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The Man Who Invented the Computer
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The Man Who Invented the Computer

By Jane Smiley

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. 2010. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Near Fine book in a Fine jacket. Spine ends bumped. Interior pristine. Cover clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois-Iowa border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the binary number system and electronic switches, com­bined with an array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could yield a computing machine that would make his life and the lives of other similarly burdened scientists easier. Then he went back and built the machine. It worked. The whole world changed. Why dont we know the name of John Atanasoff as well as we know those of Alan Turing and John von Neumann? Because he never patented the device, and because the developers of the far-better-known ENIAC almost certainly stole critical ideas from him. But in 1973 a court declared that the patent on that Sperry Rand device was invalid, opening the intellectual property gates to the computer revolution. Jane Smiley tells the quintessentially American story of the child of immigrants John Atanasoff with technical clarity and narrative drive, making the race to develop digital computing as gripping as a real-life techno-thriller.

$31.35

FDR\'s 12 Apostles
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FDR's 12 Apostles

By Hal Vaughan

Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press. 2006. Hardcover. Good. One copy is ex-library. Other copy is not from a library but has extensive highlighting. Please state your preference when ordering. Nineteen months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR sent twelve "Vice Consuls" to Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia on a secret mission. Their objective: To prepare the groundwork for the Allied invasion of North Africa that repelled the Nazis and also enabled the liberation of Italy. This spy network included an ex-Cartier jewel salesman and wine merchant, a madcap Harvard anthropologist, a Parisian playboy who ran with Hemingway, ex-French Foreign Legionnaires and Paris bankers, and a WWI hero.

$5.45

Our Man in Belize: A Memoir
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Our Man in Belize: A Memoir

By Richard Timothy Conroy

New York: St. Martin's Press. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. November 1997. Near Fine book in a Fine jacket. Light foxing to edges, otherwise Fine. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. x + 340 pages. Conroy vividly and hilariously recounts his adventures as U.S. Vice Consul in British Honduras.

$39.95

Chasing Ghosts
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Chasing Ghosts

By Paul Rieckhoff

New York: NAL Caliber. Hardcover. May 2, 2006. First Edition (stated) / full number line. As New book in an As New jacket. Remainder mark. x + 326 pages. Contents: George Bush had better be fucking right; Hurry up and Kuwait; Welcome to Saddam International Airport; Into Baghdad; Sector 17; Ka-bob; The mother's day massacre; Keeping the peace; Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not trying to kill you; Ripples of hope; I saw a holy man die tonight; God bullets hurt; Collateral damage; The gremlins theory; Baghdad island; Hope is not a course of action; Ali Baba; Fighting the media war; Christmas in Baghdad; A viable exit strategy; Homecoming; The war within; Finding a voice; Speaking out; Taking on the president of the United States; Operation truth; The sensible war movement.

$9.45

Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery 1394-1460 A.D.
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Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery 1394-1460 A.D.

By C. Raymond Beazley

London: Frank Cass & Co. Hardcover. 1968 reprint of 1923 New Edition. Blue cloth over boards with gilt titles on spine with paper jacket. Near Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Sewn binding. Spine straight and tight. Interior unmarked. Very light foxing to edges. Light shelfwear and sunning to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped: "90s net". xxviii + 336 pages.

$30.95

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

By David Grann

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. February 24, 2009. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Spine tail bumped. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 352 pages. xii + 339 pages. In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find evidence of his party and the place he called "The Lost City of Z." In this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, journalist David Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett's quest for "Z" and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

$18.95

Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone
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Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone

By Lawrence Devlin

New York: PublicAffairs. Trade Paperback. April 2008. First paperback printing / full number line. Near Fine. Unmarked. Spine straight, tight, uncreased. Cover clean and bright. Square corners. Light edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 290 pages. Larry Devlin arrived as the new chief of station for the CIA in the Congo five days after the country had declared its independence, the army had mutinied, and governmental authority had collapsed. Devlin found himself in the heart of Africa, fighting for the future of the most strategically influential country on the continent. He met every significant figure, from presidents to mercenaries, as he took the Cold War to one of the world's hottest zones. This is a classic political memoir from a master spy who lived in wildly dramatic times.

