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1491 (Second Edition)
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
On Sale: 10/10/2006
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3205-1

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding... Read more >

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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962

Alistair Horne


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
On Sale: 10/10/2006
Price: $19.95
Publisher: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >

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Blood Done Sign My Name
A True Story

Timothy B. Tyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: 05/03/2005
Price: $14.99
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8311-4

A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Winner, Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007
On December 1, 2006, Timothy B. Tyson received the Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007 from officials at the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, his... Read more >

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Book of Ages
The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
On Sale: 07/01/2014
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-94883-0

National Book Award Finalist
Time Magazine #1 Nonfiction Book of 2013
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of 2013

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a... Read more >

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Descartes' Bones
A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: 08/25/2009
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-27566-0

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes’ bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.
But as Russell Shorto shows... Read more >

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 03/22/2005
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-609-80964-8

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or... Read more >

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How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

Arthur Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
On Sale: 09/24/2002
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-609-80999-0

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the... Read more >

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One Summer
America, 1927

Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
On Sale: 06/03/2014
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1941-8

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice
The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was... Read more >

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence

Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 06/03/2014
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-94637-9

A Washington Post Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever... Read more >

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The Mercury 13
The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight

Martha Ackmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
On Sale: 07/13/2004
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-375-75893-5

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by... Read more >

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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
On Sale: 10/04/2011
Price: $16.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-679-76388-8

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism
Winner of the Stephen E. Ambrose Oral... Read more >

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Thurgood Marshall
American Revolutionary

Juan Williams, bestselling author of Eyes on the Prize


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
On Sale: 02/01/2000
Price: $17.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-8129-3299-7

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
From the acclaimed author of Eyes on the Prize, here is the definitive biography of the great lawyer and Supreme Court justice. Thurgood Marshall stands today as the great architect of American race relations. His victory in the Brown v.  Board of Education decision... Read more >