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  • The Battle of Dienbienphu
    The Battle of Dienbienphu (English, Paperback) Jules Roy

    Forty years ago, France's war with the anticolonial Communist-led Vietminh insurgency climaxed in the bloody battle for the valley of Dienbienphu. The Vietminh's victory put the 17 million people of North Vietnam under Communist rule and would, in two years, induce America's attempt to save South Vietnamwithout heeding the French army's catastrophic defeat. That defeat, former French soldier Jules Roy explains, occurred not because of a shortage of arms or troops, but more important, less tangible reasons. Hungry for a textbook victory, the French military command occupied the valley in a plan to lure the Vietminh down from the hills to destroy them with supposedly superior artillery. Roy vividly shows how French political infighting in Paris and rivalry in the high command left a few romantic professional officers and soldiers of the French Expeditionary Corps and the Foreign Legion to be surrounded and then overwhelmed by totally dedicated and resourceful enemy forces. Roy also profiles Vietminh soldiers and commanders and how they ended over eighty years of French colonial rule in North Vietnam. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs add to a moving and dramatic? (New York Times Book Review) account of the battle that led to America's involvement the Vietnam War. Roy relates the basic facts perceptively and brilliantly. Americans concerned with Vietnam should read The Battle of Dienbienphu.? New York Times Book Review (front page) A searing portrait of France's failure in Vietnam...? Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • In Defense of Troublemakers
    In Defense of Troublemakers (English, Hardback) Charlan Nemeth

    An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not quashed

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  • Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers
    Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers (English, Paperback) Adam Spencer

    How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? Why is 70 weird, and what can we do about it? How can 56 people eat 1 pizza? In 100 bite-size chapters of no more than three pages each, Adam Spencer gives each number, 1 to 100, its place in the limelight. For example, take 65. It's the constant of a 5 x 5 "magic square" -- a square that contains the numbers 1 to 25, where all the rows and columns and each diagonal add up to 65. Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes in Cleopatra. And sharks can travel up to 65 kilometers per hour (about 40 mph). After reading Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers, readers will never look at numbers the same way again.

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  • The Klondike Fever
    The Klondike Fever (English, Paperback) Pierre Berton

    In 1897 a grimy steamer docked in Seattle and set into epic motion the incredible succession of events that Pierre Berton's exhilarating The Klondike Fever chronicles in all its splendid and astonishing folly. For the steamer Portland bore two tons of pure Klondike gold. And immediately, the stampede north to Alaska began. Easily as many as 100,000 adventurers, dreamers, and would-be miners from all over the world struck out for the remote, isolated gold fields in the Klondike Valley, most of them in total ignorance of the long, harsh Alaskan winters and the territory's indomitable terrain. Less than a third of that number would complete the enormously arduous mountain journey to their destination. Some would strike gold. Berton's story belongs less to the few who would make their fortunes than to the many swept up in the gold mania, to often unfortunate effects and tragic ends. It is a story of cold skies and avalanches, of con men and gamblers and dance hall girls, of sunken ships, of suicides, of dead horses and desperate men, of grizzly old miners and millionaires, of the land its exploitation and revenge. It is a story of the human capacity to dream, and to endure.

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  • How to Be a Stoic
    How to Be a Stoic (English, CD-Audio) Massimo Pigliucci $29.17 $35.00
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  • What Is Real?
    What Is Real? (English, Hardback) Adam Becker

    The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe...

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  • What Would the Founders Do?
    What Would the Founders Do? (English, Paperback) Richard Brookhiser

    Where are the Founders when we need them? Here.

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  • Villa and Zapata
    Villa and Zapata (English, Paperback) Frank McLynn

    Recounting the decade of bloody events that followed the eruption of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, Villa and Zapata explores the regional, international, cultural, racial, and economic strife that made the rebels Francisco (Pancho) Villa and Emiliano Zapata legends. Throughout this volume drama colludes with history, in a tale of two social outlaws who became legendary national heroes, yetdespite their triumph and only meeting, in 1914, in the Mexican capitalfailed to make common cause and ultimately fell victim to intrigues more treacherous than their own. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs bring this gripping narrative to life. McLynn ... tells it so well ... you can hear the strains of he Mexican patriotic standard Zacatecas' as you read it.?Austin American-Statesman An admirably clear account of the chaos of revolution, its rivalries and bloody struggles....?The Spectator Informative and insightful ... feels less like a history than a great story, as exciting as a Saturday serial Western.?Publishers Weekly

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  • Lost Kingdom
    Lost Kingdom (English, CD-Audio) Serhii Plokhy $40.45
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  • We Who Dared to Say No to War
    We Who Dared to Say No to War (English, Paperback) Murray Polner, Thomas E. Woods

    The first-ever anthology of American antiwar writing: from 1812 to the present, covering the entire political spectrum and the complete history of U.S. wars.

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  • Advice and Dissent
    Advice and Dissent (English, Hardback) Alan S Blinder

    A bestselling economist tells us what both politicians and economists must learn to fix America's failing economic policies...

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  • The Pentagon's Wars
    The Pentagon's Wars (English, CD-Audio) Mark Perry $29.47 $40.00
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  • Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data
    Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data (English, Hardback) Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Thomas Ramge

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Big Data, a prediction for how data will revolutionize the market economy and make cash, banks, and big companies obsolete...

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  • The Quantum Labyrinth
    The Quantum Labyrinth (English, CD-Audio) Paul Halpern Phd $29.92 $35.00
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  • Lessons in Hope
    Lessons in Hope (English, CD-Audio) George Weigel $91.42 $109.99
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  • The Quantum Labyrinth
    The Quantum Labyrinth (English, CD-Audio) Paul Halpern Phd $71.67 $100.99
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  • Becoming Hitler
    Becoming Hitler (English, CD-Audio) Thomas Weber $108.53 $118.99
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  • Summer for the Gods
    Summer for the Gods (English, CD-Audio) Edward J Larson $30.40 $35.00
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  • The Unruly City
    The Unruly City (English, CD-Audio) Mike Rapport $30.46 $40.00
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  • Becoming Hitler
    Becoming Hitler (English, CD-Audio) Thomas Weber $29.47 $40.00
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