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Blindspot
A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Signing Their Rights Away

Written by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-520-1 (1-59474-520-X)

With their book Signing Their Lives Away, Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese introduced readers to the 56 statesmen (and occasional scoundrels!) who signed the Declaration of Independence. Now they’ve turned their attention to the 39 men who met in the summer of 1787 and put their names to the U.S. Constitution.

Signing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seizing Destiny
The Relentless Expansion of American Territory
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71298-2 (0-375-71298-4)

Less than 100 years after its creation as a fragile republic, the United States more than quadrupled its size, making it the world's third largest nation. No other country or sovereign power had ever grown so big so fast or become so rich and so powerful.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge
Written by Edward Kritzler


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1952-4 (0-7679-1952-1)

In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mr. Jefferson's Women

Written by Jon Kukla


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7857-8 (1-4000-7857-1)

From the acclaimed author of A Wilderness So Immense comes a pioneering study of Thomas Jefferson’s relationships with women, both personal and political.

The author of the Declaration of Independence, who wrote the words “all men are created equal,” was surprisingly uncomfortable with woman. In eight chapters, Kukla examines the evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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General George Washington
A Military Life
Written by Edward G. Lengel


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6950-4 (0-8129-6950-2)

“The most comprehensive and authoritative study of Washington’s military career ever written.”
–Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

Based largely on George Washington’s personal papers, this engrossing book paints a vivid, factual portrait of Washington the soldier. An expert in military history, Edward Lengel demonstrates that the “secret” to Washington’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Book of Ages
The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94883-0 (0-307-94883-8)

National Book Award Finalist
Time Magazine #1 Nonfiction Book of 2013
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of 2013

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Book of Ages
The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95834-1 (0-307-95834-5)

National Book Award Finalist

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Name of War
King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70262-4 (0-375-70262-8)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

Winner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

King Philip’s War, the excruciating racial war—colonists against Indians—that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Emancipator
Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter
Written by Andrew Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76104-1 (0-375-76104-7)

“[Andrew Levy] brings a literary sensibility to the study of history, and has written a richly complex book, one that transcends Carter’s story to consider larger questions of individual morality and national memory.”
–The New York Times Book Review

In 1791, Robert Carter III, a pillar of Virginia’s Colonial aristocracy, broke with his... Read more >
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The Constitutional Convention
A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison
Written by James Madison, Edward J. Larson and Michael P. Winship


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7517-8 (0-8129-7517-0)

In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed.

A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Scripture
Making the Declaration of Independence
Written by Pauline Maier


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77908-7 (0-679-77908-6)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Pauline Maier shows us the Declaration of Independence as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation.  It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be -- from the Declaration's birth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

Introduction by Pauline Maier


Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1998
Price: $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21482-6 (0-553-21482-9)

Here in one economical volume are the two fundamental and most important documents of United States history. The introduction is by Pauline Maier, author of American Scripture, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times and hailed as "the freshest, best-informed historian's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

From Resistance to Revolution

Written by Pauline Maier


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82806-4 (0-307-82806-9)

Maintaining that the outbreak of revolution in 1775 was not the result of secret planning by radicals but rather the end product of years of painful evolution, Pauline Maier brilliantly traces the American colonists’ road to independence from 1765 to 1776 and examines the role of popular violence as political allegiances... Read more >

The Old Revolutionaries

Written by Pauline Maier


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2013
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82811-8 (0-307-82811-5)

The "old revolutionaries" were Samuel Adams, Isaac Sears, Thomas Young, Richard Henry Lee and Charels Carroll, five men who played significant roles in the American Revolution, and who are usually overlooked in history books today. Of widely varying backgrounds and interests, all of them had thir gratest influence in the years... Read more >

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American Lion
Andrew Jackson in the White House
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 30, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7346-4 (0-8129-7346-1)

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the... Read more >

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American Lion
Andrew Jackson in the White House
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6325-3 (1-4000-6325-6)

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6766-4 (1-4000-6766-9)

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of... Read more >

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From The Heart
Voices of the American Indian
Written by Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 428 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76891-3 (0-679-76891-2)

Lee Miller retrieves the voices of Indian people over five centuries and weaves them into an alternate history of the continent, while introducing us to the grandeur and diversity of the 500 nations who held this land before the first European set foot on it. Here, collected in one volume, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Jefferson and the Gun-Men
How the West Was Almost Lost
Written by M.R. Montgomery


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80710-1 (0-609-80710-2)

Contrary to popular opinion, the opening of the American frontier was not a simple land purchase; it was actually a hardscrabble fight. Even as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their legendary journey to the Pacific Ocean, other forces were taking the measure of the land with far darker... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Founding Mothers & Fathers
Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society
Written by Mary Beth Norton


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 29, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74977-6 (0-679-74977-2)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

In this pioneering study of the ways in which the first settlers defined the power, prerogatives, and responsibilities of the sexes, one of our most incisive historians opens a window onto the world of Colonial America.  Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents, Norton examines the first half-century of English... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Devil's Snare
The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
Written by Mary Beth Norton


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70690-5 (0-375-70690-9)

Award-winning historian Mary Beth Norton reexamines the Salem witch trials in this startlingly original, meticulously researched, and utterly riveting study.

In 1692 the people of Massachusetts were living in fear, and not solely of satanic afflictions. Horrifyingly violent Indian attacks had all but emptied the northern frontier of settlers, and many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Habits of Empire
A History of American Expansionism
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7818-9 (1-4000-7818-0)

Since its founding, the United States' declared principles of liberty and democracy have often clashed with aggressive policies of imperial expansion. In this sweeping narrative history, acclaimed scholar Walter Nugent explores this fundamental American contradiction by recounting the story of American land acquisition since 1782 and shows how this steady addition... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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