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The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
The Borgias and Their Enemies, 1431-1519: 1431-1519
by Christopher Hibbert

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

September 16, 2009

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<b>This colorful history of a powerful family brings the world they lived in鈥攖he glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance鈥攖o life.</b><br /> 聽<br /> The name Borgia is synonymous with the corruption, nepotism, and greed that were rife in Renaissance Italy. The powerful, voracious Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI, was the central figure of the dynasty. Two of his seven papal offspring also rose to power and fame鈥擫ucrezia Borgia, his daughter, whose husband was famously murdered by her brother, and that brother, Cesare, who inspired Niccol貌 Machiavelli鈥檚 <i>The Prince</i>.<br /> 聽<br /> Notorious for seizing power, wealth, land, and titles through bribery, marriage, and murder, the dynasty鈥檚 dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest position in Renaissance society forms a gripping tale.<br /> 聽<br /> From the author of <i>The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici</i> and other acclaimed works, <i>The Borgias and Their Enemies</i> is 鈥渁 fascinating read鈥?(<i>Library Journal</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> 聽
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
by Stephanie Storey

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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In her brilliant debut, Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, entering with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters, creating a stunning art history thriller. From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome fifty year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-twenties, desperate to make a name for himself.<br /><br />Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market--a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.<br /><br />Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.<br /><br /><i>Oil and Marble</i> is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. <br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

Pages

377

Publication Date

September 26, 2011

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction聽<br /><br />Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction</strong></p><br />One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.<br /><br /><br /><br />Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, <em>On the Nature of Things</em>, by Lucretius鈥攁 beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.<br /><br /><br /><br />The copying and translation of this ancient book-the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
The Medici: Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
by Paul Strathern

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English

Pages

430

Publication Date

March 15, 2016

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<p><strong>A vivid, dramatic, and authoritative account of perhaps the most influential family in Italian history: the Medici.</strong></p><br />A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, <em>The Medici</em> is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence, as well as the Italian Renaissance which they did so much to sponsor and encourage.<br /><br /><br /><br />Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' M茅dicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns.
The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetia...
by Laura Morelli

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<h2>Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? </h2><br /><p></p><p></p><h2>When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.</h2><br /><p></p><p>2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTION<br /><p></p><p>ERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALIST<br /></p><p></p><p>EDITOR'S CHOICE, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW<br /></p><p></p><p><br /><em>Venice, 1510.</em> Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father鈥檚 legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she鈥檚 ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.<br /></p><p><br />Maria arranges to leave the painter鈥檚 workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her back home. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans鈥?lt;br /></p><p><br />When the painter鈥檚 servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants鈥?silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. <br /></p><p><br />She questions whether her heart鈥檚 desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria鈥檚 sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father鈥檚 doorstep and steals away everything she鈥檚 ever loved鈥?lt;br /></p><p><br />From the author of the award-winning <em>The Gondola Maker</em> comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.<br /></p><p><br /></p><h2><i>Buy <i>The Painter鈥檚 Apprentice</i> today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice鈥?lt;/i></h2><i><br /></i><br />
J.R. Ward The Black Dagger Brotherhood Novels 5-8
by J.R. Ward

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

May 03, 2011

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Four complete novels in the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling vampire series featuring "the hottest collection of studs in romance"*...Includes <i>Lover Unbound</i>; <i>Lover Enshrined</i>;<i>聽Lover聽Avenged</i>; and<i> Lover Mine</i>!<br /><br />*Angela Knight
The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050
by Cambridge University Press

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English

Pages

236

Publication Date

August 27, 2001

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The Dynamics of Military Revolution aims to bridge a major gap in the emerging literature on revolutions in military affairs, suggesting that there have been two very different phenomena at work over the past centuries: 'military revolutions', which are driven by vast social and political changes; and 'revolutions in military affairs', which military institutions have directed, although usually with great difficulty and ambiguous results. By providing both a conceptual framework and a historical context for thinking about revolutionary changes in military affairs, the work establishes a baseline for understanding the patterns of change, innovation, and adaptation that have marked war in the Western World since the thirteenth century - beginning with Edward III's revolutionary changes in medieval warfare, through the development of modern Western military institutions in seventeenth-century France, to the cataclysmic changes of the First World War and the German Blitzkrieg victories of 1940. This history provides a guide for thinking about military revolutions in the coming century, which are as inevitable as they are difficult to predict.
The Gondola Maker: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artis...
by Laura Morelli

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

March 03, 2014

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<h2>Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice</h2><br /><li>Benjamin Franklin Digital Award<br /></li><li>IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book<br /></li><li>National Indie Excellence Award Finalist<br /></li><li>Eric Hoffer Award Finalist<br /></li><li>Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize<br /><br />From the author of <i>Made in Italy</i> comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.<br /><br /><b>Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. <br /><br /><i>The Gondola Maker</i> brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.<br /><br /><h4>A Venetian page-turner</h4><br /><br />"I'm a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli's special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story." --Frances Mayes, author of <i>Under the Tuscan Sun</i><br /><br />"Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands." --Pamela Sheldon Johns, author of <i>Italian Food Artisans</i><br /><br />"Romance, intrigue, family loyalty, pride, and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy." --Library of Clean Reads<br /><br />"Beautiful, powerful evocation of the characters, the place, and the time. An elegant and thoroughly engaging narrative voice." --Mark Spencer, author of <i>Fiction Club: A Concise Guide to Writing Good Fiction</i><br /><br /><h2>Scroll up and get your copy today!</h2></b></li>
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance -...
by William Manchester

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English

Pages

316

Publication Date

September 09, 2009

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William Manchester's A World Lit Only by Fire is the preeminent popular history of civilization's rebirth after the Dark Ages.

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