Strand Curated Collections: Fred Bass' Picks


  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

    By Barbara Tuchman

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345349576
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: May 2014
    The prize-winning historian traces the major currents of the fourteenth century, revealing the century's great historical rhythms and events and the texture of daily life at all levels of European society
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    By Bill Bryson

    Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767908184
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: 2004
    The colossal hardcover bestseller now available in paperback. From the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - and just about everything in between, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being usand the Great Wall of China. A profound, funny, clear, and always entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge. 560p. Pap.
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    By Jared Diamond

    Our Price: $21.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143117001
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 2011
    A New York Times Bestseller. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL. Jared Diamond explores how humankind's use and abuse of the environment reveal the truth behind the world's great collapses, from the Anasazi of North America to the Vikings of Greenland to modern Montana. What emerges is a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe - one whose warning signs are evidenced today and that we ignore at our own peril. Blending the most recent scientific advances and a vast historical perspective into a narrative that is impossible to put down, the book exposes the deepest mysteries of the past even as it offers hope for the future. With a new Afterword by the author. Further Readings, Index. B&W illus. 580p.
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    By Jared Diamond

    Our Price: $9.50 - $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393317558
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: April 1999
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A convincing argument that geographical and environmental factors have shaped the modern world, the book chronicles the way the modern world came to be, as well as stunningly dismantling racially-based theories of human history. Further Readings, Index. Illus., 32 B&W plates. 494p.
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    By Mark Kurlansky

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345476395
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: January 2007
    Now available in paperback, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky's remarkable story of New York traces the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants - the oyster. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insights - along with vintage recipes, maps, drawings, and photos - this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the 17th-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slum to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers. This small pearl of a book serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious. Addenda. 307p.
  • The Man from Beijing

    By Henning Mankell

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307472847
    • Publisher: Vintage Crime / Black Lizard
    • Published: March 2011
    This bone-chilling mystery that spans two centuries and four continents commences in the far north of Sweden, where a small quiet village has been almost entirely wiped out byt a mass murderer. The only clue left at the scene is a red ribbon. Among the victims are the grandparents of Judge Birgitta Roslin, who sets out to find the killer. Despite being brushed off by the police, Birgitta is determined to prove that the murders were not a random act of violence but are part of something far more dark and complex. Her investigation leads to the highest echelons of power and into the recesses of history where the seeds of evil deeds were planned. 456p.
  • The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

    By Simon Winchester

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060884611
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: April 2009
    Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, and The Map That Changed the World, brings to life the singular story of Joseph Needham - the brilliant Cambridge University scientist, freethinking intellectual, and practicing nudist, who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, once the world's most technologically advanced country. Appendices, Suggested Further Reading, Index. B&W illus. 316p.
  • Truman

    By David McCullough

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780671456542
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: June 1992
    A fair and balanced biography of one of our most controversial Presidents, by one of America's great historians, and certain to be regarded as the definitive work on Harry S. Truman. 1,117p. Kindle Price: $14.99 A fair and balanced biography of one of our most controversial Presidents, by one of America's great historians, and certain to be regarded as the definitive work on Harry S. Truman. 1,117p. Kindle Price: $14.99