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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The First Fall Classic
The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs, and Politicos Who Reinvented the World Series in 1912
Written by Mike Vaccaro


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2968-4 (0-7679-2968-3)

In this wonderful page-turner, veteran sports journalist Mike Vaccaro brings to life a bygone era in cinematic and intimate detail—and re-creates the magic and suspense of the world’s first classic series.

Despite a major presidential election, the near-assassination of Teddy Roosevelt, and the most sensational trial of the young century, baseball dominated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mustang Designer
Edgar Schmued and the P-51
Written by Ray Wagner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-994-3 (1-56098-994-7)

Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might... Read more >

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America Reborn
A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives
Written by Martin Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70364-5 (0-375-70364-0)

The people Martin Walker has chosen to portray are presidents, industrialists, artists, thinkers, entertainers, soldiers, spies, criminals, and evangelists, among others. These are individuals who provide the framework for a discussion of the nation as a whole in a century when it was reinventing itself.

Walker explores America's ambition, idealism, triumph and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Disposition to Be Rich
Ferdinand Ward, the Greatest Swindler of the Gilded Age
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80469-3 (0-345-80469-4)

A New York Times Notable Book

The compelling behind-the-scenes story of the greatest swindler of the Gilded Age, whose villainy bankrupted Ulysses S. Grant and stunned the world of finance—told by his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.

Ferdinand Ward, the son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor, moved to New York... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Unforgivable Blackness
The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 552 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71004-9 (0-375-71004-3)

Winner of the 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated–and most reviled–African American of his age. In Unforgivable Blackness, the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The War
An Intimate History, 1941-1945
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26283-7 (0-307-26283-9)

The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

Focusing on the citizens of four towns— Luverne... Read more >

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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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The People's Tycoon
Henry Ford and the American Century
Written by Steven Watts


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70725-4 (0-375-70725-5)

How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography.

The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He... Read more >

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Self-help Messiah
Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America
Written by Steven Watts


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-502-0 (1-59051-502-1)

Dale Carnegie was born in rural Missouri, his father a poor farmer, his mother a successful preacher. To make ends meet he tried his hand at various sales jobs, and his failure to convince his customers to buy what he had to offer eventually became the fuel behind his future glory... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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