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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3326-5 (0-8070-3326-X)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0117-2 (0-8070-0117-1)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Civil War of 1812
American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Written by Alan Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77673-4 (0-679-77673-7)

In this vivid narrative, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America.

In the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. In this second confrontation, soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought to determine the fate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Civil War of 1812
American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Written by Alan Taylor


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4265-4 (1-4000-4265-8)

In this deeply researched and clearly written book, the Pulitzer Prize—winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Divided Ground
Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
Written by Alan Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7707-6 (1-4000-7707-9)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper's Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white and Native American relations in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

The Divided Ground tells the story of two friends, a Mohawk Indian and the son of a colonial clergyman, whose relationship helped redefine North... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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William Cooper's Town
Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
Written by Alan Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77300-9 (0-679-77300-2)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the William J. Beveridge Award

This innovative work of social history, biography, and literary analysis is a study of two men, father and son, who embodied the contradictions that divided America in the early days of the Republic.  William Cooper seemed to manifest the... Read more >

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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The Journals of Captain John Smith
A Jamestown Biography
Written by John Thompson and Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0055-7 (1-4262-0055-2)

Drawing from Smith's own personal journals, this concise biography paints a rich and detailed portrait of one of America's most intriguing founding fathers. Historian John Thompson guides us through annotated selections of Smith's most important and compelling writings, adding authoritative perspective and commentary to round out the picture. The volume includes... Read more >

William Diamond'S Drum
The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution
Written by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot


Format: eBook, 312 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83221-4 (0-307-83221-X)

William Diamond's drum roll in 1775 was the call to arms for the farmers and villagers in Massachusetts that began the American revolution. The book is a well researched history of the war and various battles therein. It is written in a manner to make for an exciting retelling of history... Read more >

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The First Salute
A View of the American Revolution
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 6, 1989
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-33667-5 (0-345-33667-4)

Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid of both of these nations made the triumph of American independence possible. She sheds light on the key role... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Good Wives
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73257-0 (0-679-73257-8)

Winner of the Colonial Dames of America Award

This enthralling work of scholarship reveals the hidden and not always stoic face of the "goodwives" of Colonial America. We encounter the awesome burdens and considerable power of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Came Before Columbus
The African Presence in Ancient America
Written by Ivan Van Sertima


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6817-0 (0-8129-6817-4)

This is the first anthropological study to place African explorers in the New World centuries before Columbus. Ivan Van Sertima, professor of Afro-American studies at Rutgers University, reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Americans in Ancient America.

Examining navigation and shipbuilding, cultural analogies... Read more >

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Founding Faith
How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty
Written by Steven Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7474-4 (0-8129-7474-3)

The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state. Neither of these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Medical Apartheid
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Written by Harriet A. Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1547-2 (0-7679-1547-X)

Winner, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
Pen Oakland-Josephine Miles 17th Annual National Literary Award
Honor Book, Black Caucus of The American Library Association
2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

Medical Apartheid
is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A. Lincoln
A Biography
Written by Ronald C. White, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7570-3 (0-8129-7570-7)

Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Revolution
A History
Written by Gordon S. Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7041-8 (0-8129-7041-1)

"An elegant synthesis done by the leading scholar in the field, which nicely integrates the work on the American Revolution over the last three decades but never loses contact with the older, classic questions that we have been arguing about for over two hundred years." —Joseph J. Ellis, Author of Founding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Written by Gordon S. Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73688-2 (0-679-73688-3)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the the 1992 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

This major work of historical, cultural, social, and political analysis overturns long-held theories about the nature and the effects of the American Revolution. Wood shows that it was not a conservative movement, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Brother Gardeners
A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45475-1 (0-307-45475-4)

Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America.

In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Brother Gardeners
Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 31, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27023-8 (0-307-27023-8)

This is the fascinating story of a small group of eighteenth-century naturalists who made Britain a nation of gardeners and the epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. It’s the story of a garden revolution that began in America.

In 1733, the American farmer John Bartram dispatched two boxes of plants and seeds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Founding Gardeners
The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39068-4 (0-307-39068-3)

For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation.

Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the story of the revolutionary generation from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Founding Gardeners
The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
Written by Andrea Wulf


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26990-4 (0-307-26990-6)

From the author of the acclaimed The Brother Gardeners, a fascinating look at the founding fathers from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen, and farmers.

For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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American Documents: The Declaration of Independence

Written by Judith Lloyd Yero


Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5397-6 (0-7922-5397-3)

Judith Lloyd Yero's lively, interactive book takes a close look at the document that defines democracy in the United States and the events that led to the country's creation.

Readers learn about the escalation of unrest caused by the King's tax and trade laws, which culminated in the Boston Massacre and... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover library binding.

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Masquerade
The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier
Written by Alfred F. Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76185-3 (0-679-76185-3)

In Masquerade, Alfred F. Young scrapes through layers of fiction and myth to uncover the story of Deborah Sampson, a Massachusetts woman who passed as a man and fought as a soldier for seventeen months toward the end of the American Revolution.

Deborah Sampson was not the only woman to pose as... Read more >

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Revolutionary Founders
Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Written by Ray Raphael
Edited by Alfred F. Young and Gary Nash


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45599-4 (0-307-45599-8)

In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh, new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the “Founding Fathers.”

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

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Revolutionary Founders
Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Edited by Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael and Gary Nash


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-27110-5 (0-307-27110-2)

In twenty-two original essays, leading historians trace the course of the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic.

Neither Washington, Jefferson, nor Madison were “revolutionary” in any modern sense of the word: while they cast off imperial dependence, they left unchallenged the underpinnings of most societal structures, as well as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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