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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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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 >
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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 >
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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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Affection and Trust
The Personal Correspondence of Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson, 1953-1971
Written by Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson
Edited by Dr. Ray Geselbracht and David C. Acheson
Introduction by David McCullough


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59354-2 (0-307-59354-1)

In this riveting collection, published for the first time, we follow Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson, two giants of the post–World War II period, as they move from an official relationship to one of candor, humor, and personal expression. Together they were primarily responsible for the Marshall Plan and NATO... 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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Strike for America
Chicago Teachers Against Austerity
Written by Micah Uetricht


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-325-5 (1-78168-325-5)

The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century—and perhaps for the last forty years—and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more charter schools and tying teacher salaries to standardized testing, among other changes.

In 2012, Chicago teachers... Read more >
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Hands of My Father
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
Written by Myron Uhlberg


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80688-5 (0-553-80688-2)

By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg’s memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents—and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.

“Does sound have rhythm?” my father asked. “Does it rise and fall like the... Read more >
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The Times Were a Changin'
The Sixties Reader
Written by Debi Unger and Irwin Unger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 21, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80337-0 (0-609-80337-9)

This is an anthology of the milestone speeches, manifestos, court decisions, and groundbreaking journalism of the Sixties. No other period in American history has been more liberating, more confusing, more unforgettable, and had a more direct impact on the way we navigated the profound changes that swept over the country in... Read more >
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Air Vagabonds
Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure
Written by Anthony J. Vallone


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-137-2 (1-58834-137-2)

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of... Read more >
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Point to Point Navigation
A Memoir
Written by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27501-1 (0-307-27501-9)

In a witty and elegant autobiography that takes up where his bestelling Palimpsest left off, the celebrated novelist, essayist, critic, and controversialist Gore Vidal reflects on his remarkable life.

Writing from his desks in Ravello and the Hollywood Hills, Vidal travels in memory through the arenas of literature, television, film, theatre, politics... 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 >
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The Richest Woman in America
Hetty Green in the Gilded Age
Written by Janet Wallach


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47457-5 (0-307-47457-7)

No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green, America’s first female tycoon. A strong woman who forged her own path, she was worth at least $100 million by the end of her life in 1916—equal to about $2.5 billion today.

Green was mocked for her simple... 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 >
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Legacy of Ashes
The History of the CIA
Written by Tim Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38900-8 (0-307-38900-6)

With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.

"Must reading... Read more >
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31 Days
Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis
Written by Barry Werth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7868-4 (1-4000-7868-7)

In 31 Days, acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford.

The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner... Read more >

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The March Up
Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines
Written by Bing West


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38269-3 (0-553-38269-1)

Winner, 2004 General Wallace M. Greene Award
an annual award given by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for the best nonfiction book on the Marine Corps

Winner, The 2004 Colby Award
from the William E. Colby Military Writers's Symposium which "recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction which has made a major contribution... Read more >
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Black Prophetic Fire

Written by Cornel West and Christa Buschendorf


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0352-7 (0-8070-0352-2)

In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. In dialogue with Buschendorf, West examines the impact of these... Read more >
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