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Learn the History of One City, through One Special Life

9780553418903By George Weigel, author of City of Saints: A Pilgrimage To John Paul II’s KRAKóW (Image, October 2015)

Request a complimentary examination copy: email with your name, college and course information.

There are many ways to learn a city, but learning it through the life of one of its greatest sons may be as good an introduction as any. Especially when the city is historic, beautiful Kraków, and the son is Karol Wojtyła, who would become Pope St. John Paul II.

Wojtyła spent exactly forty years in Krakow, as student, priest, university lecturer and chaplain, and archbishop. Between 1938 and 1978, the drama of the city he called “my beloved Kraków” worked its way into the texture of his mind and soul: Kraków’s love of freedom; Kraków’s tolerance and civility; Kraków’s life as an artistic and intellectual center; Kraków as a city of saints. When he was called from Kraków to Rome by the conclave that elected him pope, Wojtyła took that Cracovian experience with him. And then, as Pope John Paul II, he used the best of Kraków’s history and culture to bend the curve of the future in a more humane direction, using distinctively Cracovian themes and tools to lead the revolution of conscience that would eventually breach the Berlin Wall and end the division of Europe. (more…)

November 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Free Advance Reader Copies of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder Now Available

9781101903452In this deeply researched and profoundly original book, Yale University history professor and historian Timothy Snyder has written a history of extermination and survival, an explanation of an unprecedented crime of the twentieth century that might serve as a precedent in the twenty-first. It tells the story of the Holocaust based on an array of new archival sources from eastern Europe and the voices of Jewish survivors to present the mass murder of the Jews in comprehensible historical terms–and thus all the more terrifyingly.

Black Earth is scheduled to be released on September 8th, 2015. Please email with your name, college and course information to request a complimentary advance reader copy.

Click here to read about Professor Snyder’s Andrew Carnegie Fellowship award.

May 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Save Darfur! Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror


From the author of the highly praised Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, here is the first analysis of the crisis in Darfur that considers the events of the last few years within the broad context of the history of Sudan, as well as examines the efficacy of the world’s response to the crisis. Incisive and authoritative, Saviors and Survivors will radically alter our understanding of the crisis in Darfur.

“An incisive and challenging analysis. Framing both Darfur’s war and the ‘Save Darfur’ movement within the paradigm of the West’s historic colonial encounter with Africa, Mahmood Mamdani challenges the reader to reconsider whether Darfur’s crisis is ‘genocide’ warranting foreign military intervention.”—Alex de Waal, Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and author of War in Darfur (more…)

July 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Students at Boston College and Western Oregon University are Reading The Translator by Zaghawa tribesman, Daoud Hari


In 2003, Daoud Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman in northern Darfur, fled his village, which was under attack by Sudanese militiamen. Here is Daoud’s harrowing and life-changing, eyewitness account of the brutal genocide in the Sudan.

Western Oregon University’s Anthropology Dept. will be using the book this summer as well as Boston College’s Sociology Dept which has adopted The Translator: A Memoir for its course named “African World Perspective” this Fall. Zine Magubane, Associate Professor of Sociology, says “I chose this book because The Translator offers American students a superb opportunity to hear about the realities of the Darfur situation through the voice of an African person. The book is both an excellent primer on the political situation in Darfur and a deeply moving personal story that gives students a sophisticated, yet accessible, view into the Darfur conflict.” (more…)

May 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

A Concise History of the Catholic Church Added to the Curriculum at Providence College

concise historyCovering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for a definitive, accessible history of Catholicism.

Providence College’s Development of Western Civilization Program will be using Thomas Bokenkotter’s essential one-volume history of the Catholic Church.

To read a book excerpt, click here.

Order an examination copy here.

September 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Author and Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s America’s Constitution: A Biography Teaches His Book at Yale University

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“…[T]he best biography ever written about the U.S. Constitution….”

So said Harvard University professor Laurence H. Tribe of Akhil Reed Amar’s America’s Constitution: A Biography.

We have just learned that Professor Amar will be teaching his book this Fall in his large Constitutional Law course at Yale University.  Lucky students! (more…)

August 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Reza Aslan’s No god but God on the Curriculum at the University of Georgia

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An authoritative study of the Islamic faith in relation to the other world religions, Reza Aslan’s No god but God: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam sheds new light on its origins and history, from the social reformation role of Muhammad to the impact of fundamentalism and terrorism on Islam.

This Fall, the University of Georgia will be teaching Reza Aslan’s No god but God: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. No god but God, has been translated into thirteen languages and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. Aslan is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror. (more…)

August 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

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