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The Excruciating History of Dentistry

by James Wynbrandt St. Martin's Press (January 26, 2015)

For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose...

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

by Trevor Royle St. Martin's Press (December 22, 2014)

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle

The Crimean War is one of history's most compelling subjects. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and maladministration on a grand scale....

After Fidel

by Brian Latell St. Martin's Press (November 24, 2014)

This is a compelling behind-the-scenes account of the extraordinary Castro brothers and the dynastic succession of Fidel's younger brother Raul. Brian Latell, the CIA analyst who has followed Castro since the...

Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley St. Martin's Press (November 03, 2014)

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined...

Shock Factor

by Sgt. Jack Coughlin & John R. Bruning St. Martin's Press (October 27, 2014)

From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Shooter, comes a riveting narrative of how snipers have changed the course of America's war on al Qaida in the Middle East and Africa.

Retired Marine sniper...


by Roger Clarke St. Martin's Press (October 06, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

A comprehensive, authoritative and readable history of the evolution of the ghost in the west, examining the behavior of the subject in its preferred environment:...

Band of Giants

by Jack Kelly St. Martin's Press (September 08, 2014)

Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet...

Unreasonable Men

by Michael Wolraich St. Martin's Press (July 21, 2014)

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Republican Party stood at the brink of an internal civil war. After a devastating financial crisis, furious voters sent a new breed of politician to Washington. These...

The Templars

by Piers Paul Read St. Martin's Press (July 07, 2014)

In 1099, the city of Jerusalem, a possession of the Islamic Caliphate for over four-hundred years, fell to an army of European knights intent on restoring the Cross to the Holy Lands. From the ranks of these...

Tudors Versus Stewarts

by Linda Porter St. Martin's Press (June 30, 2014)

The war between the fertile Stewarts and the barren Tudors was crucial to the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth century. The legendary struggle, most famously embodied by the relationship between...

Queen Victoria

by Matthew Dennison St. Martin's Press (June 23, 2014)

Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology;...

The Language of the Land

by James Stephenson St. Martin's Press (May 12, 2014)

A rare adventure with the last Stone Age hunting and gathering tribe in Africa.

In 1997 James Stephenson arranged to have almost a full year free, a year he wanted to spend among the Hadzabe in Tanzania. He had...

In Search of the Immortals

by Howard Reid St. Martin's Press (May 05, 2014)

Everyone knows that the ancient Egyptians were great mummifiers, and their sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped corpses are familiar images to us all. Yet across the vast sweep of history, we find many other great...

Defending the City of God

by Sharan Newman St. Martin's Press (April 28, 2014)

Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region's most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural world...

The Road from Versailles

by Munro Price St. Martin's Press (April 21, 2014)

What becomes of leaders when absolute power is wrested from their hands? How does dramatic political change affect once-absolute monarchs? In acclaimed historian Munro Price's powerful new book, he confronts...

The Race Underground

by Doug Most St. Martin's Press (February 03, 2014)

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast,...


by Christopher Lee St. Martin's Press (February 03, 2014)

1603 was the year that Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors, died. Her cousin, Robert Carey, immediately rode like a demon to Scotland to take the news to James VI. The cataclysmic time of the Stuart monarchy...

The Rise of the Tudors

by Chris Skidmore St. Martin's Press (January 13, 2014)

On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart...


by Robert Schnakenberg St. Martin's Press (January 13, 2014)

Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults is a hilarious collection of insulting historical quotations in the vein of The Portable Curmudgeon that will have history buffs and readers of humor books in stitches....

The Affair of the Poisons

by Anne Somerset St. Martin's Press (January 13, 2014)

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects...

The Gates of Africa

by Anthony Sattin St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2014)

London, 1788: a group of British gentlemen---geographers, scholars, politicians, humanitarians, and traders---decide it is time to solve the mysteries of Africa's unknown interior regions. Inspired by the Enlightenment...

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!

by Richard Ned Lebow St. Martin's Press (January 06, 2014)

The "Great War" claimed nearly 40 million lives and set the stage for World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. One hundred years later, historians are beginning to recognize how unnecessary it was. In...

London 1945

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (December 30, 2013)

London at the outset of World War II in 1939 was the greatest city in the world, the heart of the British Empire. By 1945, it was a drab and exhausted city, beginning the long haul back to recovery.

The defiant...

With the Heart of a King

by Benton Rain Patterson St. Martin's Press (December 02, 2013)

Philip II of Spain, the most powerful monarch in sixteenth-century Europe and a ferocious empire-builder, was matched against the dauntless queen of England, Elizabeth I, determined to defend her country and...

We Took the Streets

by Mickey Melendez & Jose Torres St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2013)

An inside look at the Young Lords, the radical Puerto Rican activist group of the 1960s, from one of its founding members.

In 1968 Miguel "Mickey" Melendez was a college student, developing pride in his unique...

Sovereign Ladies

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2013)

Maureen Waller has written a fascinating narrative history---a brilliant combination of drama and biographical insight on the British monarchy---of the six women who have ruled England in their own names.



by Bob Brier St. Martin's Press (November 11, 2013)

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies...

