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Agincourt: by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, $27.99). Nicholas Hook, an English forester, is on the run after interfering with a rapist priest and ends up a mercenary defender at Soissons, where he saves a young and beautiful novitiate, Melisande. With his French prize in tow, he returns to England and signs on with Henry's army as an archer. Back on French soil, he fights and slogs his way to Agincourt, where 6,000 Englishmen confront 30,000 French soldiers.

We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work : by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $27). The former president describes the history of previous peace efforts and why they fell short. He argues convincingly that the road to a peace agreement is now open and that it has broad international and regional support.

I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts : by Larry Wilmore (Hyperion, $23.95). From why black weathermen make him feel happy (or sad) to his search for Black Jesus or his quest to replace "African-American" with "chocolate," Larry Wilmore, a Daily Show correspondent, shares his unique (black) perspective.

Dancing to the Music in My Head: Memoirs of the People's Idol : by Sanjaya Malakar (Pocket, $19.99). One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life.

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