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U.S. Navy SEALs

by Hans Halberstadt

The U.S. Navy SEALs—named for the three environments from which they operate (SEa, Air, Land)—was organized and created during World War II and over the past seventy years have taken the lead in many special...


Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews

The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling new biography of John F. Kennedy, by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball.

“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography...


The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

by Robert M. Edsel & Chad Hennings

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he...


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup & Dolen Perkins-Valdez

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Twelve...


Fighter Pilots in World War II: True Stories of Frontline Air Combat

by Bruce Halpenny

This is the story of Allied fighter pilots and the part they played in all the principal operational theatres of World War II. It also tells of life on the wartime airfield and how ground crew kept the aircraft...


The Book of the Dead

by E. A. Wallis Budge

The Book of the Dead is the title now commonly given to the great collection of funerary texts which the ancient Egyptian scribes composed for the benefit of the dead. These consist of spells and incantations,...


Generation Kill

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2004

by Evan Wright

Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Read about the Penguin Group (USA) partnership with HBO in support of the Generation Kill Troop Drive here.

They were called a generation without heroes.

Then they...


On War: Volume I

by Carl Von Clausewitz

The works of German military historian and theorist Carl von Clausewitz continue to be ranked among the finest examples of the genre. His surprisingly complex conceptions of war are still studied by military...


The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1963

by Barbara W. Tuchman

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s...


Inside Delta Force

by Eric Haney

Now the inspiration for the CBS Television drama, "The Unit."

Delta Force. They are the U.S. Army's most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won't hear about their heroics...


The Loss of the Titanic: Written by One of the Survivors

by Lawrence Beesley

Learn more about the disaster that befell the Titanic and caused the untimely deaths of 1,517 passengers in this gripping first-hand account from survivor Lawrence Beesley. Originally published a mere nine weeks...


Cleopatra: A Life

by Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer...


The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause and Consequences

by Sir John Barrow

A must-read for true-crime buffs and fans of maritime history, The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause and Consequences is widely recognized as the most detailed...


Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

by W. Craig Reed

Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace.”

 —Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta

W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack...


The Complete Works of Chaucer In Middle English

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English:

The Canterbury Tales

The Book of the Duchess

The House of Fame

Anelida and Arcite

The Parliament of Fowls

Boece

Troilus...


A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

by Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half...


Life and Adventures 1776-1801: Text Classics

by John Nicol & Tim Flannery

First published in 1822, this is the extraordinary story of John Nicol, a sailor who circled the globe twice, fought Napoleon's navy, was in Hawaii just after Cook's death, and went to Port Jackson on a Second...


Götterdämmerung - The Last Days of the Werhmacht in the East

by Bob Carruthers

"Most of the men were veterans of World War I" Major Schwark, plant protection battalion This fascinating collection of primary source accounts focuses on the combat actions of the Wehrmacht in the final battles...


A History of the World in 6 Glasses

by Tom Standage

From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history.


A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the...