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A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history. As Rose begins her diary, she is in her third home since coming to Winnipeg. Traumatized by her experiences in the Holocaust, she struggles to connect with others, and above…

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Road to Valour is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and, between his Tour victories, secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.   Gino Bartali is best…

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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from…

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Winner of the 2011 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing. One of the country's most distinguished writers and publishers returns to her roots to explore the consequences of democracy in the former Hapsburg lands. In 1989 the Berlin Wall was dismantled.…
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Shakespeare is all around us. From nightclubs to Broadway musicals, in voting booths in the American South and the trees of Central Park -- William Shakespeare’s literary power is so intense and widespread that it intrudes into the material world. Esquire…
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A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012 Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction A bestselling author embarks on a profound and dramatic journey through the eloquent landscape of southwestern Saskatchewan. When Candace Savage and her partner…

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A first major work of history on a crucial but under-examined topic, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith explores the role of religion in American foreign policy. From the first colonists to the presidents of the 21st Century, Andrew Preston's unparalleled…

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For a lot of people, thoughts about the sexual politics of Playboy run along the lines of what Gloria Steinem reportedly once told Hugh Hefner: “A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.” Hefner’s magazine…
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Who can you turn to when the only choice is between two evils? In 1941, fifteen-year-oldMadli hopes that the Soviet occupation is temporary, but when the neighbours, along with thousands of others, are deported, she knows that lives are in danger. She longs for…

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The oil sands. Global warming. The National Energy Program. Though these seem like modern Canadian subjects, author Mary Janigan reveals them to be a legacy of longstanding regional rivalry. Something of a "Third Solitude" since entering Confederation, the West…
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Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities, work for Western-style companies, vote for…

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by Sarah Vowell

|December 28, 2012

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Watch a video From the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn. Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness…