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Traces the history of tea, and describes the author's experiences visiting the places where the tea industry began
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Sleuth. Cook. Ottoman. Lover. Have you met Yashim yet? It's Istanbul in 1839, and as the new sultan installs his harem in the palace, the intrepid investigator Yashim is set adrift on the swirling currents of loyalty and betrayal. The dramatic treachery of Fevzi Ahmet, the admiral of the fleet, brings Yashim up against the one man he has ever hated…the only man he has ever feared. Drawn ever deeper into the closed and mysterious world of the Sultan's harem, Yashim must search for a secret that could save a life or destroy an empire. An Evil Eye is a heart-pounding mystery of exotic Istanbul and a riveting journey into a veiled realm.
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Jason Goodwin, bestselling author of 'The Janissary Tree', returns with a new novel of suspense set in the beautiful city of Venice. 'The Bellini Card', the latest in the 'Investigator Yashim' series, finds Yashim sending his Polish friend Palewski in search of a rare masterpiece by Bellini. The sultan in Istanbul has heard whispers that his long-lost portrait of Mehmet the Conquerer has turned up in the hands of a Venetian, and he's desperate to get it back. Palewski finds a mysterious killer on the loose, and tries to maneuver the labyrinth of art dealers and aristocrats in 19th century Venice as he tries to find the painting without getting killed in the process. Funny and smart.
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A biography of the dollar and the story of its astonishing career through the wilds of American history - as a form of art, a kind of advertising, and a reflection of American attitudes. Bibliography, Index. B&W illus. 320p.
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Istanbul

By Ates Orga

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Dramatic and passionate, comic and gruesome, history of the Ottoman Empire - from its victory over French crusaders in 1396 to its sudden collapse at the onset of the 20th century - unfolds in this dazzling sequence of mysteries, triumphs, treasures, and terrors. Chronology, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. 352p.
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A rich evocation of the lost world of the Ottoman Empire traces the rise of the Turks, showing their early world dominance, which touched Europe, Africa, and India, and exploring the Empire's long degeneration and fall.
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The Bellini Card

By Jason Goodwin

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Istanbul, 1840: the young sultan Abdulmecid believes that Gentile Bellini’s vanished masterpiece, a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, may have resurfaced in Venice. But it’s not Yashim, the eunuch detective, who takes a ship across the Mediterranean. Instead, it’s his Polish ambassador friend, Palewski, disguised as an American art dealer. What begins as a simple inquiry soon turns into a murderous game of deception and suspense, played out among the faded palazzi and sluggish canals of the decaying city. Dealers, forgers, and aristocrats become fatally involved as the search for the Bellini portrait uncovers a threat to the stability of the Ottoman throne, and the peace of Europe. 286p.
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It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just as the sultan is poised to announce sweeping political change, a wave of grisly murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. What is behind the killings? Only one man can be trusted to find out: Investigastor Yashim. A man both brilliant and near-invisible in the world, an investigator who can walk within the great halls of the empire, in its streets, and even within its seraglios - because, of course, Yashim is a eunuch. Meanwhile, the trail of clues points to the Janissaries, who 400 years were the empire's guards - now a group of ruthless mercenaries at the margin of Ottoman society. 320p.
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The Snake Stone

By Jason Goodwin

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For investigator Yashim Togalu, there's no need to seek out crime. They find him. And as readers of the award-winning novel 'The Janissary Tree', author Jason Goodwin is just warming up. In the 'The Snake Stone' Goodwin once again delights audiences with another romp through the dangerously exciting backstreets of nineteenth-century Istanbul, where Yashim finds himseld racing against time to clear his name and uncover the startling truth behind a shadowy society dedicated to the revival of the Byzantine Empire. Along the way he encounters an unforgettable series of characters of color and locales of thrilling intrigue, in yet another exhillerating and intelligent mystery for readers world-wide.
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