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Ancient Iraq

By Georges Roux

Three thousand years of Mesopotamian history, now mostly comprised of Iraq, has been missing; this book unveils recently uncovered pieces of the ancient society.
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Annals of the Former World

By John McPhee

A history of North America from geologists’ perspectives.
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Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon

By Austen Henry Layard

A recounting of Layard’s expedition with a look into the past.
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Foundations in the Dust: A Story of Mesopotamian Exploration

By Seton Lloyd

This story recaps generations of archaeological exploration in Mesopotamia through 1955.
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The History of Beads

By Lois Sherr Dubin

"A comprehensive illustrated account of the history of beads."
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The Histories

By Herodotus

A background of the Persian Wars which segues into a study of the cultures of the people he discusses.
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Inside the Haveli

By Rama Mehta

"Explores life in the women’s quarters of an aristocratic Hindu household."
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North Korea

By Philippe Chancel

"Granted unusual access in 2005 and 2006, the French art photographer has documented one of the more surreal places on earth, a country ruled by terror, violence, and propaganda, in thrall to a fascist cult of personality surrounding "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il and his late father, Kim Il Sung."
Read more on Amazon.

Roadside Geology of Hawaii

By Richard Hazlett and Donald Hyndman

The evolution of Hawaii and a history of volcanoes and lava flow.
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The Stones of Balazuc

By John Merriman

"The Stones of Balazuc by John Merriman (W.W. Norton) catalogs the history of the resilient Ardèche River town."
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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

By Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck

A novel that explores alternative methods of community development in an attempt to curtail the expansion of suburban neighborhoods.
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