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Rocket Dreams: How the Space Age Shaped Our Vision of a World Beyond

by Marina Benjamin

In 1958, mankind's centuries-long flirtation with space flight became a torrid love affair. For a decade, tens of millions of people were enraptured -- first, by the U.S.-Soviet race to the moon, and finally,...


Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran--A Journey Behind the Headlines

by Scott Peterson

NO OTHER COUNTRY SO DOMINATES THE HEADLINES: Iran is portrayed as a nuclear threat, a terrorist nation, a charter member of the Axis of Evil bent on the destruction of Israel. But behind those headlines—and...


Selling Your Father's Bones: America's 140-Year War against the Nez Perce Tribe

by Brian Schofield

Part historical narrative, part travelogue, and part environmental plea, Selling Your Father's Bones recounts one of the most astonishing journeys in the history of the American West.

The year 1877 bore witness...


Scream of Eagles

by Robert K. Wilcox

The mission:

Become the most skilled, highly-trained, and deadliest

fighter pilots in the world.

The place: TOP GUN

In the darkest days of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy's kill ratio had fallen to 2:1 -- a...


History's Daughter: A Memoir from the only child of Terence MacSwiney

by Maire MacSwiney Brugha

Máire MacSwiney Brugha is the only child of Terence MacSwiney, one of the greatest figures in Ireland's history, who died after seventy-three days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920. His...


The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class

by Fred Siegel

This short book rewrites the history of modern American liberalism. It shows that what we think of liberalism today—the top-and-bottom coalition we associate with President Obama—began not with Progressivism...


The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America

by Eric Jaffe

A VIVID AND FASCINATING LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST STORIED HIGHWAY, THE BOSTON POST ROAD

 

During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post...


Midnight's Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition

by John Keay

A celebrated historian presents a history of Southern Asia since the Partition of British India in 1947, revealing how the twin forces of democracy and extremism are shaping the region’s future.


Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization

by Roger Roffman

As public attitudes about pot undergo rapid change, Roger Roffman's portrait of marijuana in America rises above punditry and rhetoric Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer...


The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors

by Desmond Seward

A brilliant new interpretation of one of the most dramatic periods of British history: The Tudor victory and their dynasty. 

One of the most dramatic periods of British history, the Wars of the Roses didn't...


Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

by Terry Golway

A major, surprising new history of New York’s most famous political machine—Tammany Hall—revealing, beyond the vice and corruption, a birthplace of progressive urban politics. For decades, history has...


The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World

by Leslie Dunton-Downer

English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond—virtually any human activity...


The Promise of American Life

by Herbert Croly & Franklin Foer

The Promise of American Life is part of the bedrock of American liberalism, a classic that had a spectacular impact on national politics when it was first published in 1909 and that has been recognized ever...


President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination

by Richard Reeves

Twenty-five years after Ronald Reagan became president, Richard Reeves has written a surprising and revealing portrait of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. As he did in his bestselling...


The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin's Persecution of One of the Great Scientists of the Twentieth Century

by Peter Pringle

In The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov, acclaimed journalist and author Peter Pringle recreates the extraordinary life and tragic end of one of the great scientists of the twentieth century.

In a drama of love, revolution,...


Civil War Texas

by Ralph A. Wooster

Written by one of the deans of Texas history, Civil War Texas provides an authoritative, comprehensive description of Texas during the Civil War as well as a guide for those who wish to visit sites in Texas...


The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of '78

by Richard Bradley

In this spellbinding book, Richard Bradley tells the story of what was surely the greatest major league game of our lifetime and perhaps in the history of professional baseball. That game, played at Fenway Park...


The Promise: President Obama, Year One

by Jonathan Alter

Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of "Change We Can Believe In" was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening...


Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Barry Rubin & Wolfgang G. Schwanitz

During the 1930s and 1940s, a unique and lasting political alliance was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities. From this relationship sprang a series of dramatic...


The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility

by Gregory Clark

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does this influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have...