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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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Cotton Tenants
Three Families
Written by James Agee
Edited by John Summers
Photographed by Walker Evans
Introduction by Adam Haslett


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-212-3 (1-61219-212-2)

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ragged Dick
or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks
Written by Horatio Alger
Introduction by David K. Shipler


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7358-7 (0-8129-7358-5)

“Alger was perhaps American Capitalism’s greatest and most effective propagandist.”—Richard Wright

Written to inspire schoolboys to strive for “honesty, industry, frugality, and a worthy ambition,” the novels of Horatio Alger (1832–99) are infused with great humanity, broad humor, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of Gilded Age propriety. Central to Alger’s philosophy is... Read more >

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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Written by Gar Alperovitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1996
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76285-0 (0-679-76285-X)

Was the atomic bomb necessary to end the war with Japan?  This extensively documented work by the foremost historian of the atomic decision and its aftermath provides the indispensable evidence and arguments for any serious attempt to answer that terrible question.  As it minutely reconstructs the events leading up to Hiroshima, the book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Gangs of New York
An Informal History of the Underworld
Written by Herbert Asbury


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38898-8 (0-307-38898-0)

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life of nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history.

Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district, The Gangs of New York dramatically evokes the destitution... Read more >

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Sleeping with the Devil
How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
Written by Robert Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 25, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5268-4 (1-4000-5268-8)

“Saudi Arabia is more and more an irrational state—a place that spawns global terrorism even as it succumbs to an ancient and deeply seated isolationism, a kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Is this the fulcrum we want the global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Fighting for Life

Written by S. Josephine Baker
Introduction by Helen Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-706-8 (1-59017-706-1)

New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable shops... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Inventor and the Tycoon
The Murderer Eadweard Muybridge, the Entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the Birth of Moving Pictures
Written by Edward Ball


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2940-0 (0-7679-2940-3)

Nearly 140 years ago, in frontier California, photographer Eadweard Muybridge captured time with his camera and played it back on a flickering screen, inventing the breakthrough technology of moving pictures. Yet the visionary inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial became a national sensation... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sergeant Stubby
How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation
Written by Ann Bausum
Foreword by David E. Sharpe


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1310-6 (1-4262-1310-7)

Told for the first time, this is the true story of a stray dog who eventually became affectionately known as “Sergeant Stubby” the most famous war dog of World War I. Award-winning author Ann Bausum brings her friendly writing style and in-depth research to her first-ever book for adults. 

Stubby’s story begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Joseph P. Kennedy Presents
His Hollywood Years
Written by Cari Beauchamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47522-0 (0-307-47522-0)

Joseph P. Kennedy’s reputation as a savvy businessman, diplomat, and sly political patriarch is well-documented. But his years as a Hollywood mogul have never been fully explored until now.

In Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, Cari Beauchamp brilliantly explores this unknown chapter in Kennedy’s biography. Between 1926 and 1930, Kennedy positioned himself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mr. Hornaday's War
How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World
Written by Stefan Bechtel


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0638-2 (0-8070-0638-6)

He was complex, quirky, pugnacious, and difficult. He seemed to create enemies wherever he went, even among his friends. A fireplug of a man who stood only five feet eight inches in his stocking feet, he began as a taxidermist and an adventurer who tracked tigers in Borneo with friendly headhunters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Mr. Hornaday's War
How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World
Written by Stefan Bechtel


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0635-1 (0-8070-0635-1)

He was complex, quirky, pugnacious, and difficult. He seemed to create enemies wherever he went, even among his friends. A fireplug of a man who stood only five feet eight inches in his stocking feet, he began as a taxidermist and an adventurer who tracked tigers in Borneo with friendly headhunters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Wondrous Beauty
The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
Written by Carol Berkin


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59278-1 (0-307-59278-2)

From the award-winning historian and author of Revolutionary Mothers (“Incisive, thoughtful, spiced with vivid anecdotes. Don’t miss it.”—Thomas  Fleming) and Civil War Wives (“Utterly fresh . . . Sensitive, poignant, thoroughly fascinating.”—Jay Winik), here is the remarkable life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, renowned as the most beautiful woman of nineteenth-century Baltimore... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Life of an Anarchist
The Alexander Berkman Reader
Written by Alexander Berkman
Edited by Gene Fellner
Foreword by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-662-9 (1-58322-662-1)

Alexander Berkman was a twentieth-century American revolutionary. Like the abolitionist John Brown before him, Berkman was hugely idealistic, ready to go to the furthest extreme of self-sacrifice and violence on behalf of justice and civil rights. He decided to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick after reading in the newspaper that Pinkertons... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72626-2 (0-375-72626-8)

American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb,” the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation–one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slavery By Another Name
The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Written by Douglas A. Blackmon


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72270-4 (0-385-72270-2)

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon... Read more >

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Slacks and Calluses
Our Summer in a Bomber Factory
Written by Constance Bowman
Illustrated by Clara Marie Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-368-2 (1-56098-368-X)

In 1943 two spirited young teachers decided to do their part for the war effort by spending their summer vacation working the swing shift on a B-24 production line at a San Diego bomber plant. Entering a male-dominated realm of welding torches and bomb bays, they learned to use tools that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Soldier's Story

Written by Omar N. Bradley
Introduction by A.J. Liebling


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75421-0 (0-375-75421-0)

D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris, the relentless drive through Germany toward Allied victory--Omar Bradley, the "GI General," was there for every major engagement in the European theater. A Soldier's Story is the behind-the-scenes eyewitness account of the war that shaped our century: the tremendous manpower at... Read more >

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Traitor to His Class
The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27794-7 (0-307-27794-1)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Washington Post Notable Book


A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.

Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how... Read more >

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The Dark Valley
A Panorama of the 1930s
Written by Piers Brendon


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70808-4 (0-375-70808-1)

In this sweeping history, distinguished historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.

Like the classic work of Barbara Tuchman, The Dark Valley captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
Written by Hugh Brewster


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98470-8 (0-307-98470-2)

“Brewster’s nuanced account introduces us to a plutocracy frolicking in the sunset of England’s Edwardian era and America’s Gilded Age. He pushes past stereotypes to vividly describe the elite realm on deck”
New York Times Book Review

“You needn’t be an avid Titanic scholar or enthusiast to find this story spellbinding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The End Of Reform
New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War
Written by Alan Brinkley


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75314-8 (0-679-75314-1)

The End of Reform is both a trenchant analysis of the New Deal and an indispensable guide to today's political landscape.  Brinkley, professor of American History and Columbia University, shows how the liberalism of the early New Deal--which set out to repair and, if necessary, restructure America's economy--gave way to its contemporary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Publisher
Henry Luce and His American Century
Written by Alan Brinkley


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74154-1 (0-679-74154-2)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Acclaimed historian Alan Brinkley gives us a sharply realized portrait of Henry Luce, arguably the most important publisher of the twentieth century.

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Luce changed the way we consume news and the way we understand our world. Born the son of missionaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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