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

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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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Bob Dylan in America

Written by Sean Wilentz


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3179-3 (0-7679-3179-3)

Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.

Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the... Read more >

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Flying Close to the Sun
My Life and Times as a Weatherman
Written by Cathy Wilkerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 17, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-925-5 (1-58322-925-6)

Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously escaped the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, here wrestles with the legacy of the movement... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Written by Isabel Wilkerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76388-8 (0-679-76388-0)

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism
Winner of the Stephen E. Ambrose Oral...
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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39098-1 (0-307-39098-5)

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger, and his life and his accomplishments.

Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Spy
The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
Written by David Wise


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75894-2 (0-375-75894-1)

Spy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty-two years in what has been called the “worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history”–and how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S. intelligence.

David Wise, the... Read more >
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Close to the Knives
A Memoir of Disintegration
Written by David Wojnarowicz


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73227-3 (0-679-73227-6)

By the controversial artist and writer, this work is a powerful, iconoclastic, and intimate memoir of what it is like to be gay and have AIDS in America.  In this provocative work, Wojnarowicz challenges the fearful and reactionary responses of society to AIDS patients and to homosexuality in general, assailing all forms... Read more >

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Call Sign Rustic
The Secret Air War over Cambodia, 1970-1973
Written by Richard Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-284-3 (1-58834-284-0)

President Richard Nixon could not keep American ground troops in Cambodia beyond June 1970 without authorization from Congress, which was not forthcoming. Not wanting to desert the anti-communist Lon Nol regime, he ordered top-secret, round-the-clock air support over Cambodia, and the Rustics were born.

Author Richard Wood flew as one of the... Read more >
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Falling to Earth
An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
Written by Al Worden and Francis French
Epilogue by Tom Stafford
Foreword by Dick Gordon


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-309-3 (1-58834-309-X)

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During... Read more >
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The Looming Tower
Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3084-2 (1-4000-3084-6)

A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from... Read more >
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The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41486-2 (0-375-41486-X)

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
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The Hidden History of 9/11

Edited by Paul Zarembka


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-825-8 (1-58322-825-X)

How much insider trading occurred in the days leading up to 9-11? How compromised is the evidence against alleged hijackers? Why were there no military interceptions? To what extent does the testimony of more than five hundred firefighters differ from official reports of what happened at the World Trade Center buildings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Troublemaker
A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Sixties
Written by Bill Zimmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73950-6 (0-307-73950-3)

In this spellbinding memoir, Bill Zimmerman relates his many adventures in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the sixties and offers invaluable lessons on the art of effective protest for today’s activists.

In Troublemaker, Zimmerman vividly describes registering black voters in Mississippi, marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., organizing for... Read more >
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Howard Zinn on History

Written by Howard Zinn
Introduction by Staughton Lynd


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-132-8 (1-60980-132-6)

This second edition of Howard Zinn on History brings together twenty-seven short writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War, and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed, and Jack London, effectively showing how Zinn’s approach to history evolved over nearly... 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 >
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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 >
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