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Dead Certainties
Unwarranted Speculations
Written by Simon Schama


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73613-4 (0-679-73613-1)

Schama uses two true "tales" --each involving a violent death, each linked to a great, tragic Boston Brahmin dynasty--that together use fact and fiction, document and imaginative reconstruction, to ponder how history is made.  The first is that of General James Wolfe, killed at the battle of Quebec in 1759; the second... Read more >

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Taking Charge
The Electric Automobile in America
Written by Michael Schiffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-076-4 (1-58834-076-7)

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors... Read more >

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Last of the Blue and Gray
Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War
Written by Richard A. Serrano


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-395-6 (1-58834-395-2)

In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gods and Generals
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 29, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-42247-7 (0-345-42247-3)

When Michael Shaara’s classic novel of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels, first appeared, it won the Pulitzer Prize and became an instant classic. Now Michael’s son, Jeff, picks up his father’s legacy, with a gripping novel that begins with the first rumors of war and ends where his father’s landmark book takes... Read more >

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The Last Full Measure
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-43481-4 (0-345-43481-1)

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this... Read more >

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The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War
Written by Michael Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40727-6 (0-345-40727-X)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Killer Angels is a unique, sweeping, and unforgettable dramatic re-creation of the battle at Gettysburg which would ultimately shape America's destiny. Delving into the psyches of all the major players involved in the great battle—from the generals, to the soldiers, to the handful of Europeans "observing"... Read more >

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The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War
Written by Michael Shaara


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-34810-4 (0-345-34810-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Killer Angels
is a unique, sweeping, and unforgettable dramatic re-creation of the battle at Gettysburg which would ultimately shape America's destiny. Delving into the psyches of all the major players involved in the great battle—from the generals, to the soldiers, to the handful of Europeans "observing"... Read more >

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See America First
Tourism and National Identity 1880-1940
Written by Marguerite Shaffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 438 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2001
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56098-976-9 (1-56098-976-9)

In See America First, Marguerite Shaffer chronicles the birth of modern American tourism between 1880 and 1940, linking tourism to the simultaneous growth of national transportation systems, print media, a national market, and a middle class with money and time to spend on leisure. Focusing on the See America First slogan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Struggle for a Vast Future
The American Civil War: A Selection of Essays
Written by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-213-4 (1-84603-213-X)

The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Legends of the American Desert
Sojourns in the Greater Southwest
Written by Alex Shoumatoff


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 17, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83181-1 (0-307-83181-7)

For his brilliant reportage ranging from the forested recesses of the Amazon to the manicured lawns of Westchester County, New York, Alex Shoumatoff has won acclaim as one of our most perceptive guides to the oddest corners of the earth. Now, with this book, he takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey... Read more >

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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Who Stole the American Dream?

Written by Hedrick Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8205-3 (0-8129-8205-3)

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Eisenhower in War and Peace

Written by Jean Edward Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8288-6 (0-8129-8288-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Magisterial.”—The New York Times

In this extraordinary volume, Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. Here is Eisenhower... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Smithsonian Civil War
Inside the National Collection
Written by Smithsonian Institution
Edited by Neil Kagan
Photographed by Hugh Talman
Foreword by Jon Meacham
Introduction by Michelle Delaney


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-389-5 (1-58834-389-8)

Heavily illustrated and presented in a large format, Smithsonian Civil War contains 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war and takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power
Community Organizing in Radical Times
Written by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
Introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 16, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-66-0 (1-935554-66-2)

The story of some of the 1960s’ most important activists–JOIN, the Young Patriots, Rising Up Angry, White Lightning, and the October 4th Organization–in a deeply sourced narrative history

The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a small group of white college activists as well as the Black Panthers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Feminist Promise
1792 to the Present
Written by Christine Stansell


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7202-3 (0-8129-7202-3)

In this definitive volume, respected historian Christine Stansell tells the story of one of the great democratic movements of our times. She paints richly detailed portraits of well-known leaders—Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan—but others, too, appear in a new light, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Toni Morrison. Accounting for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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California
A History
Written by Kevin Starr


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7753-0 (0-8129-7753-X)

California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How the States Got Their Shapes Too
The People Behind the Borderlines
Written by Mark Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-350-5 (1-58834-350-2)

Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take ten years to complete the map that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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How the States Got Their Shapes Too
The People Behind the Borderlines
Written by Mark Stein


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-314-7 (1-58834-314-6)

Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take ten years to complete the map that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Sarge
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-127-3 (1-58834-127-5)

Working for four presidents over six decades, R. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver founded the Peace Corps, launched the War on Poverty, created Head Start and Legal Services for the Poor, started the Special Olympics, and served as ambassador to France. Yet from the moment he married Joseph P. Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Outlaw Marriages
The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by Rodger Streitmatter


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0334-3 (0-8070-0334-4)

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Eleventh Day
The Full Story of 9/11
Written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7809-4 (0-8129-7809-9)

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Culture as History
The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
Written by Warren I. Susman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-051-1 (1-58834-051-1)

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics... Read more >

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A Different Mirror for Young People
A History of Multicultural America
Written by Ronald Takaki
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-416-9 (1-60980-416-3)

A longtime professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Ronald Takaki was recognized as one of the foremost scholars of American ethnic history and diversity. When the first edition of A Different Mirror was published in 1993, Publishers Weekly called it “a brilliant revisionist history of America... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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