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The Clarks of Cooperstown

Written by Nicholas Fox Weber

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26347-6 (0-307-26347-9)

Nicholas Fox Weber, author of the acclaimed Patron Saints (“Exhilarating avant-garde entertainment”—Sam Hunter, The New York Times Book Review) and Balthus (“The authoritative account of his life and work”—Michael Ravitch, Newsday), gives us now the idiosyncratic lives of Sterling and Stephen Clark—two of America’s greatest art collectors, heirs to the Singer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >

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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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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

Written by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 3, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-916-3 (1-58322-916-7)

Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People’s History of the United... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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