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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Into the West
The Story of Its People
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77749-6 (0-679-77749-0)

Acclaimed historian Walter Nugent brings us what is perhaps the most comprehensive and fascinating account to date of the peopling of the American West. In this epic social-demographic history, Nugent explores the populations of the West as they grow, change and intersect from the Paleo-Indians, the Spanish Conquistadors, to displaced Okies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Written by Mary Panzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-143-3 (1-58834-143-7)

Modern memory of the Civil War owes much to the lens of Mathew Brady, one of the most famous and paradoxical figures in American photography. During a career that spanned the 1840s to the 1890s, Mathew Brady consciously set out to capture the pivotal moments of the second half of the... Read more >

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Lincoln in the World
The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Written by Kevin Peraino


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88721-4 (0-307-88721-9)

A revealing look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Lincoln in the World
The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Written by Kevin Peraino


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88720-7 (0-307-88720-0)

A revealing look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ulysses S. Grant
Soldier & President
Written by Geoffrey Perret


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75220-9 (0-375-75220-X)

Ulysses S. Grant's story is one of the great American adventures. Geoffrey Perret's account, based on extensive research and using new material, offers fresh insights into Grant the commander and Grant the president. Perret describes Grant's innovative military genius and his efforts to lead the rich, industrialized United States as the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grant and Twain
The Story of an American Friendship
Written by Mark Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6613-8 (0-8129-6613-9)

In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. Over the next fifteen months... Read more >
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"They Have Killed Papa Dead!"
The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance
Written by Anthony S. Pitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-162-5 (1-58642-162-X)

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a central drama of the American experience. Its impact is felt to this day, and the basic story is known to all. Anthony Pitch’s account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John... 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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The Killing of Crazy Horse

Written by Thomas Powers


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71430-6 (0-375-71430-8)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best History

With the Great Sioux War as background and context, and drawing on many new materials, Thomas Powers establishes what really happened in the dramatic final months and days of Crazy Horse’s life.

He was the greatest Indian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?
And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln
Written by Gerald J. Prokopowicz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27929-3 (0-307-27929-4)

Over the course of nine years as scholar-in-residence at the Lincoln Museum, Gerald J. Prokopowicz answered thousands of questions about Abraham Lincoln. Reporters, researchers, students, and especially the 50,000 visitors who come to the museum every year all want to know about the nation's most famous president. Although there have been... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A City So Grand
The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900
Written by Stephen Puleo


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0149-3 (0-8070-0149-X)

Between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a stunning metamorphosis from an insulated New England town into one of the world’s great metropolises–one that achieved worldwide prominence in politics, medicine, education, science, social activism, literature, commerce, and transportation.

In A City So Grand, Stephen Puleo chronicles this remarkable period in Boston’s history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Centennial Crisis
The Disputed Election of 1876
Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71321-7 (0-375-71321-2)

Near midnight on Election Day in November 1876, the returns coming into Republican National headquarters signaled a victory for the Democratic presidential candidate, Samuel J. Tilden. But alert Republican leaders saw that if all the states still doubtful or disputed went for their candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes would be elected. Word... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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John Brown, Abolitionist
The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72615-6 (0-375-72615-2)

An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American history.

Bancroft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Reynolds locates Brown... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Walt Whitman's America
A Cultural Biography
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76709-1 (0-679-76709-6)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

In his poetry Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All for the Union
The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Written by Elisha Hunt Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73828-2 (0-679-73828-2)

  "One of the best firsthand accounts I have read of campaigning and combat in the Civil War" (James M. McPherson), All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71393-4 (0-375-71393-X)

John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41412-1 (0-375-41412-6)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

Written by Leonard L. Richards


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27757-2 (0-307-27757-7)

From award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards, an authoritative and revealing portrait of an overlooked harbinger of the terrible battle yet to come.

When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, Americans of all stripes saw the potential for both wealth and power. Among the more calculating were Southern slave owners. By... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Untold Civil War
Exploring the Human Side of War
Written by James Robertson
Edited by Neil Kagan


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0812-6 (1-4262-0812-X)

Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the... Read more >

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General A.P. Hill
The Story of a Confederate Warrior
Written by James I. Robertson, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73888-6 (0-679-73888-6)

During his brief lifetime, General Ambrose Powell Hill was largely overshadowed by Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Yet “Little Powell” was one of the most gifted and courageous officers in the Confederate Army, a commander whose Light Division played a significant role in many battles including, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seizing Freedom
Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All
Written by David Roediger


Format: Hardcover, 238 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-609-6 (1-78168-609-2)

How did America recover after its years of civil war? How did freed men and women, former slaves, respond to their newly won freedom? David Roediger’s radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter

Written by Theodore Roosevelt
Introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75152-3 (0-375-75152-1)

"Those who love the outdoors will feast on Roosevelt's wildly enthusiastic sketches of America before highways and self-consciousness."--Time Out New York

Written during his days as a ranchman in the Dakota Bad Lands, these two wilderness tales by Theodore Roosevelt endure today as part of the classic folklore of the West... Read more >
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