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No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War

by David Kaiser

An acclaimed historian reveals how Roosevelt and his cabinet engineered America’s entry into—and ultimate victory in—World War II.


William and Kate: And Baby George: Royal Baby Edition

by Christopher Andersen

With a new chapter on the birth of the royal baby and 17 new photos, the complete story of the romance and marriage of William and Kate and their son, George Alexander Louis Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince...


James K. Polk

by John Seigenthaler & Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The story of a pivotal president who watched over our westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy

James K. Polk was a shrewd and decisive commander in chief, the youngest president elected...


The Kennedy Detail (Enhanced Edition): JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

by Lisa McCubbin, Gerald Blaine & Clint Hill

THE SECRET SERVICE. An elite team of men who share a single mission: to protect the president of the United States. On November 22, 1963, these men failed—and a country would never be the same. Now, for the...


Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism

by Stanley Kurtz

President Barack Obama surprised many voters during a pre-election interview when he approvingly noted that Ronald Reagan had “changed the trajectory of America” in a way that other presidents had not. In...


Way Out There In the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2000

by Frances FitzGerald

Way Out There in the Blue is a major work of history by the Pulitzer Prize­winning author of Fire in the Lake. Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald...


President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination

by Richard Reeves

Twenty-five years after Ronald Reagan became president, Richard Reeves has written a surprising and revealing portrait of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. As he did in his bestselling...


The Promise: President Obama, Year One

by Jonathan Alter

Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of "Change We Can Believe In" was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening...


Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image

by Joshua Zeitz

A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants

Lincoln's official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed...


In the Line of Fire: A Memoir

by Pervez Musharraf

According to Time magazine, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf holds "the world's most dangerous job." He has twice come within inches of assassination. His forces have caught more than 670 members of al...


Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist

by R. L. Wilson & John Milius

Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist reflects the zest for life that was so powerfully characteristic of TR. For decades, Roosevelt's big game hunting books have been among the most often quoted and reprinted...


Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

by Michael R. Beschloss

From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Conquerors

Michael Beschloss has brought us a brilliantly readable and inspiring saga about crucial times in America's history when a courageous President dramatically...


The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

by Jonathan Alter

This is the story of a political miracle -- the perfect match of man and moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March of 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing everywhere. Millions of people...


Heartbeat: George Bush in His Own Words

by Jim McGrath

"We are not the sum of our possessions. They are not the measures of our lives. In our hearts, we know what matters. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope...


Jefferson's Demons: Portrait of a Restless Mind

by Michael Knox Beran

"I have often wondered for what good end the sensations of Grief could be intended."

-- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson suffered during his life from periodic bouts of dejection and despair, shadowed intervals...


Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural

by Ronald C. White Jr.

After four years of unspeakable horror and sacrifice on both sides, the Civil War was about to end. On March 4, 1865, at his Second Inaugural, President Lincoln did not offer the North the victory speech it...


The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows

by Gabor Boritt

The words Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg comprise perhaps the most famous speech in history. It has been quoted by popes, presidents, prime ministers,...


LBJ: Architect of American Ambition

by Randall Woods

For almost forty years, the verdict on Lyndon Johnson's presidency has been reduced to a handful of harsh words: tragedy, betrayal, lost opportunity. Initially, historians focused on the Vietnam War and how...


An American Life: The Autobiography

by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life—public and private—told in a book both frank and compellingly readable.

Few presidents...


When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House

by Patricia O'Toole

A remarkable portrait of one of our most remarkable presidents, When Trumpets Call focuses on Theodore Roosevelt's life after the White House. TR had reveled in his power and used it to enlarge the scope of...