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Sports and American Jew (Paperback, New): Steven A. Riess Sports and American Jew (Paperback, New)
Steven A. Riess
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A collection of nine essays that delve into the relationship between Jewish Americans and the culture of sports. The book analyzes assimilation and acculturation, discrimination, gender, social class, and the building of a Jewish American community.

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain 7 Volume Hardback Set, Volume 7 - The Twentieth Century and Beyond (Hardcover):... The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain 7 Volume Hardback Set, Volume 7 - The Twentieth Century and Beyond (Hardcover)
Andrew Nash, Claire Squires, I.R. Willison
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The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain is an authoritative series which surveys the history of publishing, bookselling, authorship and reading in Britain. This seventh and final volume surveys the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from a range of perspectives in order to create a comprehensive guide, from growing professionalisation at the beginning of the twentieth century, to the impact of digital technologies at the end. Its multi-authored focus on the material book and its manufacture broadens to a study of the book's authorship and readership, and its production and dissemination via publishing and bookselling. It examines in detail key market sectors over the course of the period, and concludes with a series of essays concentrating on aspects of book history: the book in wartime; class, democracy and value; books and other media; intellectual property and copyright; and imperialism and post-imperialism.

Ten Innings at Wrigley - The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink (Hardcover): Kevin Cook Ten Innings at Wrigley - The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink (Hardcover)
Kevin Cook
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The Victorian Town Child (Hardcover): Pamela Horn The Victorian Town Child (Hardcover)
Pamela Horn
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As nineteenth-century Britain became increasingly urbanized and industrialized, the number of children living in towns grew rapidly. At the same time, Horn considers the increasing divisions within urban society, not only between market towns and major manufacturing and trading centers, but within individual towns, as rich and poor became more segregated.

During the Victorian period, public attitudes toward children and childhood shifted dramatically, often to the detriment of those at the lower end of the social scale--including paupers and juvenile delinquents. Drawing on original research, including anecdotes, first-hand accounts, and a wealth of photographs, The Victorian Town Child describes in detail the changing lives of all classes of Victorian town children, from those of prosperous business and professional families to working-class families, where unemployment and overcrowding were particular problems. Horn also examines the issues of juvenile labor and exploitation, how factory work and education were combined, how crime and punishment were dealt with among children, and the changes in health and infant death rates over the period.

Guns, Germs and Steel - A Short History of Everbody for the Last 13,000 Years (Paperback, Reissue): Jared Diamond Guns, Germs and Steel - A Short History of Everbody for the Last 13,000 Years (Paperback, Reissue)
Jared Diamond 1
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GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL is nothing less than an enquiry into the reasonswhy Europe and the Near East became the cradle of modern societies- eventually giving rise to capitalism and science, the dominant forces in our contemporary world-and why,until modern times. Africa, Australasia and the Americas lagged behind in technological sophistication and in political and military power. The native peoplesof those continents are still suffering the consequences. Diamond shows definitively that the origins of this inequality in human fortunes cannot be laid at the door of race or inherent features of the people themselves. He argues that the inequality stems instaed from the differing natural resources available to the people of each continent.

Underground - A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet (Hardcover): Will Hunt Underground - A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet (Hardcover)
Will Hunt 1
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The Other Side of the Sixties - Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics (Paperback, New): John A... The Other Side of the Sixties - Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics (Paperback, New)
John A Andrew
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"It's a curious fact of contemporary politics that conservatives have emerged as keepers of the 1960s flame. Although the '60s-that great blob of a decade most expansively defined as beginning with Kennedy's inauguration and ending Nixon hopping a helicopter to San Clemente-were arguably the high-watermark of liberalism, contemporary liberals seem content to skip over the period.In this context, John A. Andrew III's The Other Side of the Sixties is a particularly interesting act of historical recovery. Not only does Andrew, a liberal historian at Franklin & Marshall College, document just what young conservatives were up to in the '60's (activity largely ignored by previous historians), his identification of YAF as one of the era's three major student groups (along with Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee) suggests a reading of the decade that provocatively complicates conservative castigations of student 'radicals.' In recovering an ignored part of an important decade, The Other Side of the Sixties documents the tensions that existed at an early stage in the once-strong alliance; the institutional history of YAF suggests that the conflict will only become more heated." -Reason "There are good histories of post-WW II conservative thought such as George H. Nash's The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, since 1945 (CH, Oct '76), but there has long been a need for more serious scholarship on postwar American conservative movements. Andrew (history, Franklin & Marshall College) expertly fills this need for one movement-Young Americans for Freedom-which, as he points out, was the most controversial youth movement in US politics in the first half of the 1960's. Andrew is especially sharp in providing a rewarding look inside YAF in these years, explaining its organizational dynamics, its leadership and their interpersonal conflicts, and the factional struggles over distinguishing YAF from both liberal Republicans and John Birchers." -Choice "Andrew makes a significant contribution to sixties' historiography by refocusing scholarly and public attention on the activities of conservative youth during that tumultuous decade."-Mary C. Brennan, author of Turning Right in the Sixties "Professor Andrew's book fills a gaping hole in the social/political history of the sixties. He tells us now of the spirited movement of young people that peaked in the election of Ronald Reagan."-William F. Buckley, Jr. "A fascinating account of a too long overlooked aspect of the 1960s: the counterattack of America's young conservatives who battled the left courageously and ultimately won the war."-William A. Rusher, Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute What were young conservatives doing in the 1960s while SDS and SNCC were working to move the political center to the left? The Other Side of the Sixties offers a gripping account of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), an organization that became a leading force in promoting conservative ideas and that helped lay the groundwork for today's conservatism. John Andrew has mined unique archival material to document YAF's efforts to form a viable organization, define a new conservatism, attack the liberal establishment, and seize control of the Republican party, all while battling voter hostility and internal factionalism. The author also uncovers the Kennedy administration's use of the IRS to subvert YAF and other right-wing organizations through tax audits and investigations. By painting a more balanced portrait of political thinking in the sixties, Andrew offers a new and much needed look at the ideological atmosphere of a vibrant decade.

Montana's Righteous Hangmen - Vigilantes in Action (Paperback, New edition): Lew L. Callaway Montana's Righteous Hangmen - Vigilantes in Action (Paperback, New edition)
Lew L. Callaway; Edited by Lew L. Callaway Jr; Foreword by Merrill G Burlingame
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This is the story of Montana Territory in the last half of the nineteenth century, when a massive influx of gold seekers brought murderers and robbers into the region and forced the creation of an organization of law-abiding citizens known as the Vigilantes. Led by Captain James Williams, the Vigilantes sought to stop the blatant activities of more than fifty road agents in the Bannack-Virginia City mining area, who were secretly directed and protected by a local sheriff, Henry Plummer. The first instance of taking the law into their own hands occurred when an impromptu group of men captured, tried, and hanged one notorious killer, George Ives. Thereafter, with public approval, the Vigilantes continued to ride across the land, bringing swift retribution to all wrongdoers.

Lew L. Callaway, who grew up knowing Captain Williams as a friend to his father, herein recounts the stories of such famous episodes as the trial of Ives and the controversial capture and hanging of Joseph A. Slade, who was carrying the severed ears of one of his victims in his pocket on the day he was hanged. More than a history of the bloody era that spawned the Vigilantes, this is the story of life in Montana Territory, of gold fever, Indian warfare, and the cattle empire that ended, along with Captain Williams's life, in the disastrous winter of 1887.

Behold, America - The Entangled History of "America First" and "The American Dream" (Hardcover): Sarah Churchwell Behold, America - The Entangled History of "America First" and "The American Dream" (Hardcover)
Sarah Churchwell 1
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Scouting and Scoring - How We Know What We Know about Baseball (Hardcover): Christopher Phillips Scouting and Scoring - How We Know What We Know about Baseball (Hardcover)
Christopher Phillips
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An in-depth look at the intersection of judgment and statistics in baseball Scouting and scoring are considered fundamentally different ways of ascertaining value in baseball. Scouting seems to rely on experience and intuition, scoring on performance metrics and statistics. In Scouting and Scoring, Christopher Phillips rejects these simplistic divisions. He shows how both scouts and scorers rely on numbers, bureaucracy, trust, and human labor in order to make sound judgments about the value of baseball players. Tracing baseball (TM)s story from the nineteenth century to today, Phillips explains that the sport was one of the earliest and most consequential fields for the introduction of numerical analysis. New technologies and methods of data collection were supposed to enable teams to quantify the drafting and managing of players "replacing scouting with scoring. But that (TM)s not how things turned out. Over the decades, scouting and scoring started looking increasingly similar. Scouts expressed their judgments in highly formulaic ways, using numerical grades and scientific instruments to evaluate players. Scorers drew on moral judgments, depended on human labor to maintain and correct data, and designed bureaucratic systems to make statistics appear reliable. From the invention of official scorers and Statcast to the creation of the Major League Scouting Bureau, the history of baseball reveals the inextricable connections between human expertise and data science. A unique consideration of the role of quantitative measurement and human judgment, Scouting and Scoring provides an entirely fresh understanding of baseball by showing what the sport reveals about reliable knowledge in the modern world.

An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen before (Paperback): Davis D. Joyce An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen before (Paperback)
Davis D. Joyce
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After taking Davis D. Joyce's course in Oklahoma history, a student once said, "I saw an Oklahoma I'd never seen before."

"This is a splendid collection of writings in the true spirit of a 'people's history'. It begins with a delightful, wry overlook at Oklahoma by George Milburn, and goes on to tell about the state in way rarely seen in traditional histories. There are accounts of progressivism, of socialism, of labor radicalism, of Indian resistance, of black struggle against segregation, of women's campaigns for abortion rights. It includes fascinating portraits of people, some famous, some obscure, who were engaged in these struggles. I hope this become a model for similar volumes on other states."-Howard Zinn, author of "People's History of the United States."

Contents: "Oklahoma," George Milburn; "The Difficulty of Celebrating an Invasion, "Jerald C. Walker;"Progressivism in Oklahoma Politics, 1900-1913: A Reinterpretation," Kenny L. Brown;"Kate Barnard, Progressivism, and the West," Suzanne J. Crawford and Lynn R. Musslewhite; "'In Death You Shall not Wear It Either' The Persecution of Mennonite Pacifists in Oklahoma," Marvin E. Kroeker;"She Never Weakened: The Heroism of Freda Ameringer," John Thompson; "Wobblies in the Oilfields: The Suppression of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma," Nigel sellars; "The Road Once Taken: Socialist Medicine in Southwestern Oklahoma," Alana Hughes; "Woody Guthrie: The Oklahoma Years, 1912-1929," Harry Menig; "The New Deal Comes to Shawnee," Dale E.Soden; "The Social Gospel of Nicholas Comfort," Bob Cottrell; "Behold the Walls," Clara Luper; "The Case of the Deerslayer," Stan Steiner; "Black Oklahoma and Sense of place," Jimmie L. Franklin; "The Southern Influence on Oklahoma," Danney Goble; "The Creation of an Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights: A Presonal/Historical Essay" Carole Jane Joyce; "Violence and Oppression of Women in Rural Oklahoma," Elizabeth D. Barlow; "Oklahoma's Gay Liberation Movement," Thomas E. Guild, Joan Luxenburg, and Keith Smith; "Even Among the Sooners, There Are More Important Things than Football," Alan Ehrenhalt.

In revealing an Oklahoma many have never seen, this book can remind Oklahoma citizens of changes yet to be made, show how to mark them, and (perhaps most important of all) inspire them to do the job.

Zonnebloem College and the genesis of an African Intelligentsia 1857-1933 (Paperback): Janet Hodgson, Theresa Edlmann Zonnebloem College and the genesis of an African Intelligentsia 1857-1933 (Paperback)
Janet Hodgson, Theresa Edlmann
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In 1857, at the height of the colonial period, as Britain was advancing its control over southern Africa and absorbing the formerly independent African chiefdoms, the Anglican Bishop of Cape Town, Robert Gray, set up Zonnebloem College on an old wine farm on the outskirts of the city. Working in partnership with the British Governor, Sir George Grey, his plan was to enrol the sons and daughters of leading African chiefs and equip them with an English, Christian education, and then send them home to further the cause of Christianity and ‘civilisation’ among their own people. This elite educational project, which was at the same time cultural and political in nature, soon gathered steam. Among the first entrants were Gonya and Emma Sandile, heir and eldest daughter of the Rharhabe chief Sandile; Nathaniel Umhala, son of the Ndlambe chief Mhala; and George Tlali, son of the great Basotho leader, Moshoeshoe I. Over the years a succession of sons from chiefly dynasties, sometimes spanning several generations, would come to Zonnebloem: the Moshoeshoes of Basutoland, the Pilanes of Bechuanaland, the Lewanikas of Barotseland, and the Lobengulas of Matabeleland. They and many others who followed in their steps would, after their education at Zonnebloem, take up careers as catechists, teachers, political secretaries, lawyers, newspaper editors and priests and serve their communities with distinction. Their stories – their trials and their achievements – are recounted here, often in their own words, drawing on a unique collection of school essays and letters to their various mentors that must form one of the earliest bodies of writing by Africans in southern Africa. This remarkable book, based on years of research and written with great sympathy, tells the little-known early history of the genesis of an African intelligentsia during the colonial period.

And Die in the West - Story of the O.K.Corral Gunfight (Paperback): Paula Mitchell Marks And Die in the West - Story of the O.K.Corral Gunfight (Paperback)
Paula Mitchell Marks
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The gunfight at the O.K. Corral has excited the imaginations of Western enthusiasts ever since that chilly October afternoon in 1881 when Doc Holliday and the three fighting Earps strode along a Tombstone, Arizona, street to confront the Clanton and McLaury brothers. When they met, Billy Clanton and the two McLaurys were shot to death; the popular image of the Wild West was reinforced; and fuel was provided for countless arguments over the characters, motives and actions of those involved.

And Die in the West presents the first fully detailed, objective narrative of the celebrated gunfight, of the tensions leading up to it, and of the bitter, bloody events that followed. Paula Mitchell Marks places the events surrounding the gunfight against a larger backdrop of a booming Tombstone an the fluid, frontier environment of greed, factions, and violence. In the process, Mark strips away many of the myths associated with the famous gunfight and of the West in general.

"Diehard Western buffs will enjoy this definitive account of the affair". -- Publishers Weekly.

"(A) memorable portrait of a curious town in curious times". -- New York Times Book Review.

"As Marks shows us in this extensively researched book, the truth of the matter is far more complex -- not to mention interesting -- than the generally held view. In fact, the Earps were a violent bunch who probably broke as many laws as they enforced, and the Clantons and McLaurys were earnest, if not entirely law-abiding, cattlemen with fairly respectable reputations in the Tombstone area". -- Booklist.

Syracuse University - The Tolley Years, 1942-1969 (Hardcover, New ed.): John Robert Greene Syracuse University - The Tolley Years, 1942-1969 (Hardcover, New ed.)
John Robert Greene
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The fourth in this series of volumes on the history of the university focuses on the chancellorship of Chancellor William Pearson Tolley whose management style contributed to the university's rapid development. This work incorporates alumni, administrators, students and other chancellors.

Rise and Fall of a Frontier Entrepreneur - Benjamin Rathbun, Master Builder and Architect (Paperback, New): Roger Whitman Rise and Fall of a Frontier Entrepreneur - Benjamin Rathbun, Master Builder and Architect (Paperback, New)
Roger Whitman
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The story of Benjamin Rathbun's ruin reads like a primer for the scandals and studied neglect that triggered America's economic crisis today. Banker, builder and architect, a revered citizen of the flourishing American northwestern frontier-in the end he was also a convicted forger. And his forgeries were of such gravity that they added momentum to the Panic of 1837, the rapid collapse of a system of credit and debt that brought down the young nation's financial system. Rathbun was surely a rascal, but a rascal somehow of great decency. In Buffalo, a half-built landscape was strewn with Rathbun's broken vision. Concerned for the thousands who had depended upon him, he begged for release from jail long enough to fix the damage. Instead, he spent five years in prison shouldering the blame for others who fled to Texas, beyond the reach of American law.

Living with Buildings - And Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture (Paperback, Main): Iain Sinclair Living with Buildings - And Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture (Paperback, Main)
Iain Sinclair 1
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We shape ourselves, and are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate and endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes and fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions - through London, Marseille, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides. A father and his daughter, who has a rare syndrome, visit the estate where they once lived. Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes. A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences. Part investigation, part travelogue, Living With Buildings brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.

