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The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2004

by Erik Larson

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining...


Night Fighter over Germany: Flying Beaufighters and Mosquitoes in World War 2

by Graham White

These are the highly evocative wartime memoirs of a young NCO pilot whose operational experience was with Beaufighters and Mosquitoes flying in the long-range night-fighter role. It is not a gung-ho account...


Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

by S. C. Gwynne

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah,...


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History

Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential...


Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews

“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man?” In this...


Generation Kill

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2004

by Evan Wright

Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Read about the Penguin Group (USA) partnership with HBO in support of the Generation Kill Troop Drive here. They were called a generation without heroes.

Then they...


On War: Volume I

by Carl Von Clausewitz

The works of German military historian and theorist Carl von Clausewitz continue to be ranked among the finest examples of the genre. His surprisingly complex conceptions of war are still studied by military...


Inside Delta Force

by Eric Haney

Now the inspiration for the CBS Television drama, "The Unit."

Delta Force. They are the U.S. Army's most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won't hear about their heroics...


The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate

by Barry Sussman

No American history, government, or journalism collection is complete without this new edition of "The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate," by Barry Sussman, the best account of the fall of Richard...


Panzer Combat Reports

by Bob Carruthers

"Tank units should move at night, and in the daytime they should move only when they can be hidden from enemy airplanes." 'Tactical Handbook for the Troop Commander' This fascinating compilation of wartime battlefield...


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

National Book Critics Circle for General Non-fiction 2010

by Isabel Wilkerson

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of...


Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

by Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose’s iconic story of the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers: Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, US Army.

They came...


Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

by Charles Krauthammer

 From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.

 

A...


Drift

by Rachel Maddow

The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war.

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's...


A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the...


The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation

by Elizabeth Letts

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag...


1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann

From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years...


Afghan Guerrilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mjuahideen Fighters

by Ali Ahmad Jalali

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, few experts believed the fledgling Mujahideen resistance movement had a chance of withstanding the modern, mechanized onslaught of the Soviet Army. But somehow,...


Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative.

When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent...


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character....