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West of Eden: An American Place

by Jean Stein

An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic Edie

Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl,...


Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II

by Albert Lulushi

The stirring, little-known story of the forerunners to today's Special Forces.

The OSS—Office of Strategic Services—created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak-and-dagger...


The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

by Fergus M. Bordewich

The little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789–1791.

The First Congress was the most important in US history, says prizewinning author and historian...


9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her

by Brion McClanahan

Of the forty-four presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? Brion McClanahan, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers...


Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

by James F. Brooks

“In this rich work of anthropology, archaeology, and personal sleuthing, James Brooks carefully unravels a mystery of enormous violence that convulsed the desert Southwest some three hundred years ago—and...


The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution

by Sam Willis

A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence...


The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

by Patricia Bell-Scott

A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave...


Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

by Daniel L. Mallock

The drama of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is the foundational story of America—courage, loyalty, hope, fanaticism, greatness, failure, forgiveness, love.

Agony and Eloquence is the story of the greatest friendship...


The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson

A provocative and lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black presidency, from “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today” (Vanity Fair).

Michael...


United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

by Peter Bergen

A riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism from 9/11 to the present

 

Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have...


A Year in the South

by Stephen V. Ash

A Year in the South is about four ordinary people in an extraordinary time. They lived in the South during 1865 -- a year that saw war, disunion, and slavery give way to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation....


Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

by Daniel Oppenheimer

A provocative, intimate look at the evolution of America’s political soul through the lives of six political figures—from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens—who abandoned the left and joined the...


Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders

by Brady Carlson

An entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation’s greatest leaders—and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.

To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty...


Jacob's War

by Alex Perriello

Jacob’s War is the compelling tale of one soldier’s exceptional influence on the American Revolution. A carpenter by trade, Jacob was an unlikely war luminary. But, a series of astonishing and mysterious...


A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America: Volume III

by John Adams & Will Butts

In this third and final volume of A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, John Adams brings to a close his lengthy argument against "collecting all authority into one center."...


Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941

by Michael E. Parrish

"Impressively detailed. . . . An authoritative and epic overview."—Publishers Weekly In the convulsive years between 1920 and 941, Americans were first dazzled by unprecedented economic prosperity and then...


The World in Conflict: Understanding the world's troublespots

by The Economist & John Andrews

In the last decade, the USA and its allies have invaded Afghanistan; Russia has sent troops into Ukraine; Britain and France helped topple a regime in Libya; the militant group ISIS has emerged in the Middle...


The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict

by Austin Reed, Caleb Smith & David W. Blight

The earliest known prison memoir by an African American writer—recently discovered and authenticated by a team of Yale scholars—sheds light on the longstanding connection between race and incarceration in...


Outlaws and Peace Officers: Memoirs of Crime and Punishment in the Old West

by Stephen Brennan

The West’s most prominent lawmen and criminals tell their stories of fight, death, and survival.

In the romantic narrative of the Old West, two larger-than-life characters emerged as the perfect foils for each...


The Travelers' Charleston: Accounts of Charleston and Lowcountry, South Carolina, 1666-1861

by Jennie Holton Fant

Travelers' accounts of the people, culture, and politics of the southern coastal region prior to the Civil War