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The Bravest Man: Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang

by William Tuohy

“There’s no margin for mistakes in submarines. You’re either alive or dead.”

–Richard O’Kane

Hailed as the ace of aces, captain Richard O’Kane, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his...


Daniel Boone: An American Life

by Michael A. Lofaro

The embodiment of the American hero, the man of action, the pathfinder, Daniel Boone represents the great adventure of his age -- the westward movement of the American people. Daniel Boone: An American Life...


Conversations with Leo Tolstoy

by Leo Tolstoy

When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would...


A Train in Winter

by Caroline Moorehead

They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted...


Napoleon: A Political Life

by Steven Englund

This sophisticated and masterful biography, written by a respected French history scholar who has taught courses on Napoleon at the University of Paris, brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern...


The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

by Pamela Katz

Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious...


Great Soul

by Joseph Lelyveld

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass...


My Rocky Road and Beyond

by Mary Muriel Hall

Mary Muriel Hall (nee Burns) was raised in a humble four-room house in Ennis, Ireland, In the 1940s. In this touching memoir, she vividly recalls her harrowing-yet often humorous-childhood. Muriel became familiar...


The Diary of Malcolm X: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964

by Herb Boyd & Ilyasah Al-Shabazz

In 1964, Malcolm X made two trips to Africa and theMiddle East. During those trips, he kept copious notes. This remarkable document, The Diary of Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964, is comprised of those...


Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

by William C. Davis

A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders—how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation


The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War

by Alexander Waugh

The House of Wittgenstein is the grand saga of a brilliant and tragic Viennese family whose members included a famous philosopher and the world's greatest one-handed classical pianist.

The Wittgenstein family...


The Compassionate Englishwoman: Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War

by Robert Eales

In London, the upper class Emily Hobhouse hears that women and children caught in the Boer War are having a difficult time. Concerned, she goes to South Africa - by herself and at her own initiative - to investigate...


Nicholas and Alexandra

by Robert K. Massie

The story of the love that ended an empire

In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the...


The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe

by John Rabe

The Good Man of Nanking is a crucial document for understanding one of World War II's most horrific incidents of genocide, one which the Japanese have steadfastly refused to acknowledge.  It is also the moving...


The Unhappy Medium: Spiritualism and the Life of Margaret Fox

by Earl Wesley Fornell & Lowell Collins

"Here, Mr. Split-Foot, do as I do!" exclaimed the child, and the spirits obeyed her command. Thus, in 1848, thirteen-year-old Margaret Fox inaugurated the age of spiritualism. Those early spirit manifestations...


Barnaby Rich: A Short Biography

by Thomas Mabry Cranfill & Dorothy Hart Bruce

Soldier, sea captain, freebooter, courtier, writer, reformer, and informer, Barnaby Rich was a man of his time. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, Rich took part in numerous campaigns fraught with hardship and...


REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?

by Curtis Patrick

Intimate stories by real hard-working, unpretentious, selfless people, all thrown into a milieu; a simmering stewpot of diverse young men & women, all working for a common goal-to help Ronald Reagan succeed,...


Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

by Malvina Shanklin Harlan, Linda Przybyszewski & Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan...


The Corsican: The Virtual Diary of Napoleon Bonaparte

by R.M. Johnston

Napoleon's Diary? Napoleon didn't keep a diary-that's what makes this book so interesting We know that Napoleon Bonaparte did not keep a diary. But what if he had? What would it look like? American historian,...


The Code of Love: An Astonishing True Tale of Secrets, Love, and War

by Andro Linklater

For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband’s encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning...