Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
4.4 out of 5 stars with 150 reviews
In this eye-opening study, Sidney W. Mintz shows how Europeans and Americans transformed sugar from a rare foreign luxury to a commonplace necessity of modern life and how it changed the history of capitalism and industry. He discusses the production...
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
4.3 out of 5 stars with 251 reviews
From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia.
Winder's approach is friendly, witty, personal; this is...
The Immortal Game: A History of Chess
4.6 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews
Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squar...
Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
4.8 out of 5 stars with 149 reviews
Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king James VI, who on the deat...
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
4.3 out of 5 stars with 104 reviews
Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounts the history of America in the voice of the ...