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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation
by Diane Ravitch
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The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse. The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were chosen both for their readability and for... (read more)

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
by Candice Millard
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Well researched and skillfully written, this commanding account of achievement and calamity retraces Roosevelt's perilous expedition of the uncharted Amazon. A dazzling gem of history, Millard's impeccable narrative brims with imagery and tension.... (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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The Stammering Century (New York Review Books Classics)
The Stammering Century (New York Review Books Classics)
by Gilbert Seldes
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Gilbert Seldes, the author of The Stammering Century, writes:     This book is not a record of the major events in Ameri­can history during      the nineteenth century. It is concerned with minor movements,... (read more)

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For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions
For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions
by James R. Gaines
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On April 18, 1775, a riot over the price of flour broke out in the French city of Dijon. That night, across the Atlantic, Paul Revere mounted the fastest horse he could find and kicked it into a gallop. So began what have been called the "sister... (read more)

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Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
by Elaine Tyler May
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In the 1950s, the term ”containment” referred to the foreign policy-driven containment of Communism and atomic proliferation. Yet in Homeward Bound May demonstrates that there was also a domestic version of containment where the ”sphere... (read more)

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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
by Howard Zinn
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“Its a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and... (read more)

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Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History
Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History
by Eric Foner
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An invaluable supplement to the text, all the primary source documents address the theme of American freedom in its many dimensions. It is a compact, unintimidating collection, with documents of reasonable length. Each primary source is accompanied by a... (read more)

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Years of Lyndon Johnson Volume 1: The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1
Years of Lyndon Johnson Volume 1: The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1
by Robert Caro
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FDR
FDR
by Jean Edward Smith
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One of todays premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this superlative volume, Jean Edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source... (read more)

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America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
by Sarah Bradford
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Acclaimed biographer Sarah Bradford explores the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman who has captivated the public for more than five decades, in a definitive portrait that is both sympathetic and frank. With an extraordinary range of candid... (read more)

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Abraham Lincoln: Presidential Life (09 Edition)
Abraham Lincoln: Presidential Life (09 Edition)
by James M. Mcpherson
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Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must... (read more)

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A Short History of Reconstruction (Abridged)
A Short History of Reconstruction (Abridged)
by Eric Foner
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The World the War Made The Coming of Emancipation On January 1, 1863, after a winter storm swept up the east coast of the United States, the sun rose in a cloudless sky over Washington, D.C. At the White House, Abraham Lincoln spent most of the day... (read more)

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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro
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"The main emotion that the reader, or at least one reader, comes away with is anger: anger at a government that for so long could tolerate a body of leaders who succeeded at stalling the cause of reform in this country, and anger at a citizenry that also... (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 History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Volume 2
The History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Volume 2
by Elliott Coues
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Volume 2 of the classic edition of Lewis and Clark's day-by-day journals that later became the basis for U.S. claims to Oregon and the West. Accurate and invaluable geographical, botanical, biological, meteorological, and anthropological material... (read more)

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The Story of American Freedom
The Story of American Freedom
by Eric Foner
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Freedom: a promised land, a battleground, America's cultural bond and fault line. The Declaration of Independence lists liberty among mankind's inalienable rights; the Constitution was framed to secure liberty's blessings. The United States bought the... (read more)

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Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume II, the Defining Year
Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume II, the Defining Year
by Blanche Wiesen Cook
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A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill By Winston Churchills own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of... (read more)

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
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In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award-winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals — Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison-confronted the... (read more)

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The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
by Thomas Fleming
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In The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers from Smithsonian Books, historian Thomas Fleming, author of The Perils of Peace, offers a fresh look at the critical role of women in the lives of Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison.... (read more)

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