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The importance of being earnest

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature’s most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde’s most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. Note to the Dover Edition.

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

SUMMARY: On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China. In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America’s vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life,The Imperial Cruisewill powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.

The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

SUMMARY: A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller “Longitude.” “The Illustrated Longitude” recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship’s location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000– truly a king’s ransom– was offered by Britain’s Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment– from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton– had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison’s trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. “The Illustrated Longitude” brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel’s celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of “Longitude,” redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes– from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison’s remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes’s elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel’s memorable tale. Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” and the editor and translator of “Letters to Father.” She lives in East Hampton, New York. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of “The Quest for Longitude” and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Praise for “The Illustrated Longitude” “Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel ‘s compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel’s “Longitude” but who wanted pictures to go with it.”– “Mercator’s World” “Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation.”– “USA Today” “This new illustrated edition of Sobel’s 1995 study of Harrison’s remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery.”– “Dallas Morning News” Praise for “Longitude” “As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science …. A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and– not the least– plain old human ambition and greed.”– “Philadelphia Inquirer” “Intricate and elegant …. No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel’s “Longitude.””– “Newsweek” “Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider “Longitude.” This fascinating volume brings alive the eighteenth century.”– “USA Today” “Nearly perfect prose and a magnificent story, an extraordinary book.”– “Washington Post Book World”

The Icebound Land

SUMMARY: Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise – even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights – otherwise known as thieving thugs. But Horace knows a thing or two about combat, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

The Hunchback Assignments

SUMMARY: A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

The House of Rothschild: . Money’s prophets, 1798-1848

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The first authoritative and compulsively readable history of the rise of this legendary banking dynastyIn his rich and nuanced portrait of the remark- able, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family’s phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family’s vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of family unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, *The House of Rothschild* is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life. “A great biography.” –*Time magazine*”Absorbing. . . .Their enthralling story has been told before, but never in such authoritative detail.” –*The New York Times Book Review*”Niall Ferguson’s rich and compelling new book . . . is a feast.” –*The Wall Street Journal** Chosen by *Business Week* as one of the Best Business Books of 1998* A finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

The House of Green Turf

SUMMARY: A famous singer wakes up in hospital after a car crash, haunted by the certainty that she has been responsible for a death at some time in the past. She hires an private investigator, who launches a hunt across Europe with the trail leading to Felse’s wife, Bunty.

The Hound of Rowan

EDITORIAL REVIEW: MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he’ll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.

The Hostage

SUMMARY: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time—if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead. But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent—someone inside MI5 is tipping them off.

The Hostage

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Is Griffin our Homer or Tacitus? Those military experts wrote about real soldiers—and what the world needs now is a real-life Charley Castillo, Griffin’s smart and efficient Department of Homeland Security agent, who works directly for the president on cases calling for more than routine skills. Introduced in By Order of the President (2004), Castillo is an excellent alternative to the usual crew who make it to the headlines. Told in Griffin’s trademark clean and compelling prose, studded with convincing insider details, Castillo’s second outing starts with an American diplomat’s murder in Argentina, the kidnapping of his wife, and threats to murder her children unless she reveals the whereabouts of her brother, a U.N. diplomat involved in the food-for-Iraqi-oil scandal. Castillo and his team of tough and shrewd experts are just the kind of believable people we want in these situations. And if it takes a novelist like Griffin, who has honed his skills and weapons in five previous series, to bring them to life, at least their real counterparts will have some fictional role models to live up to. (Jan.)
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Griffin’s second novel in his Presidential Agent series is the best-selling author’s thirty-sixth book. Delta Force Major Charley Castillo is the protagonist-hero; he works with the Department of Homeland Security. He is asked by the president to go to Buenos Aires, where the wife of the deputy chief has been kidnapped and her husband has been murdered, shot twice in the head as she was forced to watch. Terrorists threaten to kill her children if she doesn’t tell them how to find her brother, who, it seems, may have knowledge about the UN-Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. The twists and turns here include the handling of a large amount of money–$16 million, to be exact–that a variety of people would like to get hold of, and the storyline is peppered with forged passports, special agents, and never-ending cell-phone calls. The convoluted plot will appeal to thriller readers, especially Griffin’s many fans, and although some of the dialogue is hackneyed, fans of the genre and author won’t care. The important thing is the fast pacing and the relevance of the story to today’s events and headlines. George Cohen
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The Homeplace

SUMMARY: As the year 1928 begins, fourteen-year-old Lanie Belle Freeman of Fairhope, Arkansas, has bright hopes for the future. Her father has launched a new business, and her mother is expecting her fifth baby. Lanie has dreams of going to college and being a writer. Then tragedy strikes. Book One in the Singing River Series.

The Holy Bullet

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The international bestseller from the author of *The Last Pope* ** After the suspicious death of Pope John Paul I, British journalist Sarah Monteiro is drawn into the web of an international conspiracy, and must reluctantly reunite with the mysterious priest/assassin Rafael, and the sinister mastermind known only as JC. But Sarah and Rafael’s determination could prove to be their downfall-and seal the doom of John Paul II. Especially if they discover the true power behind the papal throne.

The history of terrorism: from antiquity to al Qaeda

EDITORIAL REVIEW: This authoritative work provides an essential perspective on terrorism by offering a rare opportunity for analysis and reflection at a time of ongoing violence, chilling threats, and renewed reprisals. In it, some of the best international specialists working on the subject today examine terrorism’s long and complex history from antiquity to the present day and find that terror, long the weapon of the weak against the strong, is a tactic as old as warfare itself. Beginning with the Zealots of Antiquity, the contributors discuss the Assassins of the Middle Ages, the 1789 Terror movement in Europe, Bolshevik terrorism during the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, “resistance” terrorism during World War II, and Latin American revolutionary movements of the late 1960s. Finally, they consider the emergence of modern transnational terrorism, focusing on the roots of Islamic terrorism, al Qaeda, and the rise of the contemporary suicide martyr. Along the way, they provide a groundbreaking analysis of how terrorism has been perceived throughout history. What becomes powerfully clear is that only through deeper understanding can we fully grasp the present dangers of a phenomenon whose repercussions are far from over.Includes essays by François Géré, Rohan Gunaratna, Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti, Ariel Merari, Philippe Migaux, Yves Ternon

The Hijack

SUMMARY: From London to the Gaza Strip, from Riga in Latvia to Jerusalem–compelling authentic, at breakneck speed Palestinian freedom fighter Abed Abu Omar and 20 men are preparing for their most daring mission yet: the hijack of a five-story supertanker laden with oil. Meanwhile, SBS Operative Stratton has been assigned to bodyguard work and is bored by the lack of challenge. When Omar’s plot is revealed, Stratton is quickly whisked away by helicopter to assist in a daring rescue. With a rich cast of characters ranging from Russian secret service operatives to Al Qaeda terrorists and the Israeli military, this is a gripping thrill-ride packed with authentic detail and heart-stopping narrative.