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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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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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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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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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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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Good War
Good War
by Studs Terkel
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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OVER FIVE MONTHS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER... (read more)

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
by Bruce Levine
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In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Told... (read more)

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The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War
The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War
by James Oakes
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"Oakes (Freedom National) takes an in-depth look at political attitudes toward slavery at the brink of the Civil War. His title refers to a strategy most Republicans — sometimes overtly, sometimes secretly — supported, of gradual abolition by... (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 15th, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but great enthusiasm. A powerful group of war lovers agitated that the... (read more)

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The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
by Amity Shlaes
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It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking... (read more)

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Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
by Fergus M Bordewich
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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous... (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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The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
by Alan Taylor
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Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as “freedom’s swift-winged angels.” In 1813 those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americans for... (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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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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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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The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
by Megan Marshall
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Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways our American Brontes. The story of these remarkable sisters — and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day — has never before been fully told. Twenty years in the... (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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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
by Bruce Levine
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In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. Told... (read more)

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