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The Englishman's Daughter

by Ben Macintyre Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 12, 2002)

"I have a rendezvous with death, at some disputed barricade." Alan Seeger, 1916

In the first days of World War I four soldiers, left behind as the British army retreated through northern France under the first...


Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn Kurtz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life. The film, shot long ago by his...


The Unsubstantial Air

by Samuel Hynes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 21, 2014)

The Unsubstantial Air is the gripping story of the Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. Much more than a traditional military history, it is an account of the excitement of becoming...


Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors

by Brian A. Catlos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 26, 2014)

An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean world, and a new understanding of the forces that shaped it

In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors, the award-winning scholar Brian Catlos puts us on the ground...


Midnight In Sicily

by Peter Robb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 05, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island...


Berlin Now

by Peter Schneider & Sophie Schlondorff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 05, 2014)

A smartly guided romp, entertaining and enlightening, through Europe's most charismatic and enigmatic city

It isn't Europe's most beautiful city, or its oldest. Its architecture is not more impressive than that...


Some Desperate Glory

by Max Egremont Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

The story of World War I, through the lives and words of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars is in 2014. And while World War I devastated...


Lost and Found in Johannesburg

by Mark Gevisser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions

Lost and Found in Johannesburg begins with a transgression—the armed invasion of a private home...


Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 21, 2014)

A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania

For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar...


Warsaw 1944

by Alexandra Richie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 10, 2013)

The full untold story of how one of history's bravest revolts ended in one of its greatest crimes

In 1943, the Nazis liquidated Warsaw's Jewish ghetto. A year later, they threatened to complete the city's destruction...


Hanging Man

by Barnaby Martin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

The gripping story of post-Mao China and the harrowing fate of the artist and activist Ai Weiwei

In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds appeared in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In April 2011, he...


The Riddle and the Knight

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir...


The Argumentative Indian

by Amartya Sen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2013)

A Nobel Laureate offers a dazzling new book about his native country

India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints....


Franco's Crypt

by Jeremy Treglown Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

An open-minded and clear-eyed reexamination of the cultural artifacts of Franco's Spain

True, false, or both?

Spain's 1939-75 dictator, Francisco Franco, was a pioneer of water conservation and sustainable energy....


The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister—and of the family...


A New Time for Mexico

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In the essays in A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes discusses the history, origins and nature of Mexico's political system and the unforeseen, tumultuous events that began in 1994 with the rebellion in Chiapas...


The Campaign

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In The Campaign, a witty and enthralling saga of revolutionary South America, Carlos Fuentes explores the period of profound upheaval he calls" the romantic time." His hero, Baltasar Bustos, the son of a wealthy...


Truth's Ragged Edge

by Philip F. Gura Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 09, 2013)

From the acclaimed cultural historian Philip F. Gura comes Truth's Ragged Edge, a comprehensive and original history of the American novel's first century. Grounded in Gura's extensive consideration of the diverse...


The Faithful Executioner

by Joel F. Harrington Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2013)

Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister...


The Ruling Caste

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2007)

A sparkling, provocative history of the English in South Asia during Queen Victoria's reign

Between 1837 and 1901, less than 100,000 Britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over...


Former People

by Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2012)

Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the...


Opening Mexico

by Julia Preston & Samuel Dillon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 15, 2005)

The Story of Mexico's political rebirth, by two pulitzer prize-winning reporters

Opening Mexico is a narrative history of the citizens' movement which dismantled the kleptocratic one-party state that dominated...


Five Germanys I Have Known

by Fritz Stern Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 24, 2007)

The "German question" haunts the modern world: How could so civilized a nation be responsible for the greatest horror in Western history? In this unusual fusion of personal memoir and history, the celebrated...


Fortress Israel

by Patrick Tyler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

"Once in the military system, Israelis never fully exit," writes the prizewinning journalist Patrick Tyler in the prologue to Fortress Israel. "They carry the military identity for life, not just through service...


The Elizabethans

by A. N. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

"In Wilson's hands these familiar stories make for gripping reading."—The New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Author of Dante in Love

A sweeping panorama of the Elizabethan age,...


The Longest Fight

by William Gildea Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 19, 2012)

Many people came to Goldfield, Nevada, America's last gold-rush town, to seek their fortune. However, on a searing summer day in September 1906, they came not to strike it rich but to watch what would become...


The Potato

by Larry Zuckerman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 1999)

The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the...


Sweet and Low

by Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 20, 2007)

Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and...


Sleeping on a Wire

by David Grossman & Haim Watzman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 19, 2003)

Israel describes itself as a Jewish state. What, then, is the status of the one-fifth of its citizens who are not Jewish? Are they Israelis, or are they Palestinians? Or are they a people without a country?...


