Monday, 13 July 2009

This week's new books!

Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary (Perseus Books)
The story of world history as the Islamic world saw it from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and beyond, which clarifies why the western and Islamic civilizations grew up oblivious to each other and what happened when they intersected.

Life in the Medieval Cloister, Julie Kerr (Continuum)
An account of day to day medieval monastic life, from the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution, based on an extensive use of primary sources and presented through the monks’ own words.

Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification, David Waldstreicher (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
By tracing slavery from before the revolution, through the American Constitution’s framing, and into the public debate that followed, the author recognises, for the first time, slavery’s place at the heart of the US Constitution.

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
The story of America’s worst military defeat told from the shifting point of view of three cultures, American, Filipino and Japanese, who fought together for the small Philippine peninsula of Bataan at the beginning of 1942.

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