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The Return of George Washington

by Edward Larson

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important—yet almost always overlooked—chapter of George Washington’s life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming...


Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

by Elyssa East

The area known as Dogtown -- an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts -- has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics,...


Modernizing the American War Department: Change and Continuity in a Turbulent Era, 1885-1920

by Daniel Beaver

An important study of the evolution of the U.S. War DepartmentNot a simple, linear administrative history, Modernizing the American War Department is a unique study of the adjustment of nineteenth-century military...


Southern African Liberation Struggles: New Local, Regional and Global Perspectives

by Hilary Sapire & Chris Saunders

Probing beyond the heroic portrayals of armed struggles and nationalist resistance, this collection of essays illustrates the intertwined histories of Southern African liberation struggles and those of regional...


Episcopal Appointments in England, c. 1214-1344: From Episcopal Election to Papal Provision

by Katherine Harvey

In 1214, King John issued a charter granting freedom of election to the English Church; henceforth, cathedral chapters were, theoretically, to be allowed to elect their own bishops, with minimal intervention...


Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant, 1097-1291

by Alex Mallett

The issue of Muslim reactions to the Franks has been an important part of studies of both the Crusades and Islamic History, but rarely the main focus. This book examines the reactions of the Muslims of the Levant...


Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture

by Ileana Baird & Christina Ionescu

Exploring Enlightenment attitudes toward things and their relation to human subjects, this collection offers a geographically wide-ranging perspective on what the eighteenth century looked like beyond British...


China's Naval Power: An Offensive Realist Approach

by Yves-Heng Lim

The rapid modernization of the Chinese Navy is a well-documented reality of the post-Cold War world. In two decades, the People's Liberation Army Navy has evolved from a backward force composed of obsolete platforms...


Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan

by Erika G. King

Situating Obama’s end-of-war discourse in the historical context of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Obama, the Media, and Framing the U.S. Exit from Iraq and Afghanistan begins with a detailed comparison with...


Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama

by Stephen Sestanovich

From a writer with long and high-level experience in the U.S. government, a startling and provocative assessment of America’s global dominance. Maximalist puts the history of our foreign policy in an unexpected...


The Republican Party in the Age of Roosevelt: Sources of Anti-Government Conservatism in the United States

by Elliot A. Rosen

Elliot Rosen's Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Brains Trust focused on the transition from the Hoover administration to that of Roosevelt and the formulation of the early New Deal program. Roosevelt, the Great Depression,...


Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia

by Lynn Rainville

In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there...


Major-General Thomas Harrison: Millenarianism, Fifth Monarchism and the English Revolution 1616-1660

by David Farr

Thomas Harrison is today perhaps best remembered for the manner of his death. As a leading member of the republican regime and signatory to Charles I’s death warrant, he was hanged, drawn and quartered by...


Practical Predestinarians in England, c. 1590-1640

by Leif Dixon

The belief that God eternally and unalterably decrees the election of one part of humankind and the reprobation of the rest has not aged well, but in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the doctrine of predestination...


The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1618-44

by Kenneth M. Swope

This book examines the military collapse of China's Ming Dynasty to a combination of foreign and domestic foes. The Ming's defeat was a highly surprising development, not least because as recently as in the...


A Shorter History of Australia

by Geoffrey Blainey

A broad, concise and inclusive vision of Australia and Australians by one our most renowned historians. After a lifetime of research and debate on Australian and international history, Geoffrey Blainey is well-placed...


The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2014

by David Brion Davis

Winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction 

Shortlisted for the 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial...


Children of the Troubles: Our Lives in the Crossfire of Northern Ireland

by Laurel Holliday

In this remarkable second book in the Children of Conflict series, Laurel Holliday presents a powerful collection of young people's memories of growing up in the midst of the violence in Northern Ireland known...


An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol

by John Weber

Rich in world history and political power, veiled in secrecy, and rife with rituals and arcane symbols -- from art and architecture to the images that adorn our currency -- the Freemasons arose from ambiguous...


Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security

by Mark Riebling

Prophetic when first published, even more relevant now, Wedge is the classic, definitive story of the secret war America has waged against itself.

Based on scores of interviews with former spies and thousands...