Strand Curated Collections: Fred Bass' Picks


  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    By Bill Bryson

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767908184
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: September 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.
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    By Jared Diamond

    Our Price: $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.
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    By Jared Diamond

    Our Price: $9.95
    • 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.
  • The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

    By Mark Kurlansky

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • 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: $6.95 - $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.
  • Truman

    By David McCullough

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • 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 Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

    By Barbara Tuchman

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345349576
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: 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
  • 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: $15.99
    • 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.
  • The Bottom of the Harbor

    By Joseph Mitchell

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375714863
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: July 2008
    Fifty years after its original publication, The Bottom of the Harbor still stands as a fundamental New York book. Every story Mitchell tells, every person he introduces, every scene he describes is illuminated by his passions for the eccentrics and eccentricities of his beloved, adopted city. All of the pieces included here are connected in one way or another - some directly, some with a kind of mysterious circuitousness - with New York's fabled waterfront the terrain that Mitchell brilliantly made his own. Included among them, 'Up in the Old Hotel,' 'The Rats on the Waterfront,' and 'Mr. Hunter's Grave.' Don't miss it! 320p.
  • Book Row: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade

    By Marvin Mondlin

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780786716524
    • Publisher: Carro
    • Published: October 2005
    For nearly eight decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, the bibliophile's paradise known as 'Book Row' flourished just south of 14th Street in Manhattan, mostly on the seven blocks of Fourth Avenue bracketed by Union Square and Astor Place; its flagship bookseller, the STRAND, moved from Book Row to its present location in the 1950s. This book provides its multi-faceted story, complete with a cast of characters: like the horse-betting, poker-playing go-getter and book dealer George D. Smith to that consummate used bookseller Fred Bass of STRAND. A memorable book of an indelible era in New York bookseller history. Index. B&W illus. 405p.