One of the most original and satisfying works of non-fiction in recent memory, 1913 offers a month-by-month chronicle of the year that led up to WWI, told entirely through vignettes drawn from the worlds of art, music, literature, politics, and culture. The end result is an evocative, entertaining, and sometimes troubling portrait of the world marching itself to war.

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By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside (Translator), Jamie Lee Searle (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781612193519
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 29th, 2013

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By Florian Illies, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Jamie Lee Searle (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781612193915
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Published: Melville House - October 7th, 2014

Was there something in the water? Had sufficient time passed since the Great War for reflection? Did the muses all wake up? 1922 began with Joyce’s Ulysses and closed with The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. It was a year in which literature, art, and culture itself changed forever. Context is everything, and by taking us through significant encounters among luminaries such as Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, Freud, Einstein, Hitchcock, Yeats, Evelyn Waugh, Anna Akhmatova, Proust, Hitler, Churchill, and Louis Armstrong (to name a few of the players in this landmark year), Kevin Jackson makes history delicious and very real in his Constellation of Genius (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30). Mimicking the frenzied minutiae that defines the modernist era, Jackson reveals every letter, train ride, news story, and high tea so that we might pick up, examine, and reflect that maybe something was in the water, and thank our god, Dada, or radical politics that it was.
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ISBN: 9780374128982
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2013

In his masterful survey of worlds and world views, the Renaissance scholar Jerry Brotton focuses on some of the most influential cartographic works of all times and places to tell A History of the World in 12 Maps (Viking, $40). Identifying pivotal moments when priorities shifted and crystallized, Brotton discusses Ptolemy’s enduring significance, looks at the rich science and art of 11th-century Islamic maps, presents 15th-century China’s neo-Confucian nonary (3x3) grids, explains Mercator’s—and later—projections of spherical models onto flat planes, and follows the Cassinis’ six-decade-long struggle to map France as a modern nation-state. The stories, personalities, and ideas are vivid, as are the repercussions so many maps have had, such as the violence unleashed by the 1947 line drawn between India and Pakistan. Knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, Brotton shows how maps have inspired and aided many a quest, whether for wealth, land, or power, even as map-makers themselves continue to pursue the elusive goal of objectivity.

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ISBN: 9780670023394
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Published: Viking Books - November 14th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780143126027
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

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