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Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York

by Paul Goldberger

In Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the inside story of the quest to rebuild one of the most important symbolic sites in the world, the sixteen acres where the towers of the...


Song of Brooklyn: An Oral History of America's Favorite Borough

by Marc Eliot

The voices of Brooklyn:

“I’m a Brooklyn guy, it’s in my bones and it’s there in Brooklyn. There’s a certain rhythm you get growing up there. Every Brooklyn kid has it. Always on the right beat. The...


Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Strugg

by J. Anthony Lukas

Hailed as "toweringly important" (Baltimore Sun), "a work of scrupulous and significant reportage" (E. L. Doctorow), and "an unforgettable historical drama" (Chicago Sun-Times), Big Trouble brings to life the...


The Price of Vigilance: Attacks on American Surveillance Flights

by Larry Tart & Robert Keefe

The recent forced landing of a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft on Hainan Island after aerial harassment by Chinese fighters underscores that the dangers of the Cold War are not behind us. Reconnaissance-intelligence...


This Republic of Suffering

by Drew Gilpin Faust

More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that...


All American, All the Way

by Phil Nordyke

On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne Division jumped into history with the First Allied Airborne Army in a daring daylight parachute and glider-borne assault to capture key bridges at the start of...


Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble

by Roger Cohen

In February of 1945, 350 American POWs, selected because they were Jews, thought to resemble Jews or simply by malicious caprice, were transported by cattle car to Berga, a concentration camp in eastern Germany....


The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Jacob Burckhardt

Jacob Burckhardt was born in 1818 in Basel, Switzerland. He studied history at the University of Berlin and taught art history and the Italian Renaissance in Berlin and Basel. His essay, as he called The Civilization...


The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

by Tom Brokaw

"I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the...


The German Conception of History: The National Tradition of Historical Thought from Herder to the Present

by Georg G. G. Iggers

The first comprehensive critical examination in any language of the German national tradition of historiography


New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

by Jill Lepore

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner

Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising....


A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History

by Bernard Lewis

In times of war and in peace, from the earliest days of the Roman Empire to our own, Westerners have journeyed to the lands of the middle east, bringing back accounts of their adventures and impressions. Yet...


Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring

by Alexander Rose

Soon to be a series on AMC

Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time,...


Objects of Our Desire: Exploring Our Intimate Connections with the Things Around Us

by Salman Akhtar

What makes something sexy? Why are some things regarded as sacred and others profane? Why do mourners face such difficulty in parting with their beloved’s possessions? Why do we often feel distraught when...


Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

by Chuck Palahniuk

Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside?

Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?

Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video?

What goes on at the Scum...


Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain, 1938-1945

by Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz

Between December 1938 and September 1939, nearly ten thousand refugee children from Central Europe, mostly Jewish, found refuge from Nazism in Great Britain. This was known as the Kindertransport movement, in...


The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon

by Zachary Michael Jack

From yesterday's gingham girls to today's Google-era Farmer Janes, The Midwest Farmer's Daughter explores the resurgent role played by female agriculturalists at a time when fully 30 percent of new farms in...


The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After

by Edward W. Said

     Soon after the Oslo accords were signed in September 1993 by Israel and Palestinian Liberation Organization, Edward Said predicted that they could not lead to real peace.  In these essays, most written...


The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded

by Marcello Simonetta

A brutal murder, a nefarious plot, a coded letter. After five hundred years, the most notorious mystery of the Renaissance is finally solved.

The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it...


The Oregon Trail: An American Saga

by David Dary

A major one-volume history of the Oregon Trail from its earliest beginnings to the present, by a prize-winning historian of the American West.

Starting with an overview of Oregon Country in the early 1800s, a...