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Storm over Iraq
Air Power and the Gulf War
Written by Richard Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-723-9 (1-56098-723-5)

An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, Storm Over Iraq shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought... Read more >

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The Mind of War
John Boyd and American Security
Written by Grant Hammond


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-178-5 (1-58834-178-X)

The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force’s premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Baseball
Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches
Written by Zack Hample


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47545-9 (0-307-47545-X)

The holy grail, the fountain of youth, the golden fleece, and the baseball: rarely do objects inspire such madness. The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.

Which Hall of Famer once caught a ball dropped from an airplane?
Why do balls... Read more >
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Monk Eastman
The Gangster Who Became a War Hero
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26655-2 (0-307-26655-9)

An intimate biography as well as an epic history, Monk Eastman vividly recounts the life and times of old New York’s most infamous gangster-cum-soldier as he made his way from the sooty streets and dingy saloons of the Lower East Side to the battlefields of the Western Front.

Born in 1873 to... Read more >
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An Autumn of War
What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3113-9 (1-4000-3113-3)

On September 11, 2001, hours after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the eminent military historian Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article in which he asserted that the United States, like it or not, was now at war and had the moral right to respond with force. An Autumn... Read more >
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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7273-3 (0-8129-7273-2)

In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in Between War and Peace, a collection of challenging new essays, he examines the world’s ongoing war on terrorism, from... Read more >
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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Snowden Files
The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
Written by Luke Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7352-0 (0-8041-7352-4)

It began with a tantalizing, anonymous email: “I Am A Senior Member Of The Intelligence Community.”
 
What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

DREAM OF DELIVERANCE

Written by Mona Harrington


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83151-4 (0-307-83151-5)

In this major work of historical and political analysis, Mona Harrington examines curcial missteps and uncertainties in the American statecraft from Woodrow Wilson’s time to Ronald Reagan’s, and traces them to a potent myth at the center of our political thinking. It is a myth peculiarly American, a long-held belief that... Read more >

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The Survivor
Bill Clinton in the White House
Written by John F. Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76084-6 (0-375-76084-9)

The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including... Read more >
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Building Suburbia
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Written by Dolores Hayden


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72721-4 (0-375-72721-3)

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions.

From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban... Read more >
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The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order
1964-1980
Written by Steven F. Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45369-3 (0-307-45369-3)

THE AGE OF REAGAN brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House. Based on scores of interviews and years of research, Steven F. Hayward takes us on an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive years the United States has had... Read more >
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A Look Over My Shoulder
A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency
Written by Richard Helms and William Hood
Foreword by Henry A. Kissinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7108-8 (0-8129-7108-6)

“Gripping . . . Helms’s account is fascinating, acute, and subtle. . . . There was no public servant I respected more. It was an honor to be Richard Helms’s colleague; it enhanced my life to be his friend.”
—from the Foreword by Henry A. Kissinger

A Look Over My Shoulder, by Richard... Read more >
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The Living and the Dead
Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 1997
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78117-2 (0-679-78117-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism

More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad... Read more >

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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981
Written by T. A. Heppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-285-0 (1-58834-285-9)

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through a decade of engineering setbacks and breakthroughs, program-management challenges, and political strategizing, culminating in the first launch in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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The Georgetown Set
Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington
Written by Gregg Herken


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27118-1 (0-307-27118-8)

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of... Read more >
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Hiroshima

Written by John Hersey


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 1989
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72103-1 (0-679-72103-7)

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity"... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Dead Hand
The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
Written by David Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38784-4 (0-307-38784-4)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that... Read more >

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Cheating Justice
How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
Written by Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0338-1 (0-8070-0338-7)

Holtzman and Cooper reveal how the Bush-Cheney administration broke the law–and why and how the people can bring them to justice.

Deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq, illegal wire-tapping, and torture are only a few of the ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law. Yet, they remain unindicted for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Cheating Justice
How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
Written by Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0321-3 (0-8070-0321-2)

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney deceived Congress and the people to drive us into a war in Iraq; they claimed the right to wiretap illegally and to eavesdrop on citizens; and they authorized torture, unilaterally upending laws and violating international treaty obligations. Yet, both Bush and Cheney are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Mob and the City
The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York
Written by C. Alexander Hortis
Foreword by James B. Jacobs


Format: Hardcover, 382 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-923-9 (1-61614-923-X)

Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s.  Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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On the Courthouse Lawn
Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Sherrilyn Ifill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0988-8 (0-8070-0988-1)

Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960. Over forty years later, Sherrilyn Ifill’s On the Courthouse Lawn examines the numerous ways that this racial trauma still resounds across the United States. While the lynchings and their immediate aftermath were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization... Read more >
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Crash Course
The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout-and Beyond
Written by Paul Ingrassia


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8075-2 (0-8129-8075-1)

With an updated Afterword by the author

This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Matt
Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
Written by Stephen Jimenez


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-214-1 (1-58642-214-6)

Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKin­ney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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