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Intriguing books for fall 2010 and winter 2011

Stephen R. Bown
The list author says: "I am the author of the book Merchant Kings, and these books should have cross-appeal - readers of one would probably be interested in the others (at least I am)."
Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600--1900
Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600--1900
"Starred Review in publishers Weekly - the world's most influential tycoons and the six great global trading monopolies that laid the foundation for empires"
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
"Simon Winchester always grabs my attention for his wandering, whimsical and thought-provoking style"
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society
"Sounds like a fascinating collection, hopefully as good as A Short History of Nearly Everything"
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
"The North american fur trade has got to be one of the most unusual business enterprises ever. I write about Simpson and the Hudson's Bay Company in Merchant Kings"
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
"Interesting and famous ancient battle/struggle."
Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
"Compelling and thought provoking theory"
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
"Fantastic book, good ideas and well written"
Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot
Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot
"A collection of fascinating historical oddities that have been inexplicably overlooked"
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
"I read justinian's Flea and enjoyed it. A narrative and biographical history of steam? Why not!"
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
"A "biography" of one of the most feared and deadly diseases - the excellent pre-pub reviews have really interested me in this, not for personal reasons"
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
"This sounds fascinating. I don't know much about the "Dark Ages" I have to admit, but the idea that they weren't all that dark is worth pursuing as a reader"
The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Seashells to Civilization
The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Seashells to Civilization
"This sounds like a magnificent book, a wide-ranging discussion rather than a polemic"