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1800 to 1945


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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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One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
by John M Barry
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"An account of the Mississippi flood of 1927 and how it changed America. When the river flooded, it was possible to travel in a boat, east to west in the South, two hundred miles. The book is an account of how engineers had tried to control the... (read more)

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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
by Drew Gilpin Faust
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Eminent historian Faust presents an illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.... (read more)

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Woman Behind New Deal : Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins - Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage (09 Edition)
Woman Behind New Deal : Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins - Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage (09 Edition)
by Kirstin Downey
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“Kirstin Downey’s lively, substantive and—dare I say—inspiring new biography of Perkins . . . not only illuminates Perkins’ career but also deepens the known contradictions of Roosevelt’s character.” &mdash... (read more)

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After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace
After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace
by A. J. Langguth
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A brilliant evocation of the post-Civil War era by the acclaimed author of andlt;Iandgt;Patriotsandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Union 1812andlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;Iandgt;After Lincolnandlt;/Iandgt; tells the story of the Reconstruction, which set back black... (read more)

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One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
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Trust Bill Bryson to make the summer of 1927 as immediate and thrilling to the reader as it was to the Americans who lived through it. Written with Bryson's characteristic combination of wit, irony, and genuine fondness for his subject matter, One Summer... (read more)

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Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
by Richard White
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This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we... (read more)

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A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
by Ted Gup
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andquot;A wonderful reminder that economic hardship can bring suffering but can also foster compassion and community.andquot; -The Boston Globe In hard economic times like these, readers will find bestselling author Ted Gup's unique book uplifting as... (read more)

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Oxford History of the United States #9: Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
Oxford History of the United States #9: Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
by David M Kennedy
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Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. Freedom From Fear tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities... (read more)

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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
by Drew Gilpin Faust
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More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only... (read more)

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Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (New American Nation Series)
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (New American Nation Series)
by Eric Foner
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Reconstruction chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. Reconstruction addresses: the ways in which the emancipated slaves' quest for economic autonomy and equal... (read more)

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The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Eric Rauchway
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The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating... (read more)

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
by Tony Horwitz
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Library Journal Top Ten Best Books of 2011 A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a... (read more)

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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
by Evan Thomas
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On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was just the provocation Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt was looking for. Along with his friend Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and his rival, newspaper... (read more)

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The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression
The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression
by Amity Shlaes
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An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaess #1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them... (read more)

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vintage)
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vintage)
by T J Stiles
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of... (read more)

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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
by Studs Terkel
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In this unique re-creation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. The book is a mosaic of memories from those who were richest to those who were... (read more)

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
by John Taliaferro
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The first full-scale biography of John Hay since 1934: From secretary to Abraham Lincoln to secretary of state for Theodore Roosevelt, Hay was an essential American figure for more than half a century.andlt;Iandgt;andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt... (read more)

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The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution
The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution
by Charles R Morris
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In the first few decades of the nineteenth century, America went from being a largely rural economy, with little internal transportation infrastructure, to a fledgling industrial powerhouse––setting the stage for the vast fortunes that would be... (read more)

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