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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. "A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama... (read more)

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard
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James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will,... (read more)

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Signet Classics)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Signet Classics)
by Frederick Douglass
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Born into a life of bondage, Frederick Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write. It was a crime punishable by death, but it resulted in one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. His gripping narrative takes us into the... (read more)

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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In her latest historical biography, Pulitzer Prize–winner Goodwin explores the fractious relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. As with Team of Rivals and No Ordinary Time, The Bully Pulpit is remarkable for its meticulous research... (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 the Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain'... (read more)

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Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit
Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit
by David P Thelen
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Robert M. La Follette and the Insurgent Spirit is a closely argued, lively, and readable biography of the central figure in the American Progressive movement. Wisconsin's “Fighting Bob” La Follette embodied the heart of Progressive sentiment... (read more)

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard
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James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will,... (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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Harding Affair
Harding Affair
by James David Robenalt
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American politics changed forever in January 1973. In the span of thirty-one days, the Watergate burglars went on trial, the Nixon administration negotiated an end to the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, Lyndon Johnson... (read more)

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The Fear of Sinking: The American Success Formula in the Gilded Age
The Fear of Sinking: The American Success Formula in the Gilded Age
by Paulette D Kilmer
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Kilmer (Marian College) analyzes the national preoccupation with success in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She looks at success stories in contemporary newspapers and the popular press, and examines origins of the Cinderella "rags-to-riches... (read more)

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Realigning America: McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896 (American Presidential Elections)
Realigning America: McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896 (American Presidential Elections)
by R. Hal Williams
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The presidential election of 1896 is widely acknowledged as one of only a few that brought about fundamental realignments in American politics. New voting patterns replaced old, a new majority party came to power, and national policies shifted to reflect... (read more)

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The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America
The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America
by Jay Sexton
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President James Monroes 1823 message to Congress declaring opposition to European colonization in the Western Hemisphere became the cornerstone of nineteenth-century American statecraft. The Monroe Doctrine proclaimed anticolonial principles, yet it... (read more)

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Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragist's Life in Politics
Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragist's Life in Politics
by Judith N. McArthur
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"A seamless, well-organized, and thoroughly researched political biography of Minnie Fisher Cunningham... this work is thoroughly grounded in twentieth-century state and national history--politics, reform, race relations, labor issues, war and economic... (read more)

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Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House
Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House
by Godfrey Hodgson
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and#8220;Godfrey Hodgson has given us a splendid and long overdue biography of Colonel Edward M. House, Woodrow Wilsonand#8217;s alter ego and one of the most capable diplomats of the twentieth century. It is an elegantly told tale not simply of a single... (read more)

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A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
by Steven Diner
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"Steven Diner's welcome guide to the Progressive Era helps us understand why the decades between 1890 and 1920 are known as the 'watershed' of American history, and how its transformations formed the basis for changes in our own time."--Kathryn Kish... (read more)

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Ashbel P. Fitch: Champion of Old New York
Ashbel P. Fitch: Champion of Old New York
by David Remington
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Explores the life of New York congressman Ashbel P. Fitch, who defended immigrant rights and championed diversity in New York City in the late 19th century, and who also served as the city's comptroller during the tumultuous Tammany Hall era.... (read more)

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Turning Points--Actual and Alternate Histories: A House Divided During the Civil War Era (Turning Pointsqactual and Alternate Histories)
Turning Points--Actual and Alternate Histories: A House Divided During the Civil War Era (Turning Pointsqactual and Alternate Histories)
by J Geoffrey Golson
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In colorful, readable prose, this volume provides a full history of the Civil War—including John Brown's raid; the story of the Confederate States of America; the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg; Sherman's March to the Sea; the... (read more)

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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley
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On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his... (read more)

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America 1900
America 1900
by Judy Crichton
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"With a novelist's instinct for character and story, an abundance of colorful anecdotes, and an eye for delicious detail, Crichton has produced an extraordinary chronicle of an extraordinary year." (Doris Kearns Goodwin) *"A popular history of the very... (read more)

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Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era
Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era
by Carl Sferra Anthony
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“Biographer gives credit to lesser-known first lady, Nellie Taft.” Columbus... (read more)

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