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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow
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The landmark biography of a true American original-and the first written since the opening of Rockefeller's papers -- masterfully rendered by the National Book Award -- winning author of The House of Morgan. William James said of John D. Rockefeller that... (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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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 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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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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Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919
Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919
by Ann Hagedorn
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In this timely book, an acclaimed author examines America in the watershed year 1919, a time when the nation's struggles eerily resembled our problems today. of photos.... (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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Throughout American history, the obsession with success has been a persistent and pervasive theme. It is an obsession that has shaped all arenas of life, and at its heart lies a profound discontent: the fear of "sinking", of failing to do better than... (read more)

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Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
by Guy Gugliotta
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The history of the modern United States Capitol, the iconic seat of the U.S. government, is also the history of Americas most tumultuous years. As the majestic new building rose above Washingtons skyline, battles over slavery and secession were ripping... (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 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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Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
by David O. Stewart
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By the author of The Summer of 1787, the bestselling and highly acclaimed account of the writing of the constitution, a dramatic re-creation of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, which became the central battle of the struggle over how to reunite a... (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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Robber barons and radicals
Robber barons and radicals
by T J Stiles
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From the impeachment of Andrew Johnson to the saga of the Gilded Age and Reconstruction, it all comes to life through the words of those who lived it...Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Miller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Julia Dent Grant, and... (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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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 Rodney P. Carlisle And 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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Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man
by Walter Stahr
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From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincolns “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century... (read more)

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America 1900
America 1900
by Judy Crichton
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America 1900 is a sweeping narrative that follows an eclectic group of men and women over the course of one pivotal year. As it happened, the issues they were dealing with are surprisingly similar to those their grandchildren and great-grandchildren face... (read more)

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Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars
Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars
by Catherine Clinton
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A British stage star turned Georgia plantation mistress, Fanny Kemble is perhaps best remembered as a critic of slavery--and an influential opponent of this institution during the years leading up to the Civil War. By the mid-1830s, American society was... (read more)

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