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Presidential Campaign Posters
Two Hundred Years of Election Art
Written by The Library Of Congress


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-59474-554-6 (1-59474-554-4)

Here are 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history. The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“He’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”), and many, many more. The posters are backed with colorful... Read more >

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America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920

Written by Ellen M. Litwicki


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-061-0 (1-58834-061-9)

From the revered Memorial Day to the forgotten Lasties Day, America’s Public Holidays is a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the civic culture of America has been fashioned. By analyzing how holidays became a forum for expressing patriotism, how public tradition has been invented, and how the definition of America... Read more >

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History from Things
Essays on Material Culture
Written by Stephen Lubar and David W. Kingery


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-613-3 (1-56098-613-1)

History from Things explores the many ways objects–defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery–can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to “read” artifacts, how to “listen to” landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dangerous Games
The Uses and Abuses of History
Written by Margaret MacMillan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7996-1 (0-8129-7996-6)

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused... 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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Why Are We at War?

Written by Norman Mailer


Format: Trade Paperback, 126 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7111-8 (0-8129-7111-6)

“Because democracy is noble, it is always endangered. Nobility, indeed, is always in danger. Democracy is perishable. I think the natural government for most people, given the uglier depths of human nature, is fascism. Fascism is more of a natural state than democracy. To assume blithely that we can export democracy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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1491
Una nueva historia de la Americas antes de Colon
Written by Charles C. Mann
Translated by Martin Martinez-Lage


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Siete Cuentos
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-515-9 (1-60980-515-1)

NOW IN A SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITION

Traditionally, we are taught that the first inhabitants of America entered the continent through the Bering Strait twelve thousand years before the arrival of Columbus. It was assumed that they were small and nomadic bands, and living without altering the earth. But during the last thirty... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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1493
Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27824-1 (0-307-27824-7)

A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China... Read more >

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1493
Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $30.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26572-2 (0-307-26572-2)

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally... Read more >

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1317-5 (0-8070-1317-X)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1315-1 (0-8070-1315-3)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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American Gospel
God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7666-3 (0-8129-7666-5)

The American Gospel–literally, the good news about America–is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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God and Gold
Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World
Written by Walter Russell Mead


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71373-6 (0-375-71373-5)

A stunningly insightful account of the global political and economic system, sustained first by Britain and now by America, that has created the modern world.

The key to the two countries' predominance, Mead argues, lies in the individualistic ideology inherent in the Anglo-American religion. Over the years Britain and America's liberal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Texas
A Novel
Written by James A. Michener
Introduction by Steve Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 1472 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76141-6 (0-375-76141-1)

In this magnificent historical novel, James A. Michener masterfully combines fact and fiction to present America’s richest, most expansive and diversified state. Spanning four and a half centuries, this monumental saga charts the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors, to its modern-day American... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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On Liberty and Utilitarianism

Written by John Stuart Mill


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1993
Price: $6.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21414-7 (0-553-21414-4)

Together, these two essays mark the philosophic cornerstone of democratic morality and represent a thought-provoking search for the true balance between the rights of the individual and the power of the state. Thoroughly schooled in the principles of the utilitarian movement founded by Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill nevertheless brings his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic Almanac of American History

Written by James Miller and John Thompson
Introduction by Hugh Ambrose


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: December 6, 2005
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-8368-3 (0-7922-8368-6)

Featuring stunning images, revealing maps, historic facts, and concise analysis, the National Geographic Almanac of American History is carefully balanced to provide readers with a deeper comprehension of United States history.

The Almanac is unparalleled in its reader-friendly format: the book's four major sections are enhanced by a thorough table of contents... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The President and the Assassin
McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
Written by Scott Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7928-2 (0-8129-7928-1)

In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s confidence. The shocking murder of President William McKinley threw into stark relief the emerging new world order of what would come to be known as the American Century. The President and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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School
The Story of American Public Education
Edited by Sarah Mondale


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4221-2 (0-8070-4221-8)

Esteemed historians of education David Tyack, Carl Kaestle, Diane Ravitch, James Anderson, and Larry Cuban journey through history and across the nation to recapture the idealism of our education pioneers, Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann. We learn how, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, massive immigration, child labor laws... Read more >

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Reds
McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America
Written by Ted Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7302-0 (0-8129-7302-X)

In Reds, Ted Morgan argues that the recurring McCarthyite figure—existing long before McCarthy and long after—is really a byproduct of American anti-Communism, which became a fixed principle after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. He traces the development of this phenomenon, and clearly demonstrates how every president since Woodrow Wilson has defined himself... Read more >

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American History Revised
200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks
Written by Seymour Morris, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-58760-2 (0-307-58760-6)

American History Revised is as informative as it is entertaining and humorous. Filled with irony, surprises, and long-hidden secrets, the book does more than revise American history, it reinvents it.” —James Bamford,
bestselling author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, and The Shadow Factory


This spirited reexamination of American history delves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dak To
America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands
Written by Edward Murphy


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 31, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-910-5 (0-89141-910-1)

From their very first engagement with the North Vietnamese Army, when a whole company of paratroopers was nearly wiped out, to the savage, climactic battle for Hill 875, here is a riveting, hard-hitting account of how the Sky Soldiers plunged into some of Southeast Asia's most forbidding terrain, against a professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Market Sentiments
Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Elizabeth White Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-290-4 (1-58834-290-5)

In this brilliant study, Elizabeth White Nelson challenges a central tenet of 19th-century American history: namely, that men and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this theory on its head, arguing that the market... Read more >

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A Disability History of the United States

Written by Kim E. Nielsen


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2202-3 (0-8070-2202-0)

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Battle for Christmas

Written by Stephen Nissenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74038-4 (0-679-74038-4)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Anyone who laments the excesses of Christmas might consider the Puritans of colonial Massachusetts: they simply outlawed the holiday. The Puritans had their reasons, since Christmas was once an occasion for drunkenness and riot, when poor "wassailers" extorted food and drink from the well-to-do. In this intriguing and innovative... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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