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Heathen Days

by H.L. Mencken

In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the...


Minority Report

by H.L. Mencken

In the fall of 1948 H. L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He...


Happy Days

by H.L. Mencken

Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In...


The Eastern Frontier

by Charles Clark

In this fascinating social history of America’s first frontier, Charles Clark brings to life the people and settlements of Maine and New Hampshire before the Revolutionary War. He describes what life was like...


Line Doggie: Foot Soldier in Vietnam

by Charles Gadd

Charles Gadd served in Vietnam in late 1967 and 1968 and had experiences very similar to what most enlisted men endured. He describes the mud, blood, leeches, loss of friends, and low morale due to constant...


The Gentleman Boss

by Thomas Reeves

“ ‘Chet’ Arthur President of the United States. Good God!” was perhaps the most pithy contemporary reaction to the accession of the twenty-first Chief Executive. It has certainly been the most enduring,...


Sea Routes to the Gold Fields

by Oscar Lewis

Sea Routes to the Gold Fields tells the story of one of the most exciting mass movements in history: the migration by sea of the tens of thousands who joined the headlong race to California’s newly discovered...


CHINESE DEMOCRACY

by Andrew J Nathan

What do the Chinese mean by the word “democracy”? When they say that their political system is “democratic,” does this mean that they share our ideas about liberty, civil rights, and self government?...


Silver Kings

by Oscar Lewis

Thousands of readers remember with pleasure Oscar Lewis’s fine book on the Western railroad robber barons, The Big Four. Silver Kings is a companion piece, dealing as it does with the big four of the Nevada...


Big Four

by Oscar Lewis

Here for the first time is told in a single volume one of the most remarkable stories in American history. An Eastener is never long in California without hearing something of “the big four”: four Sacramento...


So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico, 1846-1848

by John S.D. Eisenhower

The Mexican-American War of the 1840s, precipitated by border disputes and the U.S. annexation of Texas, ended with the military occupation of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott. In the subsequent treaty,...


Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

by Michael Fellman

Bright, compulsively articulate, famous, loved, hated, and deeply troubled, William T. Sherman was perhaps one of the most compelling personalities in American history. This groundbreaking, in-depth portrait...


MEXICO: The Struggle for Peace and Bread

by Frank Tannenbaum

Into this illuminating study of the meaning of Mexico’s recent history Frank Tannenbaum has put the distillation of more than three decades of the familiarity with that country. Having traveled Mexico from...


CULTURE AS HISTORY

by Warren Susman

Bringing together for the first time the best of twenty-five years of unique critical work, Warren Susman takes us on a startling tour through the conflicts and events which have transformed the social, political,...


A Documentary History of the United States (Updated & Expanded)

by Alexander Heffner, RichardD. Heffner & Richard D. Heffner

Here, in a single volume, are the documents, speeches, and letters that have forged American history, accompanied by interpretations of their significance by noted historian and broadcaster Richard D. Heffner...


Oil and Ice: A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynasty

by Peter Nichols

"Peter Nichols has crafted a terrifyingly relevant historical narrative...A terrific read."

-Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In The Heart of the Sea

In 1871, America's last fleet of whaling ships was destroyed...


Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas

by Carl L. Becker

The Declaration of Independence

Carl L. Becker's important study is an analysis of the concepts expressed in the Declaration. Here is a lucid explanation of what the Declaration really is, what views it sets...


Kimono Mind

by Bernard Rudofsky

An appreciative and unsparing look at Japan by an unusually perceptive and intelligent traveler and student of life and human nature, who lived for two years with the Japanese, far from the tourist route.


The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism

by Aaron Sachs

A masterly and beautifully written account of the impact of Alexander von Humboldt on nineteenth-century American history and culture

The naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769?1859) achieved...


Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

by Denise A. Spellberg

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765,...