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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson
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The rise of the Third Reich as observed by William Dodd, America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, and his free-spirited daughter is the chilling topic of Erik Larson's impressive new book. With his gift for narration, Larson has once again created... (read more)

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No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin... (read more)

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The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis... (read more)

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Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
by Robert K Massie
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Massie offers a moving, tragic, and unforgettable account of the extraordinary Imperial dynasty of Tsar Nicholas II, his doomed empire, and a revolution that would inexorably change the world forever. "A larger than life drama."--Saturday... (read more)

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The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom
by Corrie Ten Boom
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“I pray that God forgive them...” Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,”... (read more)

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
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Days before the outbreak of World War One renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail to attempt the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. More than eighty miles from their destination, however, their... (read more)

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
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In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award-winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals — Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison-confronted the... (read more)

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A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin
A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin
by Janet Fisher
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 After leaving home at a young age and defying her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin, Martha Maupin's future became bound up with some of the most extraordinary events in antebellum American history, eventually leading to her journey to a... (read more)

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The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
by Edith H Beer
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Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian... (read more)

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
by William Manchester and Paul Reid
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Spanning the years of 1940-1965, The Last Lion picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister-when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill conjured up by William Manchester and Paul... (read more)

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (The Definitive Edition)
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (The Definitive Edition)
by Anne Frank
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The basis for and official tie-in edition to the PBS Masterpiece Classic movie titled The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Jon Jones from a screenplay by Deborah Moggach. First airing April 11, 2010. More than fifty years after its first publication... (read more)

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
by T E Lawrence
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From a Name to a Number Signed Edition
From a Name to a Number Signed Edition
by Alter Wiener
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Alter Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon... (read more)

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
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The Black Count is the story of Alex Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas and inspiration for some of the best adventure fiction ever written. Alex Dumas's life is stranger than fiction in a time when hope for the common man, equality, and emancipation... (read more)

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The 48 Laws of Power
The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene
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Before Mastery, came The 48 Laws of Power—the New York Times bestseller that started it all   Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending... (read more)

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A Clearing In the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
A Clearing In the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
by Witold Rybczynski
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Rarely are biographer and subject so well-matched as in Witold Rybczynski's seminal biography of the great nineteenth century landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. In such classic works as Home: The Short History of an Idea and City... (read more)

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
by Walter Isaacson
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Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us -- an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography,... (read more)

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream (91 Edition)
Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream (91 Edition)
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from... (read more)

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932
by William Manchester
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When Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in 1874, Imperial Britain stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power. Yet within a few years the Empire would hover on the brink of catastrophe. Against this backdrop, a remarkable man began to build... (read more)

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John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
by Harlow Giles Unger
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He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision... (read more)

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