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War of Numbers
An Intelligence Memoir
Written by Sam Adams
Foreword by David Hackworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: June 1, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-883642-46-4 (1-883642-46-9)

Sam Adams loved intelligence work, and that enthusiasm shines throughout this memoir of his years with the Central Intelligence Agency. His career was dominated by an epic struggle over Vietnam — over military attempts to hide the true size of the enemy forces there, and over the integrity of the intelligence... 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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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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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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Plain, Honest Men
The Making of the American Constitution
Written by Richard Beeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7684-7 (0-8129-7684-3)

Winner, George Washington Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“While some have boasted it as a work from Heaven, others have given it a less righteous origin. I have many reasons to believe that it is the work of plain, honest men.”
–Robert Morris, delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional... Read more >
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The Good Spy
The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Written by Kai Bird


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88975-1 (0-307-88975-0)

“Kai Bird has produced a compelling and complex narrative that must be read on many levels – including as a detailed account of the immense influence that a truly good man can have on an agency as cynical as the CIA, and as a reminder of a myriad of losses.  Robert... Read more >

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Polk
The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
Written by Walter R. Borneman


Format: Trade Paperback, 468 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7674-8 (0-8129-7674-6)

In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. James K. Polk occupied the White House for only four years, from 1845 to 1849, but he plotted and attained a formidable agenda: He fought for... Read more >
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Flags of Our Fathers

James Bradley with Ron Powers


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-11133-0 (0-553-11133-7)

What does society expect from a “hero” after his heroic moment has passed? How does that “hero” continue on to live a “normal” life when that one instant has been forever immortalized? Deconstructing the fall-out from that now infamous image of the six American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson Travels
Selected Writings, 1784-1789
Edited by Anthony Brandt


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0058-8 (1-4262-0058-7)

Thomas Jefferson has inspired countless books that explore his brilliant career, his political philosophy, and his extraordinary accomplishments as a gifted leader. Endlessly inquisitive, he was both a tireless writer and one of the most cosmopolitan men of his age. Yet this collection of Jefferson's reflections on his wide-ranging travels reveals... Read more >
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Boom!
Talking About the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow
Written by Tom Brokaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7511-6 (0-8129-7511-1)

In Boom!, Tom Brokaw, one of America’s premier journalists and the acclaimed author of The Greatest Generation, gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America: the tumultuous Sixties. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together in this “virtual reunion” as Brokaw takes... 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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Madison and Jefferson

Written by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7900-8 (0-8129-7900-1)

The third and fourth presidents have long been considered proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson’s genius overshadowing James Madison’s judgment and common sense. But in this revelatory book about their crucial partnership, both are seen as men of their times, hardboiled operatives in a gritty world of primal politics where they struggled... Read more >
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Decision Points

Written by George W. Bush


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59061-9 (0-307-59061-5)

The presidency of George W. Bush continues to be debated by historians, political scientists, scholars, and students alike. Two scholars at Princeton University, Sean Wilentz and Julian E. Zelizer, recently conducted a course on Teaching ‘W’, and discovered that academics should reconsider updating their approach to teaching history by incorporating more... Read more >

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Our Town
A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Written by Cynthia Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34188-4 (0-307-34188-7)

The brutal lynching of two young black men in Marion, Indiana, on August 7, 1930, cast a shadow over the town that still lingers; but is only one event in the long and complicated history of race relations in Marion, a history much ignored and considered by many to be best... Read more >
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Here Is Where
Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
Written by Andrew Carroll


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46397-5 (0-307-46397-4)

Here Is Where chronicles Andrew Carroll’s fascinating journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. Sparking the idea for this book was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll... Read more >

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Uncle Tom or New Negro?
African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and UP FROM SLAVERY 100 Years Later
Written by Rebecca Carroll


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1955-5 (0-7679-1955-6)

Includes Washington’s classic memoir Up from Slavery

On the ninetieth anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery.

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established... Read more >
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Waking from the Dream
The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by David L. Chappell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6546-2 (1-4000-6546-1)

The author of A Stone of Hope, called “one of the three or four most important books on the civil rights movement” by The Atlantic Monthly, turns his attention to the years after Martin Luther King’s assassination—and provides a sweeping history of the struggle to keep the civil rights movement alive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pearl Harbor Ghosts
The Legacy of December 7, 1941
Written by Thurston Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44607-7 (0-345-44607-0)

Updated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the surprise attack that forever changed the course of history, Pearl Harbor Ghosts is the human story of the events surrounding that fateful day of December 7, 1941. Blending meticulous historic recreation with lively reporting, Clarke counterpoints the freeze-frame nightmare of the 1941 bombing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Chance Meeting
Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists
Written by Rachel Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7129-3 (0-8129-7129-9)

Each chapter of this inventive consideration of American culture evokes an actual meeting between American writers and artists, from Henry James and Mathew Brady, to Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant, to Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore, to Norman Mailer and Robert Lowell. The accumulation of these pairings draws the reader... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wrapped in the Flag
What I Learned Growing Up in America's Radical Right, How I Escaped, and Why My Story Matters Today
Written by Claire Conner


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3331-9 (0-8070-3331-6)

Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Orphans Preferred
The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express
Written by Christopher Corbett


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0693-7 (0-7679-0693-4)

“WANTED. YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.”
—California newspaper help-wanted ad, 1860

The Pony Express is one of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in the history of the United States, a story of the all-American traits of bravery... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Korean War
A History
Written by Bruce Cumings


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7896-4 (0-8129-7896-X)

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored.

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ten Tea Parties
Patriotic Protests That History Forgot
Written by Joseph Cummins


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-560-7 (1-59474-560-9)

Every kid knows the story of 1773’s Boston Tea Party, in which colonists ambushed three British ships and dumped 92,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor. But do you know the story of the New Jersey Tea Party (December 1773)? How about the Annapolis Tea Party (October 1774) or the Charleston... Read more >
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The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow

Written by Clarence Darrow
Edited by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6677-0 (0-8129-6677-5)

The celebrated American lawyer Clarence Darrow was renowned for his spirited, ruthlessly logical defense of populist causes and controversial ideas. Even today, Darrow’s words continue to frame public discussion about our civil liberties and our religious and civic life. In this timely volume, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson and ethicist... Read more >
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