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The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
by Rick Perlstein
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From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Nixonlandandlt;/Iandgt;: a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;In January of 1973 Richard... (read more)

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Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by Erik Larson
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National Bestseller September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that... (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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
by Hunter S. Thompson
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one... (read more)

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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
by Timothy Egan
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The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Timothy Egan's critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de... (read more)

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The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
by John W Dean
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Based on Nixons previously overlooked secret recordings—a revelatory new look at Watergate by one of its key figures   Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSAs wide­spread surveillance... (read more)

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Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism (05 Edition)
Sundown Towns : Hidden Dimension of American Racism (05 Edition)
by James W. Loewen
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No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a "sundown" town. In his trademark revelatory style, bestselling author James W. Loewen explores one of America's best-kept secrets as he unearths the making of sundown towns and... (read more)

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One Summer: America, 1927
One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson
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The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
by Cynthia C. (edt) Kelly
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The first collection ever of the writings and insights of the original creators of the atomic bomb, along with pieces by the most important historians and interpreters of the subject, is now in paperback. Born out of a small research program begun in... (read more)

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
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A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers... (read more)

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Essence of Decision : Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (2ND 99 Edition)
Essence of Decision : Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (2ND 99 Edition)
by Graham Allison
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One of the most influental political science works written in the post World War II era, the original edition of Essence of Decision is a unique and fascinating examination of the pivotal event of the cold Cold War. Not simply revised, but completely re-... (read more)

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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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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
by Rick Perlstein
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Told with urgency and sharp political insight, andlt;iandgt;Nixonlandandlt;/iandgt; recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency. andlt;BRandgt; andlt... (read more)

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
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The 2013 National Book Award Winner A New York Times Bestseller Selected by New York Times critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013 One of Amazon's Best Books of 2013 A New York Times Notable Book of 2013 A Washington Post Best Political... (read more)

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The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972
The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972
by Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter
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The famous — and infamous — Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixons voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the... (read more)

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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
by Timothy Egan
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In this remarkable tale of the nation's largest forest fire — which burned more than three million acres in 1910 — Timothy Egan vividly narrates the heroic efforts to fight the blaze and the dramatic impact it had on the future of conservation.... (read more)

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Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America
by Annie Jacobsen
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The explosive, dark secrets behind America's post-WWII science programs from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51. In the chaos following WWII, some of the greatest spoils of Germany's resources were the Third Reich's scientific minds.... (read more)

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American Family (11 Edition)
American Family (11 Edition)
by David Peterson Del Mar
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This book traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Throughout American history, families survived or even flourished during colonization, the Revolution, slavery, the industrial revolution, immigration... (read more)

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The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century
The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century
by Claire Prentice
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Readers of Erik Larson will love this tale of sex, greed, and the American dream: A huckster imports a tribe of Filipinos to Coney Islands Luna Park, and two cultures collide. The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unearths the forgotten story of... (read more)

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (P.S.)
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (P.S.)
by Sean Howe
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In the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws: Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men. Over the course of half a... (read more)

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