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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8432-3 (0-8129-8432-3)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9392-9 (0-8129-9392-6)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Senator Mansfield
The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat
Written by Don Oberdorfer


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-166-2 (1-58834-166-6)

A biography of one of the most powerful and dignified men ever to come to DC–Senator Mike Mansfield.

Mike Mansfield’s career as the longest serving majority leader is finally given its due in this extraordinary biography. In many respects, Mansfield’s dignity and decorum represent the high-water mark of the US Senate: he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Those Angry Days
Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Written by Lynne Olson


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8214-5 (0-8129-8214-2)

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Those Angry Days
Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Written by Lynne Olson


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6974-3 (1-4000-6974-2)

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Written by Mary Panzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-143-3 (1-58834-143-7)

Modern memory of the Civil War owes much to the lens of Mathew Brady, one of the most famous and paradoxical figures in American photography. During a career that spanned the 1840s to the 1890s, Mathew Brady consciously set out to capture the pivotal moments of the second half of the... Read more >

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Resistance
A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side
Edited by Clayton Patterson
Foreword by Jeff Ferrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-745-9 (1-58322-745-8)

This collection of writings and images documents the political history of NYC’s Lower East Side, describing the lives and struggles of the radicals, artists, and immigrants that populated and politicized one of America’s strangest and most beloved neighborhoods.

Current and former residents of the neighborhood explore the social, political, and human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lincoln in the World
The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power
Written by Kevin Peraino


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88721-4 (0-307-88721-9)

A revealing look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. The narrative focuses tightly on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Wealth and Democracy
A Political History of the American Rich
Written by Kevin Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0534-3 (0-7679-0534-2)

One of BusinessWeek's Top 10 Business Books of 2002

From one of America’s most prominent economic commentators and The New York Times bestselling author of The Politics of Rich and Poor, this timely mixture of history and forecast provides a well-documented warning that the coupling of financial wealth and political power may... Read more >
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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... 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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The Military Error
Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice
Written by Thomas Powers


Format: Trade Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-299-5 (1-59017-299-X)

Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? What were the real motives, the overarching policy decisions that drove events from September 11 until the war began?

To a large extent, we still don’t know. But by now we do know in some detail, as Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected... Read more >

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith
Religion in American War and Diplomacy
Written by Andrew Preston


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7858-5 (1-4000-7858-X)

Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Finalist for the Cundhill Prize in History



A richly detailed, profoundly engrossing story of how religion has influenced American foreign relations, told through the stories of the men and women—from presidents to preachers—who have plotted the country’s course in the world.

Ever since John Winthrop... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Boston Italians
A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day
Written by Steve Puleo


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2008
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5037-8 (0-8070-5037-7)

In this lively and engaging history, Stephen Puleo tells the story of the Boston Italians from their earliest years, when a largely illiterate and impoverished people in a strange land recreated the bonds of village and region in the cramped quarters of the North End. Focusing on this first and crucial... Read more >
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A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Written by Jedediah Purdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9584-1 (1-4000-9584-0)

In A Tolerable Anarchy, Jedediah Purdy traces the history of the American understanding of freedom, an ideal that has inspired the country’s best—and worst—moments, from independence and emancipation to war and economic uncertainty. Working from portraits of famous American lives, like Frederick Douglas and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Purdy asks crucial questions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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Outlaws of the Atlantic
Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Written by Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 7, 2015
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3410-1 (0-8070-3410-X)

In Outlaws of the Atlantic, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker turns maritime history upside down. He explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of admirals, merchants, and nation-states but from the viewpoint of commoners—sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and other outlaws from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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At the Abyss
An Insider's History of the Cold War
Written by Thomas Reed


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-837-5 (0-89141-837-7)

“The Cold War . . . was a fight to the death,” notes Thomas C. Reed, “fought with bayonets, napalm, and high-tech weaponry of every sort—save one. It was not fought with nuclear weapons.” With global powers now engaged in cataclysmic encounters, there is no more important time for this essential... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Supreme Court

Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70861-9 (0-375-70861-8)

The Supreme Court begins with the personal story of William Rehnquist's introduction to the Court as a law clerk to Justice Robert Jackson in 1952. From there it describes the Court's early evolution and function in our small, young democracy. Finally, it explains how the Court operates today.

Using biographical sketches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seizing Freedom
Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All
Written by David Roediger


Format: Hardcover, 238 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-609-6 (1-78168-609-2)

How did America recover after its years of civil war? How did freed men and women, former slaves, respond to their newly won freedom? David Roediger’s radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >

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Magnificent Failure
Free Fall from the Edge of Space
Written by Craig Ryan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-141-9 (1-58834-141-0)

Locked in a desperate Cold War race against the Soviets to find out if humans could survive in space and live through a free fall from space vehicles, the Pentagon gave civilian adventurer Nick Piantanida’s Project Strato-Jump little notice until May Day, 1966. Operating in the shadows of well-funded, high-visibility Air... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fair America
World's Fairs in the United States
Written by Robert W. Rydell, John E. Findling and Kimberly Pelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-384-2 (1-56098-384-1)

Since their inception with New York’s Crystal Palace Exhibition in the mid-nineteenth century, world’s fairs have introduced Americans to “exotic” pleasures such as belly dancing and the Ferris Wheel; pathbreaking technologies such as telephones and X rays; and futuristic architectural, landscaping, and transportation schemes. Billed by their promoters as “encyclopedias of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Storm Kings
America's First Tornado Chasers
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47358-5 (0-307-47358-9)

With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations

In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Storm Kings
The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37852-1 (0-307-37852-7)

From the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology.

While tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfect conditions for their creation. For... Read more >
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