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  • WHAT WOULD BE THE CHARACTER OF A NEW WAR? Enquiry Organised by the Inter-parliamentary Union, Geneva by Angell, Sir Norman, and others.
    Angell, Sir Norman, and others.
    WHAT WOULD BE THE CHARACTER OF A NEW WAR? Enquiry Organised by the Inter-parliamentary Union, Geneva

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, 1933. Hardcover first edition - Academic and military experts from the US, Japan and seven European countries including Sir Norman Angell (Great Britain), Major K. A. Bratt and Lieut. G. B. R. Sergel (Sweden), Francis Delaisi and Andre Mayer (France), G. Honoso (Japan) and more. Among the subjects covered were the changes in the methods of warfare, the production of weapons, aerial and chemical warfare, the effects of war on the population and on economics and finance. Significant because of its publication at a time when the world was heading inexorably to the next world war, but unfortunately a book whose lessons were mostly ignored. Biographical notes, xii, 420 pp.

    Condition: Good in cream cloth with red lettering (some light soiling to the covers, stamp on front endpaper, tear to lower edge of half title page, but a sturdily bound and clean copy)

    Book ID: 61499
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  • THE INVENTION OF YESTERDAY: A 50,000-Year History Of Human Culture, Conflict, And Connection. by Ansary, Tamim.
    Ansary, Tamim.
    THE INVENTION OF YESTERDAY: A 50,000-Year History Of Human Culture, Conflict, And Connection.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: PublicAffairs, (2019). SIGNED first edition - An exploration of the nature of history by this Afghanistan-born author. "From language to culture to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual Age." SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2019. Maps, bibliography. 418 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy white wrappers (crease to lower corner of front cover, otherwise appears unread).

    Book ID: 78416
    Keywords: History: World
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  • THE CONQUEST OF FAMINE. by Aykroyd, W R.
    Aykroyd, W R.
    THE CONQUEST OF FAMINE.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1974. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at major famines over the years - in China, India, Ireland, and Russia - and of attempts to prevent them, including the Indian Famine Code of 1887 and more recently the role of the United Nations - but even as it acknowledges the activities of the rulers of India in pre-colonial days to ameliorate conditions when drought caused a shortage of food, it downplays the role of British colonialism in ignoring the plight of the people and in putting in place policies that caused massive death tolls. Photographs, references, index. vii, 216 pp. ISBN: 0-701120479.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64714
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  • HUMAN SMOKE: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization. by Baker, Nicholson.
    Baker, Nicholson.
    HUMAN SMOKE: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dust jacket - a "deeply moving indictment of the treasured myths that have romanticized much of the 1930s and '40s. Incorporating meticulous research and well-documented sources -- including newspaper and magazine articles, radio speeches, memoirs, and diaries -- the book juxtaposes hundreds of interrelated moments of decision, brutality, suffering, and mercy. Vivid glimpses of political leaders and their dissenters illuminate and examine the gradual, horrifying advance toward overt global war and Holocaust." Extensive notes, index. 566 pp. ISBN: 1416567844.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 50941
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  • THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH. by Bennett, Michael.
    Bennett, Michael.
    THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: St Martin's, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Book published on the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was slain, and Henry became the first of the Tudor kings. A well-produced and written work, illustrated with many photographs, and with an extensive appendix on sources, notes, index. 199 pgs, slightly oversized format, printed on heavy stock, bound in black cloth with gold lettering on spine. ISBN: 0-312-069723.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (embossed seal of previous owner.)

    Book ID: 49152
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  • Benson, E.F.
    QUEEN VICTORIAÕS DAUGHTERS.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Appleton-Century, 1938. Hardcover - Photographs, index. 315 pp.

