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The Education of Henry Adams
An Autobiography
Written by Henry Adams
Introduction by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64010-3 (0-679-64010-X)

"I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams,"said Gore Vidal. "He was remarkably prescient about the coming horrors."

His political ideals shaped by two presidential ancestors—great-grandfather John Adams and grandfather John Quincy Adams—Henry Adams was one of the most powerful and original minds to confront the American scene from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How the South Could Have Won the Civil War
The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat
Written by Bevin Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34600-1 (0-307-34600-5)

Destroying conventional historical wisdom, acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander reveals how the South most definitely could have defeated the North-and how close a Confederate victory came to happening. Alexander shows:

•How the Confederacy had its greatest chance to win the war just three months into the fighting-but blew it
• How the... Read more >
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Crazy Horse and Custer
The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47966-0 (0-385-47966-2)

From the author of the bestselling D-Day, June 6, 1944 and Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose's Crazy Horse and Custer is "an impressively researched and admirably narrated dual biography" (Publishers Weekly) of the two leaders whose strikingly parallel lives culminated with their legendary clash at Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse, leader of... Read more >

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Behind Closed Doors
Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898
Edited by Richard Aste


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-365-0 (1-58093-365-3)

A critical contribution to the burgeoning field of Spanish colonial art, Behind Closed Doors reveals how art and luxury goods together signaled the identity and status of Spanish Americans struggling to claim their place in a fluid New World hierarchy.

By the early sixteenth century, the Spanish practice of defining status through... Read more >

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The Audubon Reader

Written by John James Audubon
Edited by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4369-9 (1-4000-4369-7)

This unprecedented anthology of John James Audubon’s lively and colorful writings about the American wilderness reintroduces the great artist and ornithologist as an exceptional American writer, a predecessor to Thoreau, Emerson, and Melville.

Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has gathered excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works, and has organized them... Read more >

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Fields of Honor
Pivotal Battles of the Civil War
Written by Edwin C. Bearss
Introduction by James McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0093-9 (1-4262-0093-5)

Few historians have ever captured the drama, excitement, and tragedy of the Civil War with the headlong elan of Edwin Bearss, who has won a huge, devoted following with his extraordinary battlefield tours and eloquent soliloquies about the heroes, scoundrels, and little-known moments of a conflict that still fascinates America. Antietam... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Receding Tide
Vicksburg and Gettysburg: The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War
Written by Edwin C. Bearss and J. Parker Hills


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0510-1 (1-4262-0510-4)

It’s a poignant irony in American history that on Independence Day, 1863, not one but two pivotal Civil War battles ended in Union victory, marked the high tide of Confederate military fortune, and ultimately doomed the South’s effort at secession. But on July 4, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses... Read more >
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Age of Betrayal
The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900
Written by Jack Beatty


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3242-6 (1-4000-3242-3)

Age of Betrayal is a brilliant reconsideration of America's first Gilded Age, when war-born dreams of freedom and democracy died of their impossibility. Focusing on the alliance between government and railroads forged by bribes and campaign contributions, Jack Beatty details the corruption of American political culture that, in the words of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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38 Nooses
Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End
Written by Scott W. Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38913-8 (0-307-38913-8)

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

In August 1862, after suffering decades of hardship, broken treaties, and relentless encroachment on their land, the Dakota leader Little Crow reluctantly agreed that his people must go to war. After six weeks of fighting, the uprising was smashed, thousands of Indians were taken prisoner... Read more >
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Civil War Wives
The Lives & Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant
Written by Carol Berkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9578-0 (1-4000-9578-6)

Here are the life stories of three women who connect us to our national past and provide windows onto a social and political landscape that is strangely familiar yet shockingly foreign.

Berkin focuses on three “accidental heroes” who left behind sufficient records to allow their voices to be heard clearly and to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Civil War Wives
The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant
Written by Carol Berkin


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4446-7 (1-4000-4446-4)

In the life stories of three “accidental heroes”—women whose marriages provided them with position and perspective they would not otherwise have had—Carol Berkin, one of the nation’s premier historians, offers a unique understanding of the tumultuous social and political landscape of their time.

Drawing on private and public records, Berkin shows us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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My Face Is Black Is True
Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27705-3 (0-307-27705-4)

“My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest in dealing with my fellow man.”
~Callie House (1899)

In her groundbreaking new book, My Face Is Black Is True, historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861–1928), ex-slave, widowed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Good Old Days--They Were Terrible!

Written by Otto Bettmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 12, 1974
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70941-3 (0-394-70941-1)

A comprehensive study of urban American life in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century. The book is filled with black and white drawings, advertisements, and photographs from the time period which further vivify the early urban American experience. Read more >

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They Fought Like Demons
Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Written by De Anne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3315-7 (1-4000-3315-2)

“Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. And... Read more >

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The Civil War Dictionary

Written by Mark Boatner


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73392-8 (0-679-73392-2)

This invaluable volume contains over 4,000 entries, including 2,000 biographical sketches of Civil War leaders; extensive descriptions of all 20 campaigns (and entries on lesser battles, engagements, and skirmishes) and politics, literature, statistics, military terms and definitions; and 86 specially prepared maps and diagrams.  

"This remarkable book constitutes an encyclopedia of the... Read more >

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Blood and Daring
How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation
Written by John Boyko


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf Canada
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-36144-8 (0-307-36144-6)

In Blood and Daring, lauded historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Canadian Confederation occurred when and as it did largely because of the pressures of the Civil War. Many readers will be shocked by Canada’s deep connection to the war--Canadians fought in every major battle, supplied arms to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Age of Gold
The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72088-5 (0-385-72088-2)

THEY WENT WEST TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND IN THE BARGAIN THEY CHANGED THE WORLD. THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GOLD RUSH.

When gold was first discovered on the American River above Sutter’s Fort in January 1848, California was sparsely populated frontier territory not yet... Read more >

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American Colossus
The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38677-9 (0-307-38677-5)

In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.

American Colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United... Read more >

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Andrew Jackson
His Life and Times
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3072-9 (1-4000-3072-2)

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.

An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed... Read more >

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Lone Star Nation
The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3070-5 (1-4000-3070-6)

In Lone Star Nation, Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands demythologizes Texas’s journey to statehood and restores the genuinely heroic spirit to a pivotal chapter in American history.

From Stephen Austin, Texas’s reluctant founder, to the alcoholic Sam Houston, who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and... Read more >

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The Man Who Saved the Union
Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47515-2 (0-307-47515-8)

Ulysses Grant emerges in this masterful biography as a genius in battle and a driven president to a divided country, who remained fearlessly on the side of right. He was a beloved commander in the field who made the sacrifices necessary to win the war, even in the face of criticism... Read more >

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The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield
A Tragedy of the Gilded Age
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 31, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74325-1 (0-307-74325-X)

Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White
Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age
Written by Mosette Broderick


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-53662-0 (0-394-53662-2)

A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumvirate—Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who came together, bound by the notion that architecture could help shape a nation in transition. They helped to refine America’s idea of beauty, elevated its architectural... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Man Knows My History
The Life of Joseph Smith
Written by Fawn M. Brodie


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73054-5 (0-679-73054-0)

In 1823 a young man named Joseph Smith had an encounter with an angel who led him to a cache of golden plates purporting to be the history of the lost tribes of Israel. Out of these new gospels—and out of Smith’s own charismatic personality and sense of mission—arose an authentically... Read more >

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
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