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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Written by Erik Larson

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-60844-9 (0-609-60844-4)

Winner, 2004 Edgar Award

Winner, 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Non-fiction

2003 National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction

Vintage Paperback is Available

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the... Read more >

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Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Written by Erik Larson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70827-5 (0-375-70827-8)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city... Read more >

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Land of Desire
Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture
Written by William R. Leach

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75411-4 (0-679-75411-3)

Finalist for the National Book Award

Land of Desire tells the story of a fundamental transformation in the culture and economy of America—the rise of mass-market consumerism and the attendant shift to a society preoccupied with consumption, well-being, luxury, and acquisition. Tracing the ascendancy of mass-market culture from its beginnings in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Typhoid Mary
Captive to the Public's Health
Written by Judith Walzer Leavitt

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 31, 1997
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2103-3 (0-8070-2103-2)

She was an Irish immigrant cook. Between 1900 and 1907, she infected twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever through her puddings and cakes; one of them died. Tracked down through epidemiological detective work, she was finally apprehended as she hid behind a barricade of trashcans. To protect the public’s health, authorities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Helmet for My Pillow
From Parris Island to the Pacific
Written by Robert Leckie

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-59331-0 (0-553-59331-5)

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units

Written by Eugene Liptak
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-053-1 (1-78096-053-0)

When the United States entered World War II, it was apparent that the war would only be won by taking the fight to the Axis, in the shape of large-scale amphibious landings. Accordingly, the US Navy developed several types of specialized unit to reconnoiter potential landing areas, degrade the enemy's ability... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Silent Wings at War
Combat Gliders in World War II
Written by John L. Lowden

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-034-4 (1-58834-034-1)

The pilots were known as “suicide jockeys” and the aircraft they flew were called “flak bait.” Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. In Silent Wings... Read more >

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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50291-7 (0-385-50291-5)

“I am at peace with God and all mankind.”
—Harriet Tubman to Mary Talbert, on the occasion of their last visit, 1913
Now, from the award-winning novelist and biographer, an astonishing reimagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman—the “Moses of Her People.”

During her lifetime Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond Glory
Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Written by David Margolick

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72619-4 (0-375-72619-5)

Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling—bouts that symbolized and galvanized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war.

David Margolick takes us into the careers of both... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pacific War
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
Written by Daniel Marston

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-382-9 (1-84908-382-7)

Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more... Read more >

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Our Fathers' War
Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation
Written by Tom Mathews

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1420-8 (0-7679-1420-1)

A powerful and unique portrait of generational strife and changing styles of masculinity as seen through the stories of ten World War II veterans and their baby boomer sons.

It is fair to say that Tom Mathews’s relations with his father, a veteran of World War II’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
Written by Brad Matsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7501-0 (1-4000-7501-7)

In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. At a time when no one had traveled deeper than a few hundred feet, they took the world to a half mile down. At the height of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Teapot Dome Scandal
How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
Written by Laton McCartney

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7337-2 (0-8129-7337-2)

Laton McCartney tells how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his “oil cabinet” made it possible for cronies to secure vast fuel reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Franklin and Winston
An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Written by Jon Meacham

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7282-5 (0-8129-7282-1)

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who worked together and achieved victory in World War II.

It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending... Read more >

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True North
A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
Written by Elliott Merrick
Introduction by Lawrence Millman

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-909-4 (1-55643-909-1)

While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published in 1933, True North tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Written by Candice Millard

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1373-7 (0-7679-1373-6)

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most... Read more >

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Banned in Boston
The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil
Written by Neil Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5111-5 (0-8070-5111-X)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society--New England’s notorious literary censor for over eighty years.

Banned in Boston is the first-ever history of the Watch and Ward Society--once Boston’s unofficial moral guardian. An influential watchdog organization, bankrolled by society’s upper crust, it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Two Americans
Truman, Eisenhower and a Dangerous World
Written by William Lee Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74264-3 (0-307-74264-4)

From William Lee Miller, the highly regarded biographer of Abraham Lincoln, a riveting dual examination of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower that explores the similarities and equally striking differences of two remarkable men in the context of mid-twentieth-century American culture and politics.

Two Americans weaves together the life stories of Truman and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Ears Are Bent

Written by Joseph Mitchell

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72630-9 (0-375-72630-6)

As a young newspaper reporter in 1930s New York, Joseph Mitchell interviewed fan dancers, street evangelists, voodoo conjurers, not to mention a lady boxer who also happened to be a countess. Mitchell haunted parts of the city now vanished: the fish market, burlesque houses, tenement neighborhoods, and storefront churches. Whether he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Executioner's Current
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
Written by Richard Moran

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72446-6 (0-375-72446-X)

In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair developed not out of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other.

In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Jew Who Defeated Hitler
Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War
Written by Peter Moreira

Format: Hardcover, 348 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-958-1 (1-61614-958-2)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the slogan “The Arsenal of Democracy” to describe American might during the grim years of World War II.  The man who financed that arsenal was his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr. This is the first book to focus on the wartime achievements of this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Written by Edmund Morris

Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75678-8 (0-375-75678-7)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the American Book Award

Praise for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

“Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it... Read more >

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Theodore Rex

Written by Edmund Morris

Format: Trade Paperback, 792 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6600-8 (0-8129-6600-7)

An American Library Association Notable Book

Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our... Read more >
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