    Condition: Very good in lavender cloth (spine faded), lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 23816
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  • GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam. by Bowden, Mark.
    Bowden, Mark.
    GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (2006). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage crisis, America's first battle with militant Islam. "On November 4, 1979, a group of radical Islamist students, inspired by the revolutionary Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days" - a crisis which changed the world. Illustrated with photographs and maps. SIGNED on the title page. Appendix, source notes, index. 680 pp. ISBN: 978-0871139252.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83482
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  • THE AXEMAKER'S GIFT: A Double-Edged History of Human Culture. by Burke, James and Robert Ornstein.
    Burke, James and Robert Ornstein.
    THE AXEMAKER'S GIFT: A Double-Edged History of Human Culture.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1995.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the history of mankind from the first stone axe to the supercomputers of today, and how those with the genius to invent, lead, design, heal have brought the earth to the brink of destruction. Illustrated with drawings by Ted Dewan. Bibliography, index. 348 pp. ISBN: 0-399140883.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket. (tear at lower corner of dj flap)

    Book ID: 40753
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  • EARTHLY POWERS: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War. by Burleigh, Michael.
    Burleigh, Michael.
    EARTHLY POWERS: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A sweeping history covering two hundred years of the battles between religion and politics. Illustrated with both full color and black and white plates. Notes, an extensive bibliography and index. 530 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0580933.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47359
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  • Carse, Robert.
    A BOOK OF SMUGGLERS.

    Edition: 1st edition.

    New York: Scribner's, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - A history of smuggling in the British Isles and in the early years of America. Illustrated.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 2587
    Keywords: History: World
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  • Chesnoff, Richard Z.
    PACK OF THIEVES: How Hitler and Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Prize-winning journalist's expose of the 'detailed systematic looting' of Europe's Jews - by the Nazis, their collaborators, the neutrals, and even the Allies, to steal billions form the Jews of Europe before, during, and after the Holocaust - even 50 years later, assets are still being held in Swiss banks. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 325 pp. ISBN: 0-385487630.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket. (slight spine slant.)

    Book ID: 38151
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  • Cohen, Carl, editor.
    COMMUNISM, FACISM, & DEMOCRACY: The Theoretical Foundations.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Random House, 1969. 704 page, including index.

    Condition: Fair condition only. (edge wear, front cover creased, creased spine)

    Book ID: 14504
    Keywords: History: World
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  • Davies, D. W.
    ELIZABETHANS ERRANT: The Strange Fortunes of Sir Thomas Sherley and His Three Sons As Well in the Dutch Wars as in Muscovy, Morocco, Persia, Spain and the Indies.

    Edition: First printing.

    Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1967. dj. Hardcover first edition - A reconstruction of the lives of 4 unconventional Elizabethan rogues, gentlemen on the make, ambassadors and secret agents, world travelers, pirates, goverment officials, and debtors, and also a picture of the society of the time. Illustrated, extensive notes, index. 337 pages.

    Condition: Fine in a very good dustjacket (some edgewear at the bottom of the spine.)

    Book ID: 16279
    Keywords: History: World
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  • LATE VICTORIAN HOLOCAUSTS: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World. by Davis, Mike.
    Davis, Mike.
    LATE VICTORIAN HOLOCAUSTS: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Verso, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating book by this winner of a MacArthur "genius" award, a combination of history, political economy, meteorology and ecology. It "focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India, Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites. Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the price for capitalist…

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    New York & London: Verso, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating book by this winner of a MacArthur "genius" award, a combination of history, political economy, meteorology and ecology. It "focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India, Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites. Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasantsÕ lives." Photographs and charts, glossary, notes and index. x, 464 pp. ISBN: 1859847390.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66988
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  • THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: What Can Learn from Traditional Societies? by Diamond, Jared.
    Diamond, Jared.
    THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: What Can Learn from Traditional Societies?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2013) dj. Hardcover first edition - This Pulitzer Prize-winning author returns to the past in search of a better future. Based in large part upon his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Illustrated with both full color and black and white photographs. Further readings, index. xi, 499. ISBN: 978-0670024810.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 78423
    Keywords: History: World
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  • THE LIFE OF GREECE. by Durant, Will.
    Durant, Will.
    THE LIFE OF GREECE.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1939. dj. Hardcover - "A history of Greek government, industry, manners, morals, religion, philosophy, science, literature, and art from the earliest times to the Roman conquest." including a section on the prehistoric culture of Crete and the heroic age. A volume in "The Story of Civlization". Illustrated, bibliography, notes, index. A large and heavy volume. xviii, 754 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83252
    Keywords: History: World
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  • Esler, Anthony
    BOMBS BEARDS AND BARRICADES: 150 Years of Youth in Revolt

