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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,...


Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become

by Lynne Jones

An illuminating, decades-spanning analysis of children’s experience during wartime and its reverberation into their adulthood


War Is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier

by Smedley Darlington Butler & Jesse Ventura

War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired US Marine Corps Major General and two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Darlington Butler. In these works, Butler frankly discusses...


The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK

by Mark Shaw

Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory...


Murderers, Robbers & Highwaymen: True Tales of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England

by Stephen Brennan

Despite the frequency with which criminals were sentenced to death, crime was still on the rise in England in the mid-1700s. Men were thrown in jail daily for everything from associating with gypsies to cutting...


Betrayal in Dallas: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy

by Mark North

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Mafia contract killers hired by Louisiana mob boss Carlos Marcello. Longtime local district attorney Henry Wade, an LBJ crony who would have sole jurisdiction over...


The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret

by Eve Haas

“The beautiful owner of this book is dearer to me than my life – August your protector.” This one sentence was the key to a mystery involving some of the greatest and most infamous figures in European...


Inside the Danger Zone: The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf, 1987-1988

by Harold Lee Wise

From the Iraqi attack on the USS Stark to Iranian mine fields to Revolutionary Guard gunboats, the 1987-88 Persian Gulf was a place of shadowy danger for U.S. Navy ships assigned to protect oil tankers during...