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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Teaching with Voices of a People's History of the United States
by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Written by Gayle Olson-Raymer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-934-7 (1-58322-934-5)

Voices of a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove is a symphony of our nation’s original voices, an embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein our nation’s true spirit of defiance and resilience lies.

In this teaching guide, Gayle Olson-Raymer provides insight into... Read more >

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Common Sense

Written by Thomas Paine
Introduction by Diana Gabaldon


Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21465-9 (0-553-21465-9)

In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces spoke to the hearts and minds of those fighting for freedom. He was later outlawed in Britain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Common Sense
and Other Writings
Written by Thomas Paine
Edited by Gordon S. Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76011-2 (0-375-76011-3)

Includes the complete texts of Common Sense; Rights of Man, Part the Second; The Age of Reason (part one); Four Letters on Interesting Subjects, published anonymously and just discovered to be Paine’s work; and Letter to the Abbé Raynal, Paine’s first examination of world events; as well as selections from The... Read more >
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Patriot Pirates

Written by Robert H. Patton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39055-4 (0-307-39055-1)

In this lively narrative history, Robert H. Patton, grandson of the World War II battlefield legend, tells a sweeping tale of courage, capitalism, naval warfare, and international political intrigue set on the high seas during the American Revolution.

Patriot Pirates highlights the obscure but pivotal role played by colonial privateers in... Read more >
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Polk's Folly
An American Family History
Written by William R. Polk


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49151-8 (0-385-49151-4)

Growing up in Texas in the late 1930s, listening to his grandmother's memories of her childhood amidst the Civil War, Polk became fascinated by tales of his family's engagement in monumental moments of our nation's history. Beginning when Robert Pollok fled Ireland in the 1680s, Polk's saga includes an Indian trader... Read more >

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Love and Hate in Jamestown
John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation
Written by David A. Price


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3172-6 (1-4000-3172-9)

A gripping narrative of one of the great survival stories of American history: the opening of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Drawing on period letters and chronicles, and on the papers of the Virginia Company—which financed the settlement of Jamestown—David Price tells a tale of cowardice and... Read more >
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Epic Journeys of Freedom
Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty
Written by Cassandra Pybus


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5515-1 (0-8070-5515-8)

During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled from their masters to find freedom with the British. Having emancipated themselves--and with rhetoric about the inalienable rights of free men ringing in their ears--these men and women struggled tenaciously to make liberty a reality in their lives.

This alternative narrative includes the stories... Read more >
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Original Meanings
Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
Written by Jack N. Rakove


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78121-9 (0-679-78121-8)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and how can we understand the intentions of its framers?  From abortion to same-sex marriage to gun control, today's most heated legal and political debates hinge on these questions. Rakove traces the complex weave of ideology and interests from which the... Read more >
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Mr. President
How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive
Written by Ray Raphael


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74238-4 (0-307-74238-5)

The dramatic and penetrating story of the political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day.

For the first time, by focusing closely on the dynamic give-and-take at the Constitutional Convention, Ray Raphael reveals how politics and personalities cobbled together a... Read more >
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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71393-4 (0-375-71393-X)

John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41412-1 (0-375-41412-6)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Naval War of 1812

Written by Theodore Roosevelt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75419-7 (0-375-75419-9)

Published when Theodore Roosevelt was only twenty-three years old, The Naval War of 1812 was immediately hailed as a literary and scholarly triumph, and it is still considered the definitive book on the subject. It caused considerable controversy for its bold refutation of earlier accounts of the war, but its brilliant... Read more >
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Washington's Spies
The Story of America's First Spy Ring
Written by Alexander Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38329-4 (0-553-38329-9)

Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Colonial Encounters in a Native American Landscape
The Spanish and Dutch in North America
Written by Nan A. Rothschild


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-138-9 (1-58834-138-0)

A unique comparative study of colonial encounters between the Spanish in New Mexico and the Dutch in New York.

Nan A. Rothschild examines the process of colonialism in two separate areas of 17th-century North America seeking to answer several key questions: Where did each group live vis-à-vis the other? How entangled were... Read more >

Light-Horse Harry Lee

Written by Charles Royster


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82892-7 (0-307-82892-1)

In Light-Horse Harry Lee, Charles Royster tells the story of a man whose career embodies the visionary promises that inspired the American Revolution, as well as the inability of the revolutionary generation to put all its ideals into practice.

The man is Henry Lee—soldier (nicknamed “Light-Horse Harry Lee”), statesmen, landowner, historian... Read more >

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Rise to Rebellion
A Novel of the American Revolution
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42754-0 (0-345-42754-8)

Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Island at the Center of the World
The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7867-7 (1-4000-7867-9)

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000... Read more >
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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the Founders
Written by Denise Spellberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38839-1 (0-307-38839-5)

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the Founders
Written by Denise A. Spellberg


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26822-8 (0-307-26822-5)

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Simple Gifts
Lessons in Living from a Shaker Village
Written by June Sprigg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70432-1 (0-375-70432-9)

In Simple Gifts, June Sprigg tells the story of one of America’s last Shaker communities—Canterbury Shaker Village, in Canterbury, New Hampshire—during its twilight years, and of its seven remarkable “survivor” women, who were among the last representatives of our longest-lived and best-known communal utopian society. As a college student Sprigg spent... Read more >
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