$7.95

The Apprentice
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The Apprentice

By Greg Miller

New York: Custom House. Hardcover. October 2, 2018. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Very Good book in an As New jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. Cup stain on front board, otherwise As New. Cover As New. xii + 431 pages. The truth about Vladimir Putin's covert attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency, its possible connections to the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller's ensuing investigation of the president and those close to him, and the mystery of Trump's steadfast allegiance to Putin. The Apprentice offers striking information about: -- the hacking of the Democrats by Russian intelligence; -- Russian hijacking of Facebook and Twitter; -- National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's hidden communications with the Russians; -- the attempt by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, to create a secret back channel to Moscow using Russian diplomatic facilities; -- Trump's disclosure to Russian officials of highly classified information about Israeli intelligence operations; -- Trump's battles with the CIA and the FBI and fierce clashes within the West Wing; -- Trump's efforts to enlist the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to push back against the FBI's investigation of his campaign; -- the mysterious Trump Tower meeting; -- the firing of FBI Director James Comey; -- the appointment of Mueller and the investigation that has followed; -- the tumultuous skirmishing within Trump's legal camp; and -- Trump's jaw-dropping behavior in Helsinki.

$16.90

Bush at War Inside the Bush White House
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Bush at War Inside the Bush White House

By Bob Woodward

New York: Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 2002. Fine. November 19, 2002. First Edition / full number line. Fine book in a Near Fine jacket showing light edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. No tears. xxii + 376 pages.

$7.25

A Brit Among the Hawkeyes
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A Brit Among the Hawkeyes

By Richard Acton

Ames, Iowa: Iowa State Press. May 1998. Hardcover. Signed by the author. First Edition/second printing. Very Good book in Fine jacket. Binding is square and tight. Interior is pristine. Corners are sharp. Cover is clean and crisp. Foxing to edges. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. 207 pages. Since his marriage to an Iowan, Richard, Lord Acton has divided his time between England and Iowa. Much of his American life is spent writing the historical studies and whimsical observations of the worlds around him that have endeared him to Iowans. This collection of Acton's essays reflects the rich diversity of the author's interests and experiences. The first chapter, "Finding Myself in Iowa, " concerns the author's attempts to discover what on earth he was doing in the heartland of America and his growing affection for his adopted state. "London Bridges" describes something of the other half of the author's life in "the greatest city in the world." Other chapters invoke a southern African childhood, surprises in the House of Lords, fascinating fragments of Iowa's past, and why "power tends to corrupt."

$8.95

Dirty Diplomacy
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Dirty Diplomacy

By Craig Murray

New York: Scribner. Hardcover. October 16, 2007. First U.S. Edition / full number line. Published in UK as Murder in Samarkand. Good+ book in a Good+ jacket. Text has a few black ink emphasis marks from a prior reader. Spine straight and tight. 1/4" inch tear at spine tail. Rubbing to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xvi + 366. An irreverent former British ambassador in Uzbekistan discusses his witness to regional brutality under the regime of dictator and western ally Islom Karimov, describing the political dogma he encountered from London's Foreign Office and their senior partners in Washington.

$9.95

Juan Carlos
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Juan Carlos

By Paul Preston

New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company. Hardcover. June 17, 2004. First American Edition (stated) / full number line. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. x + 614 pages. The definitive biography of Spain's enigmatic king, a riveting work of late-twentieth-century history. The author explores the political and personal mysteries of the Spanish monarch's life, a story of unprecedented sweep and exquisite detail. Handed over to the Franco regime as a young boy, Juan Carlos was raised according to authoritarian traditions designed to make him a cornerstone of the dictatorship. How then did he later emerge as an emphatic defender of the democracy that began to form after Franco's death? In his peerless voice, Preston provides the details necessary to answer this central question, examining the king's troubled relationship with his father and his vital work in consolidating parliamentary democracy in Spain. What begins as the story of one monarch becomes at once a history of modern Spain and an indispensable exegesis of how democracies come to be.

$18.90

Sir John Hawkins
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Sir John Hawkins

By Harry Kelsey

New Haven: Yale University Press. Hardcover. March 11, 2003. First Edition / full number line. Quarter-bound boards. Near Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is straight and tight, ends lightly bumped. Rubbing and light edgewear to jacket. xiv + 402 pages.

