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Theodore Rex

Written by Edmund Morris


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-55509-6 (0-394-55509-0)

Paperback Available October, 2002

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex is a sequel to Edmund Morris’s classic bestseller The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. It begins by following the new President (still the youngest in American history) as he comes down from Mount Marcy, New York, to take his... Read more >

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Edith Kermit Roosevelt
Portrait of a First Lady
Written by Sylvia Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75768-6 (0-375-75768-6)

Edith Kermit Carow grew up in New York City in the same circles as did Theodore Roosevelt. But only after TR's first wife died at age twenty-two did the childhood friends forge one of the most successful romantic and political partnerships in American history. Sylvia Jukes Morris's access to previously unpublished... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Children of the City
At Work and at Play
Written by David Nasaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80297-2 (0-345-80297-7)

This classic title, which was the inspiration for the story behind the new musical Newsies, paints a surprising and indelible portrait of the bitter hardships, amazing resourcefulness, and unadulterated joys experienced by immigrant children in American metropolises at the turn of the century.

The turn of the century was a time of... Read more >

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Market Sentiments
Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Elizabeth White Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-290-4 (1-58834-290-5)

In this brilliant study, Elizabeth White Nelson challenges a central tenet of 19th-century American history: namely, that men and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this theory on its head, arguing that the market... Read more >

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Habits of Empire
A History of American Expansionism
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7818-9 (1-4000-7818-0)

Since its founding, the United States' declared principles of liberty and democracy have often clashed with aggressive policies of imperial expansion. In this sweeping narrative history, acclaimed scholar Walter Nugent explores this fundamental American contradiction by recounting the story of American land acquisition since 1782 and shows how this steady addition... Read more >
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Ship Ablaze
The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
Written by Ed O'Donnell


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0906-8 (0-7679-0906-2)

There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered, since the steamship was chartered only for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Circus Fire
A True Story of an American Tragedy
Written by Stewart O'Nan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49685-8 (0-385-49685-0)

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Those Angry Days
Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Written by Lynne Olson


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6974-3 (1-4000-6974-2)

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Teaching with Voices of a People's History of the United States
by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Written by Gayle Olson-Raymer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-934-7 (1-58322-934-5)

Voices of a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove is a symphony of our nation’s original voices, an embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein our nation’s true spirit of defiance and resilience lies.

In this teaching guide, Gayle Olson-Raymer provides insight into... Read more >

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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What's God Got to Do with It?
Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk and the Separation of Church and State
Edited by Tim Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: August 16, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-096-3 (1-58642-096-8)

Robert Ingersoll (1833—1899) is one of the great lost figures in United States history, all but forgotten at just the time America needs him most. An outspoken and unapologetic agnostic, fervent champion of the separation of church and state, and tireless advocate of the rights of women and African Americans, he... Read more >

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D-Day Companion
Leading Historians explore history's greatest amphibious assault
Edited by Jane Penrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-454-1 (1-84603-454-X)

''Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied expeditionary force: You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere are with you ..." -General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944

Published... Read more >

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Franklin and Lucy
Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in Roosevelt's Life
Written by Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7496-6 (0-8129-7496-4)

In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR’s romance with Lucy Rutherfurd. Persico’s provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd’s estate that attest to the intensity of the affair, which lasted much... Read more >

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Polk's Folly
An American Family History
Written by William R. Polk


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49151-8 (0-385-49151-4)

Growing up in Texas in the late 1930s, listening to his grandmother's memories of her childhood amidst the Civil War, Polk became fascinated by tales of his family's engagement in monumental moments of our nation's history. Beginning when Robert Pollok fled Ireland in the 1680s, Polk's saga includes an Indian trader... Read more >

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FDR's Folly
How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
Written by Jim Powell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5477-0 (1-4000-5477-X)

For generations, conventional wisdom has maintained that the Great Depression ruined America and the New Deal saved it. Praise has been heaped upon President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for masterfully reining in the Depression’s destructive effects and propping up the country on his New Deal platform. In fact, FDR has achieved mythical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Disunited States

Written by Vladimir Pozner
Translated by Alison Strayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-531-9 (1-60980-531-3)

Influential French novelist, screenwriter, pioneer in literary genre and Oscar nominee Vladimir Pozner came to the United States in the 1930s. He found the nation and its people in a state of profound material and spiritual crisis, and took it upon himself to chronicle the life of the worker, the striker... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Trials of Maria Barbella
The True Story of a 19th-Century Crime of Passion
Written by Idanna Pucci


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77604-8 (0-679-77604-4)

In 1895, an Italian seamstress in New York was accused of killing the man who had raped her, promised to marry her, and was about to abandon her. Following a sensational trial conducted in a language she could not understand, Maria Barbella, at the age of twenty-two, became the first woman... Read more >

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Dark Tide
The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Written by Stephen Puleo


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 16, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5021-7 (0-8070-5021-0)

Selected — Brockton High School “One Faculty - One Book” program

Selected by Lynn Classical High School for their “One Book” Project for 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Bright and Guilty Place
Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age
Written by Richard Rayner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3358-4 (1-4000-3358-6)

Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and celebrity scandals. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War II Behind Closed Doors
Stalin, The Nazis and the West
Written by Laurence Rees


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38962-6 (0-307-38962-6)

In this revelatory chronicle of World War II, Laurence Rees documents the dramatic and secret deals that helped make the war possible and prompted some of the most crucial decisions made during the conflict.

Drawing on material available only since the opening of archives in Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amelia Earhart
A Biography
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-725-3 (1-56098-725-1)

She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record–among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Copeland's Cure
Homeopathy and the War Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine
Written by Natalie Robins


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 15, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41090-1 (0-375-41090-2)

Today, one out of every three Americans uses some form of alternative medicine, either along with their conventional (“standard,” “traditional”) medications or in place of them. One of the most controversial—as well as one of the most popular—alternatives is homeopathy, a wholly Western invention brought to America from Germany in 1827... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rough Riders

Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Introduction by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75476-0 (0-375-75476-8)

In 1898, as the Spanish-American War was escalating, Theodore Roosevelt assembled an improbable regiment of Ivy Leaguers, cowboys, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Western Territory land speculators. This group of men, which became known as the Rough Riders, trained for four weeks in the Texas desert and then set sail for Cuba... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Selected Speeches and Writings of Theodore Roosevelt

Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Edited by Gordon Hutner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80611-6 (0-345-80611-5)

Theodore Roosevelt was our most published president with an incredible output of writing including forty books, more than one thousand articles, and countless speeches and letters. Collected here in one volume are examples of Roosevelt’s voluminous writings covering a dazzling array of topics.
 
“Roosevelt was not only astonishingly prolific, he was thoughtful, thorough... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Baroness
The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild and Jazz's Secret Muse
Written by Hannah Rothschild


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-101-87233-8 (1-101-87233-0)

Beautiful and spirited, Pannonica Rothschild, known as Nica, was born in 1913 to eccentric privilege and a storied family history. After marrying well, she settled into a French chateau to bear children and support her husband’s war career. But when Nica heard “Round Midnight” by jazz composer Thelonious Monk, everything changed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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