Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds - Christopher Dell

Floods, snakes, the afterlife, the beginning and the end of the world—these have been the stuff of myth since time immemorial. Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds (Thames and Hudson, $40), by Christopher Dell, explores the reasons for our enduring fascination with certain subjects. The book divides myths from around the world into eight broad themes, such as Gifts from the Gods, Origin Myths, and Heroes, then discusses their similarities. It includes familiar fare such as Prometheus’s theft of fire as well as more exotic tales like that of Sekhmet’s rampage in Egypt. Each theme is vividly illustrated with stunning images (420 in all) that exemplify both the myths and their persistent influence on artists. The volume concludes with family trees of the Greek and Roman pantheons, the Vikings, Celts, Japanese, Native Americans, and many other ancient peoples.
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$40.00
ISBN: 9780500516157
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 30th, 2012

Ike's Bluff - Evan Thomas

History does not often remember the successful gambles of presidents. Rather, we endlessly analyze Watergate, Vietnam, and the Bay of Pigs disaster. In Ike’s Bluff (Little, Brown, $29.99), an in-depth look at the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower written by Evan Thomas, we are shown how this often overlooked commander-inchief wagered everything and won. Confronted by the horrors of thermonuclear war and a bloody stalemate in Korea, Ike brandished his greatest weapon in creating foreign policy: the poker face. Hiding his true intentions from even his closest friends and family, Ike maintained peace, in a time when, “the only thing worse than losing a global war is winning one.”

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ISBN: 9780316091046
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780316091039
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 10th, 2013

Little America - Rajiv Chandrasekaran

In his previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Rajiv Chandrasekaran exposed the failures and follies of the first years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan (Knopf, $27.95), is a depressingly similar tale about wellintentioned military and development plans gone awry, this time in Afghanistan. The story is filled with inflexible generals, uninformed diplomats, misguided development experts, distracted political leaders, and squabbling administration officials. But for all the ineptitude, poor co-ordination, wasted resources, personal rivalries, and lack of effective oversight that Chandrasekaran documents, he maintains a very even, exceedingly non-polemical tone. “For years,” he writes in conclusion, “we dwelled on the limitations of the Afghans. We should have focused on ourselves.”

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780307957146
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 26th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780307947048
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Published: Vintage - March 12th, 2013

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