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  • HAMAS CONTAINED: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance. by Baconi, Tareq.
    Baconi, Tareq.
    HAMAS CONTAINED: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance.

    Edition: First printing.

    Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, (2018) dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in the Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures series, and the first comprehensive look at the history of Hamas. "Neither a democratic political party nor a terrorist group, Hamas is a multifaceted liberation organization, one rooted in the nationalist claims of the Palestinian people. . . Drawing on interviews with organization leaders, as well as publications from the group, Tareq Baconi maps Hamas's thirty-year transition from fringe military resistance towards governance. He breaks new ground in questioning the conventional understanding of Hamas and shows how the movement's ideology ultimately threatens the Palestinian struggle and, inadvertently, its own legitimacy." Notes, bibliography, index. xxiv, 336 pp. ISBN: 978-0804797412.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73819
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  • A YEAR IN RUSSIA. by Baring, Maurice (1874-1945).
    Baring, Maurice (1874-1945).
    A YEAR IN RUSSIA.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Methuen, (1907). Hardcover first edition - Contains the day to day journal entries which describe the events of 1905 to 1906 as seen by Baring - who was also a novelist, dramatist and poet, as well as a travel writer and newspaper correspondent. Begins with the ending of the Russo-Japanese War in August and September 1905 and continues through the dissolution of the Duma in August 1906. Index. xix, 319 pp, 40 pp publishers catalogue.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with gold lettering, no dust jacket. Toning, especially to endpapers, front hinge cracking.

    Book ID: 72872
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  • CESARE BORGIA. by [Borgia, Cesare] Yriarte, Charles .
    [Borgia, Cesare] Yriarte, Charles .
    CESARE BORGIA.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Francis Aldor (Aldus Publications Ltd), (1947). Hardcover first edition - Biography of Cesare Borgia,the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI who was named a cardinal at 17 but later resigned that to go on to become a powerful ruler while he had the support of the papacy. Machiavelli was at Borgia's court in 1502-1503 and some of the episodes in The Prince were based on Borgia's actions. Translated from the original Italian by William Stirling. 224 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69137
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  • UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink. by Currier, Richard L.
    Currier, Richard L.
    UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states;…

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    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, the rise of digital technologies may well lead to the birth of a global civilization." INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication, Photographs,notes, bibliography, index. xx, 376 pp.

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

    Book ID: 68886
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  • Davis, David Brion.
    SLAVERY AND HUMAN PROGRESS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - A survey of slavery and emancipation throughout world history, from antiquity to the modern era - divided into three sections - How Progress led to the Europeans' Enslavement of Africans, Redeeming Christianity's Reptutations, and Abolishing Slavery and Civilizing the World - this book discusses the concept that slavery was considered part of progress and the transition from white slaves to black slaves; the emancipation movements and the on-going debate over modern slavery in the United States. Davis has won many prices - the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Bancroft - for his thought-provoking works on slavery. Notes, index. 374 pp. ISBN: 0-195034392.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 34744
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  • LANDMARKS OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. by Ferguson, John M., Ph.D.
    Ferguson, John M., Ph.D.
    LANDMARKS OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York & London: Longmans, Green and Co., (1947, c 1938). Hardcover - A survey of economic thought and practice from ancient Egypt on up through the time this was written, with most attention given to the rise of capitalist and then socialist economic theory - Marxian and post-Marxian. Discussion questions, index. 299 pp.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine - usual toning to the pages, some rubbing to the lettering, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76650
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  • JUNGVOLK: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitlers Third Reich. by Gehlen, Wilhelm and Don Gregory.
    Gehlen, Wilhelm and Don Gregory.
    JUNGVOLK: The Story of a Boy Defending Hitlers Third Reich.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Drexel, PA Casemate (2008). First edition - The wartime memoir of Will, the nephew of Reinhard Gehlen, head of Nazi Germany intelligence agency, Foreign Armies East. He was only 10 when the war began but as a member of the Jungvolk, and lived in a small town near the Westwall, but he became a helper with the local Luftwaffe flak battery. Photographs, ix, 318 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (lower corner bumped)

    Book ID: 60737
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  • THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD: Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad. by Gonick, Larry.
    Gonick, Larry.
    THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD: Part II: From the Bastille to Baghdad.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2009). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page with a small drawing. "Gonick illuminates with the Enlightenment, then goes deep into the French Revolution, followed by Napoleon's conquests. He covers everything from the Opium Wars to the post-Napoleonic world, industrialisation and the working class, early 20th-century revolutionaries, World Wars I and II, the Cold War era, religious fundamentalism, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. After illustrating three centuries of major events and movements around the globe, Gonick finally brings readers to the eve of a new world order, with a semi-united Europe and rising powers in China and India, and in the end reflects on the ongoing challenge of a sustainable…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2009). SIGNED first edition - SIGNED on the title page with a small drawing. "Gonick illuminates with the Enlightenment, then goes deep into the French Revolution, followed by Napoleon's conquests. He covers everything from the Opium Wars to the post-Napoleonic world, industrialisation and the working class, early 20th-century revolutionaries, World Wars I and II, the Cold War era, religious fundamentalism, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. After illustrating three centuries of major events and movements around the globe, Gonick finally brings readers to the eve of a new world order, with a semi-united Europe and rising powers in China and India, and in the end reflects on the ongoing challenge of a sustainable future." Bibliography, index. 260 pp plus publisher's ads. Slightly oversized square format. ISBN: 9780060760083.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 59111
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  • QUEEN OF HEARTS: MARGUERITE OF VALOIS ('La Reine Margot') 1553 - 1615. by Haldane, Charlotte.
    Haldane, Charlotte.
    QUEEN OF HEARTS: MARGUERITE OF VALOIS ('La Reine Margot') 1553 - 1615.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1963) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of this often misunderstood queen of France, based on her own memoirs and correspondence. Illustrated with photographs. Sources, notes on translation, map, family tree, index. 307 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookplate, one short closed tear to dj)

