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Fighting Texas Navy 1832-1843

by Douglas V. Meed

This is the heroic story of those seaborne Texans who were often outnumbered, usually outgunned, but never outsailed and never, ever outfought.


A Wider Europe: The Process and Politics of European Union Enlargement

by Michael J. Baun

This clear and engaging text examines the process and politics of the UnionOs OEasternO enlargement, beginning with its initial response to the 1989 revolution up through the Helsinki summit decisions of December...


The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory, and Colonialism in the Middle Ages

by Robert Bartlett

Seven hundred years ago, executioners led a Welsh rebel named William Cragh to a wintry hill to be hanged. They placed a noose around his neck, dropped him from the gallows, and later pronounced him dead. But...


Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

by Tom Zoellner

The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox,...


Glory Days Gone Under: One Trapper's Personal Chronicle of the American Rocky Mountain Fur Trade 18331837

by Edward Louis Henry

The fourth and final volume in the Temple Buck Quartet describes the final years of the American Rocky Mountain fur trade (1833–1837) through the eyes and in the words of Temple Buck and his trapper comrades...


Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century

by Ann K. Ferrell

Once iconic American symbols, tobacco farms are gradually disappearing. It is difficult for many people to lament the loss of a crop that has come to symbolize addiction, disease, and corporate deception; yet,...


Tara Revisited: Women, War, & the Plantation Legend

by Catherine Clinton

Cutting through romantic myth, this captivating volume combines period photographs and illustrations with new documentary sources to tell the real story of southern women during the Civil War.

Drawing from a...


Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany

by Henry G. Gole & Edward M. Coffman

As World War II recedes from living memory, there remain untold stories of important behind-the-scenes operatives who provided vital support to the leaders celebrated in historical accounts. Colonel Truman Smith...


The Agony of the Russian Idea

by Tim McDaniel

Boris Yeltsin's attempts at democratic reform have plunged a long troubled Russia even further into turmoil. This dramatic break with the Soviet past has left Russia politically fragmented and riddled with corruption,...


The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade

by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Matt Childs & James Sidbury

In The Black Urban Atlantic, eleven original essays by leading scholars from the United States, Europe, and Latin America chronicle the black experience in Atlantic ports, providing a rich and diverse portrait...


Americans at the Gate: The United States and Refugees during the Cold War

by Carl J. Bon Tempo

Unlike the 1930s, when the United States tragically failed to open its doors to Europeans fleeing Nazism, the country admitted over three million refugees during the Cold War. This dramatic reversal gave rise...


American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945

by Gavin Jones

Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite...


Goodnight Saigon

by Charles Henderson

Winner: American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Book Award, General Nonfiction, 2006. Here, culled from extensive interviews and research, is the achingly dramatic story of the end of the Vietnam...


Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier

by Timothy J. Shannon

The newest addition to the Penguin Library of American Indian History explores the most influential Native American Confederacy

More than perhaps any other Native American group, the Iroquois found it to their...


The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance

by Joscelyn Godwin

The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance recounts the almost untold story of how the rediscovery of the pagan, mythological imagination during the Renaissance brought a profound transformation to European culture....


Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture and Execution

by Erik Ruhling

Erik Ruhling assembles an unmatched array of torture tools invented exclusively for the infliction of pain and the ending of life, each carefully researched with an accompanying full-color, highly detailed rendering....


Who's Watching You: The Chilling Truth about the State, Surveillance, and Personal Freedom

by John Gibb & Mack Farren

The threat of terrorism and the corresponding climate of fear encouraged by the government have together eroded our freedom to live our lives in peace and quiet away from the prying eyes of hidden cameras. The...


Babes Remember: Unforgettable People, Places, and Things from the 50s and 60s

by Jill Larson Sundberg & Michael Larson

Sometimes we forget the goofy things that made us happy or the simplicity and possibility that was our past. Our lives are made up of fleeting moments--moments we wish we could've written down. Babes Remember...


The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal

by Julie Greene

A revelatory look at a momentous undertaking-from the workers' point of view

The Panama Canal has long been celebrated as a triumph of American engineering and ingenuity. In The Canal Builders, Julie Greene...


The Ballad of Abu Ghraib

by Philip Gourevitch

The first full reckoning of what actually happened at Abu Ghraib prison-"one of the most devastating of the many books on Iraq" (The New York Times Book Review)

A relentlesly surprising and perceptive account...