Merchant Kings

2009 non-fiction popular history book by Stephen R. Bown, which discusses the age of “heroic commerce” through biographical profiles of six of the leading “merchant kings” of the great chartered companies which held colonial trade monopolies: Jan Pieterszoon Coen of the Dutch East India Company, Pieter Stuyvesant of the Dutch West India Company, Robert Clive of the English East India Company, Alexander Baranov of the Russian American Company, George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Cecil John Rhodes of the British South Africa Company

Witnessing America

Firsthand accounts by ordinary Americans describe living in a log cabin, facing a stampede, working in a sweatshop, and other experiences

Gardner’s Art through the Ages

Exploring pivotal artistic works from the Stone Age to the modern era, readers have trusted the expertise in this text for more than 85 years

Guy de Maupassant’s Tales of Revenge – A Collection of Short Stories

Originally published in the 1880’s. As a collection of short stories, this represents Maupassant’s tales of revenge, and includes ‘A Vendetta’, ‘Father Milon’, ‘Mother Sauvage’, ‘The Corsican Bandit’, ‘The Hand’, and ‘The Lancer’s Wife’. Guy de Maupassant was born in 1850 at the Château de Miromesnil, near Dieppe, France

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Book by the journalist William L. Shirer, in which the author chronicles the rise and fall of Nazi Germany from the birth of Adolf Hitler in 1889 to the end of World War II in Europe in 1945. It was first published in 1960, by Simon & Schuster in the United States

The Mabinogion

Stories compiled in Middle Welsh in the 12th–13th centuries from earlier oral traditions