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Best Sellers: European History, August 23, 2012

October 2011 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

1) Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Massie, Robert K.
Random House
2011. ISBN 9780679456728. $35

2) With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918
Stevenson, David
Belknap: Harvard University Press
2011. ISBN 9780674062269. $35

3) Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750–1790
Israel, Jonathan I.
Oxford University Press
2011. ISBN 9780199548200. $45

4) Invisible Romans
Knapp, Robert
Harvard University Press
2011. ISBN 9780674061996. $29.95

5) Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations
Davies, Norman
2012. ISBN 9780670022731. $40

6) Mary I: England’s Catholic Queen
Edwards, John
Yale University Press
2011. ISBN 9780300118100. $35

7) Polybius: The Histories: Books 9–15
Harvard University Press
2011. ISBN 9780674996595. $24

8) Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation
Leiken, Robert S.
Oxford University Press
2012. ISBN 9780195328974. $27.95

9) Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Public Affairs
2011. ISBN 9781610391207. $29.99

10) The Rise of Female Kings in Europe, 1300–1800
Monter, William
Yale University Press
2012. ISBN 9780300173277. $38

11) Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
Ives, Eric
2011. ISBN 9781444350180. $19.95

12) Polybius: The Histories: Books 16–27
Harvard University Press
2012. ISBN 9780674996601. $24

13) The Birth of the Past
Schiffman, Zachary Sayre
Johns Hopkins University Press
2011. ISBN 9781421402789. $65

14) Empires of Faith: The Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500–700
Sarris, Peter
Oxford University Press
2011. ISBN 9780199261260. $65

15) Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Hughes, Robert
Alfred A. Knopf
2011. ISBN 9780307268440. $35

16) Heinrich Himmler
Longerich, Peter
Oxford University Press
2012. ISBN 9780199592326. $34.95

17) The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain
Preston, Paul
W.W. Norton
2012. ISBN 9780393064766. $35

18) A Culture of Freedom: Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe
Meier, Christian
Oxford University Press
2012. ISBN 9780199747405. $29.95

19) Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich
Gerwarth, Robert
Yale University Press
2011. ISBN 9780300115758. $35

20) The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
Gilmour, David
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2011. ISBN 9780374283162. $32.50


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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 45th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"