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Silent Wings at War
Combat Gliders in World War II
Written by John L. Lowden


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-034-4 (1-58834-034-1)

The pilots were known as “suicide jockeys” and the aircraft they flew were called “flak bait.” Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. In Silent Wings... Read more >

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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50291-7 (0-385-50291-5)

“I am at peace with God and all mankind.”
—Harriet Tubman to Mary Talbert, on the occasion of their last visit, 1913
Now, from the award-winning novelist and biographer, an astonishing reimagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman—the “Moses of Her People.”

During her lifetime Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Paris 1919
Six Months That Changed the World
Written by Margaret MacMillan
Foreword by Richard Holbrooke


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76052-5 (0-375-76052-0)

• Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize
• Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
• Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars,” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace. Center stage, for the first time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond Glory
Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Written by David Margolick


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72619-4 (0-375-72619-5)

Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling—bouts that symbolized and galvanized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war.

David Margolick takes us into the careers of both... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pacific War
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
Written by Daniel Marston


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-382-9 (1-84908-382-7)

Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more... Read more >

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Our Fathers' War
Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation
Written by Tom Mathews


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1420-8 (0-7679-1420-1)

A powerful and unique portrait of generational strife and changing styles of masculinity as seen through the stories of ten World War II veterans and their baby boomer sons.

It is fair to say that Tom Mathews’s relations with his father, a veteran of World War II’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Descent
The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
Written by Brad Matsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7501-0 (1-4000-7501-7)

In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. At a time when no one had traveled deeper than a few hundred feet, they took the world to a half mile down. At the height of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Teapot Dome Scandal
How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
Written by Laton McCartney


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7337-2 (0-8129-7337-2)

Laton McCartney tells how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his “oil cabinet” made it possible for cronies to secure vast fuel reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Franklin and Winston
An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7282-5 (0-8129-7282-1)

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who worked together and achieved victory in World War II.

It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending... Read more >

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True North
A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
Written by Elliott Merrick
Introduction by Lawrence Millman


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-909-4 (1-55643-909-1)

While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published in 1933, True North tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1373-7 (0-7679-1373-6)

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most... Read more >

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Banned in Boston
The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil
Written by Neil Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5111-5 (0-8070-5111-X)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society--New England’s notorious literary censor for over eighty years.

Banned in Boston is the first-ever history of the Watch and Ward Society--once Boston’s unofficial moral guardian. An influential watchdog organization, bankrolled by society’s upper crust, it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Two Americans
Truman, Eisenhower and a Dangerous World
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74264-3 (0-307-74264-4)

From William Lee Miller, the highly regarded biographer of Abraham Lincoln, a riveting dual examination of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower that explores the similarities and equally striking differences of two remarkable men in the context of mid-twentieth-century American culture and politics.

Two Americans weaves together the life stories of Truman and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Ears Are Bent

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72630-9 (0-375-72630-6)

As a young newspaper reporter in 1930s New York, Joseph Mitchell interviewed fan dancers, street evangelists, voodoo conjurers, not to mention a lady boxer who also happened to be a countess. Mitchell haunted parts of the city now vanished: the fish market, burlesque houses, tenement neighborhoods, and storefront churches. Whether he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Executioner's Current
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
Written by Richard Moran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72446-6 (0-375-72446-X)

In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair developed not out of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other.

In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Written by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75678-8 (0-375-75678-7)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the American Book Award



Praise for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

“Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it... Read more >

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Theodore Rex

Written by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 792 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6600-8 (0-8129-6600-7)

An American Library Association Notable Book

Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR” succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our... Read more >

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Theodore Rex

Written by Edmund Morris


Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $37.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-55509-6 (0-394-55509-0)

Paperback Available October, 2002

The most eagerly awaited presidential biography in years, Theodore Rex is a sequel to Edmund Morris’s classic bestseller The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. It begins by following the new President (still the youngest in American history) as he comes down from Mount Marcy, New York, to take his... Read more >

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Edith Kermit Roosevelt
Portrait of a First Lady
Written by Sylvia Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75768-6 (0-375-75768-6)

Edith Kermit Carow grew up in New York City in the same circles as did Theodore Roosevelt. But only after TR's first wife died at age twenty-two did the childhood friends forge one of the most successful romantic and political partnerships in American history. Sylvia Jukes Morris's access to previously unpublished... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Children of the City
At Work and at Play
Written by David Nasaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80297-2 (0-345-80297-7)

This classic title, which was the inspiration for the story behind the new musical Newsies, paints a surprising and indelible portrait of the bitter hardships, amazing resourcefulness, and unadulterated joys experienced by immigrant children in American metropolises at the turn of the century.

The turn of the century was a time of... Read more >

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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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Ship Ablaze
The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
Written by Ed O'Donnell


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0906-8 (0-7679-0906-2)

There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered, since the steamship was chartered only for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Circus Fire
A True Story of an American Tragedy
Written by Stewart O'Nan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49685-8 (0-385-49685-0)

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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