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Before the Trumpet
Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7333-9 (0-8041-7333-8)

Before Pearl Harbor, before polio and his entry into politics, FDR was a handsome, pampered, but strong-willed youth, the center of a rarefied world.  In Before the Trumpet, the award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward transports the reader to that world—Hyde Park on the Hudson and Campobello Island, Groton and Harvard and the Continent—to... 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 >
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A First-Class Temperament
The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7335-3 (0-8041-7335-4)

In this classic of American biography, based upon thousands of original documents, many never previously published, the prize-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward tells the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt’s unlikely rise from cloistered youth to the brink of the presidency with a richness of detail and vivid sense of time, place... Read more >

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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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The Roosevelts
An Intimate History
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-70023-0 (0-307-70023-2)

A vivid and personal portrait of America’s greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation—the companion volume to the seven-part PBS documentary series with 796 photographs, some never before seen
 
The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, The War, and Baseball present an intimate history of three extraordinary individuals from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 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 >
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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 >
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Harry Houdini
A Graphic Novel
Written by CEL Welsh
Illustrated by Lalit Singh


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-93-80028-25-5 (93-80028-25-3)

This is the life story of Ehrich Weiss. If you don’t recognize this man’s name, that is because the world came to know him as the one and only Harry Houdini.

George Bernard Shaw once remarked that Harry Houdini is the third most famous name in history after Jesus Christ and... Read more >

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Why We Fought
Forging American Obligations in World War II
Written by Robert B. Westbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 166 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-295-9 (1-58834-295-6)

Why We Fought is a timely and provocative analysis that examines why Americans really chose to sacrifice and commit themselves to World War II. Unlike other depictions of the patriotic “greatest generation,” Westbrook argues that, strictly speaking, Americans in World War II were not instructed to fight, work, or die for... Read more >
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Huey Long

Written by T. Harry Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1981
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74790-3 (0-394-74790-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award


He was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history—a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the red-neck Southern politico, and yet had become at the time of his assassination a... Read more >

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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 >
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Carrier Warfare in the Pacific
An Oral History Collection
Written by E. T. Wooldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1999
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-822-9 (1-56098-822-3)

Capturing the times when lives and victory were in peril, this book records the exploits of the men who fought in WWII in the air and on the sea, including pilots and air crewmen of carrier squadrons, officers and men of the ship’s company, and admirals and their staffs.

“A stirring tribute... Read more >

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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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Island of Vice
Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
Written by Richard Zacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2619-5 (0-7679-2619-6)

In the 1890s, young cocksure Theodore Roosevelt, years before the White House, was appointed police commissioner of corrupt, pleasure-loving New York, then teeming with 40,000 prostitutes, illegal casinos and all-night dance halls. The Harvard-educated Roosevelt, with a reformer’s zeal, tried to wipe out the city’s vice and corruption. He went head-to-head... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Battle of the Bulge

Written by Steven Zaloga


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-165-8 (1-84908-165-4)

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West and the largest and the most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II. Fought during the bitter winter of 1944-45, and resulting in over 100,000 German casualties and over 80,000 American casualties, it... Read more >

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Overlord
The D-Day Landings
Written by Steven Zaloga, Ken Ford and Stephen Badsey


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: March 31, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-424-4 (1-84603-424-8)

Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious military operation ever launched. The greatest armada the world had ever seen was assembled to transport the Allied invasion force of over 150,000 soldiers across the English Channel and open the long-awaited second front against Hitler's Third Reich. Just after dawn on June 6, 1944... Read more >

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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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Terrorism and War

Written by Howard Zinn
Edited by Anthony Arnove


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-493-9 (1-58322-493-9)

Truth–as Zinn shows us in the interviews that make up Terrorism and War–has indeed been the first casualty of war, starting from the beginnings of American empire in the Spanish-American War. But war has many other casualties, he argues, including civil liberties on the home front and human rights abroad. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of a People's History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition

Written by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-592-0 (1-60980-592-5)

Selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn. 

New voices featured in this 10th Anniversary Edition include Chelsea Manning, speaking after her 35-year prison sentence)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ponzi's Scheme
The True Story of a Financial Legend
Written by Mitchell Zuckoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6836-1 (0-8129-6836-0)

It was a time when anything seemed possible–instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury–and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors’ money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the “rob Peter to pay... Read more >
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