 170 million people were killed by governments with ten million being killed in World War I and fifty million killed in World War II. In regard to the fifty million killed in World War II, it is significant that nearly 70 percent were innocent civilians, mainly as a result of the bombing of cities by Great Britain and America."

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849 biblical worldHere, in one impressively illustrated volume, leading scholars offer compelling glimpses into the biblical world, the world in which prophets, poets, sages, and historians created one of our most important texts--the Bible.

Armageddon

by  Max Hastings
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695 armageddonIn September 1944, the Allies believed that Hitler's army was beaten and expected the bloodshed to end by Christmas. Yet a series of mistakes and setbacks, including the Battle of the Bulge, drastically altered this timetable and led to eight more months of brutal fighting. With Armageddon, the eminent military historian Max Hastings gives us memorable accounts of the great battles and captures their human impact on soldiers and civilians.

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835 decline roman empireGripping, powerfully intelligent, and wonderfully entertaining, Gibbon's classic account of Rome ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age. Attacked for its enlightened views on politics, sexuality, and religion, the first volume was nonetheless found on every table and received widespread acclaim for its elegant prose.

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786 salamisOn a late September day in 480 B.C., Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada in the narrow Salamis Straits in the most important naval battle of the ancient world. Overwhelmingly outnumbered by the enemy, the Greeks triumphed through a combination of strategy and deception. More than two millennia after it occurred, the clash between the Greeks and Persians at Salamis remains one of the most tactically brilliant battles ever fought. The Greek victory changed the course of western history -- halting the advance of the Persian Empire and setting the stage for the Golden Age of Athens.

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675 templarsIf you liked The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, you"ll love digging deeper with The Knights Templar Chronology, a fascinating timeline telling the year by year story of one of history's most secret and mysterious brotherhoods -- in detail unmatched by any other reference volume.

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672 templarsThis book is an essential exploration into the history of a legendary group of Crusaders, which are prominently featured in Dan Brown's recent best seller, The Da Vinci Code. The Knights Templar rose from humble beginnings to become the most powerful military religious order of the Middle Ages.

To Rule the Waves

by  Arthur Herman
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669 rule wavesThe extraordinary story of how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world eco-nomic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Christopher Columbus, and ushered in another -- the one in which we still live today.

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