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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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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 andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timeandlt;/Iandgt;sandlt;Iandgt;, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, andlt;/Iandgt;and more. and#8220;A tale so gripping that one... (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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America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
by David Goldfield
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In this spellbinding history, David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPhersons Battle Cry of Freedom. Where other scholars have seen the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield paints it as... (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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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 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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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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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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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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Minnie Fisher Cunningham was Texas's most important female political activist. After directing Texas's womans suffrage campaign, she helped establish the National League of Women Voters and the Woman's National Democratic Club. After an unsuccessful... (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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From critically acclaimed presidential-family historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony comes the first biography of Helen Herron Taft, the unconventional wife of the twenty-seventh President of the United States who, in an era before Eleanor Roosevelt, was overt... (read more)

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The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition, 1859-1900
The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition, 1859-1900
by Rodman W Paul
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In this book, his final work, Rodman W. Paul explores settlement of the American West in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Lured by stories of open spaces, fertile farming, and grazing lands and by the attraction of gold and silver, people from... (read more)

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Pandita Ramabai's America
Pandita Ramabai's America
by Ramabai Sarasvati
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A singular outsider's perceptive look at American society This fascinating volume illuminates nineteenth-century America as seen from the perspective of one of the most notable women ever to come from India. Often compared to Alexis de Tocqueville... (read more)

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Human Tradition in America #4: The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Human Tradition in America #4: The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction
by Steven E Woodworth
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The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction brings alive this decisive period in American history by taking the reader beyond the realm of generals, presidents, and the other towering figures of history and introducing fourteen... (read more)

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Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion After the Civil War
Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion After the Civil War
by Elizabeth D Leonard
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On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, and Secretary of State William H. Seward was brutally stabbed. Clearly a conspiracy was afoot. Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt was put in charge of the investigation and trial. He... (read more)

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Mr. Speaker!: The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed the Man Who Broke the Filibuster
Mr. Speaker!: The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed the Man Who Broke the Filibuster
by James Grant
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James Grant’s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American history—the Gilded Age, the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Roosevelt&#8212... (read more)

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Homeward Bound: The Demobilization of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1865-1866
Homeward Bound: The Demobilization of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1865-1866
by William B Holberton
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Covers all aspects and phases of demobilization including the Grand Review, desertions of soldiers overly eager to return home, repatriation of prisoners of war, and the deferred demobilization of many black troops.... (read more)

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Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West
Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West
by Stephen Fried
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Featured in the PBS documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound The legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generations—from the 1880s all the way through World War II... (read more)

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Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Progressivism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Walter Nugent
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After decades of conservative dominance, the election of Barack Obama may signal the beginning of a new progressive era. But what exactly is progressivism? What role has it played in the political, social, and economic history of America? This very... (read more)

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Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (American Political Thought)
Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (American Political Thought)
by Sidney M Milkis
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Between 1920 and 1933 the issue of prohibition proved to be the greatest challenge to Canada-U.S. relations. When the United States adopted national prohibition in 1920and#8212;ironically, just as Canada was abandoning its own national and provincial... (read more)

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