Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of AuthoritarianismThe Pulitzer Prize winning author, professor, and historian offers an expert guide to understanding the appeal of the strongman as a leader and an explanation for why authoritarianism is back with a menacing twenty first century twist n nAcross the world today, from the Americas to Europe and beyond,

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the WorldWith a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918 1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.In Pa

Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up

Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All UpAn exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f ck ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree, to the most spectacular fails of the present day nIn the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we ve come a long way

Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History

Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in HistoryIn January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed than 50 million people German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers referred to it as Flanders Grippe, but world wid

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in HistoryConfronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega bestselling Killing series n nAs the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run A few were swiftly caught, including the no

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest PredatorA pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity s fate n nWhy was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for Britis

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

SPQR: A History of Ancient RomeIn SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome with passion and without technical jargon and demonstrates how a slightly shabby Iron Age village rose to become the undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean Wall Street Journal Hailed by critics as animating the grand swe

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear CatastropheA Chernobyl survivor and award winning historian mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system in this vividly empathetic account of the worst nuclear accident in history The Wall Street Journal.On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in hist

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human SocietiesDiamond has written a book of remarkable scope one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years n nWinner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth Today there is just one Us Homo sapiens n nHow did our species succeed in the battle for dominance Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human r

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldWeatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed.