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Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues
Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem
Written by Paul Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-927-7 (1-61614-927-2)

Dividing his profiles into three categories—villains, scoundrels, and rogues—author and former National Geographic editor Paul Martin serves up concise, colorful biographies of thirty of America’s most outrageous characters. Students will read the story of Ed Gein, Alfred Hitchcock’s hideous inspiration for Psycho, and marvel at the clever duplicity of the con... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dreadnought

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 15, 1992
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37556-8 (0-345-37556-4)

From the author of Peter the Great comes a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race and the bloodbath of World War I. With the biographer's rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

A Scattered People

Written by Gerald McFarland


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82821-7 (0-307-82821-2)

The movement of millions of ordinary people westward across the American continent was one of the great folk migrations of all time, stretching over two centuries and thousands of hard-traveled miles. Using a canvas as broad as the country itself, Gerald McFarland turns this journey into a resonant personal experience by... Read more >

The Time Of The Buffalo

Written by Tom McHugh


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82835-4 (0-307-82835-2)

According to the Blackfoot creation myth, the spirits first rolled moist earth in their hands and threw the magic symbol to the ground to make men and women. “Next they made earthen images of buffalo, blowing on them to bring them to life.” And it is the profound interrelationship of earth... Read more >

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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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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7948-0 (0-8129-7948-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6766-4 (1-4000-6766-9)

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of... Read more >

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When the World Calls
The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years
Written by Stanley Meisler


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5051-4 (0-8070-5051-2)

A complete and revealing history of the Peace Corps–in time for its fiftieth anniversary

When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. He deftly unpacks the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil
My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society
Written by Inga Muscio


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-520-3 (1-60980-520-8)

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If I Die in a Combat Zone
Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
Written by Tim O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 1, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0443-8 (0-7679-0443-5)

Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman’s rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88720-7 (0-307-88720-0)

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 trade paperback.

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Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour
Armistice Day, 1918 World War I and Its Violent Climax
Written by Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76045-7 (0-375-76045-8)

November 11, 1918. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M, yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered–more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the... Read more >

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"They Have Killed Papa Dead!"
The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance
Written by Anthony S. Pitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-162-5 (1-58642-162-X)

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a central drama of the American experience. Its impact is felt to this day, and the basic story is known to all. Anthony Pitch’s account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John... Read more >

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My American Journey

Written by Colin L. Powell and Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46641-9 (0-345-46641-1)

My American Journey is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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FDR's Folly
How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
Written by Jim Powell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5477-0 (1-4000-5477-X)

For generations, conventional wisdom has maintained that the Great Depression ruined America and the New Deal saved it. Praise has been heaped upon President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for masterfully reining in the Depression’s destructive effects and propping up the country on his New Deal platform. In fact, FDR has achieved mythical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Conviction of Richard Nixon
The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 27, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39490-3 (0-307-39490-5)

The Watergate scandal began with a break-in at the office of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1971, and ended when President Gerald Ford granted Richard M. Nixon a pardon on September 8, 1974, one month after Nixon resigned from office in disgrace. Effectively removed from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Wicked River
The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild
Written by Lee Sandlin


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37851-4 (0-307-37851-9)

From award-winning journalist Lee Sandlin comes a riveting look at one of the most colorful, dangerous, and peculiar places in America’s historical landscape: the strange, wonderful, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century.

Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River takes us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Struggle for a Vast Future
The American Civil War: A Selection of Essays
Written by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-213-4 (1-84603-213-X)

The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the... Read more >

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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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