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They Changed the World: Bell, Edison and Tesla

Written by Lewis Helfand
Illustrated by Naresh Kumar


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-87-1 (93-80741-87-1)

Despite having three completely different approaches, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla each made significant contributions to the field of science and laid the foundation for modern technology.  As their paths crossed, a rivalry grew, with Tesla pushed into the shadows of history until a resurgence in the 1990s. ... Read more >

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Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00561-3 (0-449-00561-5)

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad... Read more >

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Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 6, 2001
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50291-0 (0-375-50291-2)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Seabiscuit, one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history, is the story of how a racehorse captured the American imagination. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense and fanatical following... Read more >

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Unbroken
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6416-8 (1-4000-6416-3)

A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)
Finalist, 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-fiction
Selected for Common Reading at Avila University and Barton College


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a... Read more >

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The Age of Reform

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1960
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70095-3 (0-394-70095-3)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize  

Hofstadter's landmark work in American political thought examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940. It searches out the moral and emotional motives of the reformers, the myths and dreams in which they believed, and the realities with which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wings of Courage
Tales from America's Elite Fighter Groups of World War II
Written by Tony Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-219-8 (1-84908-219-7)

From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the U.S. military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite... Read more >

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Bold Spirit
Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America
Written by Linda Lawrence Hunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7993-3 (1-4000-7993-4)

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America.

Hoping to win the wager and save her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Edited by Peter Jakab and Rick Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2004
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-142-6 (1-58834-142-9)

For the first time, nearly seventy of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s published writings are brought together in a single, annotated reference. Spanning the decades from the brothers’ turn-of-the-century experiments with gliders until Orville’s death in 1948, the articles describe the design of their aircraft, early test flights, and camp life at... Read more >

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Visions of a Flying Machine
The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention
Written by Peter Jakab


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-748-2 (1-56098-748-0)

This acclaimed book on the Wright Brothers takes the reader straight to the heart of their remarkable achievement, focusing on the technology and offering a clear, concise chronicle of precisely what they accomplished and how they did it. This book deals with the process of the invention of the airplane and... Read more >

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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: $14.95
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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Empires of Light
Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World
Written by Jill Jonnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75884-3 (0-375-75884-4)

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hide/Seek
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Written by Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-299-7 (1-58834-299-9)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the companion book to the first major museum exhibition in American history to focus on lesbian and gay art and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present... Read more >

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A Godly Hero
The Life of William Jennings Bryan
Written by Michael Kazin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72056-4 (0-385-72056-4)

Politician, evangelist, and reformer William Jennings Bryan was the most popular public speaker of his time. In this acclaimed biography–the first major reconsideration of Bryan’s life in forty years–award-winning historian Michael Kazin illuminates his astonishing career and the richly diverse and volatile landscape of religion and politics in which he rose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flowers of Edo

Written by Michael Dana Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-80-4 (1-934287-80-6)

What if the U.S., like in Normandy, landed on the shores of Japan to engage in a massive tide-turning ground campaign?

In The Flowers of Edo, writer and renown WWII researcher Michael Dana Kennedy explores this alternate history in a revealing work of literary fiction. The story begins with Japanese-American Kenji Kobayashi... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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City of Scoundrels
The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
Written by Gary Krist


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45430-0 (0-307-45430-4)

The masterfully told story of twelve volatile days in the life of Chicago, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder transfixed and roiled a city already on the brink of collapse.

When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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Birdseye
The Adventures of a Curious Man
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52705-7 (0-385-52705-5)

Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

"The first book-length biography of Clarence Birdseye. . . . [An] intriguing book that ... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72560-9 (0-375-72560-1)

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the... Read more >

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-60844-9 (0-609-60844-4)

Winner, 2004 Edgar Award

Winner, 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Non-fiction

2003 National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction

Vintage Paperback is Available

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the... Read more >

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Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70827-5 (0-375-70827-8)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city... Read more >

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Land of Desire
Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75411-4 (0-679-75411-3)

Finalist for the National Book Award

Land of Desire tells the story of a fundamental transformation in the culture and economy of America—the rise of mass-market consumerism and the attendant shift to a society preoccupied with consumption, well-being, luxury, and acquisition. Tracing the ascendancy of mass-market culture from its beginnings in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Typhoid Mary
Captive to the Public's Health
Written by Judith Walzer Leavitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 31, 1997
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2103-3 (0-8070-2103-2)

She was an Irish immigrant cook. Between 1900 and 1907, she infected twenty-two New Yorkers with typhoid fever through her puddings and cakes; one of them died. Tracked down through epidemiological detective work, she was finally apprehended as she hid behind a barricade of trashcans. To protect the public’s health, authorities... Read more >
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