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One hundred years of Kiowa history, in stories about ordinary lives, based on personal memories.
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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles Mann.
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I would have said that France is one of the countries least in need of discovery, but Graham Robb shows me how very, very wrong I was.
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My teenage associate said, "This was written by an adult who pays attention, and who remembers what it's like."
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A complex fantasy of near-Pratchettian wit and commentary. The rules for Epic Drama are especially funny and meta. As I was reading, I dithered about whether I was going to be able to recommend this book, because of something in the early chapters that really got under my skin. In the event I do recommend it [...]
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How crowds form, grow, and give power to their leaders -- and especially how leaders get power from the death of a crowd of their followers, for a pile of bodies is still, in human psychology, a crowd: a crowd of the dead.
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Before the agricultural revolution, there was the String Revolution: how and why women invented textiles, and why textiles are quintessential women's work.
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Honest, even-handed field guide to the personalities and conflicts in paleoanthropology.
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The book that set the standard for in the study of commodities in human history and thought.
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