    Book ID: 73964
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  • QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Memory of Malcolm H. Kerr. by [Kerr, Malcolm H., 1931 -1984] Seikaly, S.; R. Baalbaki, R. and P. Dodd, editors.
    [Kerr, Malcolm H., 1931 -1984] Seikaly, S.; R. Baalbaki, R. and P. Dodd, editors.
    QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING: Arabic and Islamic Studies in Memory of Malcolm H. Kerr.

    Edition: First printing.

    Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes "a rich collection of Arabic and Islamic studies contributed by an international body of scholars. In memory of the late Malcolm H. Kerr [who was President of the American University at the time of his death] The essays reflect his abiding interests and contain studies of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, the history of Lebanon, and the Muslim legacy in art, philosophy, and science." Perhaps even more timely now than was it was first published. Includes a foreword by Peter Dodd, an essay on Kerr by Samir M. Seikaly and a Malcolm Kerr bibliography. Among the contributors and topics are Kamil Salibi on Mount Lebanon under…

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    Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes "a rich collection of Arabic and Islamic studies contributed by an international body of scholars. In memory of the late Malcolm H. Kerr [who was President of the American University at the time of his death] The essays reflect his abiding interests and contain studies of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, the history of Lebanon, and the Muslim legacy in art, philosophy, and science." Perhaps even more timely now than was it was first published. Includes a foreword by Peter Dodd, an essay on Kerr by Samir M. Seikaly and a Malcolm Kerr bibliography. Among the contributors and topics are Kamil Salibi on Mount Lebanon under the Malmuks, Rashid Khalidi on External Intervention in Lebanon, William B. Quandt on the Camp David negotiations, Lawrence I. Conrad on the archeology of early Islam, Henry J. MacAdam on 19th century Orientalist and diplomat William Henry Waddington and much more. This copy is an interesting association copy SIGNED with the words "towards understanding Moslem' by author S. A. Maududi (who has written several books on the Holy Qur'an and on Islam) and also SIGNED in purple ink by Gary Zukav under the words "Dancing Wooly Masters" and above "glorious Quran" (Zukav is the author of 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters' among other books). Presumably Zukav's personal copy with some underlining and marginal notations in several essays in the same purple ink (also in green and blue ink). Photographs, notes, index. xli, 326 pp

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    Condition: Very good in a good dustjacket (marginal notations and underlining, edgewear to the dj, sunning to the spine.)

    Book ID: 40929
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  • DARING YOUNG MEN: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift: June 1948 - May 1949. by Reeves, Richard.
    Reeves, Richard.
    DARING YOUNG MEN: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift: June 1948 - May 1949.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of a military operation that changed the world. On June 26, 1948, Harry S. Truman began recalling the airmen of World War II to active duty to try to save the people of the western sectors of Berlin. "Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city. . . He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starveor retaliate by starting World War III. . . . [Truman's] answer: 'We stay in Berlin. Period.' That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An account of a military operation that changed the world. On June 26, 1948, Harry S. Truman began recalling the airmen of World War II to active duty to try to save the people of the western sectors of Berlin. "Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city. . . He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starveor retaliate by starting World War III. . . . [Truman's] answer: 'We stay in Berlin. Period.' That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging on doors to deliver telegrams to the vets. Drawing on service records and hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, Reeves tells the stories of these civilian airmen. . . [who] did the impossible, living in barns and muddy tents, flying over Soviet-occupied territory day and night." INSCRIBED on the left hand title page "To -- a daring young man." Map, illustrated with contemporary cartoons at the head of each chapter. Notes, bibliography, index. xvii, 316 pp. ISBN: 978-1416541196.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69614
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  • BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness by Turner, Frederick
    Turner, Frederick
    BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A brilliant reconstruction of the 'spiritual history' that led up to the European domination and decimation of aboriginal cultures - native American tribes, Caribbean tribes, the Mayans - as rich in mythic life as the Western culture was barren. The author contends that it was the progressive decay of Christianity from a living mythology into a historically oriented state religion that creted a spiritual vacuum in the West, resulting in a terrific restlessness and energy that eventually mainfested itself in exploration conquest and conversion." Notes on sources, index. xviii, 329 pp. ISBN: 0-670-160989.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 55363
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  • THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON'S CODES. by Urban, Mark.
    Urban, Mark.
    THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON'S CODES.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2001) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of the early days of cryptography - this book uses the original sources, including many ciphers and code-tables and shows that Lieutenant Colonel George Scovell was a true forerunner to the great code-breakers of the twentieth century. Photographs, maps, notes on sources, index. xix, 346pp. ISBN: 0-06-018891X.

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

    Book ID: 62835
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