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For a moment amid the ferment after the Civil War, it seemed possible to at least some Americans that women would win the right to vote. The abolition of slavery put broad questions of voting rights and citizenship on the table, and legislators were eager to act. Women suffragists hoped their time...
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams by Charles King
The 20th century defies nostalgia and mocks historical categories. For historians and others concerned with European civilization, the Holocaust disfigures the natural reflex to make sense of the past. Historians of contemporary Europe often pay little attention to the extermination of its Jews...
The Union War by Gary W. Gallagher
Many historians who specialize in other periods of U.S. history regard the Civil War as the bastion of antiquarians. Their irritation is inflamed by the public's unending fascination with the war, reflected in the impressive sales figures for academic studies in the field (which swamp those of...
Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff
With the current rage for the Founding Fathers, it is not surprising that their homegrown enemies would spark new interest. Historians have long regarded the loyalists -- those who remained faithful to the Crown during the Revolutionary War -- with a jaundiced eye, dismissing them as backward...
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
In 1965, a fascinating political voice was silenced when a team of assassins gunned down Malcolm X, a man whose intellectual and religious journey had finally transformed him into an eloquent spokesman for human equality. No comprehensive and credible biography of this signally important black...
Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines by Vaclav Smil
When we think of global power, we think of political or military might or the clout of big corporations. We certainly don't ponder horsepower, a unit of measure originally developed to compare the output of steam engines with the pulling power of draft horses. Vaclav Smil wants to change that. In...
Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins by J. E. Lendon
"The growth of the power of Athens, and the alarm which this inspired in Sparta, made war inevitable," wrote Thucydides in his fifth-century BC chronicle of the Peloponnesian War. Most scholars have accepted his explanation for the causes of the three-decade struggle that reshaped the Greek world...
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
As you read this review, your brain is undergoing changes by the millisecond. These words and sentences are stimulating ideas and emotions based on your brain's current organization and content, which are reflective of all your experiences up to the present moment. Additional changes will occur as...
Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the kind of figure who almost makes you wish there were more intellectuals in American political life. The problem is, there was only one Moynihan. Professor, bureaucrat, presidential adviser, ambassador, and finally U.S. senator from New York from 1977 to 2001, he could ...
Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby
In separate books, Ted C. Fishman and Susan Jacoby both cry crisis, but in different registers of alarm. Their common theme is the disruptive effects, on nations and individuals, of the coming worldwide increase in the ranks of the aged. Fishman tends toward dispassion; Jacoby, toward exasperation. ...
Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas about Cities by Witold Rybczynski
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam
The Age of Auden: Postwar Poetry and the American Scene by Aidan Wasley
Armed Humanitarians: The Rise of the Nation Builders by Nathan Hodge
Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone by Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray
A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism by Silvio Pons
Saul Bellow: Letters by Saul Bellow
Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (American Empire Project) by Andrew Bacevich
The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy by Alan I. Abramowitz
The Concise Dictionary of Dress by Judith Clark
The Passport in America: The History of a Document by Craig Robertson
Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery by Stephen J. Pyne
A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank by James D. Wolfensohn
The Gun by C. J. Chivers
The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Grant Wood: A Life by R. Tripp Evans
Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness by Daniel Maier-Katkin
Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine (Africa in World History) by James C. McCann
Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder
The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America by Robert Love
Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America by Ira Rutkow
Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia by Francis Wheen
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee
Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude S. Fischer
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik
Muriel Spark: The Biography by Martin Stannard
The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll
The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play by James C. Whorton
Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in Twenty-First-Century America by Samuel Schuman
Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War by Michael Kranish
Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East by Isobel Coleman
A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster by Wendy Moffat
About a Mountain by John D'Agata
First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process by Robert D. Richardson
Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture by Darrin Nordahl
What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor
Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda
Abigail Adams by Woody Holton
Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Richard Benjamin
Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus
Yours Ever: People and Their Letters by Thomas Mallon
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 by Joel Kotkin
Shakespeare the Thinker by A. D. Nuttall
Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America by Andrew. Ferguson
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