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Inventing New England
Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century
Written by Dona Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-799-4 (1-56098-799-5)

Quaint, charming, nostalgic New England: rustic fishing villages, romantic seaside cottages, breathtaking mountain vistas, peaceful rural settings. In Inventing New England, Dona Brown traces the creation of these calendar-page images and describes how tourism as a business emerged and came to shape the landscape, economy, and culture of a region.

By the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe
or, How the Confederate Cruisers Were Equipped
Written by James D. Bulloch
Introduction by Philip Van Doren Stern


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64022-6 (0-679-64022-3)

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis sent merchant marine James D. Bulloch to Europe to clandestinely acquire arms and ships for the Confederate navy. His first stop was Britain, a country hedging its bets on who would win the War Between the States and willing to secretly provide... Read more >
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America's Jubilee
A Generation Remembers the Revolution After 50 Years of Independence
Written by Andrew Burstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70918-0 (0-375-70918-5)

In America’s Jubilee noted historian Andrew Burstein presents an engrossing narrative of life in the year 1826–a pivotal year in our nation’s history.

Burstein reveals a nation full of ambition as the reins of democracy are passed from the last Revolutionary War heroes to the first new generation of leaders. We follow... Read more >
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The Passions of Andrew Jackson

Written by Andrew Burstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71404-7 (0-375-71404-9)

Most people vaguely imagine Andrew Jackson as a jaunty warrior and a man of the people, but he was much more—a man just as complex and controversial as Jefferson or Lincoln. Now, with the first major reinterpretation of his life in a generation, historian Andrew Burstein brings back Jackson with all... Read more >
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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4270-8 (1-4000-4270-4)

In Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Richard Lyman Bushman, an esteemed American cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, tells how Smith formed a new religion from the ground up. Moving beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud, the book explores the inner workings of his personality—his personal piety... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7753-3 (1-4000-7753-2)

Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a... Read more >
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Three Years With Grant
As Recalled by War Correspondent
Written by Sylvanus Cadwallader


Format: eBook, 354 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83033-3 (0-307-83033-0)

During the Civil War, Sylvanus Cadwallader, a war correspondent employed first by the Chicago Times and later for the New York Herald, was attached to General Grant’s headquarters from 1862 to 1865. Three Years with Grant is his account of that period.

As a portrait of Grant, the personality and the military... Read more >

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Mellon
An American Life
Written by David Cannadine


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38679-3 (0-307-38679-1)

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice


A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government... Read more >

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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Written by Devon W. Carbado
Foreword by Donald Weise


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6909-7 (0-8070-6909-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave experience, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades—more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
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Lincoln
A Life of Purpose and Power
Written by Richard Carwardine


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9602-2 (1-4000-9602-2)

As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling.

In this superb, prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian Richard Carwardine... Read more >
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The Mind of the South

Written by W.J. Cash


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 1991
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73647-9 (0-679-73647-6)

Ever since its publication in 1941, Cash's pioneering study of Southern history, society, and manners has been recognized both as a pathbreaking work of scholarship and as a literary achievement of great eloquence and sweeping insight.  From its investigation of the Southern class system to its pioneering assessments of the region's legacies... Read more >

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Gettysburg: The Final Fury

Written by Bruce Catton


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80605-5 (0-345-80605-0)

This classic work by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton, one of the great historians of the Civil War, takes an incisive look at the turning point of the war, when the great armies of the North and South came to Gettysburg in July 1863. Engaging and authoritative, Catton analyzes the course... Read more >
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This Hallowed Ground
A History of the Civil War
Written by Bruce Catton


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94708-6 (0-307-94708-4)

First published in 1955, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton’s classic account of the Civil War simultaneously captures the dramatic scope and intimate experience of that epic struggle in one brilliant volume.

Covering events from the prelude of the conflict to the death of Lincoln, Catton blends a gripping narrative with deep... Read more >
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Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Written by Ron Chernow


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7730-4 (1-4000-7730-3)

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty—is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity... Read more >
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The Plantation Mistress

Written by Catherine Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72253-5 (0-394-72253-1)

This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War.  Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in... Read more >
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Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Birthplace of the American Ideal
Written by Andrew Cockburn
Photographed by Kenneth Garrett
Foreword by Geraldine Brooks


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0303-9 (1-4262-0303-9)

Along the 175-mile stretch from Monticello to Gettysburg—designated by Congress as the official "birthplace of America"—intriguing details of our nation’s past emerge from every town and byway. This beautiful book spotlights key places and personalities on the route, revealing insiders’ stories of early America.

The creative team—renowned author Andrew Cockburn, along with... Read more >

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The Murder of Helen Jewett

Written by Patricia Cline Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74075-9 (0-679-74075-9)

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In 1836, the murder of a young prostitute made headlines in New York City and around the country, inaugurating a sex-and-death sensationalism in news reporting that haunts us today. Patricia Cline Cohen goes behind these first lurid accounts to reconstruct the story... Read more >
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Eyewitness to America
500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen
Edited by David Colbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76724-4 (0-679-76724-X)

Three hundred eyewitnesses--some famous, some anonymous--give their personal accounts of the great moments that make up our past, from Columbus to cyberspace, and infuse them with a freshness and urgency no textbook can duplicate. David Colbert has brought together a multitude of voices to create a singularly rich American narrative.  Here are... Read more >

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Jefferson Davis, American

Written by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72542-5 (0-375-72542-3)

With elegant writing and an impressive depth of research, William J. Cooper, Jr. gives us a fully realized biography of this complex figure.

Jefferson Davis emerges as a man devoted to the ideals of America, as he understood them. The son a veteran of the American Revolution, a graduate of West Point... Read more >
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We Have the War Upon Us
The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
Written by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7623-9 (1-4000-7623-4)

In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the... Read more >
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Seafaring Women
Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives
Written by David Cordingly


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75872-0 (0-375-75872-0)

For centuries, the sea has been regarded as a male domain, but in this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age of sail. Some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains; others were smuggled aboard by... Read more >
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Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage
The First Peoples of Alaska
Edited by Aron A. Crowell, Rosita Worl, Paul C. Ongtooguk and Dawn D. Biddison


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-270-6 (1-58834-270-0)

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska features more than 200 objects representing the masterful artistry and design traditions of twenty Alaska Native peoples. Based on a collaborative exhibition created by Alaska Native communities, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the... Read more >

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Theodore Roosevelt
A Strenuous Life
Written by Kathleen Dalton


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76733-6 (0-679-76733-9)

“Delivers insight not found elsewhere. . . . The best explanation of Roosevelt's moralism, and the most thorough account of how it informed his politics.” —H.W. Brands, The Boston Globe


He inherited a sense of entitlement (and obligation) from his family, yet eventually came to see his own class as suspect. He... Read more >
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Frontier Medicine
From the ATlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941
Written by David Dary


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45542-0 (0-307-45542-4)

In this intriguing narrative, David Dary charts how American medicine has evolved since 1492, when New World settlers first began combining European remedies with the traditional practices of the native populations. It’s a story filled with colorful characters, from quacks and con artists to heroic healers and ingenious medicine men, and... Read more >
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Sherman's March
The First Full-Length Narrative of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March through Georgia and the Carolinas
Written by Burke Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75763-6 (0-394-75763-7)

Shermans March is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman’s devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Burke Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through... Read more >
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