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Engines of Change
The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860
Written by Brooke Hindle and Stephen Lubar


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1986
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-539-9 (0-87474-539-X)

Engines of Change is based on a Smithsonian Institution exhibit of the same title. The principal theme is the importance of technological transfer. It ventures beyond discussion of machines and tools to consider the effects of geographical dimension, natural resources, business practices, the role of women, ethnic diversity, and education. In... Read more >

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Great Issues in American History, Vol. III
From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981
Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1982
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70842-3 (0-394-70842-3)

This third volume is now updated and revised to include another decade of American History, from 1970-1981, added by the late author's wife, Beatrice K. Hofstadter. This collection of significant documents in American history now goes from Lincoln's Proclamation on the Wade-Davis Bill on July 8, 1864, to Reagan's Address on... Read more >
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I Wish I'd Been There
Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events That Changed America
Written by Byron Hollinshead


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9654-1 (1-4000-9654-5)

I Wish I’d Been There brings together twenty of our most distinguished historians’ responses to the question “What scene or incident in American history would you most liked to have witnessed—and why?” The answers illuminate crucial moments in our past and give readers a front-row seat at some of American history’s... Read more >
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Nathan Bedford Forrest
A Biography
Written by Jack Hurst


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74830-4 (0-679-74830-X)

With justice both to Forrest's unsavory peacetime ventures--his prewar rise to wealth as a Memphis slave trader, and his involvement after the war with the nascent Ku Klux Klan--to his undeniable accomplishments as a military strategist, Hurst offers the definitive biography of one of the Civil War's most brilliant generals. Read more >
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Eyewitness to the Civil War

Written by Steve Hyslop


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-6206-0 (0-7922-6206-9)

At once an informed overview for general-interest readers and a superb resource for serious buffs, this extraordinary, gloriously illustrated volume is sure to become one of the fundamental books in any Civil War library. Its features include a dramatic narrative packed with eyewitness accounts and hundreds of rare photographs, artifacts, and... Read more >

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On the Courthouse Lawn
Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Sherrilyn Ifill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0988-8 (0-8070-0988-1)

Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960. Over forty years later, Sherrilyn Ifill’s On the Courthouse Lawn examines the numerous ways that this racial trauma still resounds across the United States. While the lynchings and their immediate aftermath were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization... Read more >
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The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Written by Thomas Jefferson
Contribution by Janice Stagnitto Ellis
Introduction by Harry Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-312-3 (1-58834-312-X)

The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was Thomas Jefferson’s effort to extract what he considered the pertinent doctrine of Jesus by removing sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added... Read more >

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The State of Jones
The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy
Written by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2946-2 (0-7679-2946-2)

In 1863, after surviving the devastating Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. For two years he and other residents of Jones County engaged in an insurrection that would have repercussions far beyond the scope of... Read more >

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Saving Savannah
The City and the Civil War
Written by Jacqueline Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7816-5 (1-4000-7816-4)

In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prizewinning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. This is a subtle and rich social history that weaves together stories of the everyday lives of blacks and... Read more >
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Civil War in the American West

Written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74003-2 (0-679-74003-1)

In this powerful work of scholarship Josephy recounts the history of the "other" Civil War that raged on the largely unsettled Western frontier: of the U.S. army's brutal campaigns against the Plains Indians, of a Cherokee guerrilla leader who was the last Confederate general to surrender--two months after Appomattox, of the... Read more >

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Atlas of the Civil War
A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle
Written by Stephen Hyslop
Edited by Neil Kagan
Introduction by Harris Andrews


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0347-3 (1-4262-0347-0)

In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of newly created maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America’s most violent and pivotal clash of arms. From the Antebellum South to Fort Sumter, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the fitful peace of Reconstruction, National Geographic’s... Read more >

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Visual Shock
A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3464-2 (1-4000-3464-7)

In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America’s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins’s 1875 masterpiece The... Read more >
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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 >
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The American Civil War
A Military History
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27493-9 (0-307-27493-4)

In this long-awaited history, John Keegan shares his original and perceptive insights into the psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics of the American Civil War. Illuminated by Keegan’s knowledge of military history he provides a fascinating look at how command and the slow evolution of its strategic logic influenced the course of... Read more >

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American Scoundrel
The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72225-4 (0-385-72225-7)

Hero, adulterer, bon vivant, murderer and rogue, Dan Sickles led the kind of existence that was indeed stranger than fiction. Throughout his life he exhibited the kind of exuberant charm and lack of scruple that wins friends, seduces women, and gets people killed. In American Scoundrel Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed author... Read more >
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Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West

Written by Joni Louise Kinsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-170-1 (1-56098-170-9)

Presenting the first in-depth study of Thomas Moran’s early western landscapes, Joni Louise Kinsey describes how the artist created three monumental paintings–The Grand Cañon of the Yellowstone (1872), The Chasm of the Colorado (1873-74), and The Mountain of the Holy Cross (1875)–that, in the aftermath of the Civil War, evoked the... Read more >

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Days of Defiance
Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War
Written by Maury Klein


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76882-1 (0-679-76882-3)

“Illuminating and well-written. . . . Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

In November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the... Read more >
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The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek
A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38896-4 (0-307-38896-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger brings to life a bloody clash between Native Americans and white settlers in the 1850s Pacific Northwest. After he was appointed the first governor of the state of Washington, Isaac Ingalls Stevens had one goal: to persuade the Indians of the Puget Sound region to leave their... Read more >

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Seizing Destiny
The Relentless Expansion of American Territory
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71298-2 (0-375-71298-4)

Less than 100 years after its creation as a fragile republic, the United States more than quadrupled its size, making it the world's third largest nation. No other country or sovereign power had ever grown so big so fast or become so rich and so powerful.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger... Read more >
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Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era
The Man and His Times
Written by Karen Kostyal
Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0328-2 (1-4262-0328-4)

This handsomely illustrated volume commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday and gives rare insight into the President who shook the world—and whose words and example endure today in nations from Siberia to Mexico to Pakistan. This is the official book of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield, Illinois... Read more >

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A Wilderness So Immense
The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America
Written by Jon Kukla


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70761-2 (0-375-70761-1)

The remarkable story of the land purchase that doubled the size of our young nation, set the stage for its expansion across the continent, and confronted Americans with new challenges of ethnic and religious diversity. In a saga that stretches from Paris and Madrid to Haiti, Virginia, New York, and New... Read more >
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Looking for Lincoln
The Making of an American Icon
Written by Philip B. Kunhardt, III, Peter W. Kunhardt and Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71214-2 (0-375-71214-3)

An extensively researched, lavishly illustrated consideration of the myths, memories, and questions that gathered around our most beloved—and most enigmatic—president in the years between his assassination and the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922.

Availing themselves of a vast collection of both published and never-before-seen materials, the authors—the fourth and... Read more >

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Twilight at Little Round Top
July 2, 1863--The Tide Turns at Gettysburg
Written by Glenn W. LaFantasie


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38663-2 (0-307-38663-5)

On July 2nd, 1863, forces from the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Union’s Army of the Potomac clashed over the steep, rocky hill known as Little Round Top. This battle was one of the most brutal and devastating engagements of the American Civil War, and the North’s bloody victory... Read more >

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Reveille in Washington
1860-1865
Written by Margaret Leech
Introduction by James McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-446-3 (1-59017-446-1)

1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose congressmen, Confederate conspirators, and enterprising prostitutes. Soldiers of a volunteer army swing... Read more >
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A Is for American
Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70408-6 (0-375-70408-6)

What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together.

In A is for American, award-winning historian Jill Lepore... Read more >
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