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American Slavery, American Freedom

by Edmund S. Morgan

"Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable."—New York Times Book Review In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans...


Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan

by Burton W. Peretti

This dark and dazzling history of New York City nightclub life in the 1920s and '30s explores the complex relationships among urban politicians, social reformers, and the business of vice.


Smack: Heroin and the American City

by Eric C. Schneider

Why do the vast majority of heroin users live in cities? In his provocative history of heroin in the United States, Eric Schneider explains what is distinctively urban about this undisputed king of underworld...


Dinah's Daughters: Gender and Judaism from the Hebrew Bible to Late Antiquity

by Helena Zlotnick

"This is an important title. . . . It will be valuable in graduate-level study of Western and Middle Eastern antiquity."—Choice


Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England

by J. M. Opal

During the first half-century of American independence, a fundamental change in the meaning and morality of ambition emerged. Beyond the Farm blends biography, social history, and cultural history to describe...


The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America

by John Fea

In this first full biography of Philip Vickers Fithian, John Fea tells the story of how one young man sought to pursue the life of an eighteenth-century Presbyterian gentleman while continuing to yearn for the...


A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry

by Geoffroi de Charny, Elspeth Kennedy & Richard W. Kaeuper

Composed at the height of the Hundred Years War by Geoffroi de Charny, one of the most respected knights of his age, A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry is an invaluable guide to fourteenth-century knighthood.


Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement

by Carol Faulkner

Carol Faulkner offers a vivid social history of the way the women's radical reform movement shaped government policy toward former slaves in the Civil War and Reconstruction era.


Under Two Flags: The American Navy in the Civil War

by William M. Fowler

Vividly written and well researched by a noted historian of the period, this succinct history credits the Union Navy as an essential element in the northern victory. Neither ponderous nor hagiographic, the work...


Red Scorpion: The War Patrols of the USS Rasher

by Peter T. Sasgen

The USS Rasher was one of America's most successful Word War II submarines, and her wartime exploits earned her three Presidential Unit Citations. Accordingly, the Rasher sank eighteen enemy ships and destroyed...


Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal

by Townsend Hoopes & Douglas Brinkley

A biography of the brilliant, ambitious Forrestal whose career took him from the Wall Street to Washington.


The Mexican Revolution: A Short History 1910-1920

by Stuart Easterling

Why did the Mexican Revolution happen? What makes it distinctive? Was it even a revolution at all?


Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon

by Juliette Volcler & Carol Volk

In this disturbing and wide-ranging account, acclaimed journalist Juliette Volcler looks at the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals, and law-abiding...


The Honored Society: A Portrait of Italy's Most Powerful Mafia

by Petra Reski

In the early hours of an August 2007 morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg, Germany; in less than five minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both the victims...


Terraced Hell: A Japanese Memoir of Defeat & Death in Northern Luzon, Philippines

by Tetsuro Ogawa

This memoir from a Japanese civilian placed with the army in World War II offers a rare glimpse of the Japanese experience and psychology during this desperate time.

Near the end of World War II , when the Japanese...


Men from Under the Sky: The Arrival of Westerners in Fiji

by Stanley Brown & Raymond Burr

The cannibal kings of Fiji are gone, but their spirit lives on. Cannibalism in Fiji and the gruesome "earth ovens" are gone; the kai vavalagi, "the men from over the horizon," changed that, bringing their own...


Another Country, Another Life: Calumny, Love, and the Secrets of Isaac Jelfs

by J. Patrick Boyer

Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many hard lives, his escape from each wrapped in deep secrecy. In 1869 he reached Toronto and started his new life with his new wife and his new name. His great-grandson follows that journey,...


Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City

by Barbara Miner

In a magisterial work of narrative nonfiction that weaves together the racially fraught history of public education in Milwaukee and the broader story of hypersegregation in the rust belt, Lessons from the Heartland...


Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right

by Ray Raphael

Americans of late have taken to waving the Constitution in the air and proclaiming, "The founders were on MY side! See, it’s all right here!" But these phantom constitutions bear little relation to the historical...


The Ranch That Was Us

by Becky Crouch Patterson & Willie Nelson

Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, Texas Hill Country legendary author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed...