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9 Featured Titles

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Sometimes an Art
Nine Essays on History
Written by Bernard Bailyn


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 20, 2015
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-101-87447-9 (1-101-87447-3)

From one of the most respected historians in America, twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a new collection of essays that reflects a lifetime of erudition and accomplishments in history.

The past has always been elusive: How can we understand people whose worlds were utterly different from our own without imposing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gay Berlin
Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Written by Robert Beachy


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27210-2 (0-307-27210-9)

An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.

Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Empire of Cotton
A Global History
Written by Sven Beckert


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41414-5 (0-375-41414-2)

The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 
Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Woman Who Would Be King
Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Written by Kara Cooney


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95676-7 (0-307-95676-8)

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Written by David Brion Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38969-5 (0-307-38969-3)

2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Shortlisted for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

With this volume, Davis presents the age of emancipation as a model for reform and as probably the greatest landmark of willed moral progress in human history. Bringing to a close his staggeringly ambitious, prizewinning trilogy on slavery in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When Lions Roar
The Churchills and the Kennedys
Written by Thomas Maier


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95679-8 (0-307-95679-2)

An ambitious and original history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and the lasting impact of these bonds on Great Britain and the United States

When Lions Roar
opens in the mid-1930s with U.S. ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's first visit to Chartwell, Churchill's country... Read more >
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February 3, 2015
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Washington's Revolution
The Making of America's First Leader
Written by Robert Middlekauff


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-101-87423-3 (1-101-87423-6)

A vivid, insightful, essential new account of the formative years that shaped a callow George Washington into an extraordinary leader, from the Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Middlekauff.

George Washington was famously unknowable, a man of deep passions hidden behind a facade of rigid self-control. Yet before he was... Read more >
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Lincoln in the World
The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Written by Kevin Peraino


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88721-4 (0-307-88721-9)

A revealing look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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On His Own Terms
A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
Written by Richard Norton Smith


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $38.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50580-5 (0-375-50580-6)

From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. 
 
Fourteen years in the making, this magisterial biography of the original Rockefeller Republican draws on thousands of newly available documents and over two hundred interviews... Read more >
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