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Democracy in America, Vol. 1

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72825-2 (0-679-72825-2)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country’s prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy—a study that embraces America’s history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Democracy in America, Vol. 2

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72826-9 (0-679-72826-0)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country's prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy--a study that embraces America's history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Blake
or; The Huts of America
Written by Martin R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6419-1 (0-8070-6419-X)

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American Massacre
The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
Written by Sally Denton


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72636-1 (0-375-72636-5)

In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked. Approximately 140 people were slaughtered; only 17 children under the age of eight were spared. This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate: Is it possible that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faith and Betrayal
A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West
Written by Sally Denton


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3473-4 (1-4000-3473-6)

In the 1850s, Jean Rio, a deeply spiritual widow, was moved by the promises of Mormon missionaries and set out from England for Utah. Traveling across the Atlantic by steamer, up the Mississippi by riverboat, and westward by wagon, Rio kept a detailed diary of her extraordinary journey.

In Faith and Betrayal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Joshua L. Chamberlain
The Life in Letters of a Great Leader of the American Civil War
Written by Thomas Desjardin and The National Civil War Museum


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-559-5 (1-84908-559-5)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has been a central character in two feature films (Gettysburg and Gods & Generals), a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (The Killer Angels), and an inspiration for Ken Burns’ production of the highly acclaimed PBS series The Civil War. Chamberlain won national fame at the Battle of Gettysburg for his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How Capitalism Saved America
The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 23, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8331-2 (1-4000-8331-1)

In How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, demonstrates how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth—and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader... Read more >
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The Real Lincoln
A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7615-2646-9 (0-7615-2646-3)

Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, author and professor of economics Thomas J. DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized—as the Founding Fathers intended—to a highly centralized... Read more >
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Lincoln Reconsidered
Essays on the Civil War Era
Written by David Herbert Donald


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72532-6 (0-375-72532-6)

David Herbert Donald, Lincoln biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has revised and updated his classic and influential book on Lincoln and the era he dominated.

When Lincoln Reconsidered was first published it ushered in the process of rethinking the Civil War that continues to this day. In the third edition... Read more >

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John Brown

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois
Edited by David R. Roediger


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78353-4 (0-679-78353-9)

A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century.

In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched... Read more >
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Haymarket
A Novel
Written by Martin Duberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-671-1 (1-58322-671-0)

On the night of May 4, 1886, during a peaceful demonstration of labor activists in Haymarket Square in Chicago, a dynamite bomb was thrown into the ranks of police trying to disperse the crowd. The officers immediately opened fire, killing a number of protestors and wounding some two hundred others.

Albert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Cattle Towns

Written by Robert Dykstra


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 10, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83085-2 (0-307-83085-3)

The mountain-top volleys from any scholarly set-to among social historians concerning the elusive roots of American democracy do reach our ears from time to time, and this rather formidable cannonade just may strike off some sparks, although it is hardly leisure reading. The author's efforts seem to have been spurred on... Read more >

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Representations of Slavery
Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums
Written by Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-096-2 (1-58834-096-1)

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African... Read more >

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Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen
A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times
Written by Rae Katherine Eighmey


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-455-7 (1-58834-455-X)

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen is a culinary biography unlike any before. The very assertion of the title—that Abraham Lincoln cooked—is fascinating and true. It’s an insight into the everyday life of one of our nation’s favorite and most esteemed presidents and a way to experience flavors and textures of the... Read more >
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Israel on the Appomattox
A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War
Written by Melvin Patrick Ely


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 16, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76872-2 (0-679-76872-6)

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE
WINNER OF THE ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE AWARD
WINNER OF THE WESLEY-LOGAN PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS and JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN PRIZES

Thomas Jefferson denied that whites and liberated blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African... Read more >
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The Lincolns
Portrait of a Marriage
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47800-9 (0-345-47800-2)

Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all... Read more >
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Complicity
How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
Written by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46783-6 (0-345-46783-3)

Slavery in the South has been documented in volumes ranging from exhaustive histories to bestselling novels. But the North’s profit from–indeed, dependence on–slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War
Written by Drew Gilpin Faust


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70383-6 (0-375-70383-7)

An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War
Written by Drew Gilpin Faust


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40404-7 (0-375-40404-X)

An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly
The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
Written by Jennifer Fleischner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0259-5 (0-7679-0259-9)

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly is a vibrant social history set against the backdrop of the Antebellum south and the Civil War that recreates the lives and friendship of two exceptional women: First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her mulatto dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckly.

Historian Jennifer Fleischner allows us to glimpse the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Native American Photography at the Smithsonian
The Shindler Catalogue
Written by Paula Fleming


Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-121-1 (1-58834-121-6)

This book of hauntingly beautiful Native American portraits reflects the tragic history of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Cherokee, and other groups whose leaders traveled to Washington in the mid-nineteenth-century to negotiate treaties with the US government. As compelling as the famous photographs of Indians by Edward S. Curtis, these unique images... Read more >

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Forever Free
The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction
Written by Eric Foner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70274-7 (0-375-70274-1)

From one of our most distinguished historians comes a groundbreaking new examination of the myths and realities of the period after the Civil War.

Drawing on a wide range of long-neglected documents, Eric Foner places a new emphasis on black experiences and roles during the era. We see African Americans as active... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Beleaguered City
The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863
Written by Shelby Foote


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-60170-8 (0-679-60170-8)

Foote has drawn from his epic account another of the Civil War's most dramatic episodes, the taking of the city of Vicksburg by the Union forces. Ulysses S. Grant fought a long campaign over tricky terrain to get to the heavily fortified city. All the while, he had to fend off... Read more >

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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman


Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75696-2 (0-375-75696-5)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

In... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Wolf of the Deep
Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama
Written by Stephen Fox


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9542-1 (1-4000-9542-5)

The electrifying story of Raphael Semmes and the CSS Alabama, the Confederate raider that destroyed Union ocean shipping and took more prizes than any other raider in naval history.

In July, 1862, Semmes received orders to take command of a secret new British-built steam warship, the Alabama. At its helm, he would... Read more >
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