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American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

by John Beckman

Here is an animated and wonderfully engaging work of cultural history that lays out America’s unruly past by describing the ways in which cutting loose has always been, and still is, an essential part of what...


Children of the Troubles: Our Lives in the Crossfire of Northern Ireland

by Laurel Holliday

In this remarkable second book in the Children of Conflict series, Laurel Holliday presents a powerful collection of young people's memories of growing up in the midst of the violence in Northern Ireland known...


Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women

by Kate Cooper

In this inspiring new history of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper reveals a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the first mothers of the infant church. As far as recorded...


Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

by Peter Caddick-Adams

Two men came to personify Allied and German generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They fought a series of extraordinary battles across several theaters of war that established...


Shakespeare's Face: Unraveling the Legend and History of Shakespeare's Mysterious Portrait

by Stephanie Nolen

A fascinating literary detective story charting the surprising, true history of a recently discovered painting of Shakespeare held by the same family for 400 years -- adding new drama to the Bard's life.

When...


Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici

by Miles J. Unger

Magnifico is a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and...


Worse Than Slavery

by David M. Oshinsky

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

by Reza Kahlili

A TIME TO BETRAY

This exhilarating, award-winning memoir of a secret double life reveals the heart-wrenching story of a man who spied for the American government in the ranks of the notorious Revolutionary Guards...


Undaunted: My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma

by Zoya Phan & Damien Lewis

Once a royal kingdom and then part of the British Empire, Burma long held sway in the Western imagination as a mythic place of great beauty. In recent times, Burma has been torn apart and isolated by one of...


No Place to Hide

by Robert O'Harrow

In No Place to Hide, award-winning Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow, Jr., lays out in unnerving detail the post-9/11 marriage of private data and technology companies and government anti-terror initiatives...


An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol

by John Weber

Rich in world history and political power, veiled in secrecy, and rife with rituals and arcane symbols -- from art and architecture to the images that adorn our currency -- the Freemasons arose from ambiguous...


A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II

by Richard Snow

Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him—what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign.

In that global conflagration,...


The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of

by Larry Mcmurtry

From the early 1800s to the end of his life in 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody was as famous as anyone could be. Annie Oakley was his most celebrated protégée, the 'slip of a girl' from Ohio who could (and did) outshoot...


Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security

by Mark Riebling

Prophetic when first published, even more relevant now, Wedge is the classic, definitive story of the secret war America has waged against itself.

Based on scores of interviews with former spies and thousands...


The Commanders

by Bob Woodward

It is impossible to examine any part of the war on terrorism in the twenty-first century without seeing the hand of Dick Cheney, Colin Powell or one of their loyalists. The Commanders, an account of the use...


Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

by Kai Bird

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRD’S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict....


Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation

by James MacGregor Burns & Georgia Jones Sorenson

"The urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy....To renew America, we must be bold...must revitalize our democracy....Together with our friends and allies, we will...


Nothing Like It in the World LP: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 18631869

by Stephen E. Ambrose

In this account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage, Stephen E. Ambrose offers a historical successor to his universally acclaimed Undaunted Courage, which recounted the explorations...


General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence

by John Eisenhower

John S.D. Eisenhower modestly explains General Ike as "a son's view of a great military leader -- highly intelligent, strong, forceful, kind, yet as human as the rest of us." It is that, and more: a portrait...


The Proud Bastards: One Marine's Journey from Parris Island through the Hell of Vietnam

by E. Michael Helms

In 1967, a young E. Michael Helms boarded a bus to the legendary grounds of Parris Island, where mere boys were forged into hardened Marines -- and sent to the jungles of Vietnam. It was the first stop on a...