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War Games
Inside the World of Twentieth-Century War Reenactors
Written by Jenny Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-280-5 (1-58834-280-8)

D-Day with beach umbrellas in the distance? Troops ordering ice cream? American and German forces celebrating Christmas together in the barracks? This could only be the curious world of 20th-century war reenactors. A relatively recent and rapidly expanding phenomenon, reenactments in the United States of World War I, World War II... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Journals of Captain John Smith
A Jamestown Biography
Written by John Thompson and Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0055-7 (1-4262-0055-2)

Drawing from Smith's own personal journals, this concise biography paints a rich and detailed portrait of one of America's most intriguing founding fathers. Historian John Thompson guides us through annotated selections of Smith's most important and compelling writings, adding authoritative perspective and commentary to round out the picture. The volume includes... Read more >

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At the Edge of Space
The X-15 Flight Program
Written by Milton O. Thompson
Foreword by Neil A. Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-078-8 (1-58834-078-3)

In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ghost Towns
Lost Cities of the Old West
Written by Clint Thomsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1085-8 (0-7478-1085-0)

Tombstone, Bodie, St. Elmo, Silver City. These are some of the enduring legends of the Old West- ghost towns and mining camps that dot America’s landscape and color the history of the country. Literally thousands of ghost towns are scattered throughout the West, with some states boasting hundreds of these abandoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Death of Innocence
The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
Written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7047-0 (0-8129-7047-0)

In Death of Innocence, Mamie Till-Mobley tells the tragic story of her son, Emmett Till -- an innocent, fourteen-year-old African-American boy who was murdered -- and of her subsequent actions which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on American racial consciousness.

Mamie Carthan was an ordinary... Read more >
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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-30823-8 (0-345-30823-9)

In March of Folly Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman explores a phenomenon she calls "folly in government...the pursuit of policy contrary to the governing body's interest." Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma's senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Tuchman defines folly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Satchel
The Life and Times of an American Legend
Written by Larry Tye


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7797-4 (0-8129-7797-1)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Air Vagabonds
Oceans, Airmen, and a Quest for Adventure
Written by Anthony J. Vallone


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-137-2 (1-58834-137-2)

Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of... Read more >
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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76539-4 (0-679-76539-5)

The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for The Civil War and Baseball.

Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music—jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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The Class of 1846
From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Br others
Written by John Waugh


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43403-6 (0-345-43403-X)

No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in... Read more >
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Indian Givers
How Native Americans Transformed the World
Written by Jack Weatherford


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71715-3 (0-307-71715-1)

After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and an eBook.

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Enemies
A History of the FBI
Written by Tim Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7923-7 (0-8129-7923-0)

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Praise for Enemies:
“Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes... Read more >

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The March Up
Taking Baghdad with the United States Marines
Written by Bing West


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38269-3 (0-553-38269-1)

Winner, 2004 General Wallace M. Greene Award
an annual award given by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for the best nonfiction book on the Marine Corps

Winner, The 2004 Colby Award
from the William E. Colby Military Writers's Symposium which "recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction which has made a major contribution... Read more >
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Domesticating History
The Political Origins of America's House Museums
Written by Patricia West


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1999
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-836-6 (1-56098-836-3)

Celebrating the lives of famous men and women, historic house museums showcase restored rooms and period furnishings, and portray in detail their former occupants’ daily lives. But behind the gilded molding and curtain brocade lie the largely unknown, politically charged stories of how the homes were first established as museums. Focusing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Odd Clauses
Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
Written by Jay Wexler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0089-2 (0-8070-0089-2)

An innovative, insightful, often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh perspective on the document’s relevance today

For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution’s more obscure passages never make it to any court and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms, which teach from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Odd Clauses
Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
Written by Jay Wexler


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0090-8 (0-8070-0090-6)

An innovative, insightful, and often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh approach to understanding our democracy.

In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive background in constitutional law to shine a much-deserved light on some of the Constitution’s lesser-known parts. For a variety of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A. Lincoln
A Biography
Written by Ronald C. White, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7570-3 (0-8129-7570-7)

Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Parecomic
Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson
Introduction by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-456-5 (1-60980-456-2)

Parecomic is a graphic novel about the system we live in–what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better. The recent upsurge in popular protest around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of capitalism and desire an alternative that will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What They Didn't Teach You About the American Revolution

Written by Mike Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 4, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-746-0 (0-89141-746-X)

The author of the acclaimed What They Didn't Teach You Series looks at the American Revolution, providing an in-depth analysis of the such personalities as Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold, as well as little-known facts about this defining moment in history.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
Prelude to Independence: Revolution, Dogma... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dear Mr. President
Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives
Edited by Dwight Young
Introduction by Brian Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0020-5 (1-4262-0020-X)

"The letters provide a nostalgic timeline of American history told through the words and feelings of Americans, from regular folks to kings." —Star Gazette, Elmira, NY, Dec. '05

"There are more than 80 letters, reflecting both our history and our very American sense that when we speak, our president should listen."... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Battle of the Bulge

Written by Steven Zaloga


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-165-8 (1-84908-165-4)

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West and the largest and the most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II. Fought during the bitter winter of 1944-45, and resulting in over 100,000 German casualties and over 80,000 American casualties, it... Read more >

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Artists in Times of War

Written by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-602-5 (1-58322-602-8)

“Political power,” says Howard Zinn, “is controlled by the corporate elite, and the arts are the locale for a kind of guerilla warfare in the sense that guerillas look for apertures and opportunities where they can have an effect.” In Artists in Times of War, Zinn looks at the possibilities to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Howard Zinn on History

Written by Howard Zinn
Introduction by Staughton Lynd


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-132-8 (1-60980-132-6)

This second edition of Howard Zinn on History brings together twenty-seven short writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War, and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed, and Jack London, effectively showing how Zinn’s approach to history evolved over nearly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Howard Zinn on War

Written by Howard Zinn
Introduction by Marilyn B. Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-133-5 (1-60980-133-4)

This second edition of Howard Zinn on War is a collection of twenty-six short writings chosen by the author to represent his thinking on a subject that concerned and fascinated him throughout his career. He reflects on the wars against Iraq, the war in Kosovo, the Vietnam War, World War II... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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La Otra Historia de los Estados Unidos

Written by Howard Zinn
Translated by Toni Strubel


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 13, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-351-3 (1-60980-351-5)

Howard Zinn’s books have inspired students and activists of all ages, affirming the power of ordinary people to influence the course of history. In La Otra Historia of Los Estados Unidos, the definitive Spanish-language edition of Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States, Zinn takes on the standard narrative... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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