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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

by Lily Koppel

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses...


The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia

by Mike Dash

Before the notorious Five Families dominated U.S. organized crime, there was the one-fingered criminal genius Giuseppe Morello and his lethal coterie. Combining first-rate scholarship and pulse-quickening action,...


Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guide Book

by Nicholas Van Wormer

Air Force basic training is now more challenging than ever, both mentally and physically. In the past few years the Air Force has redesigned its basic military training requirements to prepare airmen for the...


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

The bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place...


Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans (Updated and Revised)

by Ronald Takaki

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental...


Victory at Yorktown

by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen & Albert S. Hanser

New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen present the triumphant conclusion to their George Washington series—a novel of leadership, brotherhood, loyalty, and the victory of...


All about Coffee: A History of Coffee from the Classic Tribute to the World's Most Beloved Beverage

by William H. Ukers

The original homage to the world's most extraordinary drink!

In 1922, William H. Ukers wrote the definitive work on coffee. As the founder of The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal, an industry magazine still active...


Drink and the Victorians: The Temperance Question in England 1815-1872 Second Edition

by Brian Harrison

This scholarly treatise discusses temperance and drink in Victorian England. Topics including the political, social, and economic factors that affected the temperance movement, subgroups of the movement, as...


The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh through the Fifteenth Century

by Jr., Speros Vryonis

A history documenting the shift from Christian Greek culture to Islamic Turkish culture in Anatolia over three centuries. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org)...


Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

by Nelson Johnson & Terence Winter

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award–winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award–winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching...


The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power

by Carl Freedman

The fundamental argument this book is, first, that Richard Nixon, though not generally regarded as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing politician like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did establish profound...


A History of Women in America

by Carol Hymowitz & Michaele Weissman

From colonial to modern-day times this narrative history, incorporating first-person accounts, traces the development of women's roles in America. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements,...


The International Directory of Pirates, Buccaneers, and Other Rogues

by Philip Gosse

Over 700 Biographical Listings. The Definitive Who's Who from the Golden Age of Piracy. They say "dead men tell no tales." That's certainly true, but it doesn't mean that tales can not be told about those men....


The Sailor's Word: A Complete Dictionary of Nautical Terms from the Napoleonic and Victorian Navies

by W.H. & Belcher, H. Smyth

Almost 800 pages • 12,764 Definitions. The Most Complete Reference of Its Kind It's one thing to compile a dictionary of nautical terms from the Age of Sail; but it's quite another when the people doing the...


Tales of the Seven Seas: The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien

by Dennis M. Powers

Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in the early 1930s on the U.S. West Coast. This book tells of sailing over the oceans...


Broken Circles

by Anna Haebich

This major work reveals the dark heart of the history of the Stolen Generations in Australia. It shows that, from the earliest times of European colonization, Aboriginal Australians experienced the trauma of...


Voices of Scottish Journalists: Recollections of 22 Scottish Journalists of Their Life and Work

by Ian MacDougall

Newspaper journalism is a romantic profession. The men and women who wrote for newspapers in the twentieth century started work in a 'Hold the front page!' atmosphere: hot metal, clicking typewriters and inky...


The Big Spenders: The Epic Story of the Rich Rich, the Grandees of America and the Magnificoes, and How They Spent Their Fortunes

by Lucius Beebe

The Big Spenders was Lucius Beebe's last and many think his best book. In it he describes the consumption of the Gilded Age. Beebe enjoys it all immensely, and so do we his readers, whether it is James Gordon...


Ireland in the World: Further Reflections

by Garret FitzGerald

A collection of essays, many of which have not previously appeared in print, on Irish history and politics, contemporary Irish society and world affairs by twice former Taoiseach and respected columnist Garret...


The D-Day Companion: Leading Historians explore history's greatest amphibious assault

by Jane Penrose

Published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, ‘The D-Day Companion’ book brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic....