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We Have Capture
Tom Stafford and the Space Race
Written by Thomas P. Stafford and Michael Cassutt


Format: Trade Paperback, 302 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-101-3 (1-58834-101-1)

What an amazing career. Tom Stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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The Prince of Providence
The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor
Written by Mike Stanton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75967-3 (0-375-75967-0)

In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano—a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coast of Dreams

Written by Kevin Starr


Format: Trade Paperback, 804 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74072-8 (0-679-74072-4)

From O.J. to Arnold Schwarzenegger, earthquakes to rolling blackouts, silicon valley to riots in the street, California state historian Kevin Starr has assembled the history of the Golden Gate State since 1990 to create a vivid snapshot of a state constantly on the edge of tomorrow.

Coast of Dreams captures an... 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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Sarge
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-513-6 (1-59051-513-7)

As founder of the Peace Corps, Head Start, the Special Olympics (with wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and other organizations, Sargent Shriver was a key social and political figure whose influence continues to the present day. This authorized biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered by Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sarge
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-127-3 (1-58834-127-5)

Working for four presidents over six decades, R. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver founded the Peace Corps, launched the War on Poverty, created Head Start and Legal Services for the Poor, started the Special Olympics, and served as ambassador to France. Yet from the moment he married Joseph P. Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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The Fourth Turning

Written by William Strauss and Neil Howe


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0046-1 (0-7679-0046-4)

Published prior to September 11, 2001, this book is more relevant and prescient today than ever. Strauss and Howe predicted that America would enter a new era that will culminate in a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. The authors of the bestselling Generations... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership
Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit
Written by james m. strock


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: January 28, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7615-1539-5 (0-7615-1539-9)

Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit

Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to become president, was a leader of uncommon strength who, through the sheer force of his extraordinary will, turned America into a modern world power. Throughout his remarkable life he surmounted challenges that would have destroyed lesser men. He overcame... Read more >
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The Eleventh Day
The Full Story of 9/11
Written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7809-4 (0-8129-7809-9)

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is... 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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Power Failure
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
Written by Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1368-3 (0-7679-1368-X)

“A lucid account of the Enron debacle that may be the best informed and best written to date.” —Andrew Hill, Financial Times

Written by prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz, and substantially based on the revelations of former Enron vice-president Sherron Watkins, as well as hundreds of other interviews, Power Failure is the fascinating... Read more >

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The Great Derangement
A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion
Written by Matt Taibbi


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52062-1 (0-385-52062-X)

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush’s America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, searching for phantom fighter jets in Congress, and falling into the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Russia Hand
A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy
Written by Strobe Talbott


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6846-0 (0-8129-6846-8)

During the past ten years, few issues have mattered more to America’s vital interests or to the shape of the twenty-first century than Russia’s fate. To cheer the fall of a bankrupt totalitarian regime is one thing; to build on its ruins a stable democratic state is quite another. The challenge... Read more >
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Whittaker Chambers
A Biography
Written by Sam Tanenhaus


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75145-5 (0-375-75145-9)

Whittaker Chambers is the first biography of this complex and enigmatic figure. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on materials from forty archives in the United States and abroad--including still-classified KGB dossiers--Tanenhaus traces the remarkable journey that led Chambers from a sleepy Long Island village to center stage in America's greatest... Read more >
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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $17.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the...
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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5047-7 (0-8070-5047-4)

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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At the Edge of Space
The X-15 Flight Program
Written by Milton O. Thompson
Foreword by Neil A. Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-078-8 (1-58834-078-3)

In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Hanoi and Back
The U.S. Air Force and North Vietnam, 1966-1973
Written by Wayne Thompson
Foreword by Richard P. Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-283-6 (1-58834-283-2)

After nearly eighteen months of the largely unsuccessful bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, the US Air Force began to look for ways to overcome technological, geographical, and political challenges in North Vietnam and use limited air power more effectively. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations... Read more >
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Death of Innocence
The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
Written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7047-0 (0-8129-7047-0)

In Death of Innocence, Mamie Till-Mobley tells the tragic story of her son, Emmett Till -- an innocent, fourteen-year-old African-American boy who was murdered -- and of her subsequent actions which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on American racial consciousness.

Mamie Carthan was an ordinary... Read more >
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Shadow Warriors
The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender
Written by Kenneth R. Timmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35210-1 (0-307-35210-2)

“An alarming but necessary book that reads like a thriller. By raising uncomfortable questions, Ken Timmerman has performed a significant public service.”
–Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host

Some have called it the CIA’s greatest covert operation of all time.

It is an intelligence war conducted behind the scenes, aimed at confusing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Memory Remains
9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17
Photographed by Francesc Torres


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0833-1 (1-4262-0833-2)

This large landscape-format book, exquisitely designed and produced, features the remarkable photography created by Spanish artist Francesc Torres, who was granted special access to visit JFK International Airport’s Hangar 17 after it became the repository for all significant non-human materials salvaged from the site of the World Trade Center after the... Read more >

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Air Commando One
Heinie Aderholt and America's Secret Air Wars
Written by Warren A. Trest


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-807-6 (1-56098-807-X)

Air-dropping agents deep behind enemy lines in clandestine night missions during the Korean War, commanding secret flights into Tibet in 1960 to support the anticommunist guerilla uprising, participating in plans for the 1962 Bay of Pigs invasion–even before the escalation of the Vietnam War, Brigadier General Harry C. “Heinie” Aderholt worked... Read more >
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