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Cold War Mandarin: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Origins of America's War in Vietnam, 1950-1963

by Seth Jacobs

For almost a decade, the tyrannical Ngo Dinh Diem governed South Vietnam as a one-party police state while the U.S. financed his tyranny. In this new book, Seth Jacobs traces the tragic history of the so-called...


The Rock Island Line

by Bill Marvel

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward...


Tribal Cultural Resource Management: The Full Circle to Stewardship

by Michael S. Burney, Darby C. Stapp & Van Jeff Pelt

The entrance of Native Americans into the world of cultural resource management is forcing a change in the traditional paradigms that have guided archaeologists, anthropologists, and other CRM professionals....


Rethinking the Great Depression

by Gene Smiley

Synthesizing new economic research of recent decades, the author offers new insights and some surprising conclusions about the Great Depression.


Stalin's Other War: Soviet Grand Strategy, 1939-1941

by Albert L. Weeks

Longtime Soviet expert Albert L. Weeks has studied the newly-released information and come to a new conclusion about the Soviet Union's pre-war buildup_it was not precaution against German invasion at all. In...


Reluctant Modernism: American Thought and Culture, 1880-1900

by George Cotkin

In Reluctant Modernism: American Thought and Culture, 1880–1900, George Cotkin surveys the intellectual life of this crucial transitional period. His story begins with the Darwinian controversies, since the...


Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

by Phillip Thomas Tucker

On the third day of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee launched a magnificent attack. For pure pageantry it was unsurpassed, and it also marked the centerpiece of the war, both time-wise and in terms of how the conflict...


Special Operations in the American Revolution

by Robert Tonsetic

When the American Revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majesty's highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle. Indeed, Washington's army suffered...


One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864

by Gary Dillard Joiner

Taking its title from Sherman's blunt description, One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864 is a fresh inspection of what was the Civil War's largest operation between the Union...


Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Confederate Woman's Life

by Mary A. DeCredico

Chesnut's keen insight into political, economic, and social developments makes her an excellent source to understand the Southern homefront during the Civil War.


James K. Polk: A Clear and Unquestionable Destiny

by Thomas M. Leonard

When he was elected President in 1845, James K. Polk was only 49 years old-at that time the youngest president ever to be elected. He faced a conflicted nation on the verge of tremendous territorial expansion....


Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War: Was Defeat Inevitable?

by James B. Wood

In this provocative history, James B. Wood challenges the received wisdom that Japan's defeat in the Pacific was historically inevitable. He argues instead that it was only when the Japanese military abandoned...


Guerrilla Warfare

by Che Guevara, Brian Loveman & Thomas M., Jr. Davies

Che Guevara, the larger-than-life hero of the 1959 revolutionary victory that overturned the Cuban dictatorship, believed that revolution would also topple the imperialist governments in Latin America. Che's...


He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey

by Douglas R. Egerton

In this biography of the great rebel leader Denmark Vesey, Douglas R. Egerton employs a variety of historical sources-church records, court documents, travel accounts, and newspapers from America and Saint Domingue-to...


The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream

by Teresa S. Moyer & Paul A. Shackel

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is most widely known today for the attempted slave revolt led by John Brown in 1859, the nucleus for the interpretation of the current national park. Here, Teresa S. Moyer...


The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture

by Jane Eva Baxter

The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying...


American Indians and the Urban Experience

by Kurt Peters & Susan Lobo

Modern American Indian life is urban, rural, and everything in-between. Lobo and Peters have compiled an unprecedented collection of innovative scholarship, poetry, prose, and stunning art-from photography and...


Slavery and freedom in Delaware, 1639-1865

by William H. Williams

William H. Williams fills a gap in the literature on slavery in America. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the 'peculiar institution' in the First State. An excellent text for courses in colonial...


Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, 1860-1910

by Kent Curtis

Gambling on Ore examines the development of the western mining industry from the tumultuous and violent Gold Rush to the elevation of large-scale copper mining in the early twentieth century, using Montana as...


The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust

by John B. Judis

John B. Judis, one of our most insightful political commentators, most rational and careful thinkers, and most engaged witnesses in Washington, has taken on a challenge that even the most concerned American...