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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Eisenhower in War and Peace

Written by Jean Edward Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8288-6 (0-8129-8288-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Magisterial.”—The New York Times

In this extraordinary volume, Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. Here is Eisenhower... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Smithsonian Civil War
Inside the National Collection
Written by Smithsonian Institution
Edited by Neil Kagan
Photographed by Hugh Talman
Foreword by Jon Meacham
Introduction by Michelle Delaney


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-389-5 (1-58834-389-8)

Heavily illustrated and presented in a large format, Smithsonian Civil War contains 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war and takes... Read more >
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The Philosophical Breakfast Club
Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World
Written by Laura J. Snyder


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3049-9 (0-7679-3049-5)

The Philosophical Breakfast Club recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones. Recognizing that they shared a love of science (as well as good food and drink) they began to meet on Sunday mornings to... Read more >
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In the Ruins of Empire
The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia
Written by Ronald Spector


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6732-6 (0-8129-6732-1)

Now in Paperback

With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, acclaimed historian Ronald Spector tells for the first time the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out–or merely continued–in Asia after peace was proclaimed at the... Read more >
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Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley

Written by Ephraim Squier


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1998
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-898-4 (1-56098-898-3)

Originally published in 1848 as the first major work in the nascent discipline as well as the first publication of the newly established Smithsonian Institution, Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley remains today not only a key document in the history of American archaeology but also the primary source of information... Read more >

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The Feminist Promise
1792 to the Present
Written by Christine Stansell


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7202-3 (0-8129-7202-3)

In this definitive volume, respected historian Christine Stansell tells the story of one of the great democratic movements of our times. She paints richly detailed portraits of well-known leaders—Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan—but others, too, appear in a new light, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Toni Morrison. Accounting for... Read more >
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The Souvenir
A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 18, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-701-4 (1-55643-701-3)

Selected by Penn State for its Freshman Year Reading Program

Louise Steinman’s American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents’ death. In it... Read more >
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Defiant Brides
The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married
Written by Nancy Rubin Stuart


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3326-5 (0-8070-3326-X)

The story of two Revolutionary—era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed

When Peggy Shippen, the celebrated blonde belle of Philadelphia, married American military hero Benedict Arnold in 1779, she anticipated a life of fame and fortune, but financial debts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Born on a Mountaintop
On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier
Written by Bob Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72090-0 (0-307-72090-X)

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Born on a Mountaintop
On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier
Written by Bob Thompson


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72089-4 (0-307-72089-6)

Pioneer. Congressman. Martyr of the Alamo. King of the Wild Frontier. As with all great legends, Davy Crockett's has been retold many times. Over the years, he has been repeatedly reinvented by historians and popular storytellers. In fact, one could argue that there are three distinct Crocketts: the real David as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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The Devil's Playground
A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square
Written by James Traub


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 21, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75978-9 (0-375-75978-6)

As Times Square turns 100, New York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world. The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history, from the first years of the twentieth century through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Salute
A View of the American Revolution
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 6, 1989
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-33667-5 (0-345-33667-4)

Tuchman analyzes the American Revolution in a brilliantly original way, placing the war in the historical context of the centuries-long conflicts between England and both France and Holland, demonstrating how the aid of both of these nations made the triumph of American independence possible. She sheds light on the key role... Read more >
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The Guns of August
The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38623-6 (0-345-38623-X)

With the book that won the Pulitzer Prize, historian Barbara Tuchman lucidly examines the critical moves of August, 1914 and the events that led up to World War I. With keen attention to detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Tuchman reveals how the war started, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Practicing History
Selected Essays
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 12, 1982
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-30363-9 (0-345-30363-6)

From thoughtful pieces on a historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present, including trenchant observations on the international scene, Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees.

"Persuades and enthralls...I can think of no better primer for the [student] who wishes... 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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A History of Knowledge
Past, Present, and Future
Written by Charles Van Doren


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 17, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37316-8 (0-345-37316-2)

Here is a compendium of everything that humankind has thought, invented, created, considered, and perfected from the beginnings of civilization into the 21st century. Massive in its scope and yet totally accessible, A History of Knowledge covers not only all the great theories and discoveries of the human race, but also... Read more >

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Founding Faith
How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty
Written by Steven Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7474-4 (0-8129-7474-3)

The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state. Neither of these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America Reborn
A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives
Written by Martin Walker


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70364-5 (0-375-70364-0)

The people Martin Walker has chosen to portray are presidents, industrialists, artists, thinkers, entertainers, soldiers, spies, criminals, and evangelists, among others. These are individuals who provide the framework for a discussion of the nation as a whole in a century when it was reinventing itself.

Walker explores America's ambition, idealism, triumph and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44551-7 (0-679-44551-X)

Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.  Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music.

Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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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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Native Roots
How the Indians Enriched America
Written by Jack Weatherford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 15, 1992
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-90713-9 (0-449-90713-9)

In Native Roots, Jack Weatherford focuses on the vital role that Indian civilizations have played in the making of the United States. Conventional American history holds that the white settlers of the New World re-created the societies they had known in England, France, and Spain. As Weatherford shows, Europeans in fact... Read more >
Also available as 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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