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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn
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“Its a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and... (read more)

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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn
Staff Pick
While some of the revelations contained within this classic by Howard Zinn have become familiar since the nearly 35 years after it was published (thanks in part to this book), it is to this day an astonishing and eye-opening read. Several revisions later, it remains a seminal work, in stark contrast to the whitewashed (pun intended) American history most of us learned by rote in school. It's regretful with Zinn's passing in 2010 that new revisions have ceased for future generations to discover.
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20th Century
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The Invisible Bridge Signed Edition
The Invisible Bridge Signed Edition
by Rick Perlstein
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From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Nixonlandandlt;/Iandgt;: a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;In January of 1973 Richard... (read more)

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First Ladies
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Hard Choices
Hard Choices
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.... (read more)

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Revolution and Constitution Era
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Ratification (11 Edition)
Ratification (11 Edition)
by Pauline Maier
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andlt;B andgt;CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titleandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;B andgt;Winner of the George Washington Book Prizeandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When the delegates left the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in... (read more)

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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
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As David McCullough writes, “Not all pioneers went west.” In The Greater Journey, he tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and... (read more)

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Roosevelt, Theodore
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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard
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Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.... (read more)

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Colonial America
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In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
by James Deetz
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Adams, John (and Abigail)
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John Adams
John Adams
by David Mccullough
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In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thomas Jefferson called him --... (read more)

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American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill President Truman--And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It
American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill President Truman--And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It
by Stephen Hunter
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This electrifying book is the first full account of the historical day fanatical suicide-martyrs attempted to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola viewed themselves as soldiers participating in the violent campaign... (read more)

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Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
by David Talbot
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From acclaimed journalist David Talbot comes a groundbreaking narrative account of one of the most tumultuous periods in our history: the Kennedy Administration and its dramatic aftermath. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Though countless books have been... (read more)

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It's 2014 and Hillary Clinton's at the top of her game: polling high and openly contemplating a run for the White House. Her latest memoir is a... Continue »
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