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Daydreams and Nightmares: A Virginia Family Faces Secession and War

by Brent Tarter

The decision of the eventual Confederate states to secede from the Union set in motion perhaps the most dramatic chapter in American history, and one that has typically been told on a grand scale. In Daydreams...


Liberty's Apostle - Richard Price, His Life and Times

by Paul Frame

With a setting that encompasses the American and French Revolutions and a cast of characters that includes the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Priestley, Liberty's Apostle tells the story...


Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery

by Carlo Devito

Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden is an intimate retelling of Arlington National Cemetery’s tragic beginnings, and sheds new light on this profound chapter in American history.

Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden is the intensely...


Democracy's Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead

by Andrew Burstein

In political speech, Thomas Jefferson is the eternal flame. No other member of the founding generation has served the agendas of both Left and Right with greater vigor. When Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the...


For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862

by Brian R. McEnany

During the tense months leading up to the American Civil War, the cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point continued their education even as the nation threatened to dissolve around them. Students...


Where They Lay: A Forensic Expedition in the Jungles of Laos

by Earl Swift

Where They Lay melds an account of an elite military team's high-tech, high-risk search for a Vietnam War pilot's remains with a remarkably immediate and poignant retelling of his final intense hours.


To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy

by Robert M. Dunkerly

Across the Confederacy, determination remained high through the winter of 1864 into the new year. Yet ominous signs were everywhere. The peace conference had failed. Large areas were overrun, the armies could...


Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President

by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler

History enthusiasts and admirers of Team of Rivals will rejoice in this magisterial account of the extraordinary Americans who served the nation’s first chief executive: Together, they created the presidency...


The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

by Blaine Harden

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung's rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state...


Lincoln and the Jews

by Jonathan D. Sarna & Benjamin Shapell

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the full story of his extraordinary relationship with Jews is told here for the first time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History provides readers both with...


The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation

by Thomas Fleming

A fresh look at the nation’s formative years through the lens of the clash between Washington and Jefferson.


The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth

by Matthew C. Hulbert, Joseph M. Jr. Beilein & Christopher Phillips

Most Americans are familiar with major Civil War battles such as Manassas (Bull Run), Shiloh, and Gettysburg, which have been extensively analyzed by generations of historians. However, not all of the war's...


Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg,Port Hudson,and the Trans-Mississippi

by Donald S. Frazier

Blood on the Bayou:  Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi takes a well-known story, the struggle for control of the Mississippi River in the American Civil War, and recasts it as a contest for...


The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War

by Paul Hendrickson

One of the finest books to emerge from the Vietnam experience, The Living and the Dead presents a brilliant study of Robert McNamara, his decision-making during the war, and the way his decisions affected his...


Life Among the Apaches: The Classic History of Native American Life on the Plains

by John C. Cremony

One of the original seventeenth-century historical accounts of the Apaches and the southwestern American Indians.

John C. Cremony’s first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s,...


My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting

by William T. Hamilton

In these days, when the experience of living right up against nature are fast becoming a thing of the past, the story is of special interest. The mountaineers as a class were unique. Life itself had little value...


Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America

by David O. Stewart

Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.

Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor...


American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

by Christian G. Appy

“Few people understand the centrality of the Vietnam War to our situation as much as Christian Appy."

—Ken Burns

The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place...


Vietnam Wars 1945-1990

by Marilyn Young

The first book to give equal weight to the Vietnamese and American sides of the Vietnam war.


Lincoln Mediated: The President and the Press through Nineteenth-Century Media

by David W. Bulla, Gregory A. Borchard & David B. Sachsman

Lincoln Mediated describes how Abraham Lincoln worked with the press throughout his political career. It details how his ties to various newspapers played a central role in the success of his presidency. Gregory...