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We Saw Lincoln Shot: One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts

by Timothy S. Good

On the evening of 14 April 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theatre, an entire audience was witness to the tragedy. From diaries, letters, depositions, affidavits, and periodicals,...


LEGACY

by Leigh Straw

A brutal killing and a secret hidden for fifty years.


Promise of Glory

by C. X. Moreau

On September 13, 1862, a Union private found--wrapped around some cigars left behind by fleeing Confederate soldiers--a piece of paper. On that paper was Special Orders No. 191, a message from Lee to his generals...


Damage Them All You Can

by George Walsh

“Damage them all you can,” the patrician Lee exhorts, and his Southern army, ragtag in uniform and elite in spirit, responds ferociously in one battle after another against their Northern enemies—from...


Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

by DavidHaward Bain

After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event. Beginning in 1842 with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of...


Macarthur's War: The Flawed Genius Who Challenged The American Political System

by Bevin Alexander

General Douglas MacArthur was highly skilled and world famous as a military commander. Under his leadership after World War II, Japan was rebuilt into a democratic ally. But during the Korean War, in defiance...


From Abolition to Rights for All: The Making of a Reform Community in the Nineteenth Century

by John T. Cumbler

The Civil War was not the end, as is often thought, of reformist activism among abolitionists. After emancipation was achieved, they broadened their struggle to pursue equal rights for women, state medicine,...


American Slavery, American Freedom

by Edmund S. Morgan

"Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable."—New York Times Book Review In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans...


Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan

by Burton W. Peretti

This dark and dazzling history of New York City nightclub life in the 1920s and '30s explores the complex relationships among urban politicians, social reformers, and the business of vice.


Smack: Heroin and the American City

by Eric C. Schneider

Why do the vast majority of heroin users live in cities? In his provocative history of heroin in the United States, Eric Schneider explains what is distinctively urban about this undisputed king of underworld...


Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England

by J. M. Opal

During the first half-century of American independence, a fundamental change in the meaning and morality of ambition emerged. Beyond the Farm blends biography, social history, and cultural history to describe...


The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America

by John Fea

In this first full biography of Philip Vickers Fithian, John Fea tells the story of how one young man sought to pursue the life of an eighteenth-century Presbyterian gentleman while continuing to yearn for the...


Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement

by Carol Faulkner

Carol Faulkner offers a vivid social history of the way the women's radical reform movement shaped government policy toward former slaves in the Civil War and Reconstruction era.


Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon

by Juliette Volcler & Carol Volk

In this disturbing and wide-ranging account, acclaimed journalist Juliette Volcler looks at the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals, and law-abiding...


Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File

by Alan Levy

Simon Wiesenthal spent four and a half years in Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II. With the exception of his wife, all his immediate family were exterminated, and he himself ended the war a living...


A Brief History of the Crusades

by Geoffrey Hindley

Why did the medieval Church bless William of Normandy's invasion of Christian England in 1066 and authorise cultural genocide in Provence? How could a Christian army sack Christian Constantinople in 1204? Why...


Another Country, Another Life: Calumny, Love, and the Secrets of Isaac Jelfs

by J. Patrick Boyer

Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many hard lives, his escape from each wrapped in deep secrecy. In 1869 he reached Toronto and started his new life with his new wife and his new name. His great-grandson follows that journey,...


Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right

by Ray Raphael

Americans of late have taken to waving the Constitution in the air and proclaiming, "The founders were on MY side! See, it’s all right here!" But these phantom constitutions bear little relation to the historical...


The Ranch That Was Us

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Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, Texas Hill Country legendary author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed...


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A revealing portrait of a major poet of the SF Renaissance and a gripping account of late ’50s gay life.