American Heretics

by Peter Gottschalk St. Martin's Press (November 11, 2013)

In the middle of the nineteenth century a group of political activists in New York City joined together to challenge a religious group they believed were hostile to the American values of liberty and freedom....

The Baby Chase

by Leslie Morgan Steiner St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2013)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love comes a riveting new narrative about surrogate pregnancy from both sides of the equation--the parents and the gestational carrier.

Once considered a desperate,...

State of Failure

by Jonathan Schanzer St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2013)

The biggest obstacle to Palestinian statehood may not be Israel

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve...

Sea Venture

by Kieran Doherty St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2013)

In one of the most triumphant high sea stories ever told, Kieran Doherty brings to life the true story of the ship that rescued the Jamestown settlement in 1610 and ensured England's place in the New World....

The Island of Seven Cities

by Paul Chiasson St. Martin's Press (September 09, 2013)

The Island of Seven Cities unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese settled in the New World before Columbus.

In the summer of 2003, architect Paul Chiasson decided to climb a mountain he had never explored...

Fire Base Illingworth

by Philip Keith St. Martin's Press (October 28, 2013)

Fire Base Illingworth is an epic, never-before-told true story of a North Vietnamese Army attack and how the men of this nearly overrun Fire Base survived.

In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than...

Constant Battles

by Steven A. LeBlanc & Katherine E. Register St. Martin's Press (July 22, 2013)

With armed conflict in the Persian Gulf now upon us, Harvard archaeologist Steven LeBlanc takes a long-term view of the nature and roots of war, presenting a controversial thesis: The notion of the "noble savage"...

JFK in the Senate

by John T. Shaw St. Martin's Press (October 14, 2013)

Before John F. Kennedy became a legendary young president he was the junior senator from Massachusetts. The Senate was where JFK's presidential ambitions were born and first realized. In the first book to deal...

The True German

by Werner Otto Mueller-Hill & Benjamin Carter Hett St. Martin's Press (September 23, 2013)

Werner Otto Müller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany...

The Party Forever

by Rowan Callick St. Martin's Press (September 16, 2013)

A century after its underground beginnings, the Chinese Communist Party today exerts far-reaching control over every aspect of private life. Beyond its legendary control of the internet within China's borders,...

The Lincolns in the White House

by Jerrold M. Packard St. Martin's Press (September 16, 2013)

From the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a nation divided by savage conflict confronted the new president. But what many don't know was that within the White House's walls, the Lincoln's family would...

Africa Lost

by Dan Tharp & Brandon Webb St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2013)

The Lost Chapter of Special Operations History: Rhodesia.

Some of the most explosive combat in Special Operations history is almost completely unknown to the Western World. Everyone knows about Navy SEALs and...

Frederick the Great

by Giles MacDonogh St. Martin's Press (July 29, 2013)

Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron...

The Assassination of the Archduke

by Greg King & Sue Woolmans St. Martin's Press (September 02, 2013)

Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I

In the summer of 1914, three great empires...

The Virus and the Vaccine

by Debbie Bookchin & Jim Schumacher St. Martin's Press (July 01, 2013)

Jonas Salk's polio vaccine has taken on an almost legendary quality as a medical miracle, for it largely eradicated one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. But the story of the vaccine has a dark...

Against Their Will

by Allen M. Hornblum, Judith L. Newman & Gregory J. Dober St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2013)

During the Cold War, an alliance between American scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and the US military pushed the medical establishment into ethically fraught territory. Doctors and scientists at prestigious...

Lincoln Dreamt He Died

by Andrew Burstein St. Martin's Press (May 27, 2013)

Before Sigmund Freud made dreams the cornerstone of understanding an individual's inner life, Americans shared their dreams unabashedly with one another through letters, diaries, and casual conversation. In...

Shakespeare's Pub

by Pete Brown St. Martin's Press (May 20, 2013)

A history of Britain told through the story of one very special pub, from "The Beer Drinker's Bill Bryson" (Times Literary Supplement)

Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-paneled, galleried...

The Story of Spanish

by Jean-Benoit Nadeau & Julie Barlow St. Martin's Press (May 06, 2013)

The authors of The Story of French are back with a new linguistic history of the Spanish language and its progress around the globe.

Just how did a dialect spoken by a handful of shepherds in Northern Spain become...

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

by Lawrence James St. Martin's Press (September 14, 1997)

Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically...

Death in the Baltic

by Cathryn J. Prince St. Martin's Press (April 08, 2013)

The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II, when more than 9,000 German civilians drowned. It went unreported.

January 1945: The outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich...

The Devouring Dragon

by Craig Simons St. Martin's Press (March 11, 2013)

China's rise is assaulting the natural world at an alarming rate. In a few short years, China has become the planet's largest market for endangered wildlife, its top importer of tropical trees, and its biggest...

The Year Without Summer

by William K. Klingaman & Nicholas P. Klingaman St. Martin's Press (February 25, 2013)

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history

In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping...