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Isabel de Madariaga is Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Studies at the University of London. She is a highly respected scholar who has received great acclaim for all of her scholarly literature about Catherine the Great of Russia, one of the most colorful monarchs of all time. Her latest book, Ivan the Terrible, is the definitive biography of this Russian Tsar, portraying the infamous cruelty of his reign within the context of 16th century Russia. She includes a fresh account of the active role that religion, magic and astrology played in Ivan's life and court and provides new insights into his foreign policy.

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Ivan the Terrible, by Isabel de Madariaga

Catherine the Great - A Short History, by Isabel de Madariaga

Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great, by Isabel de Madariaga

As a classical historian, Shadi Bartsch is primarily devoted to Roman literature and culture of the early imperial period. She is chair of the Department of Classics and a professor in the Committees on the History of Culture and on the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago, and is the author of a number of books relating to Roman literature, including Ideology in Cold Blood, Actors in the Audience, and Decoding the Ancient Novel.

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The Mirror of the Self: Sexuality, Self-Knowledge, and the Gaze in the Early Roman Empire

Ideology in Cold Blood : A Reading of Lucan's Civil War, by Shadi Bartsch

Sissela Myrdal Bok is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. A former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, she serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and on the boards of Common Knowledge, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. During her distinguished academic career she has published a series of books based upon the ideals of universal human values. Sissela Bok received the George Orwell Award and the Melcher Book Award for Lying : Moral Choice in Public and Private Life. Widely respected as a modern philosopher, Sissela originally read psychology at university, in deference to the wishes of her mother Nobel Peace Laureate Alva Myrdal. Being the daughter of two Nobel Prize winners, with her father Gunnar Myrdal awarded the Nobel prize for economics, Sissela Myrdal Bok offers a rich intellectual perspective in her own work.

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Alva Myrdal: A Daughter's Memoir, by Sissela Bok

Richard Corbett is the Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humber. He serves as Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs and is the party spokesperson on the Constitutional Committee of the European Parliament. Richard has been active in European politics for more than 30 years, being directly involved with many of the key transformations of the European Union during a period of unprecedented expansion.

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The European Parliament, by Richard Corbett

The European Parliament's Role in Closer EU Integration, by Richard Corbett

Eric Margolis is a syndicated columnist, writing for the Toronto Sun Media Group. He is Contributing Foreign Editor of the Toronto Sun newspapers and a syndicated columnist whose articles have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News, CNN, ABC and WNET. Eric's syndicated column: Foreign Correspondent is a twice-weekly commentary on world affairs.

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American Raj: America and the Muslim World, by Eric Margolis

War at the Top of the World, by Eric Margolis

Fifty-seven years on, Loet Velmans returned to the area where he spent nearly four years in grueling captivity, revisiting the place where he had buried his closest friend. From that emotional visit came the stunning memoir Long Way Back From The River Kwai. Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post "this candid, understated book is a useful contribution to our understanding of that essential truth."

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Long Way Back From The River Kwai, by Loet Velmans

A highly respected novelist and historian, Rock Brynner has embarked on some remarkable adventures of his own, as a European street clown and a Broadway star, road manager for The Band and bodyguard for Muhammad Ali. During his recent lecture tours in Vladivostok, he visited the birthplace of his illustrious father Yul Brynner as well as his grandfather Jules, and gave new life to a city in search of its own history.

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Empire & Odyssey, by Rock Brynner

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