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Saving Big Ben: The USS Franklin and Father Joseph T. O'Callahan

by John R. Satterfield

Father Joseph T. O'Callahan was the first military chaplain to receive the Medal of Honor. An unlikely war hero, the bespectacled math professor who became the U.S. Navy's first Jesuit chaplain, served in combat...


Cousins: A Memoir

by Athol Fugard

A remarkable memoir of the author's coming of age as a writer.


An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art

by Todd London

An inspiring collection of the dreams and visions of the founders of the American theatre movement.


The Civil Wars

by Appian & John Carter

For the events between 133 and 70 BC he is the only surviving continuous narrative source. The subsequent books vividly describe Catiline's conspiracy, the rise and fall of the First Triumvirate, and Caesar's...


At Home: A Short History of Private Life Illustrated Edition

by Bill Bryson

From one of the most beloved authors of our  time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

“Houses...


Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

by Thomas Cahill

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary...


Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

by Jung Chang

A New York Times Notable Book

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

At the age of sixteen,...


Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy

by Eri Hotta

A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

When Japan launched hostilities against...


The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

by Lincoln Paine

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how...


The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

by Richard Kurin

The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin,...


The Little Book of the Tudors

by Annie Bullen

The five Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I - were some of the most influential rulers in British history. This volume explores all aspects of life in the Tudor age, from...


Hellcats: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid

by Peter Sasgen

"Sasgen vividly recounts the pulsating drama of the Hellcats." - Naval History

In 1945, American sub force commanders believed that if the Japanese merchant fleet was sunk, the enemy would be forced to surrender....


Red Fortress

by Catherine Merridale

A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it—and been shaped by it in turn

The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress...


Egyptomania

by Bob Brier

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies...


American Heretics

by Peter Gottschalk

In the middle of the nineteenth century a group of political activists in New York City joined together to challenge a religious group they believed were hostile to the American values of liberty and freedom....


Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the '60s & '70s

by Linda Joy Myers, Amber Lea Starfire & Kate Farrell

These forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail the breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era that was the '60s and '70s. These women rode the sexual revolution...


Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration

by Jaime Marroquin, Adela Pineda Franco & Magdalena Mieri

Open Borders to a Revolution is a collective enterprise studying the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual...


Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution

by Peter FitzSimons

Eureka Stockade - the unfinished revolution . . . In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is...


Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady: The true story of bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg

by Carol Baxter

He was the gentleman bushranger ... she was the woman who rode with him. Full of action and drama, this is the richly detailed and unputdownable true story of Captain Thunderbolt and his lady.


A Child of the Revolution: William Henry Harrison and His World, 1773-1798

by Hendrik Booraem

The American Revolution gave birth to a nation, forever changed the course of political thought, and shattered and transformed the lives of the citizens of the new republic. An iconic figure of the Old Northwest,...