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The Civil War
The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Kenneth Burns and RICHARD BURNS


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75543-2 (0-679-75543-8)

This acclaimed narrative history (based on the PBS television series) is now available in a complete text-only edition that interweaves the authors' narrative with the voices of the participants, from politicians and officers to soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war.  This edition also includes essays by Don E. Fehrenbacher... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audio CD, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Civil War
An Illustrated History
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 29, 1992
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74277-7 (0-679-74277-8)

This edition is fully illustrated with maps, photos, and hundreds of other images which enhance the overall reading and learning experience. Ward's acclaimed narrative history (based on the PBS television series) interweaves the authors' narrative with the voices of the participants, from politicians and officers to soldiers and civilians on both... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audio CD, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Mark Twain

Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40561-7 (0-375-40561-5)

Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn “the best book we’ve ever had. There was nothing before. There’s been nothing as good since.” Critical opinion of this book hasn’t dimmed since Hemingway uttered these words; as author Russell Banks says in these pages, Twain “makes possible an American literature which would otherwise not... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Buffalo Bill's America

Written by Louis S. Warren


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72658-3 (0-375-72658-6)

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was the most famous American of his age. He claimed to have worked for the Pony Express when only a boy and to have scouted for General George Custer. But what was his real story? And how did a frontiersman become a worldwide celebrity?

In this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Buffalo Bill's America
William Cody and the Wild West Show
Written by Louis S. Warren


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41216-5 (0-375-41216-6)

William Cody (1846–1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, cavalry scout, horseman, dime-novel hero, and actor. But Buffalo Bill’s greatest success... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Apache Warrior 1860-86

Written by Robert Watt


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0352-8 (1-4728-0352-3)

Focusing on the Chiricahua Apache, led by such famous warriors as Cochise Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, Nana and Geronimo, this book strips away the myths behind the history of some of the feared opponents of the US Army in the southwest United States. It explains how their upbringing, training and culture equipped... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Class of 1846
From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Br others
Written by John Waugh


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43403-6 (0-345-43403-X)

No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in... 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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Lincoln and His Generals

Written by T. Harry Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74196-7 (0-307-74196-6)

Since it was first published in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of the definitive accounts of Lincoln’s wartime leadership. In it T. Harry Williams dramatizes Lincoln’s long and frustrating search for an effective leader of the Union Army and traces his transformation from a politician with little military... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Honor's Voice
The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
Written by Douglas L. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70396-6 (0-375-70396-9)

A New York Times Notable Book of 1998

Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable emergence from the rural Midwest and his rise to the presidency have been the stuff of romance and legend. But as Douglas L. Wilson shows us in Honor's Voice, Lincoln’s transformation was not one long triumphal march, but a process that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lincoln's Sword
The Presidency and the Power of Words
Written by Douglas L. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3263-1 (1-4000-3263-6)

Abraham Lincoln now occupies an unparalleled place in American history, but when he was first elected president, a skeptical writer asked, “Who will write this ignorant man’s state papers?” Literary ability was, indeed, the last thing the public expected from the folksy, self-educated “rail-splitter,” but the forceful qualities of Lincoln’s writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hawthorne
A Life
Written by Brenda Wineapple


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7291-7 (0-8129-7291-0)

“Brenda Wineapple illuminates Hawthorne’s complexities without demystifying the man. He remains one of the most intriguing American writers: dark, guilty, erotic, and psychologically acute–qualities that Wineapple deftly explores.” –Margot Peters

Handsome, reserved, almost frighteningly aloof until he was approached, then playful, cordial, Nathaniel Hawthorne was as mercurial and double-edged as his writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hard Way Around
The Passages of Joshua Slocum
Written by Geoffrey Wolff


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74545-3 (0-307-74545-7)

In 1895 Joshua Slocum set sail from Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the Spray, a thirty-seven-foot sloop. More than three years later, he became the first man to circumnavigate the globe solo, and his account of that voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, made him internationally famous. But scandal soon followed, and a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manifest Destinies
America's Westward Expansion and the Road to theCivil War
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27770-1 (0-307-27770-4)

A sweeping history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies captures the enormous sense of possibility that inspired America’s growth and shows how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep fault line that would bring war in the near future.

Steven E. Woodworth gives us a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Manifest Destinies
America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26524-1 (0-307-26524-2)

A sweeping history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies captures the enormous sense of possibility that inspired America’s growth and shows how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep fault line that would bring war in the near future.

Steven E. Woodworth gives us a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nothing but Victory
The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72660-6 (0-375-72660-8)

Composed almost entirely of Midwesterners and molded into a lean, skilled fighting machine by Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, the Army of the Tennessee marched directly into the heart of the Confederacy and won major victories at Shiloh and at the rebel strongholds of Vicksburg and Atlanta.

Acclaimed historian Steven... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dear Mr. President
Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives
Edited by Dwight Young
Introduction by Brian Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0020-5 (1-4262-0020-X)

"The letters provide a nostalgic timeline of American history told through the words and feelings of Americans, from regular folks to kings." —Star Gazette, Elmira, NY, Dec. '05

"There are more than 80 letters, reflecting both our history and our very American sense that when we speak, our president should listen."... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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La Otra Historia de los Estados Unidos

Written by Howard Zinn
Translated by Toni Strubel


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 13, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-351-3 (1-60980-351-5)

Howard Zinn’s books have inspired students and activists of all ages, affirming the power of ordinary people to influence the course of history. In La Otra Historia of Los Estados Unidos, the definitive Spanish-language edition of Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States, Zinn takes on the standard narrative... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Voices of a People's History of the United States

Written by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 3, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-916-3 (1-58322-916-7)

Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People’s History of the United... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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