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What Lincoln Believed
The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President
Written by Michael Lind


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3073-6 (1-4000-3073-0)

Few biographers and historians have taken Lincoln’s ideas seriously or placed him in the context of major intellectual traditions. In What Lincoln Believed, the most comprehensive study ever written of the thought of America’s most revered president, Michael Lind provides a resource to the public philosophy that guided Lincoln as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Been in the Storm So Long
The Aftermath of Slavery
Written by Leon F. Litwack


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74398-1 (0-394-74398-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this “rich and admirably written book” (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72177-6 (0-385-72177-3)

From the award-winning novelist and biographer Beverly Lowry comes an astonishing re-imagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman, the “Moses of Her People.”

Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress, raid leader, nurse, fund-raiser, cook, intelligence gatherer, Underground Railroad organizer, and abolitionist. In Harriet Tubman, Lowry creates a portrait enriched with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50291-7 (0-385-50291-5)

“I am at peace with God and all mankind.”
—Harriet Tubman to Mary Talbert, on the occasion of their last visit, 1913
Now, from the award-winning novelist and biographer, an astonishing reimagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman—the “Moses of Her People.”

During her lifetime Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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What This Cruel War Was Over
Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
Written by Chandra Manning


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27732-9 (0-307-27732-1)

A vivid, unprecedented account of why Union and Confederate soldiers identified slavery as the root of the war, how the conflict changed troops’ ideas about slavery, and what those changing ideas meant for the war and the nation.

Using soldiers’ letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers, Chandra Manning allows us to accompany soldiers—black... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thousand Pieces of Gold

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 25, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8381-9 (0-8070-8381-X)

Lalu Nathoy’s father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a... Read more >

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American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics

Written by Sean McLachlan
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-494-7 (1-84603-494-9)

While the giant armies of the Union and the Confederacy were fighting over cities and strategic strongholds, a large number of warriors from both sides were fighting, smaller, more personal battles. Beginning with the violent struggle known as “Bleeding Kansas,” armed bands of irregular fighters began to wage war in every... Read more >

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National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure
Introduction by James C. McNutt


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0956-7 (1-4262-0956-8)

The Wild West is perhaps the most enduring of American myths, but the reality is even more compelling. It’s a magical place of extraordinary people, exciting events, and stunning scenery--big sky, wide-open spaces, epic grandeur, and pristine wilderness. National Geographic brings together award-winning photographers to capture this outsized land of majestic... Read more >

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What They Fought For 1861-1865

Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47634-8 (0-385-47634-5)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom comes an exceptional and highly original Civil War analysis. McPherson draws on the letters and diaries of nearly one thousand Union and Confederate soldiers, giving voice to the very men who risked their lives in the conflict, in order to examine... Read more >

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American Lion
Andrew Jackson in the White House
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 30, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7346-4 (0-8129-7346-1)

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the... Read more >

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American Lion
Andrew Jackson in the White House
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6325-3 (1-4000-6325-6)

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the... Read more >

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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2971-4 (0-7679-2971-3)

The extraordinary New York Times-bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.

For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of James Garfield extended far beyond his... Read more >

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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52626-5 (0-385-52626-1)

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political... Read more >

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Banned in Boston
The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil
Written by Neil Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5111-5 (0-8070-5111-X)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society--New England’s notorious literary censor for over eighty years.

Banned in Boston is the first-ever history of the Watch and Ward Society--once Boston’s unofficial moral guardian. An influential watchdog organization, bankrolled by society’s upper crust, it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Lincoln's Virtues
An Ethical Biography
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70173-3 (0-375-70173-7)

William Lee Miller’s ethical biography is a fresh, engaging telling of the story of Lincoln’s rise to power. Through careful scrutiny of Lincoln’s actions, speeches, and writings, and of accounts from those who knew him, Miller gives us insight into the moral development of a great politician—one who made the choice... Read more >

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President Lincoln
The Duty of a Statesman
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3416-1 (1-4000-3416-7)

The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world—and back in the nineteenth century a great man held that office. William Lee Miller’s new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president.

Wars waged by American presidents have come to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Snow-Storm in August
The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47748-4 (0-307-47748-7)

In 1835, the city of Washington simmered with racial tension as newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, outnumbering slaves for the first time. Among the enslaved was nineteen-year-old Arthur Bowen, who stumbled home drunkenly one night, picked up an axe, and threatened his owner, respected socialite Anna Thornton... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Snow-Storm in August
Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53337-9 (0-385-53337-3)

How the 19th Century struggle against slavery erupted in Washington DC, thrusting the ambitious District Attorney Francis Scott Key into a uniquely American battle for justice.

In 1835, the city of Washington pulsed with change. As newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, free blacks outnumbered slaves for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Written by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75678-8 (0-375-75678-7)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the American Book Award



Praise for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

“Magnificent . . . a sweeping narrative of the outward man and a shrewd examination of his character. . . . It is one of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it... Read more >

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Proud Shoes

Written by Pauli Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7209-7 (0-8070-7209-5)

Originally published in 1956, Pauli Murray tells the story of her grandparents, delving into the realities of slavery, survival, and miscegenation in the pre-Civil War/Reconstruction era in the South.

“A significant contribution to our understanding of the black experience in America. . . . Fascinating.” - Publishers Weekly Read more >

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Market Sentiments
Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Elizabeth White Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-290-4 (1-58834-290-5)

In this brilliant study, Elizabeth White Nelson challenges a central tenet of 19th-century American history: namely, that men and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this theory on its head, arguing that the market... Read more >

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Habits of Empire
A History of American Expansionism
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7818-9 (1-4000-7818-0)

Since its founding, the United States' declared principles of liberty and democracy have often clashed with aggressive policies of imperial expansion. In this sweeping narrative history, acclaimed scholar Walter Nugent explores this fundamental American contradiction by recounting the story of American land acquisition since 1782 and shows how this steady addition... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Into the West
The Story of Its People
Written by Walter Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77749-6 (0-679-77749-0)

Acclaimed historian Walter Nugent brings us what is perhaps the most comprehensive and fascinating account to date of the peopling of the American West. In this epic social-demographic history, Nugent explores the populations of the West as they grow, change and intersect from the Paleo-Indians, the Spanish Conquistadors, to displaced Okies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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