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River of Darkness by Buddy Levy

A 16th-century adventure comes to life in this thrilling, “fluid account” (Publishers Weekly) of explorer Francisco Orellana’s death-defying search for the legendary El Dorado. “Levy proves that the scariest stories are the true ones” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer).

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Brave Genius by Sean B. Carroll

“Gripping” (The Washington Post): Both members of the French Resistance during World War II, philosopher Albert Camus and biologist Jacques Monod developed a deep friendship on their journeys to become Nobel Prize–winning icons. “Suspenseful… briskly paced” (The New York Times).

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On the Origins of Sports by Neil Fine and Gary Belsky

A New York Times bestseller! Which of our modern games were initially inspired by battle? How did the baseball glove get its shape? With a hefty dose of wit, this history of the creation of 21 popular sports is “massively fun, educational, and inspiring” (New York Times bestselling author A. J. Jacobs).

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Who Cooked the Last Supper? by Rosalind Miles

“Rebel-rousing” (Publishers Weekly): Who are the women who shaped the world? Celebrate unsung heroines in this true history of civilization. “Miles has rescued from obscurity women of astonishing ability, courage, and determination… This is an exuberant book” (The Washington Post).

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Witness to Nuremberg by Richard W. Sonnenfeldt

Delve into the riveting story of the 22-year-old interpreter who came face-to-face with Hermann Goering at Nuremberg. This gripping autobiography chronicles the life of a man who helped interrogate a notorious Nazi leader.

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Tommy’s Honor by Kevin Cook

This true story chronicles the sensational lives of Tom and Tommy Morris, Scotsmen credited as being professional golf’s founding father and son. Hardship, will, and familial love come together to form “a compelling saga of near-Homeric proportions” (Booklist).

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Stalin by Ian Grey

How did Joseph Stalin go from his impoverished beginnings in Georgia to brutal Communist dictator? A New York Times bestselling author explores the complex paradoxes of Stalin’s ruthless life and rule in this comprehensive biography.

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City of Scoundrels by Gary Krist

This “spectacular and vivid” New York Times bestseller (The Washington Post) is perfect for fans of The Devil in the White City: Over the course of 12 days in 1919, Chicago faced a blimp crash, riots, a transit strike, and a child’s harrowing murder. A “vibrant slice of urban history” (Publishers Weekly).

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H.H. Holmes by Adam Selzer

Witness H. H. Holmes like never before, from his horrific crimes to his infamous “castle.” Full of new information, this study of America’s first serial killer is “exhaustively researched… engrossing, totally engaging, all at once thrilling and chilling” (New York Times bestselling author M. William Phelps).

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson

This “magnificent, illuminating, and refreshingly readable” synopsis (The Washington Post) of ancient Egypt’s rise and fall will captivate newcomers and history buffs alike. A gripping journey that spans three millennia.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

A #1 New York Times bestseller! A Pulitzer Prize–winning author explores Jefferson’s political acumen in this critically acclaimed biography. “A big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before” (Entertainment Weekly).

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The Tudor Brandons by Sarah-Beth Watkins

Though Henry VIII cycled through wives with gusto, there were two companions he always kept close: his sister Mary and his dearest friend, Charles Brandon. This riveting history examines how the pair became key players in the Tudor court despite their defiance of the king’s wishes.

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Strange Medicine by Nathan Belofsky

In days gone by, physicians accidentally did more harm than good. From medieval dentists’ use of fire to ancient Egyptians employing electric eels against gout, uncover humanity’s most bizarre remedies in this “unnerving and fascinating romp through medical history” (Booklist).

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The Queer Encyclopedia of Film and Television by Claude J. Summers

Celebrate queer art and artists with this engaging reference! Full of captivating anecdotes, this “fascinating” volume (Booklist) offers an extensive tour through LGBT theater, film, and pop culture.

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Rivers of Gold by Hugh Thomas

From a New York Times bestselling author who was “one of the most productive and wide-ranging historians of modern times” (The New York Times Book Review): Read about Spain’s meteoric rise to power during the 16th century in this “bold” and “meticulously researched” account (The Washington Post Book World).

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