A few must-reads—now 50% off through the end of this week.
Stuff your book bags with titles from our Back-to-School sale! Now through September 25th receive 35% off new and recent titles, 45% off on orders over $60. And now through the end of this week receive 50% off on featured sale titles, including all 6 listed below, and several others featured in our beach reads, summer picks, and gift book recommendations from 2015 and 2016.
RECOMMENDED READING FOR:
historians and steampunks
Following famous travelers like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Jules Verne as well as ordinary spectators, tourists, and imperial administrators, Engines of Empire offers a bold and wryly told account of the steamship and its outsized imprint on the cultural imaginary and imperial clout of Western society. Burgess reveals how steamships, which became the quintessential symbol of modernity, nationalism, empire, and civilization itself, offer an invaluable lens through with to consider (or reconsider) Victorian society. Offering a corrective for decades of hagiography lauding the technological prowess of the steamship, this book balances this narrative against the catastrophic consequences that the advent of the steam engine posed for subjugated peoples around the world.
“[Engines of Empire] barrels forth with creativity and character, to offer a voyage at once informative and thought provoking.”
—Glenn S. Gordinier, author of The Rocket’s Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut