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The Baroness
The Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild
Written by Hannah Rothschild


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96198-3 (0-307-96198-2)

Beautiful, romantic and spirited, Pannonica, known as Nica, named after her father’s favorite moth, was born in 1913 to extraordinary, eccentric privilege and a storied history. The Rothschild family had, in only five generations, risen from the ghetto in Frankfurt to stately homes in England. As a child, Nica took her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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US Marine vs Japanese Infantryman: Guadalcanal 1942-43

Written by Gordon Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0134-0 (1-4728-0134-2)

The bitter six-month struggle for control of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific during World War II matched the US Marine Corps against the Imperial Japanese Army in a campaign that would test both sides to the limit. In this book the realities of prolonged warfare in an unforgiving environment are documented... Read more >
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Carlson's Marine Raiders - Makin Island 1942

Written by Gordon Rottman


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0327-6 (1-4728-0327-2)

After the Guadalcanal landings, Admiral Nimitz wanted to distract Japanese attention by launching an amphibious raid elswhere. Foreshadowing Bloody Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and countless other landings in the face of intense Japanese resistance, the Makin Raid taught the Marines a great deal.

Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and expert analysis... Read more >

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The Last Good War
The Faces and Voices of World War II
As told to Veronica Kavass
Photographed by Thomas Sanders
Introduction by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-085-5 (1-59962-085-5)

World War II remains one of the most galvanizing and defining events in the history of America. Seemingly overnight, the entire nation unified behind a singular cause. By 1945, the size of the U.S. armed forces had grown from two to twelve million men and women of every color, religion, and... Read more >

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The Distancers
An American Memoir
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80676-5 (0-345-80676-X)

In The Distancers, seven generations worth of joy and heartache is artfully forged into a family portrait that is at once universally American yet singularly Lee Sandlin's own. From the nineteenth century German immigrants who settled on a small Midwestern farm, to the proud and upright aunts and uncles with whom... Read more >
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Kiyo's Story
A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream
Written by Kiyo Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: December 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-866-0 (1-56947-866-X)

Kiyo’s father arrived in California determined to plant his roots in the land of opportunity after leaving Japan. He, his wife, and their nine American-born children labored in the fields together, building a successful farm. Yet at the outbreak of World War II, Kiyo’s family was ordered to Poston Internment Camp... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ghost Soldiers
The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49565-3 (0-385-49565-X)

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the... Read more >

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Dam!
Water, Power, Politics, and Preservation in Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite National Park
Written by John W. Simpson


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $28.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-42231-7 (0-375-42231-5)

The building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam and Reservoir in the middle of Yosemite National Park, in spite of less expensive, less technically challenging, and less politically complicated possibilities, set off a defining controversy in American environmentalism. From the 1890s until 1913 Americans argued about proposals to dam the Tuolumne River... Read more >

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The Jungle

Written by Upton Sinclair
Afterword by Anthony Arthur
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7623-6 (0-8129-7623-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The Jungle

Written by Upton Sinclair
Contribution by Morris Dickstein


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21245-7 (0-553-21245-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... 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 >
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The Souvenir
A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 18, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-701-4 (1-55643-701-3)

Selected by Penn State for its Freshman Year Reading Program

Louise Steinman’s American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents’ death. In it... Read more >
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Satisfaction Guaranteed
The Making of the American Mass Market
Written by Susan Strasser


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-146-4 (1-58834-146-1)

This sweeping history provides the reader with a better understanding of America’s consumer society, obsession with shopping, and devotion to brands. Focusing on the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Wrigley’s, Gillette, and Kodak, Strasser shows how companies created both national brands and national markets. These new brands eventually displaced generic manufacturers... Read more >

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Culture as History
The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
Written by Warren I. Susman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-051-1 (1-58834-051-1)

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics... Read more >

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Sally Heathcote: Suffragette

Written by Mary M. Talbot
Illustrated by Kate Charlesworth


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-547-4 (1-61655-547-5)

A tale of loyalty, love, and courage, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette follows the fortunes of a common housemaid swept up in the feminist militancy of early 20th century Edwardian Britain. As the growing hunger for change grows within a culture of rigid social mores and class barriers, Sally and thousands like her... Read more >

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Unto the Sons

Written by Gay Talese


Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7606-9 (0-8129-7606-1)

Gay Talese, one of America's greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family's emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Written by Barrett Tillman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-410-3 (1-78200-410-6)

The classic 1951 movie Flying Leathernecks starring John Wayne immortalized the USMC pilots who had fought in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomons.

The US Marine Corps has a long and proud heritage of aviation excellence, celebrating its centenary in 2012. While "flying leathernecks" made their mark in both world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1898
The Birth of the American Century
Written by David Traxel


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77671-0 (0-679-77671-0)

In this remarkable evocation of the American past, David Traxel chronicles the extraordinary events of 1898--a year without rival in United States history for its extravagant adventure and far-reaching significance. Displaying a rare combination of graceful writing and authoritative scholarship, 1898 examines the lives of politicians and homemakers, outlaws and reformers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crusader Nation
The United States in Peace and the Great War: 1898-1920
Written by David Traxel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72465-7 (0-375-72465-6)

In this absorbing history of the first two decades of the twentieth century, David Traxel paints a vivid picture of a transformative period in the United States, when many remarkable individuals fought to decide which path the country would follow. Victorian restraint was being cast aside by men and women testing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mark Twain's Other Woman
The Hidden Story of His Final Years
Written by Laura Skandera Trombley


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47494-0 (0-307-47494-1)

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.

For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White’s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Zimmermann Telegram
America Enters the War, 1917-1918; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-32425-2 (0-345-32425-0)

In January of 1917, the war in Europe was, at best, a tragic standoff. Britain knew that Europe would be saved only if the U.S. joined the war. President Wilson was unshakable in his neutrality and in his efforts to mediate peace. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel... Read more >

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Satchel
The Life and Times of an American Legend
Written by Larry Tye


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7797-4 (0-8129-7797-1)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records... Read more >
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