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The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

Written by W.H. Davies
Preface by George Bernard Shaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-022-8 (1-61219-022-7)

An untutored Welsh tramp who became a popular poet acclaimed by the conservative Georgians and the vanguard Ezra Pound alike, W. H. Davies surprised his contemporaries with the unlikeliest portrait of the artist as a young man ever written.

After a delinquent childhood, Davies renounced home and apprenticeship and at twenty-two sailed... Read more >
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The Catcher Was a Spy
The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76289-8 (0-679-76289-2)

The only Major League ballplayer whose baseball card is on display at the headquarters of the CIA, Moe Berg has the singular distinction of having both a 15-year career as a catcher for such teams as the New York Robins and the Chicago White Sox and that of a spy for... Read more >
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How Capitalism Saved America
The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 23, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8331-2 (1-4000-8331-1)

In How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, demonstrates how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth—and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader... Read more >
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Visions of a Better World
Howard Thurman's Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence
Written by Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0045-8 (0-8070-0045-0)

The first biographical exploration of one of the most important African American religious thinkers of the twentieth century--Howard Thurman--and of the pivotal trip he took to India that ultimately shaped the course of the civil rights movement.

In 1935, Howard Thurman took a trip to India that would forever change him. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Woman Behind the New Deal
The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance,
Written by Kirstin Downey


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7856-1 (1-4000-7856-3)

One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network.

Frances Perkins is no longer a household name, yet... Read more >
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There Is Power in a Union
The Epic Story of Labor in America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38976-3 (0-307-38976-6)

From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience.

In this stirring new history, Philip Dray shows us the vital accomplishments of organized labor... Read more >

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Sento at Sixth and Main
Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
Written by Gail Dubrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-208-9 (1-58834-208-5)

Quietly elegant, yet issuing a clarion call for intervention, Sento at Sixth and Main rediscovers early Japanese American culture and presents an indisputable case for the preservation of ten key landmarks in California and Washington. The authors recreate the Japanese American experience, intertwining rich oral histories from community members with current... Read more >

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The National Parks
America's Best Idea
Written by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26896-9 (0-307-26896-9)

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War

America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but... Read more >

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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The Road to Victory: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa

Written by Dale Dye and Robert O'Neill


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-716-2 (1-84908-716-4)

This new history explores each of the battles the United States fought against Imperial Japan, from the naval clashes at Midway and Coral Sea to the desperate, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Each chapter in the book reveals the horrors of battle and the persistent determination on both sides... Read more >
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My Mother's Wars

Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5052-1 (0-8070-5052-0)

A story of love, war, and life as a Jewish immigrant in the squalid factories and lively dance halls of New York’s Garment District in the 1930s, My Mother’s Wars is the memoir Lillian Faderman’s mother was never able to write. The daughter delves into her mother’s past to tell the... Read more >
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Clarence Darrow
Attorney for the Damned
Written by John A. Farrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2759-8 (0-7679-2759-1)

The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.

Amidst the tumult of the industrial age and the progressive era, Clarence Darrow became America’s... Read more >
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Hat in the Ring
The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War
Written by Bert Frandsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-281-2 (1-58834-281-6)

When Congress declared war in April 1917, the Europeans had already deployed their third generation of fighters, equipped with machine guns and capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, while the American Air Service consisted of only a handful of aviators in unarmed trainers. In this first in-depth... Read more >
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In The Time Of The Americans
FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur-The Generation That Changed America 's Role in the World
Written by David Fromkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76728-2 (0-679-76728-2)

Coming of age during World War I and attaining their finest hour in World War II and the Cold War, these men—FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur—transformed America from an isolated frontier nation into a global superpower. As he tells their stories, Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace, shows... Read more >
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The Boys' Crusade
The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945
Written by Paul Fussell


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7488-1 (0-8129-7488-3)

The Boys’ Crusade is the great historian Paul Fussell’s unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantryman’s experiences in Europe during World War II. Based in part on the author’s own experiences, it provides a stirring narrative of what the war was actually like, from the point of view of the... Read more >
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An Empire of Their Own
How the Jews Invented Hollywood
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26557-7 (0-385-26557-3)

Winner of the Theater Library Association Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, this “wonderful history of the golden age of the movie moguls” (Chicago Tribune) is a provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of... Read more >
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Winchell
Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76439-7 (0-679-76439-9)

Hailed as the most important and entertaining biography in recent memory, Gabler’s account of the life of fast-talking gossip columnist and radio broadcaster Walter Winchell “fuses meticulous research with a deft grasp of the cultural nuances of an era when virtually everyone who mattered paid homage to Winchell” (Time). Read more >

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MacArthur's Victory
The War in New Guinea, 1943-1944
Written by Harry Gailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46386-9 (0-345-46386-2)

In March 1942, General Douglas MacArthur faced an enemy who, in the space of a few months, captured Malaya, Burma, the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, and, from their base at Raubaul in New Britain, threaten Australia. Upon his retreat to Australia, MacArthur hoped to find enough men and matériel for... Read more >
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Deliver Us From Darkness
The Untold Story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment During Market Garden
Written by Ian Gardner and Mario Dicarlo


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-830-9 (1-78200-830-6)

Deliver Us From Darkness is a gripping account of the paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion 506th Regiment during Operation Market Garden, drawing on years of research and more than 70 extended interviews with veterans and civilians caught up in the fighting. From the terror of jumping behind enemy lines, to the desperate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Tonight We Die As Men
The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-Day
Written by Ian Gardner and Roger Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-436-9 (1-84908-436-X)

The exploits of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) have been long overshadowed by those of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, who were immortalized in Stephen Ambrose’s book Band of Brothers. Yet the actions of the 3rd Battalion were every bit as incredible and this book finally gives them deserved... Read more >

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American Tanks and AFVs of World War II

Written by Mike Green


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-931-3 (1-78200-931-0)

The equipping of the United States military with the weapons it needed to prevail during World War II was an unparalleled example of America's industrial might at the time. Among the many weapons produced by America's workers, tanks rate as an important example with 88,140 built between 1939 and 1945. This... Read more >
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Monk Eastman
The Gangster Who Became a War Hero
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26655-2 (0-307-26655-9)

An intimate biography as well as an epic history, Monk Eastman vividly recounts the life and times of old New York’s most infamous gangster-cum-soldier as he made his way from the sooty streets and dingy saloons of the Lower East Side to the battlefields of the Western Front.

Born in 1873 to... Read more >
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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
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The Last Days of Innocence
America at War, 1917-1918
Written by Meirion Harries and Susie Harries


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 24, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74376-7 (0-679-74376-6)

"Well-crafted in every way...a vivid and authoritative history."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

In the Spring of 1917, America went to war with an innocent determination to re-make the world. When the smoke lifted in November 1918, the nation emerged with its sense of purpose shattered, its certainties shaken, and with a new and unwelcome... Read more >

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Building Suburbia
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Written by Dolores Hayden


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72721-4 (0-375-72721-3)

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions.

From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban... Read more >
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