H.L. Mencken: Prejudices: The Complete Series - H. L. Mencken

The provocative H.L. Mencken has long been considered the most controversial and influential of journalists, and now we can fully appreciate his work with two slipcased, handsomely produced volumes from the Library of America. PREJUDICES: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Library of America, $70) contains all six series of Mencken’s iconoclastic writing on American culture. Mencken’s critical eye ranged from the local to the national, and he wrote just as unsparingly about politics and famous court cases as he did in his book reviews and his celebratory writings on Baltimore. As we’ve come to expect, the Library of America outdoes itself with an impressive selection of notes, an exhaustive chronology, and an excerpt from Mencken’s later memoir in which he reflects on the public and intellectual reception of his “Prejudices.”

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ISBN: 9781598530766
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Published: Library of America - September 2nd, 2010

War Since 1900 - Jeremy Black

WAR SINCE 1900 (Thames & Hudson, $45), edited by Jeremy Black, not only details the wide range of 20th-century warfare, but also points out the continuities, similarities, and differences that characterize the vast number of armed conflicts of the last one hundred years. From land wars to modern troop deployment, from technological advancement to counterinsurgency, War Since 1900 is an expansive survey of the methodology of war, providing a wealth of time-lines, photographs, maps, and charts, all complemented by inviting, accessible text. This book makes clear that “war might not conform to rules or limits”; its presentation of the facts will make this volume an instant favorite for history buffs.

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By Jeremy Black (Editor)
ISBN: 9780500251638
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 15th, 2010

Smithsonian's Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

Discover something new about our planet and celebrate the centennial of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with the large format, full-color visual guide, NATURAL HISTORY (Dorling-Kindersley, $50). Organized by topic, from minerals to mammals, microscopic life to moonrats, and arranged in clearly demarcated subsections, the book seems to present an almost impossible amount of information. There are also a number of two-page spreads which focus on a particular species, offering more details on habit and anatomy. Open the book anywhere and prepare to be awestruck by this gorgeous display of and paean to life.

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By DK, Smithsonian Institution (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780756667528
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Published: DK - October 4th, 2010