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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Chang, Iris
In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered,a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Using extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents, Iris Chang has written the definitive history of this horrifying episode.

The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism

Continetti, Matthew
A "superb" (New York Times) intellectual history of the last century of American conservatism

The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux

Davidson, Cathy N.
"One of the most thoughtful voices from within academia" (Washington Post) argues the American university is stuck in the past-and shows how we can revolutionize it

Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice

Feynman, Richard
Essential advice on problem solving from physics' clearest teacher

Coyote America

Flores, Dan
"A masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation." -Wall Street Journal

A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement

Freeberg, Ernest
From an award-winning historian, the outlandish story of the man who gave rights to animals

Love And Math

Frenkel, Edward
"Fascinating...Frenkel deftly takes the reader from the beginnings of this mathematical symphony to the far reaches of our current understanding." -Nature

Music: A Subversive History

Gioia, Ted
"A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions