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The Viceroy’s Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters Harper Perennial Anne de Courcy


31st August 2011 History Books 22 Comments
Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of three spirited and wilful women who were born at the height of British upper-class wealth and privilege.The oldest, Irene, never married but pursued her passion for foxes, alcohol, and married men. The middle, Cimmie, was a Labour Party activist turned Fascist. And Baba, the youngest and most beautiful, possessed an appetite for adultery that was as dangerous as it was outrageous.As the sisters dance, dine, and romance their way through England's most hallowed halls, we get an intimate look at a ...
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Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s New Press The Veronique Garros


31st August 2011 History Books 17 Comments
The result of a unique international collaborative investigation by Russian, French, and Swiss scholars into hundreds of private, unpublished diaries found in remote libraries, archives, and family holdings, Intimacy and Terror paints a broad picture of Russian life in the 1930s, the harshest years of Stalin's reign. From ordinary citizens far removed from political turmoil to those actively engaged in political life, Intimacy and Terror brings us the true-life counterparts we remember from classic Russian fiction. This interesting anthology of 10 Soviet diaries from the 1930s mixes voices ...
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My Misspent Youth: Essays Meghan Daum Grove Press Open City Books


31st August 2011 History Books 44 Comments
Essay lovers can take heart. There's a new voice in the fray, and it belongs to a talented young writer. In this collection of (largely previously published) on-target analyses of American culture, Daum offers the disapproval of youth, leavened with pithy humor and harsh self-appraisal . In each essay, she sustains interest with a good story and pricks the reader's conscience with observations that reverberate personally, whether about the secret desires of Christian women or the stunning ease of accumulating debt while existing unluxuriously in New York City. Publishing veterans will be ...
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Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer Sister of Georgiana Gleeson Crown Archetype 1st US Edition edition


31st August 2011 History Books 12 Comments
It's impossible to read this racy bio by British writer Gleeson (The Arcanum) without comparing it to Amanda Foreman's bestselling Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and wondering if the world really needs another biography of a decadent 18th-century aristocrat. But given how connected this aristocrat was—her social circle included the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister William Pitt, her daughter was Lord Byron's mistress and her son-in-law was future prime minister William Lamb—the answer clearly is yes. Georgiana and Harriet Spencer (1761–1821), ancestors of the late Princess ...
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Fire From Heaven: The Rise Of Pentecostal Spirituality And The Reshaping Of Religion In The 21st Century


31st August 2011 Christian Books 30 Comments
It was born a scant ninety-five years ago in a rundown warehouse on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. For days the religious-revival service there went on and on-and within a week the Los Angeles Times was reporting on a "weird babble" coming from the building. Believers were "speaking in tongues," the way they did at the first Pentecost recorded in the Bible?and a pentecostal movement was created that would, by the start of the twenty-first century, attract over 400 million followers worldwide. Harvey Cox has traveled the globe to visit and worship with pentecostal congregations on four ...
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Postmodern Pooh Frederick Crews North Point Press 1st edition


31st August 2011 History Books 14 Comments
In 1964, a young English professor at Berkeley published The Pooh Perplex, a slim academic satire purporting to collect a dozen critical essays on Winnie-the-Pooh. Insightful and searingly funny, it took academia by storm and gave the humanities a much-needed poke in the ribs. Little known then, Crews would become a highly influential cultural critic, whose humor and clarity leaven many books more serious than Pooh. Now, concluding a "long if uneventful career of devotion to humanistic values and to Pooh," Crews has issued a sequel, which is, if possible, more trenchant and hilarious than ...
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Bannockburn: The Triumph of Robert the Bruce Yale University Press David Cornell


31st August 2011 History Books 5 Comments
Few battles resonate through British history as strongly as Bannockburn. On June 24, 1314, the Scots under the leadership of Robert the Bruce unexpectedly trounced the English, leaving thousands dead or wounded. The victory was one of Scotlands greatest, the more so because the Scottish army was outnumbered by about three to one. The loss to the English, fighting under Edward II, was staggering.In this groundbreaking account of Bannockburn, David Cornell sets the iconic battle in political and military context and focuses new attention on the roles of Robert and Edward in the events leading ...
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Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text


31st August 2011 Christian Books 7 Comments
In this useful work, C. Kingsley Barrett offers an insightful commentary on the book of John. Barrett seeks to view John in light of a variety of contexts, including that in which it was written, and its implications for modern-day readers. The book includes detailed notes and commentary on each chapter of John's Gospel.Gospel According to St. John: An Introduction With Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text The Gospel According to John, XIII-XXI Over his illustrious career, Raymond E. Brown, S.S., Ph.D., was internationally regarded as a dean of New Testament scholars. He was ...
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Special Agent Vietnam: A Naval Intelligence Memoir Potomac Books Inc. Douglass H. Hubbard


31st August 2011 History Books 13 Comments
In Special Agent, Vietnam, Douglass H. Hubbard, Jr., relates the story of a highly dedicated and professional group of men who served voluntarily as officers, enlisted men, and civilian special agents of the Office of Naval Intelligence in Vietnam. Through Hubbards eyes--he served three consecutive tours as one of about two dozen civilian agents--the reader enters the clandestine and often dangerous world of counterespionage and crime, all amid the sights, sounds, and smells of the Vietnam War. Civilian special agents, despite their rather uncertain combat status as civilians, left secure ...
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And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John Evangelism Sermons


31st August 2011 Christian Books 3 Comments
Many Christians are familiar with the prophetic voice of Tozer, but few living today were blessed to sit under his weekly teaching from the pulpit. The Gospel of John was Tozer’s favorite book of the Bible, and the focus of these writings (adapted from sermons given to his parishioners) is the Incarnation and what it means for believers’ lives. Christ came down to earth in order to lift men and women up into the heavenlies. No other New Testament writer, not even the amazing apostle Paul, presents Christ with a passion equal to John’s, the Beloved. Tozer captures the spirit of John and ...
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