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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Founding Fathers: and the Birth of our Nation

by Ray Raphael

Essential reading for anyone interested in the leaders who shaped our nation.

Popular interest in the Founding Fathers has surged over the past decade and is beginning to rival interest in the Civil War. People...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Civil War, 3rd Edition

by Ph.D., Alan Axelrod

A battle ready guide to the deadliest war in American history.

Completely revised for the Sesquicentennial, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Civil War, Third Edition is a comprehensive overview of America's...


Unfamiliar Fishes

by Sarah Vowell

From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller.

Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization...


Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America

by Peter Quinn

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Freemasonry: An Introduction

by Ph.D., Mark E. Kolko-Rivera

An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the...


Singing From the Gallows: The Story of "Bad Tom" Smith

by Wayne Combs

Hazard, Kentucky is the setting for this historical story enhanced with some fiction, amazingly well told by author Wayne Combs, the great grandson of Bad Tom Smith. "Bad Tom" Smith was a notorious and murderous...


American Colonies: The Settling of North America (The Penguin History of the United States, Volume1)

by Alan Taylor

With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he...


Elizabethan Naval Administration

by C.S. Knighton & David Loades

This is the first general selection from the substantial body of surviving documents about Elizabeth's navy. It is a companion to The Navy of Edward VI and Mary I (Vol.157 in the NRS Series), where the apparatus...


Every Drop for Sale (pb reprint)

by Jeffrey Rothfeder

An investigative journalist explores our world on the brink of running out of usable water.

Less than .0008 percent of the total water on Earth is fit for human consumption, but global consumption of fresh water...


Up from Slavery

by Booker Washington & Louis Harlan

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Marines in the Garden of Eden: The True Story of Seven Bloody Days in Iraq

by Richard S. Lowry

On March 23, 2003, in the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, members of the 507th Maintenance Company came under attack from Iraqi forces who killed or wounded twenty-one soldiers and took six prisoners, including...


Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town

by Ronald J. Stephens

In 1912, white land developers founded Idlewild, an African American resort community in western Michigan. Over the following decades, the town became one of the country's foremost vacation destinations for...


Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Rockabillies

by Craig Maki & Keith Cady

The richness of Detroit's music history has by now been well established. We know all about Motown, the MC5, and Iggy and the Stooges. We also know about the important part the Motor City has played in the history...


Popular Media and the American Revolution: Shaping Collective Memory

by Janice Hume

The American Revolution-an event that gave America its first real "story" as an independent nation, distinct from native and colonial origins-continues to live on in the public's memory, celebrated each year...


Liberty and Liberticide: The Role of America in Nineteenth-Century British Radicalism

by Michael J. Turner

Liberty and Liberticide focuses on the influence America exerted over the ideas and activities of nineteenth-century British radicals. While some looked on America as the model of liberty, others associated...


One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore

by Tommy LaMore & Dan Baker

Escaping certain death - not once but several times - lies at the core of the riveting real-life story of an American soldier during World War II. In One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore, a B-17 pilot...


Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature

by D. Graham Burnett

In Moby-Dick, Ishmael declares, "Be it known that, waiving all argument, I take the good old fashioned ground that a whale is a fish, and call upon holy Jonah to back me." Few readers today know just how much...


Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty

by Randy E. Barnett

The U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court. In Restoring the Lost Constitution, Randy Barnett argues that since the nation's...


Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town

by Jack Shuler

A fresh perspective on the Orangeburg Massacre and its legacy


Shrill Hurrahs: Women, Gender, and Racial Violence in South Carolina, 1865-1900

by Kate Côté| Gillin

A new perspective on gender roles and racial violence in South Carolina after the Civil War