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The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels

by Brian Fagan

The past fifteen thousand years-the entire span of human civilization-have witnessed dramatic sea level changes, which began with rapid global warming at the end of the Ice Age, when coastlines were more than...


Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

by Edward McClelland

A rich history of America's Rust Belt-its riveters, rioters, and the generations it raised-tracing the culture, society, and economics of the biggest Boom Town in our history


The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals...


Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.¿¿s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation

by Jonathan Rieder

The first ever trade history of a landmark of American letters--Martin Luther King Jr's legendary "Letter from Birmingham Jail."


Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America¿¿s Children

by Sarah Carr

A moving portrait of school reform in New Orleans through the eyes of the students and educators living it.


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain

by John Darwin

John Darwin's After Tamerlane, a sweeping six-hundred-year history of empires around the globe, marked him as a historian of "massive erudition" and narrative mastery. In Unfinished Empire, he marshals his gifts...


What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

by John Mullan

Which important Austen characters never speak? Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call one another, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? In What Matters in Jane Austen?...


The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military

by , Rawn, Jr. James

The century-long struggle to achieve equality for America's black soldiers and sailors, in a stirring narrative history by the author of Root and Branch


Furies: War in Europe, 1450-1700

by Lauro Martines

Rich, intriguing history from a leading scholar of early modern Europe, bringing alive the wars and armies that shaped the contintent's path out of the Dark Ages to modernity


The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

by Stephen Alford

A gripping history of Queen Elizabeth I's secret service and its ruthless war against the enemies of the realm-a vivid portrait of the original "national security state"


Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City

by Jeanette Keith

Brilliant new history from an acclaimed scholar-the forgotten story of the epidemic that nearly destroyed an American city, and the desperate valor of those who stayed behind.


Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

by Martin Makary

A loud-and-clear call for action from a leading surgeon to make American healthcare more transparent, more democratic and better for patients


Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence

by William L Silber

The biography of a true financial hero, Fed chairman Paul Volcker, who saved America's financial system from collapse--based on complete access to Volcker's papers and candid firsthand testimony from Volcker...


Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

by Brian Fagan

NYT-bestselling author Brian Fagan offers a vibrant history of how humans first solved the riddle of long-distance navigation, transforming the seas into highways that connected distant cultures and shaped world...


City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

by P D Smith

For the first time in the history of the planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - are now living in cities. Two hundred years ago only 3 per cent of the world's population were urbanites,...


Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the "Special Relationship"

by Peter Clarke

A fascinating new look at a neglected side of Winston Churchill--his life as a professional author-- revealing how his most important literary work shaped his role as a world leader, and the history of World...


A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

by Alice Kessler-Harris

A revelatory and provocative biography of one of the most controversial women of the twentieth century, by one of America's most renowned historians.


The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It

by Timothy Noah

A dynamic, brilliant exploration of income inequality in America, and the dangers it poses to our democracy, based on Timothy Noah's award-winning articles from Slate.


The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two

by Piers Paul Read

A compelling, new and highly accessible account of one of the most high-profile and influential miscarriages of justice in French history: The Dreyfus Affair.


A History of the World Since 9/11: Disaster, Deception, and Destruction in the War on Terror

by Dominic Streatfeild

So far, the war on terror has lasted ten years. It has cost the world three trillion dollars and nearly a million lives. We have not won it. We are not winning it. We won't.