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Stein & Day, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - Written at the height of the student movement in the late 60's, this is an attempt to place it in historical perspective - topics range from student revolutionaries in Germany in 1815 to the beats in the 50's.

    Condition: VG/G (worn and chipped edges of dj.)

    Book ID: 6324
    Keywords: History: World
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  • Ferrell, Robert H, general editor.
    THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: an Almanac.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: World Almanac Publications, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - This provides a panoramic view of the issues, the personalities, the astounding progress and the appalling tragedies that have overtaken the world since the epochal year of 1900. Includes black-and-white photographs and index.

    Condition: Good only in likedust jacket (book- edge wear, corners slightly bumped, dj- edge wear, 1-inch tear bottom front cover)

    Book ID: 14485
    Keywords: History: World
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  • COAL: A Human History. by Freese, Barbara.
    Freese, Barbara.
    COAL: A Human History.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Perseus Books, (2003.). First edition - A fascinating look at the history and uses of coal from the days of the Romans and ancient Brits and 12th China to its role in fueling the industrial revolution - with an emphasis on the social costs of coal, including the exploitation of miners, the deadly smoke that hung over the cities and the continuing contribution to global warming. Photographs, notes, bibliography. 295 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 30454
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  • THE WORLD IS FLAT: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. by Friedman. Thomas L.
    Friedman. Thomas L.
    THE WORLD IS FLAT: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2005). Hardcover first edition - A " concise history of globalization, discussing a wide range of topics, from the 9/11 attacks to the growth of the middle class in both China and India" by this Pulitzer prize winning author. Index. viii, 488 pp. ISBN: 978-0374292881.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71850
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  • Gerhardie, William.
    GOD'S FIFTH COLUMN: A Biography of the Age, 1890-1940.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981. dj. Hardcover first edition - Posthumous publication of the author's last book, edited and with an introduction by Michael Holroyd and Robert Skidelsky. includes index. 360 pages. ISBN: 0-671-43652-x.

    Condition: Very good+ in very good dust jacket. (slight edge wear)

    Book ID: 15226
    Keywords: History: World
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  • AN HONOURABLE DEFEAT: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945. by Gill, Anton.
    Gill, Anton.
    AN HONOURABLE DEFEAT: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945.

    Edition: Full size book club edition.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1995.) dj. Hardcover - Based on interviews with the few survivors and their families, this is a comprehensive look at those who resisted the power of Hitler and the Nazis from inside Germany. "The numbers are small. Scattered across the landscape that was Nazi Germany, the Resistance looks puny: too little, too late. And yet, in the context of a police state, it assumes larger proportions. For those who have never known life under such a regime, it is hard to grasp the daily terror that makes an act of political graffiti a capital offense, that labels resistance 'treason.' " Illustrated with maps and photographs, with a chart of resistance groups. Includes chronology, a 'who's who', notes, bibliography and index. 293 pp. ISBN: 0-805035141.

    Condition: Near fine in fine dust jacket (prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 39530
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  • A THREAD ACROSS THE OCEAN: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable by Gordon, John Steele.
    Gordon, John Steele.
    A THREAD ACROSS THE OCEAN: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Walker, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating account of an epic struggle, lasting over 40 years, and one of the most extraordinary engineering feats of the 19th century, which culminated in 1866 when the Old and New Worlds were united by the successful laying of a telegraph cable that spanned the Atlantic. Photographs, Notes, bibliography, index. 240 pp. ISBN: 0-802713645.

