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Soul on Ice

Written by Eldridge Cleaver


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33379-5 (0-385-33379-X)

Originally published in 1968, Soul on Ice shocked, outraged, and ultimately challenged the way America saw the Civil Rights movement and the Black experience. Today this book remains a testament to Eldridge Cleaver's intelligence, insightfulness, and place in American history. Written while the former Black Panther Minister of Information was in... Read more >

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My Life

Written by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 1056 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3003-3 (1-4000-3003-X)

President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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My Life

Written by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 1008 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 22, 2004
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41457-2 (0-375-41457-6)

President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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My Life: The Early Years

Written by Bill Clinton


Format: Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9671-8 (1-4000-9671-5)

President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous... Read more >

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The Vast Unknown
America's First Ascent of Everest
Written by Broughton Coburn


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88714-6 (0-307-88714-6)

By the author of the New York Times bestselling Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963 – published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary­ – combines riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of its dark and terrifying historical context, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Consumers' Republic
The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Written by Lizabeth Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70737-7 (0-375-70737-9)

The three decades after World War II are often heralded as a “Golden Era” of American affluence. But as Lizabeth Cohen makes clear, the pursuit of prosperity defined much more than the nation’s economy; it also became a basic component of American citizenship. Consumers were encouraged to buy not just for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eyewitness to America
500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen
Edited by David Colbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76724-4 (0-679-76724-X)

Three hundred eyewitnesses--some famous, some anonymous--give their personal accounts of the great moments that make up our past, from Columbus to cyberspace, and infuse them with a freshness and urgency no textbook can duplicate. David Colbert has brought together a multitude of voices to create a singularly rich American narrative.  Here are... Read more >

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Wrapped in the Flag
A Personal History of America's Radical Right
Written by Claire Conner


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7750-4 (0-8070-7750-X)

Long before the rise of the Tea Party movement and the prominence of today’s religious Right, the John Birch Society, first established in 1958, championed many of the same radical causes touted by ultraconservatives today, including campaigns against abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, labor unions, environmental protections, immigrant rights, social... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Cold War
A Military History
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Thomas Fleming and Victor Hanson
Edited by Robert Cowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6716-6 (0-8129-6716-X)

Even fifteen years after the end of the Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Korean War
A History
Written by Bruce Cumings


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7896-4 (0-8129-7896-X)

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored.

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Written by Dik Alan Daso
Foreword by Richard Overy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2001
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-949-3 (1-56098-949-1)

Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award

From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces–the largest, most powerful air armada that has ever been assembled–Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold fought World War II not in the field but in Congress, on... Read more >

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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Written by Mike Davis
Photographed by Robert Morrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 441 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 17, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-568-5 (1-84467-568-8)

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide-ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eye in the Sky
The Story of the CORONA Spy Satellites
Written by Dwayne Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-773-4 (1-56098-773-1)

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites’ origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence... Read more >

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The Greatest Game
The Montreal Canadiens, the Red Army, and the Night That Saved Hockey
Written by Todd Denault


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2635-5 (0-7710-2635-8)

This game wasn’t about money, points, or trophies. Instead it was played for pride, both personal and national. It was a confrontation twenty years in the making and it marked a turning point in the history of hockey.

On December 31, 1975, the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful franchise in the NHL... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Money and the Power
The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America
Written by Sally Denton and Roger Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70126-9 (0-375-70126-5)

Award-winning reporter Sally Denton bestselling presidential biographer Roger Morris here give us an eye-opening portrait of Las Vegas–a city that has become emblematic of America’s future.

Exposing the city’s surprising links to Mormon bankers, the CIA, and several presidents, they reveal a dangerous relationship between politics, business, and crime. And through this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How Capitalism Saved America
The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 23, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8331-2 (1-4000-8331-1)

In How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, demonstrates how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth—and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Minute to Midnight
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7891-2 (1-4000-7891-1)

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Six Months in 1945
FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45667-0 (0-307-45667-6)

When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler’s armies were on the run, and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace—but instead they set the stage for a forty-four year division of Europe into Soviet and Western spheres of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sing a Battle Song
The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiques of the Weather Underground 1970-1974
Edited by Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers and Jeff Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-726-8 (1-58322-726-1)

Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to “bring the war home.” The Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading... Read more >

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An American Insurrection
James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962
Written by William Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49970-5 (0-385-49970-1)

Winner of the 2002 ABA Silver Gavel Award

In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi — and launched a legal revolt against white supremacy in the most segregated state in America. Meredith’s challenge ultimately triggered what Time magazine called “the gravest conflict between... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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There Is Power in a Union
The Epic Story of Labor in America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38976-3 (0-307-38976-6)

From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience.

In this stirring new history, Philip Dray shows us the vital accomplishments of organized labor... Read more >

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Sento at Sixth and Main
Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
Written by Gail Dubrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-208-9 (1-58834-208-5)

Quietly elegant, yet issuing a clarion call for intervention, Sento at Sixth and Main rediscovers early Japanese American culture and presents an indisputable case for the preservation of ten key landmarks in California and Washington. The authors recreate the Japanese American experience, intertwining rich oral histories from community members with current... Read more >

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Younger Than That Now
A Shared Passage from the Sixties
Written by Jeff Durstewitz and Ruth Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-38048-4 (0-553-38048-6)

Younger Than That Now looks at the correspondence between two denizens of entirely different worlds. In 1969 Jeff Durstewitz, "ringleader" of a group of students from a Long Island, New York school newspaper, wrote an obnoxious letter to Ruth Tuttle, the editor of a school paper in small-town Mississippi— without the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Progress Paradox
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Written by Gregg Easterbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7303-7 (0-8129-7303-8)

In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--yet today, according to research and anecdotal evidence, most men and women feel less 'happy' than in previous... Read more >

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47437-7 (0-307-47437-2)

Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging, this is an indispensible look at American urban/suburban society and its future.

In The Great Inversion, Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanologists, reveals how the roles of America’s cities and suburbs are changing places—young adults and affluent retirees moving in, while immigrants and the less affluent are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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