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A Renegade History of the United States
A Renegade History of the United States
by Thaddeus Russell
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In this surprising and wickedly entertaining work of history, Russell presents us with a provocative look at a cast of unrecognized American heroes, the prostitutes, rebels, rascals, and hippies, who led us toward the rights and freedoms that Americans... (read more)

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D Putnam
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work—but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as “a prodigious... (read more)

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Liberty's Exiles: The Loss of America and the Remaking of the British Empire. Maya Jasanoff
Liberty's Exiles: The Loss of America and the Remaking of the British Empire. Maya Jasanoff
by Maya Jasanoff
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This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond. At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States... (read more)

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The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)
by Gabor Boritt
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The words Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg comprise perhaps the most famous speech in history. Many books have been written about the Gettysburg Address and yet, as Lincoln scholar Gabor Boritt... (read more)

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776
Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776
by Richard R Beeman
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In 1768, Philadelphia physician Benjamin Rush stood before the empty throne of King George III, overcome with emotion as he gazed at the symbol of Americas connection with England. Eight years later, he became one of the fifty-six men to sign the... (read more)

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Civil War America Civil War America: 1850-1870 1850-1870
Civil War America Civil War America: 1850-1870 1850-1870
by Paul Johnson
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“(Johnson) is a master of narrative history.” —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFrom the pages of Paul Johnsons authoritative A History of the American People comes an intimate and compelling account of the lives of ordinary Americans... (read more)

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The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
by Jim Rasenberger
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Now in paperback, a “balanced, engrossing account” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of the Bay of Pigs Crisis drawing on long-hidden CIA documents and delivering the vivid truth of five pivotal days in April 1961. The U.S.-backed military... (read more)

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Robert Kennedy: His Life
Robert Kennedy: His Life
by Evan Thomas
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He was "Good Bobby," who, as his brother Ted eulogized him, "saw wrong and tried to right it . . . saw suffering and tried to heal it." And "Bad Bobby," the ruthless and manipulative bully of countless conspiracy theories. Thomas's unvarnished but... (read more)

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A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent (Simon & Schuster America Collection)
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent (Simon & Schuster America Collection)
by Robert W Merry
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ROBERT MERRY’S BRILLIANT AND HIGHLY ACCLAIMED HISTORY OF A CRUCIAL EPOCH IN U.S. HISTORY. In a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America’s Manifest Destiny—extending its territory across the continent by... (read more)

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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
by David McCullough
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Winner of the National Book Award From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman, here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first... (read more)

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For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House
For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House
by Sally Bedell Smith
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During their eight years in the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton worked together more closely than the public ever knew. Their intertwined personal and professional lives had far-reaching consequences-for politics, domestic policy, and international... (read more)

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1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See
1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See
by Bruce Chadwick
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PRAISE FOR 1858 Highly recommended-a gripping narrative of the critical year of 1858 and the nation's slide toward disunion and war...Readers seeking to understand how individuals are agents of historical change will find Chadwick's account of the failed... (read more)

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Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
by Denise Kiernan
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In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence—yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group... (read more)

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FDR: The First Hundred Days (Critical Issue)
FDR: The First Hundred Days (Critical Issue)
by Anthony J Badger
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The Hundred Days, Franklin Roosevelts first fifteen weeks in office, have become the stuff of legend, a mythic yardstick against which every subsequent American president has felt obliged to measure himself. The renowned historian Anthony J. Badger cuts... (read more)

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Obama: From Promise to Power
Obama: From Promise to Power
by David Mendell
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Barack Obama is arguably the most dynamic political figure to grace the American stage since John F. Kennedy. His meteoric rise from promise to power has stunned even the cynics and inspired a legion of devout followers. For anyone who wants to know more... (read more)

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Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
by Howard Zinn
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-332) and index.... (read more)

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Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
by Alfred F. Young
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In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers... (read more)

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Mr. Jefferson's University
Mr. Jefferson's University
by Garry Wills
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In the paperback edition of the critically acclaimed hardcover, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Wills explores Thomas Jefferson's final and favorite achievement, the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia is one of America... (read more)

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The Dogs of War: 1861
The Dogs of War: 1861
by Emory M Thomas
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In 1861, Americans thought that the war looming on their horizon would be brief. None foresaw that they were embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of more than half a million people. But as eminent Civil War... (read more)

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Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
by Richard Zacks
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When young Theodore Roosevelt was appointed police commissioner of New York City, he had the astounding gall to try to shut down the brothels, gambling joints, and after-hours saloons. This is the story of how TR took on Manhattan vice . . . and vice won.... (read more)

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