    Condition: Very good in a fine dust jacket (gift inscription on front endpaper.)

    Book ID: 37363
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  • SOVIET LAND: The Country, Its People and Their Work. by Gray, G. D. B.
    Gray, G. D. B.
    SOVIET LAND: The Country, Its People and Their Work.

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Adam and Charles Black, 1947. dj. Hardcover first edition - A "comprehensive, non-political account of the land and its people" Illustrate with eighty-five photographs and 141 maps, diagrams and drawings. Index. 324 pp. Map on rear endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (previous owner's name on front endpapers, dj is price-clipped, has several short tears).

    Book ID: 67015
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  • THE WOMEN OF THE COUSINS' WAR: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother. by Gregory, Philippa; David Baldwin and Michael Jones
    Gregory, Philippa; David Baldwin and Michael Jones
    THE WOMEN OF THE COUSINS' WAR: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2011.) dj. Hardcover - From the dj: "Gregory teams with two eminent historians to explore the historical characters in the real-life world behind her Wars of the Roses novels. [they] describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins' War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology, and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who survived two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established authority on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2011.) dj. Hardcover - From the dj: "Gregory teams with two eminent historians to explore the historical characters in the real-life world behind her Wars of the Roses novels. [they] describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins' War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology, and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who survived two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established authority on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry a king of England for love; and Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the House of Tudor. In the introduction, Gregory writes revealingly about the differences between history and historical fiction. How much of a role does speculation play in writing each? How much fiction and how much fact should there be in a historical novel? How are female historians changing our view of women in history? " Maps,. Illustrated, Notes and sources, bibliography, index. 342 pp. ISBN: 9781451629545.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52762
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  • THE NEXT CENTURY. by Halberstam, David.
    Halberstam, David.
    THE NEXT CENTURY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1991). Hardcover first edition - A book which reflects on the recent past and offers a wide-ranging perspective on the startling changes now reshaping the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and an analysis of Japan's rise to its present position in the world's economy. I don't think he could have imagined how prophetic he was being when he said the American century is over! 126 pp. ISBN: 0-68810391X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79640
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  • THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY, 1968 - 1952. by Hardie, Frank.
    Hardie, Frank.
    THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY, 1968 - 1952.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1970) dj. Hardcover first edition - Focuses on the reigns of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. A title in the History of Europe series under the editorship of J. H. Plumb. Bibliography, references, index. 224 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some bleeding from the boards to the back cover of the dj)

    Book ID: 72617
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  • THE LIFE OF EMPRESS JOSEPHINE: First Wife of Napoleon. by Headley, P. C.
    Headley, P. C.
    THE LIFE OF EMPRESS JOSEPHINE: First Wife of Napoleon.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Boston: Lee and Shepard, Publishers. (1856.). Hardcover - Engraved frontispiece, 384 pp. Bound in dark green cloth with black embossed design on front cover, large gold decoration on spine.

    Condition: Good only - wear to edges of boards and corners, especially upper edge of rear cover, binding tight with front hinge just starting, foxing to prelim pages and tissue guard of frontispiece.

    Book ID: 16275
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  • Hersey, John
    HIROSHIMA

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Bantam, (1969.). The story of six people who survived the explosion of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. A Bantam classic, FCC224, cover price 50c. Photograph of mushroom cloud on front cover.

    Condition: Good overall - some rubbing to covers, usual toning to the pages.

    Book ID: 43105
    Keywords: History: World
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  • Herskovits, Melville J.
    CULTURAL DYNAMICS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.

    Condition: Good only. (edge wear, cover faded, creased spine, prev. owner's name on first page, one line underlined.)

    Book ID: 14493
    Keywords: History: World
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