In the Land of Magic Soldiers

by Daniel Bergner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2004)

An Los Angeles Times Best Book 2003

A chilling, beautifully written narrative of African war

Sierra Leone is the world's most war-ravaged country. There, in a West African landscape of spectacular beauty, rampaging...


The Venus Fixers

by Ilaria Dagnini Brey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 22, 2010)

In 1943, while the world was convulsed by war, a few visionaries -- in the private sector and in the military -- committed to protect Europe's cultural heritage from the indiscriminate ravages of World War II....


The Metaphysical Club

by Louis Menand Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2002)

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History.

A riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought.

The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge,...


The Pursuit of Italy

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 2011)

One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year

Did Garibaldi do Italy a disservice when he helped its disparate parts achieve unity? Was the goal of political unification a mistake? These questions are asked...


Where China Meets India

by Thant Myint-U Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 13, 2011)

Thant Myint-U's Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching, timely book about the remote region that is suddenly a geopolitical center of the world.

From their very beginnings, China and India have been walled...


The Labyrinth of Exile

by Ernst Pawel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

"At the age of thirty-five, the fashionable Viennese playwright and journalist Theodor Herzl fantasized about the collective conversion of the Jews in a mass ceremony at the cathedral of St. Stephen. By the...


Defining the World

by Henry Hitchings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2006)

By the early eighteenth century, France and Italy had impressive lexicons, but there was no authoritative dictionary of English. Sensing the deficit, and impelled by a mixture of national pride and commercial...


The Missing Peace

by Dennis Ross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 01, 2005)

"The definitive and gripping account of the sometimes exhilarating, often tortured twists and turns in the Middle East peace process, viewed from the front row by one of its major players."--Bill Clinton

The...


Machete Season

by Jean Hatzfeld, Linda Coverdale & Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 18, 2006)

In April-May 1994, 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis were massacred by their Hutu fellow citizens--about 10,000 a day, mostly being hacked to death by machete. In Machete Season, the veteran foreign correspondent Jean...


Forgotten Land

by Max Egremont Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2011)

Until the end of World War II, East Prussia was the German empire's farthest eastern redoubt, a thriving and beautiful land on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Now it lives only in history and in myth....


Commander in Chief

by Geoffrey Perret Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2008)

How Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq Made The Commander In Chief and Foretell the Future of America

This is a story of ever-expanding presidential powers in an age of unwinnable wars. Harry Truman and Korea, Lyndon Johnson...


From Beirut to Jerusalem

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1989

by Thomas L. Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2010)

This revised edition of the number-one bestseller and winner of the 1989 National Book Award includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new, updated epilogue.

One of the most thought-provoking books ever written...


Molotov's Magic Lantern

by Rachel Polonsky Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 11, 2011)

When the British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves to Moscow, she discovers an apartment on Romanov Street that was once home to the Soviet elite. One of the most infamous neighbors was the ruthless apparatchik...


The Life of the Skies

by Jonathan Rosen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 23, 2008)

Aerial delights: A history of America as seen through the eyes of a bird-watcher

John James Audubon arrived in America in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson was president, and lived long enough to see his friend Samuel...


Franklin and Eleanor

by Hazel Rowley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 26, 2010)

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial...


Amexica

by Ed Vulliamy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 26, 2010)

Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border—"a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither"—as the narco-war...


Red Cloud at Dawn

by Michael D. Gordin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 29, 2009)

On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed First Lightning, exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. The startling event was not simply a technical experiment that confirmed the ability of the Soviet...


Germania

by Simon Winder Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 16, 2010)

A UNIQUE EXPLORATION OF GERMAN CULTURE, FROM SAUSAGE ADVERTISEMENTS TO WAGNER

Sitting on a bench at a communal table in a restaurant in Regensburg, his plate loaded with disturbing amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut...


Pakistan

by Mary Anne Weaver Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 22, 2010)

An eyewitness account by an acclaimed New Yorker reporter

Wedged between India and Afghanistan, Pakistan is the second-largest nation in the Islamic world, and is situated in what is currently one of the most...


There Is No Freedom Without Bread!

by Constantine Pleshakov Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 27, 2009)

The conventional story of the end of the cold war focuses on the geopolitical power struggle between the United States and the USSR: Ronald Reagan waged an aggressive campaign against communism, outspent the...


Our Times

by A. N. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 04, 2011)

When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, many proclaimed the start of a new Elizabethan Age. Few had any inkling, however, of the stupendous changes that would occur over the next fifty years, both in Britain...