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Clio's Chroniclers: History Discussion Group

Title: A Concise History of Russia

Author: Richard Pipes (A Russian History Scholar)

Chronicler: Gary Lundin (The member who recommended the book and the leader of this Book Discussion)

A Concise History of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679745440
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Published: Vintage - November 26th, 1996

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: March Violets

Author: Philip Kerr

Berlin Noir (Crime, Penguin) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780140231700
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 1st, 1994

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: March Violets

Author: Philip Kerr

Berlin Noir (Crime, Penguin) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780140231700
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 1st, 1994

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison...

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.


G. K. Chesterton Meeting

Founding member Art Livingston will be leading the discussion on the Topic of Ant-Semitism and GKC, supplemented by a William Oddie essay on the same subject to be handed out to members in advance at the August Meeting.

The History Discussion* Group

Title to be Discussed: Ghost Map: London's Cholera Epidemic

Author: Steven Johnson

*{There is no fee, however, all titles selected must be purchased at Centuries & Sleuths to be part of the Discussion Group & voice your opinion on the assigned book.}

Description

A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

It's the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time.

In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.

Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.

About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

The Mystery Discussion* Group

Title to Be Discussed: Return to the Same City

Author: Ignacio Paco Taibo

*{There is no fee, however, all titles selected must be purchased at Centuries & Sleuths to be part of the Discussion Group & voice your opinion on the assigned book.}

Description

Hector Belascoaran Shayne has danced with the dead. Luke Estrella does the rumba in white patent leather shoes. Together, they make the perfect pair to lead each other into an inferno under an azure Acapulco sky: a hell populated by mariachis and machine guns, incompetent bikini contest judges, and at least one killer who is closer to Hector than he thinks....

Praise for Return to the Same City…

"Taibo's novels...are an addicting import. ...part of a beguiling worldview in which everything, including crime and love, are elements in a cosmic joke."--Publishers Weekly

Return to the Same City: A Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novel (Hector Belascoaran Shayne Detective Novels) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590581360
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 15th, 2005

The G.K. Chesterton Society of Chicago

Title to be Discussed: Characters of the Reformation

Author: Hillaire Belloc

This may well be Belloc's most interesting work. It includes Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, St. Thomas More, Cranmer, Calvin, Mary Tudor ("Bloody Mary"), Mary Stuart ("Queen of Scots"), Cardinal Richelieu and many others--23 in all--analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, motives and mistakes and showing how this or that seemingly insignificant factor actually changed the course of history. An amazing book!

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$16.96
ISBN: 9780895554666
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tan Books - June 27th, 2005

The History Discussion* Group

 Title to Be Discussed: Berlin Games (1936) How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

Author: Guy Walters

*{There is no fee. However, all titles selected must be purchased at Centuries & Sleuths to be part of the Discussion Group & voice your opinion on the assigned book.}

Description

IN 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the Olympic Games. It promised to be not only a magnificent sporting event but also a grand showcase for the rebuilt Germany. No effort was spared to present the Third Reich as the newest global power. But beneath the glittering surface, the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad of the Modern Era came to act as a crucible for the dark political forces that were gathering, foreshadowing the bloody conflict to come.

The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political sporting event of the last century—an epic clash between proponents of barbarism and those of civilization, both of whom tried to use the Games to promote their own values. Berlin Games is the complete history of those fateful two weeks in August. It is a story of the athletes and their accomplishments, an eye-opening account of the Nazi machine's brazen attempt to use the Games as a model of Aryan superiority and fascist efficiency, and a devastating indictment of the manipulative power games of politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officials that would ultimately have profound consequences for the entire world.

Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060874131
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 7th, 2007

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