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Voices of Protest
Huey Long, Father Coughlin, & the Great Depression
Written by Alan Brinkley

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1983
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71628-2 (0-394-71628-0)

Winner of the 1983 American Book Award for History, this study of two demagogues--Huey Long and Father Coughlin-- whose vast popularity explains much about Depression-era America, is "impressively well-written history explicated by a master of the art."
--Chicago Tribune Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White
Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age
Written by Mosette Broderick

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-53662-0 (0-394-53662-2)

A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumvirate—Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who came together, bound by the notion that architecture could help shape a nation in transition. They helped to refine America’s idea of beauty, elevated its architectural... Read more >
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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Better for All the World
The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity
Written by Harry Bruinius

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71305-7 (0-375-71305-0)

A timely and gripping history of the controversial eugenics movement in America–and the scientists, social reformers and progressives who supported it.

In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little known history of eugenics in America–a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1941-8 (0-7679-1941-6)

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was... Read more >

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1940-1 (0-7679-1940-8)

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man... Read more >

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Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War"
How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
Written by Patrick J. Buchanan

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40516-6 (0-307-40516-8)

Were World Wars I and II inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment?

In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen–Winston Churchill first among them–the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust... Read more >
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An American Life
Written by David Cannadine

Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38679-3 (0-307-38679-1)

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government... Read more >

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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Written by Robert A. Caro

Format: Trade Paperback, 1344 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1975
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72024-1 (0-394-72024-5)

This is Caro's examination of how one man, Robert Moses, shaped the politics, the physical structure, and even the problems of urban decline in the city and state of New York.

Winner of both the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping)... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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Our Town
A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Written by Cynthia Carr

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34188-4 (0-307-34188-7)

The brutal lynching of two young black men in Marion, Indiana, on August 7, 1930, cast a shadow over the town that still lingers; but is only one event in the long and complicated history of race relations in Marion, a history much ignored and considered by many to be best... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mind of the South

Written by W.J. Cash

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 1991
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73647-9 (0-679-73647-6)

Ever since its publication in 1941, Cash's pioneering study of Southern history, society, and manners has been recognized both as a pathbreaking work of scholarship and as a literary achievement of great eloquence and sweeping insight.  From its investigation of the Southern class system to its pioneering assessments of the region's legacies... Read more >

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The Barbary Plague
The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Written by Marilyn Chase

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75708-2 (0-375-75708-2)

The Barbary Plague sheds light on a period of American history when the fear and reality of foreign-spread contagious diseases gripped a major city and led to the disruption of a burgeoning center of shipping and commerce.

With narrative immediacy fortified by scholarly research, Marilyn Chase recreates San Francisco as it was... Read more >
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The Death of the Banker
The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Sma ll Investor
Written by Ron Chernow

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70037-8 (0-375-70037-4)

Chernow examines the forces that made dynasties like the Morgans, the Warburgs, and the Rothschilds the financial arbiters of the early 20th century and then rendered them virtually obsolete by century's end. As he traces the shifting balance of power among investors, borrowers, and bankers, Chernow evokes both the grand theater... Read more >

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The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Written by Ron Chernow

Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7730-4 (1-4000-7730-3)

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty—is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living In, Living Out
African American Domestics in Washington, D.C., 1910-1940
Written by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-286-7 (1-58834-286-7)

This oral history portrays the lives of African American women who migrated from the rural South to work as domestic servants in Washington, DC in the early decades of the twentieth century. In Living In, Living Out, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis narrates the personal experiences of eighty-one women who worked for wealthy white... Read more >
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Eyewitness to America
500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen
Edited by David Colbert

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76724-4 (0-679-76724-X)

Three hundred eyewitnesses--some famous, some anonymous--give their personal accounts of the great moments that make up our past, from Columbus to cyberspace, and infuse them with a freshness and urgency no textbook can duplicate. David Colbert has brought together a multitude of voices to create a singularly rich American narrative.  Here are... Read more >

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Translating America
An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, 1890-1920
Written by Peter Conolly-Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-287-4 (1-58834-287-5)

At the turn of the century, New York City’s Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World... Read more >

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A Novel
Written by Robert Conroy

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 24, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50607-8 (0-345-50607-3)

December 7 is “the date which will live in infamy.” But now Japan is hatching another, far greater plan to bring America to its knees. . . .

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a resounding success–except for one detail: a second bombing mission, to destroy crucial oil storage facilities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Woodrow Wilson
A Biography
Written by John Milton Cooper, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27790-9 (0-307-27790-9)

The first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America’s foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars.

A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of Republican administrations, Wilson was a transformative president—he helped create the regulatory bodies and legislation that prefigured FDR’s New Deal and would... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War One: 1914-1918

Written by Alan Cowsill
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma

Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-85-7 (93-80741-85-5)

The First World War, also known as the Great War, involved over thirty nations and resulted in the deaths of millions of young men.  This graphic novel brings history to life as we see the war through the eyes of the young conscripted servicemen on all sides of the conflict. Introducing... Read more >

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Contempt of Court
The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
Written by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72082-3 (0-385-72082-3)

In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay... Read more >

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Theodore Roosevelt
A Strenuous Life
Written by Kathleen Dalton

Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76733-6 (0-679-76733-9)

“Delivers insight not found elsewhere. . . . The best explanation of Roosevelt's moralism, and the most thorough account of how it informed his politics.” —H.W. Brands, The Boston Globe

He inherited a sense of entitlement (and obligation) from his family, yet eventually came to see his own class as suspect. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Satan's Circus
Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century
Written by Mike Dash

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5472-5 (1-4000-5472-9)

They called it Satan’s Circus—a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was a place where everyone from the chorus girls to the beat cops was on the take and where bad boys became... Read more >

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Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Written by Dik Alan Daso
Foreword by Richard Overy

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2001
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-949-3 (1-56098-949-1)

Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award

From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces–the largest, most powerful air armada that has ever been assembled–Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold fought World War II not in the field but in Congress, on... Read more >

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The Death and Life of a Legend
Written by Michael Davie

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94839-7 (0-307-94839-0)

In this gripping, deeply researched exploration of the Titanic's tragic sinking, journalist Michael Davie investigates the events, controversies, and legends that have surrounded the disaster. Sifting through historical documents and survivors' accounts, Davie details the nineteenth-century origins of the White Star Line, narrates the story of the "unsinkable" ship's deadly voyage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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