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Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders
Rasmussen, Dennis C.

The surprising story of how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson came to despair for the future of the nation they had created

Americans seldom deify their Founding Fathers any longer, but they do still tend to venerate the Constitution and t... (more)

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Book of Greek and Roman Folktales, Legends, and Myths
Hansen, William

Captured centaurs and satyrs, talking animals, people who suddenly change sex, men who give birth, the temporarily insane and the permanently thick-witted, delicate sensualists, incompetent seers, a woman who remembers too much, a man who cannot laugh--these are just some of the colorful characte... (more)

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American Trilogy
Roth, Philip
Gathered together for the first time in this seventh volume of The Library of America's definitive edition of Philip Roth's collected works are the three volumes of this acclaimed triptych, a major milestone in contemporary American literature. It includes American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Commu... (more)

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Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War
Ostrovsky, Arkady
How did a country that embraced freedom and market reform 25 years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with America? Arkady Ostrovsky reaches back to the darkest days of the cold war to tell the story of Russia's stealthy and largely unchronicled counterrevoluti... (more)

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How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life
Born a slave, the Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. In this volume, A. A. Long -- one of the world’s leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival -- provides a superb new ed... (more)

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Holy Roman Empire: A Short History
Stollberg-Rilinger, Barbara

A new interpretation of the Holy Roman Empire that reveals why it was not a failed state as many historians believe

The Holy Roman Empire emerged in the Middle Ages as a loosely integrated union of German states and city-states under the supreme rule of an emperor. Around 1500, it t... (more)

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Doctrine of Triangles: A History of Modern Trigonometry
Van Brummelen, Glen

An interdisciplinary history of trigonometry from the mid-sixteenth century to the early twentieth

The Doctrine of Triangles offers an interdisciplinary history of trigonometry that spans four centuries, starting in 1550 and concluding in the 1900s. Glen Van Brummelen t... (more)

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Calculus Reordered: A History of the Big Ideas
Bressoud, David M.

How our understanding of calculus has evolved over more than three centuries, how this has shaped the way it is taught in the classroom, and why calculus pedagogy needs to change

Calculus Reordered takes readers on a remarkable journey through hundreds of years to tell the st... (more)

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Stalin: Passage to Revolution
Suny, Ronald Grigor

A spellbinding new biography of Stalin in his formative years

This is the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin from his birth to the October Revolution of 1917, a panoramic and often chilling account of how an impoverished, idealistic youth from the provinces of tsarist Russi... (more)

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Riddle of the Rosetta: How an English Polymath and a French Polyglot Discovered the Meaning of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Buchwald, Jed Z. & Diane Greco Josefowicz

A major new history of the race between two geniuses to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Europe

In 1799, a French Army officer was rebuilding the defenses of a fort on the banks of the Nile when he discovered an ancient stel... (more)

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