$39.95

Ibn Khaldun
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Ibn Khaldun

By Yves Lascoste

London: Verso. Trade Paperback. June 1984. Near Fine. Foxing to closed edges and inside of covers. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 214 pages. Translation of Ibn Khaldoun : naissance de l'histoire, passe? du Tiers monde. This intriguing study opens with a general description of the Maghreb in the later Middle Ages, focusing primarily on mercantile trade, especially in gold, and the social and economic structures of tribal life. He unravels Khaldun's fascinating biography: born in 1332 to an aristocratic family in Tunis, he had an extraordinary diplomatic and military career in the turbulent wars and politics of Western Islam, withdrew to a desert retreat in 1375, and finally emigrated to Egypt. Lacoste then turns his attention to Ibn Khaldun's Universal History, arguably the greatest single synthesis produced by medieval thought anywhere. His account of Ibn Khaldun's thought is a remarkable, sympathetic work of recovery, not only uncovering its basic categories but exploring its contemporary relevance to an understanding of the Arab world.

$16.95

Career Ambassador
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Career Ambassador

By Willard Leon Beaulac

New York: Macmillan. Hardcover. 1951. First Printing (stated). Very Good. No jacket. Text unmarked. Lightly tanned. Spine straight and tight; ends bumped and frayed. Not from a library. 262 pages.

$14.95

Tales of the Foreign Service
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Tales of the Foreign Service

By Ralph Hilton (ed); Jack K. McFall (foreword)

Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina. Hardcover. 1978. First Edition (stated). Inscribed by author of foreword: "To- Betty Lee Berger and my colleague Ambassador Sam Berger and you could fill a book like this with "Tales" of your own! Jack K. McFall" Near Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Text block is pristine. Spine is straight and tight. Jacket shows slight edgewear, mostly at spine ends. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 176 pages.

$16.95

John Maynard Keynes: Volume 1: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920
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John Maynard Keynes: Volume 1: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920

By Robert Skidelsky

New York: Penguin Books. Trade Paperback. 1994. Full number line. Near Fine. Text unmarked. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased. Light shelfwear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 447 pages.

$33.95

Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition: The Making of a Diasporan Intellectual (New World Studies)
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Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition: The Making of a Diasporan Intellectual (New World Studies)

By Maurice St. Pierre

Charlottesville: University of Virginia. Hardcover. March 5, 2015. First Edition / full number line. Fine book. No jacket as published. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 254 pages. A leader in the social movement that achieved Trinidad and Tobagos independence from Britain in 1962, Eric Williams served as its first prime minister. Although much has been written about Williams as a historian and a politician, Maurice St. Pierre is the first to offer a full-length treatment of Williams as an intellectual. St. Pierre focuses on Williams's role not only in challenging the colonial exploitation of Trinbagonians but also in seeking to educate and mobilize them in an effort to generate a collective identity in the struggle for independence. The author shows how William' experiences in Trinidad, England, and America radicalized him and how his relationships with other Caribbean intellectuals--along with Aimé Césaire in Martinique, Juan Bosch in the Dominican Republic, George Lamming of Barbados, and Frantz Fanon from Martinique--enabled him to seize opportunities for social change and make a significant contribution to Caribbean epistemology.

$47.75

Grassroots
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Grassroots

By George S. McGovern

New York: Random House. Hardcover. 1977. Stated First Edition; second printing per number line. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is straight and tight. Light dust stains to edges. Edgewear to jacket; one 1/4" tear to front and three tears 1/4" to 1/2" to rear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 307 pages.

$30.00

Crusaders and Pragmatists: Movers of Modern American Foreign Policy
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Crusaders and Pragmatists: Movers of Modern American Foreign Policy

By John G. Stoessinger

New York: W. W. Norton. Trade Paperback. 1979. Very Good. Interior is unmarked. Spine is straight and tight with a reading crease. Chipping at spine tail. Quarter inch peel at spine head. Dust stains to top edge. Shelf and corner wear. Not from a library. 352 pages.

$10.95

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