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Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy

by Patrick O'brian

A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels. This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily...


King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East

by Jack O'Connell & Vernon Loeb

A CIA station chief, later Jordan's lawyer in Washington, reveals the secret history of a lost peace. Jack O'Connell possessed an uncanny ability to be at the center of things. On his arrival in Jordan in 1958,...


The Long Road To Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

by Richard Slotkin

A masterful account of the Civil War's turning point in the tradition of James McPherson's Crossroads of Freedom. In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical...


Sniper: A Novel

by Nicolai Lilin

Poised to stand among the great war novels, the harrowing chronicle of a sniper during the Chechen War. “The saboteurs? Holy Christ, what happened? What did you do to deserve that?” a fellow soldier responds...


Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830-1890

by Peter Pagnamenta

“A deeply researched and finely delivered look at what can best be described as a counterintuitive slice of American history.”—Washington Post

From the 1830s onward, a succession of well-born Britons headed...


A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa

by Steve Kemper

A true story that rivals the travels of Burton or Stanley for excitement, and surpasses them in scientific achievements. In 1849 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic...


Fatal Colours: Towton 1461-England's Most Brutal Battle

by George Goodwin & David Starkey

The tumultuous reign of Henry VI and its climax in the carnage of Towton—the bloodiest battle fought on English soil. The battle of Towton in 1461 was unique in its ferocity and brutality, as the armies of...


The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

by Ali H. Soufan & Daniel Freedman

A book that will change the way we think about al-Qaeda, intelligence, and the events that forever changed America. On September 11, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received...


You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya

by Christopher Goffard

A nonfiction mystery dwelling on timeless themes: an individual’s stand against corruption, the complexity of the human heart. Whether gunning down a warthog, raising the beams he'd hewn himself for a new...


Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner

by John Maxtone-Graham

“Maxtone-Graham’s take on the Titanic will be catnip to the ship’s dedicated buffs.”—Publishers Weekly This is a book unlike any other. Rather than offering simply a detailed retelling of the Titanic...


The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

by Matthew White

“An amusing (really) account of the murderous ways of despots, slave traders, blundering royals, gladiators and assorted hordes.”—New York Times Evangelists of human progress meet their opposite in Matthew...


Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

by Ian W. Toll

“Both a serious work of history . . . and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative.”—San Francisco Chronicle

On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over...


Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

by Richard Aldous

An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War. For decades historians have perpetuated the myth of a "Churchillian" relationship between Ronald Reagan...


Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

by Richard White

"A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations."  —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors...


Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

by David S. Reynolds

“Fascinating . . . a lively and perceptive cultural history.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, The New Yorker In this wide-ranging, brilliantly researched work, David S. Reynolds traces the factors that made Uncle...


Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

by Adam Winkler

A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight is a timely work examining America’s four-centuries-long political battle...


Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

by Bevin Alexander

“The world’s most fascinating battles and how they were won or lost, according to the Chinese sage.”—Kirkus Reviews Imagine if Robert E. Lee had withdrawn to higher ground at Gettysburg instead of sending...


The Greek Way

by Edith Hamilton

The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece. "Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed...


Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980

by Laura Kalman

An authoritative history of the right turn in American national politics during the Ford-Carter years. On the face of it, the Ford-Carter years seem completely forgettable. They were years of weak presidential...


The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 2011

by Eric Foner

“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account...