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American Fun
Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt
Written by John Beckman

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90817-9 (0-307-90817-8)

An animated and wonderfully engaging work of cultural history that lays out Americas unruly past: the ways in which cutting loose has always been, and still is, an essential part of what it means to be an American.

Throughout American history there have been undeniable strains of purpose and sacrifice fuelled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Heathen School
A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
Written by John Demos

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45510-3 (0-679-45510-8)

The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos.

Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.&rdquo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fall of the House of Dixie
The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
Written by Bruce Levine

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7872-8 (0-8129-7872-2)

To read the author’s essay about The Fall of the House of Dixie: Ammending Civil War Narrative and request a free review copy of the book, go to:

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

April 29, 2014
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Hell Before Breakfast
America's First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire
Written by Robert H. Patton

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37721-0 (0-307-37721-0)

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. . . .
Now, Robert H. Patton, acclaimed historian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Divide
American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Written by Matt Taibbi
Illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9342-4 (0-8129-9342-X)

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
In search of a solution, journalist... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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