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The Destructive War
William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
Written by Charles Royster


Format: Trade Paperback, 564 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73878-7 (0-679-73878-9)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and Charles Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association

Through the biographies of two of the Civil War’s most important generals, Royster explores the massive violence the war unleashed—a violence that went quickly and completely out of control and far beyond the expectations of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Light-Horse Harry Lee

Written by Charles Royster


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82892-7 (0-307-82892-1)

In Light-Horse Harry Lee, Charles Royster tells the story of a man whose career embodies the visionary promises that inspired the American Revolution, as well as the inability of the revolutionary generation to put all its ideals into practice.

The man is Henry Lee—soldier (nicknamed “Light-Horse Harry Lee”), statesmen, landowner, historian... Read more >

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Abraham Lincoln
An Extraordinary Life
Written by Harry Rubenstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-263-8 (1-58834-263-8)

Like no other American, Abraham Lincoln’s life is entwined with the history and culture of the nation. His rise from poverty to presidency has inspired others to believe in the promise of opportunity; his success in preserving the nation is one of our greatest triumphs; his death is our American tragedy.

To... Read more >

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Wicked River
The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47357-8 (0-307-47357-0)

From award-winning journalist Lee Sandlin comes a riveting look at one of the most colorful, dangerous, and peculiar places in America’s historical landscape: the strange, wonderful, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century.

Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River takes us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Wicked River
The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37851-4 (0-307-37851-9)

From award-winning journalist Lee Sandlin comes a riveting look at one of the most colorful, dangerous, and peculiar places in America’s historical landscape: the strange, wonderful, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century.

Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River takes us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Written by Jonathan D. Sarna


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4279-9 (0-8052-4279-1)

A riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command, and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community, and on the American political process.

On... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

Written by Lillian Schlissel


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: July 6, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1176-4 (0-8052-1176-4)

More than a quarter of a million Americans crossed the continental United States between 1840 and 1870, going west in one of the greatest migrations of modern times. The frontiersmen have become an integral part of our history and folklore, but the Westering experiences of American women are equally central to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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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 >

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Blood and Thunder
The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3110-8 (1-4000-3110-9)

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the... Read more >

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In the Kingdom of Ice
The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53537-3 (0-385-53537-6)

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age. 

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming... Read more >

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Exploring Lewis and Clark
Reflections on Men and Wilderness
Written by Thomas P. Slaughter


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70071-2 (0-375-70071-4)

This provocative work challenges traditional accounts of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition across the continent and back again. Uncovering deeper meanings in the explorers’ journals and lives, Exploring Lewis and Clark exposes their self-perceptions and deceptions, and how they interacted with those who traveled with them, the people they discovered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Judges of the Secret Court
A Novel About John Wilkes Booth
Written by David Stacton
Introduction by John Crowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-452-4 (1-59017-452-6)

David Stacton’s The Judges of the Secret Court is a long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War. Stacton’s gripping and atmospheric story revolves around the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, members of a famous theatrical family. Edwin is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Peculiar Institution
Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South
Written by Kenneth M. Stampp


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72307-3 (0-679-72307-2)

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Stampp’s classic study of American slavery as a deliberately chosen, practical system of controlling and exploiting labor is one of the most important and influential works of American history written in our time.

“A thoughtful and deeply moving book. . . . Mr. Stampp wants to show... Read more >

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Meet You in Hell
Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America
Written by Les Standiford


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4768-0 (1-4000-4768-4)

Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting... Read more >

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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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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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1863
The Rebirth of a Nation
Written by Joseph E. Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37836-8 (0-553-37836-8)

According to Joseph Stevens, 1863 was the pivotal year in the American Civil War, the year America truly became America. Combining brilliant treatment of the military events with fascinating human interest stories, 1863 resonates with a unique sense of how one year in our nation’s history shaped our lives. Using personal... Read more >

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The First Tycoon
The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Written by T.J. Stiles


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3174-0 (1-4000-3174-5)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The First Tycoon
The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Written by T.J. Stiles


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41542-5 (0-375-41542-4)

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt is an American icon. Humbly born on Staten Island during George Washington’s presidency, he rose from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Jesse James
Last Rebel of the Civil War
Written by T.J. Stiles


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70558-8 (0-375-70558-9)

In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alice James
A Biography
Written by Jean Strouse
Preface by Colm Toibin


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-453-1 (1-59017-453-4)

The Jameses are perhaps the most extraordinary and distinguished family in American intellectual life. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the finest in the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and psychological works, have won these brothers a permanent place at the center of the nation’s cultural firmament. Less well known is their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Stanton
Life And Times of Lincoln's Secretary of War
Written by Benjamin P. Thomas and Harold M. Hyman


Format: eBook, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82890-3 (0-307-82890-5)

At the time of his death, renowned Lincoln biographer Benjamin Thomas was at work on a life of one of the most controversial figures in American history: Edwin McMasters Stanton, the man who marshaled the military forces of the Union in the Civil War and played a crucial role in the... Read more >
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