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The Victory Lab
The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
Written by Sasha Issenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95480-0 (0-307-95480-3)

A lively and fascinating look at how a handful of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping how political campaigns are won and lost

Renegade thinkers crash the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order. We’ve seen it... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Marketplace of the Marvelous
The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine
Written by Erika Janik


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2208-5 (0-8070-2208-X)

Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods such as induced vomiting and bleeding, blistering, and sweating patients. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices promising new ways to cure their ills: Hydropaths promised cures using “healing tubs.” Franz... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Bloody Falls of the Coppermine
Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7537-6 (0-8129-7537-5)

In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach a group of Eskimos and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, one of the Arctic’s most tragic stories became one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blindspot
A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The United States of Arugula
The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution
Written by David Kamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1580-9 (0-7679-1580-1)

“With the sweep of an epic novel, David Kamp takes us behind the scenes and into the sweaty, wacky, weird trenches of the Great American Food Revolution. His reporting is solid, his storytelling magnificent, and his good humor is seemingly inexhaustible . . . . a terrific book.” —Molly O’Neill
“Culturally aware... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Our Image
America's Empire in the Philippines
Written by Stanley Karnow


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 3, 1990
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-32816-8 (0-345-32816-7)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Author Stanley Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize for this account of America’s experience in the Philippines. Karnow focuses on the relationship that has existed between the two nations since the U.S. acquired the country from Spain in 1898, examining how we have sought to remake the Philippines... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Brutus
John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies
Written by Michael W. Kauffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75974-1 (0-375-75974-3)

It is a tale as familiar as our history primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, escaped on foot, and eluded capture for twelve days until he met his fiery end in a Virginia tobacco barn. In the national hysteria that followed, eight others were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88799-3 (0-307-88799-5)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >

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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3324-1 (0-8070-3324-3)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Skies Belong to Us
Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
Written by Brendan I. Koerner


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88610-1 (0-307-88610-7)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

In this compelling blend of true crime and history, Brendan I. Koerner tells the forgotten story of the hijacking "epidemic" in the United States during the late 1960s to mid-1970s. Covering dozens of hijackings during this period, the author focuses on one particular case... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

Written by George Koskimaki


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-892-4 (0-89141-892-X)

“A TRULY AMAZING COMPENDIUM.”
–Gerald J. Higgins, major general, U.S. Army (ret.), from the Foreword

In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed... Read more >

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1968
The Year That Rocked the World
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45582-6 (0-345-45582-7)

In 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. 1968 is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fatal Voyage
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis
Written by Dan Kurzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0678-4 (0-7679-0678-0)

Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Bound for the Promised Land
Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
Written by Kate Clifford Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45628-1 (0-345-45628-9)

Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Helmet for My Pillow
From Parris Island to the Pacific
Written by Robert Leckie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-59331-0 (0-553-59331-5)

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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General George Washington
A Military Life
Written by Edward G. Lengel


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6950-4 (0-8129-6950-2)

“The most comprehensive and authoritative study of Washington’s military career ever written.”
–Joseph J. Ellis, author of His Excellency: George Washington

Based largely on George Washington’s personal papers, this engrossing book paints a vivid, factual portrait of Washington the soldier. An expert in military history, Edward Lengel demonstrates that the “secret” to Washington’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New York Burning
Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3226-6 (1-4000-3226-1)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner


Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The First Emancipator
Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter
Written by Andrew Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76104-1 (0-375-76104-7)

“[Andrew Levy] brings a literary sensibility to the study of history, and has written a richly complex book, one that transcends Carter’s story to consider larger questions of individual morality and national memory.”
–The New York Times Book Review

In 1791, Robert Carter III, a pillar of Virginia’s Colonial aristocracy, broke with his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Vertigo
Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
Written by Bernard-Henri Levy
Translated by Charlotte Mandell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7471-3 (0-8129-7471-9)

What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? To answer these questions, celebrated philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy spent a year traveling throughout the country in the footsteps of another great Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America remains the most influential book ever... 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.

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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

Introduction by Pauline Maier


Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1998
Price: $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21482-6 (0-553-21482-9)

Here in one economical volume are the two fundamental and most important documents of United States history. The introduction is by Pauline Maier, author of American Scripture, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times and hailed as "the freshest, best-informed historian's... 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 >

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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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Pacific War
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
Written by Daniel Marston


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-382-9 (1-84908-382-7)

Twelve world-renowned military historians provide a fresh re-evaluation of the events, troops, strategies, and tactics of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Despite unforgiving conditions and brutal jungle fighting that drained resources and morale, the American advance across the ocean towards the Japanese homelands drove the evolution of ever more... Read more >
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