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The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt''s Historic Broadcasts: Eleanor Roosevelt''s Historic Broadcasts

by Stephen Drury Smith & Blanche Wiesen Cook

On the afternoon of December 7, 1941, as a stunned nation gathered around the radio to hear the latest about Pearl Harbor, Eleanor Roosevelt was preparing for her weekly Sunday evening national radio program....


Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War

by Jamie Malanowski

The lead writer of the New York Times’s award-winning “Disunion” series introduces William Barker Cushing, the Civil War’s most celebrated naval hero. October 1864. The confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle...


Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

by Leon Panetta & Jim Newton

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden, among many important roles in a legendary career

It could be said that...


Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

by Alexis Coe

In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation—it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry...


Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The story of the great city terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

by Brian Moynahan

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier,...


Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

by James M. Mcpherson

From the Pulitzer Prize�winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy

History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause...


Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine's Memoir of Edson's Raiders in the Pacific

by Marlin Groft & Larry Alexander

By a veteran of Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson's battalion, and author of the Dick Winters biography Biggest Brother and coauthor of A Higher Call

On the killing ground that was the island of Guadalcanal, a 2,000-yard-long...


Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

by Christa Dierksheide

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought of themselves as modern, cosmopolitan...


Prefab Homes

by Elisabeth Blanchet

In 1944, Winston Churchill promised to manufacture up to 500,000 prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage after the Second World War. Made in factories, over 156,000 temporary "prefabs" of a few...


Fashion in the 1940s

by Jayne Shrimpton

This book reveals the impact of wartime on British fashion, how a spirit of utility, make-do and mend unleashed a whole new creativity among Britain's women starved of high fashion by rationing. Many of these...


Fashion in the Time of William Shakespeare: 1564-1616

by Sarah Downing

Garments and accessories are prominent in almost all of William Shakespeare's plays, from Hamlet and Othello to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. The statement 'the apparel oft proclaims the man'...


Railway Accidents

by Greg Morse

Though trains are one of the safest forms of transport, train accidents always make headline news. Their history is, in many ways, the history of technological development and learning. Early incidents like...


The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War

by Yochi Dreazen

The unforgettable story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and one in combat—and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces’ suicide epidemic.

Major General Mark Graham was...


GI Brides: June

by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi

She left everything behind to follow her heart …

The enthralling true story of a British war bride after World War II.

June Baker saw the American soldier walking toward her. In the gray of wartime England,...


The Return of George Washington

by Edward Larson

After commanding the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, General Washington stunned the world: He retired. Four years later, as he rode from Mount Vernon to lead the Constitutional Convention,...


Aztec Ruins National Monument--New Mexico

by John M. Corbett

The San Juan River and its tributaries drain the region known as the Four Corners country—the area surrounding the point where New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona meet in a common boundary at right angles....


1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

by Mary Elise Sarotte

1989 explores the momentous events following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the effects they have had on our world ever since. Based on documents, interviews, and television broadcasts from Washington, London,...


How Paris Amuses Itself

by F. Berkeley Smith

It is the small boy who crawls under the circus tent who most keenly enjoys the show. He has watched while the big double-top canvas was being raised and staked taut, transforming the familiar pasture-lot into...


Britain's Lost Regiments

by Trevor Royle

The history of the British Army is really the story of its regiments and the men who served in them. From the very beginning they formed the backbone of a singular institution that is itself a reflection of...


Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist: And Other Strange-but-True Tales from American History

by Robert D Schneck

American history is more than just what you read in your high school textbooks.

There's a wild and weird side to America's past, filled with strange creatures, bizarre happenings, and fantastical figures. Researcher...