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The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes
The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes
by David G Coleman
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On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Popular history has marked that day as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a seminal moment in American history. As President Kennedy's secretly recorded... (read more)

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31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crisis
31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crisis
by Barry Werth
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The critically acclaimed author of The Scarlet Professor journeys inside the White House during the turbulent thirty-one days that followed Nixon's resignation and the swearing in of Gerald Ford, documenting the congressional hearings, the political... (read more)

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And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the 1960s (American Moment)
And the Crooked Places Made Straight: The Struggle for Social Change in the 1960s (American Moment)
by David Mark Chalmers
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David Chalmers' widely acclaimed overview of the 1960s describes how the civil rights movement touched off a widening challenge to traditional values and arrangements. Chalmers recounts the judicial revolution that set national standards for race... (read more)

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Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam
Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam
by Gordon Goldstein
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“A compelling portrait of a man once serenely confident, searching decades later for self-understanding.”—Richard Holbrooke, The New York Times Book Review I had a part in a great failure. I made mistakes of perception, recommendation and... (read more)

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All the President's Men
All the President's Men
by Carl Bernstein
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The full account of the Watergate scandal from the two andlt;Iandgt;Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt; reporters who broke the story. This is and#8220;the work that brought down a presidencyand#8230;perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in... (read more)

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The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
by Jim Rasenberger
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Now in paperback, a “balanced, engrossing account” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of the Bay of Pigs Crisis drawing on long-hidden CIA documents and delivering the vivid truth of five pivotal days in April 1961. The U.S.-backed military... (read more)

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Tommy the Cork: Washington's Ultimate Insider from Roosevelt to Reagan
Tommy the Cork: Washington's Ultimate Insider from Roosevelt to Reagan
by David Mckean
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“The life and adventures of Tommy the Cork, from serving as a clerk to Oliver Wendell Holmes to helping United Fruit find ways to overthrow the government of Guatamala, make for one of the most intriguing Washington books in years. Readers with a... (read more)

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Betty Ford a Symbol of Strength
Betty Ford a Symbol of Strength
by Jeffrey S Ashley
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This brief and laudatory biography, derived mostly from Betty and Gerald Ford's memoirs, offers a portrait of Mrs. Ford and highlights the major events of her life. A few black-and-white photographs are included. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc... (read more)

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Inside: A Public and Private Life
Inside: A Public and Private Life
by Joseph A Califano
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"Inside" is Joe Califano's life--from a childhood in rough-and-tumble 1930s Brooklyn to Holy Cross, Harvard Law, and moving "inside" to the corridors of political power.... (read more)

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Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA
Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA
by Lamar Waldron
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While Richard Nixon's culpability for Watergate has long been established—most recently by PBS in 2003—what's truly remarkable that after almost forty years, conventional accounts of the scandal still don't address Nixons motive. Why was... (read more)

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The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
by Nicholas Thompson
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Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War. The two men embodied opposing strategies for winning the conflict. Yet they dined together, attended the weddings of each others children, and remained lifelong friends. Paul... (read more)

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The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb
The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb
by Philip Taubman
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A terrorist attack with nuclear weapons is the most dangerous security issue America faces today—and we are far more vulnerable than we realize. Driven by this knowledge, five men—all members of the Cold War brain trust behind the U.S.... (read more)

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Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam #01: Misfits in America: Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam: A Story of the Last Half of the Twentieth Century
Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam #01: Misfits in America: Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam: A Story of the Last Half of the Twentieth Century
by Lawrence R Velvel
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Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam is an honest and revealing description of what academic and professional life were like during the last half of the 20th century. Lawrence R. Velvel has produced a work of wide ranging criticism of the dishonesty, failure of... (read more)

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Kissinger: 1973, the Crucial Year
Kissinger: 1973, the Crucial Year
by Alistair Horne
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Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year is the gripping history of one of America's most enigmatic and influential foreign policy advisers during a pivotal year in the country's postwar history. By any measure, 1973 was not an ordinary year. It should have... (read more)

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Decade of Disillusionment: The Kennedy-Johnson Years
Decade of Disillusionment: The Kennedy-Johnson Years
by Jim F Heath
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The sixties began optimistically, with Americans full of hope and expectation, voting to support a new, young, charismatic leader who promised to "move America forward." Tragically, something went wrong. Instead of finding its Utopia, America became a... (read more)

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The Strange Death of American Liberalism
The Strange Death of American Liberalism
by H W Brands
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This compelling book focuses on the sea change in American politics from the 1960s to the present--from a time when liberals created bold government programs to solve important social problems, to contemporary distrust of government and rejection of... (read more)

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The Kennedy Presidency: An Oral History of the Era
The Kennedy Presidency: An Oral History of the Era
by Deborah Strober
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In revisiting John Kennedy's presidency, the authors incldue considerable material on the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, the Berlin crisis, the beginnings of the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement.... (read more)

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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem, Religion, Race, and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia, 1950-1957 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
America's Miracle Man in Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem, Religion, Race, and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia, 1950-1957 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
by Seth Jacobs
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America’s Miracle Man in Vietnam rethinks the motivations behind one of the most ruinous foreign-policy decisions of the postwar era: America’s commitment to preserve an independent South Vietnam under the premiership of Ngo Dinh Diem. The so-... (read more)

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The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital
The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital
by C. David Heymann
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-380) and index.... (read more)

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Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs
Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs
by Grayston L Lynch
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A startling new perspective on the 1961 invasion of... (read more)

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