Philosophy in 50 Milestone Moments - A Timeline of Philosophical Landmarks (Hardcover): Dan Smith Philosophy in 50 Milestone Moments - A Timeline of Philosophical Landmarks (Hardcover)
Dan Smith
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The Perfect Summer (Paperback): Juliet Nicolson The Perfect Summer (Paperback)
Juliet Nicolson 2
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'As page-turning as a novel' Joanna Trollope One summer of nearly a hundred years ago saw one of the high sunlit meadows of English history. A new king was crowned; audiences swarmed to Covent Garden to see the Ballet Russes and Nijinskys gravity-defying leaps. The aristocracy was at play, bounding from house party to the next; the socialite Lady Michelham travelled with her nineteen yards of pearls. Rupert Brooke (a 23-year-old poet in love with love, Keats, marrons glaces and truth) swam in the river at Grantchester. But perfection was over-reaching itself. The rumble of thunder from the summer's storms presaged not only the bloody war years ahead: the country was brought to near standstill by industrial strikes, and unrest exposed the chasm between privileged and poor; as if the heat was torturing those imprisoned in society's straitjacket and stifled by the city smog. Children, seeking relief from the scorching sun, drowned in village ponds. What the protagonists could not have known is that they were playing out the backdrop to WWI; in a few years time the world, let alone England, would never be the same again. Through the eyes of a series of exceptional individuals; a debutante, a suffragette, a politician, a trade unionist, a butler and the Queen; Juliet Nicolson illuminates a turning point in history. With the gifts of a great storyteller she rekindles a vision of a time when the sun shone but its shadows fell on all. 'Juliet Nicolson has taken this 'perfect summer' as the backdrop for an ambitious work of multiple biography, which sets the extravagance of the upper classes against the increasingly desperate lives of the poor' Observer 'Evoke[s] the full vivid richness of how it smelt, looked, sounded, tasted and felt to be alive in England during the months of such a summer' Lady

Listen For Lonesome Drum (Paperback, 1st Syracuse University Press ed): Carl Carmer Listen For Lonesome Drum (Paperback, 1st Syracuse University Press ed)
Carl Carmer
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In this classic book, Carl Carmer describes the social life and customs of his native New York. Wandering from Buffalo to the Adirondacks across upstate New York, he heard folk tales, tall tales, stories of religious fervor and scandal. A born storyteller himself, Carmer writes about the beautiful Genesee, the Seneca and Tuscarora, the Cardiff Giant and the Loomis Gang, and the story of the Murdered Bride of Rensselaer County.

Book of New York Firsts (Paperback, 1st Syracuse University Press ed): Henry Moscow Book of New York Firsts (Paperback, 1st Syracuse University Press ed)
Henry Moscow
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This volume is a survey of firsts in New York City.

Invisible Heroes of World War II - Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People (Hardcover): Jerry Borrowman Invisible Heroes of World War II - Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People (Hardcover)
Jerry Borrowman
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The Story of Oklahoma (Hardcover, New edition): W.David Baird, Danney Goble The Story of Oklahoma (Hardcover, New edition)
W.David Baird, Danney Goble
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Describes the people and events that have shaped the state's history.

The West of Wild Bill Hickok (Paperback, New edition): Joseph G Rosa The West of Wild Bill Hickok (Paperback, New edition)
Joseph G Rosa
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Of all the Old West figures whose images eventually found their way into our popular culture, none was better known than Wild Bill Hickok. This book, a companion volume to Joseph Rosa's exhaustive biography, They Called Him Wild Bill, reproduces in one volume nearly all the known portraits of Wild Bill, together with photographs of his family, his friends, his foes, and the places that knew him.

Unsettling Canada - A National Wake-Up Call (Paperback): Arthur Manuel Unsettling Canada - A National Wake-Up Call (Paperback)
Arthur Manuel
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As the son of George Manuel, who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and founded the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in the 1970s, Arthur Manuel was born into the struggle. From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts (Paperback): Christopher De Hamel Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts (Paperback)
Christopher De Hamel 1
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WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE AND THE DUFF COOPER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 'Endlessly fascinating and enjoyable' Neil MacGregor 'A marvellous book' David Attenborough 'Full of delights' Tom Stoppard An extraordinary exploration of the medieval world - the most beguiling history book of the year This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. The idea for the book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to explore with the author what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and sometimes about the modern world too. Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. He traces the elaborate journeys which these exceptionally precious artefacts have made through time and space, shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell), how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and luxury and as symbols of national identity. The book touches on religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste. Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts conveys the fascination and excitement of encountering some of the greatest works of art in our culture which, in the originals, are to most people completely inaccessible. At the end, we have a slightly different perspective on history and how we come by knowledge. It is a most unusual book.

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