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Queen Bess
Daredevil Aviator
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 172 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-618-8 (1-56098-618-2)

Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America’s first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as “Queen Bess,” a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

“A vivid portrait of a... Read more >

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Meat Eater
Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter
Written by Steven Rinella


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52982-2 (0-385-52982-1)

“Revelatory . . . With every chapter, you get a history lesson, a hunting lesson, a nature lesson and a cooking lesson. . . . Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor.”—The New York Times Book Review

Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught... Read more >
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Here I Stand

Written by Paul Robeson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6445-0 (0-8070-6445-9)

Robeson’s international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under... Read more >
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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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Colonial Encounters in a Native American Landscape
The Spanish and Dutch in North America
Written by Nan A. Rothschild


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-138-9 (1-58834-138-0)

A unique comparative study of colonial encounters between the Spanish in New Mexico and the Dutch in New York.

Nan A. Rothschild examines the process of colonialism in two separate areas of 17th-century North America seeking to answer several key questions: Where did each group live vis-à-vis the other? How entangled were... Read more >

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No Right to Remain Silent
What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Written by Lucinda Roy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-58770-1 (0-307-58770-3)

The world watched in horror in April 2007 when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a killing rampage that resulted in the deaths of thirty-two students and faculty members before he ended his own life.

Former Virginia Tech English department chair and distinguished professor Lucinda Roy saw the tragedy unfold... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New York: The Novel

Written by Edward Rutherfurd


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49742-0 (0-345-49742-2)

Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American Historical Fiction

Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and “Required Reading” by the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born... Read more >

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Fair America
World's Fairs in the United States
Written by Robert W. Rydell, John E. Findling and Kimberly Pelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-384-2 (1-56098-384-1)

Since their inception with New York’s Crystal Palace Exhibition in the mid-nineteenth century, world’s fairs have introduced Americans to “exotic” pleasures such as belly dancing and the Ferris Wheel; pathbreaking technologies such as telephones and X rays; and futuristic architectural, landscaping, and transportation schemes. Billed by their promoters as “encyclopedias of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Move the World
JFK's Quest for Peace
Written by Jeffrey D. Sachs


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9492-6 (0-8129-9492-2)

An inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F. Kennedy’s presidency—the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office—by the New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Civilization, Common Wealth, and The End of Poverty

The last great campaign of John F. Kennedy’s life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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UFO Crash at Roswell
The Genesis of a Modern Myth
Written by Benson Saler, Charles A. Ziegler and Charles Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-063-4 (1-58834-063-5)

In the summer of 1947 something mysterious crashed in the New Mexican desert near the town of Roswell. Whether it was an alien spacecraft manned by tiny humanlike beings or–the US government’s official explanation–a scientific research balloon has long been a subject of passionate debate. Transcending the believer-versus-skeptic debate, anthropologists Benson... Read more >

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Eugene McCarthy
The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism
Written by Dominic Sandbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7790-8 (1-4000-7790-7)

Originally a New Deal liberal and aggressive anticommunist, Senator Eugene McCarthy famously lost faith with the Democratic party over Vietnam. His stunning challenge to Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire primary inspired young liberals and was one of the greatest electoral upsets in American history. But the 1968 election ultimately... Read more >
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Ten Letters
The Stories Americans Tell Their President
Written by Eli Saslow


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74255-1 (0-307-74255-5)

In this inspiring and powerful look at the issues facing Americans today, reporter Eli Saslow creates vivid portraits of the lives of ten citizens who corresponded with President Obama. Their letters, and the president’s handwritten responses, tell of the personal struggles behind everything from healthcare to immigration to war. One mother... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Written by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen C. Schlesinger


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9309-7 (0-8129-9309-8)

This extraordinary collection gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a true American original—the acclaimed historian and lion of the liberal establishment, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

An advisor to presidents, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and tireless champion of progressive government, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was also an inveterate letter writer. Indeed, the term “man of letters”... Read more >
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The Stammering Century

Written by Gilbert Seldes
Introduction by Greil Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 452 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-580-4 (1-59017-580-8)

Gilbert Seldes, the author of The Stammering Century, writes:

This book is not a record of the major events in Ameri­can history during
the nineteenth century. It is concerned with minor movements, with the
cults and manias of that period. Its personages are fanatics, and radicals,
and mountebanks... 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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The Working Poor
Invisible in America
Written by David K. Shipler


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70821-3 (0-375-70821-9)

Most of the people I write about in this book do not have the luxury of rage. They are caught in exhausting struggles. Their wages do not lift them far enough from poverty to improve their lives, and their lives, in turn, hold them back. The term by which they are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Island at the Center of the World
The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7867-7 (1-4000-7867-9)

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000... 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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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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Laundromat

Afterword by D. Foy
Photographed by Snorri Bros.


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-623-7 (1-57687-623-3)

Laundromats are a quintessential part of the New York City landscape: an indispensible element to many city dwellers’ lives, they’re an ersatz utility room shared with dozens of strangers at any given time, a moist environment of humming machines and strange clothes. No other public facility gathers so many people under... Read more >

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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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Son of a Gun
A Memoir
Written by Justin St. Germain


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 5, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8074-5 (0-8129-8074-3)

In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a stunning memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death in her remote trailer, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Son of a Gun
A Memoir
Written by Justin St. Germain


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6862-3 (1-4000-6862-2)

In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a stunning memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death in her remote trailer, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Outcasts United
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Written by Warren St. John


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52204-5 (0-385-52204-5)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Agnes Scott College
Andrew College
Baker University
Baldwin Wallace College
Bismarck State College
Butler University
Castleton State College
Central Ohio Technical College
Columbus State University
Ellington High School
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hollins University
Holy Cross High School, Burlington, NJ
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Kennesaw State University
La Jolla Country Day School
McMurry University
Middle... Read more >
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