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National Geographic author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these…

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“Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.”—Gene Weingarten, two-time…

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From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history…

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We may say that honesty is the best policy, but history—to say nothing of business, politics, and the media—suggests otherwise. In this infinitely citable book, the author of two bestselling treasuries of scandal recounts some of the greatest…

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Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians   Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by…

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Following on the heels of his national bestseller A Treasury of Royal Scandals , Michael Farquhar turns his attention to matters a little closer to home with A Treasury of Great American Scandals . From the unhappy family relationships of prominent Americans to…

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The Islamic University of Medina was established by the Saudi state in 1961 to provide religious instruction primarily to foreign students. Students would come to Medina for religious education and were then expected to act as missionaries, promoting an…

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In 2004 the author compiled a “book” intended for family members, entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period , following the completion of his university studies, from…

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In 2004 the author compiled a “book” intended for family members, entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period , following the completion of his university studies, from…

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In 2004 the author compiled a “book” intended for family members, entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period , following the completion of his university studies, from…

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In 2004 the author compiled a “book” intended for family members, entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters completion of his university studies, from 1965-1967, during which time he hitchhiked, youth-hosteled and worked his way throughout most of…

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In 2004 the author compiled a “book” intended for family members, entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period , following the completion of his university studies, from…