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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

by Candice Millard

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on...


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...


MacArthur: A Biography

by Richard B. Frank & Wesley K. Clark

Douglas MacArthur is best remembered for his ability to adapt, a quality that catalyzed his greatest accomplishments. Adaptability has become an indispensable trait for military leadership in an era of technological...


The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2006

by Timothy Egan

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains...


Firehouse

by David Halberstam

“If you have tears, prepare to shed them.”

--Frank McCourt

"In the firehouse, the men not only live and eat with each other, they play sports together, go off to drink together, help repair one another's...


Secret Missions of the Civil War

by Philip Van Doren Stern

Civil War historian and celebrated author Philip Van Doren Stern presents an underground history woven from first hand accounts of Civil War spies, scouts, detectives and double agents. Secret Missions of the...


Common Sense

by Thomas Paine & Diana Gabaldon

In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces...


Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

by Studs Terkel

In recording this oral history, Studs Terkel interviewed over 100 individuals who shared their thoughts or experiences of the Great Depression. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's...


The Battle of Mogadishu: First Hand Accounts From the Men of Task Force Ranger

by Matt Eversmann & Dan Schilling

“No matter how skilled the writer of nonfiction, you are always getting the story secondhand. Here’s a chance to go right to the source. . . . These men were there.”

–MARK BOWDEN (from the Foreword)

It...


Sun Tzu's: Art of War

by Hwang Chung-Mei & Khoo Kheng-Hor

Recognised as the oldest and most popular military treatise of all time, Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR has been studied by world leaders, military strategist and business executive all over the world. Why are Japanese...


Luftwaffe Combat Reports

by Bob Carruthers

"My Luftwaffe is invincible... And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks?" Hermann Goering, June 1940. These detailed accounts of Luftwaffe combat operations are taken from...


A Motorcycle Courier in the Great War

by Captain W.H.L. Watson & Bob Carruthers

W.H.L. Watson was a British Army, motorcycle despatch rider in the World War I. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson and his colleagues formed part of the Royal Engineers...


The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

by Shelby Foote

This first volume of Shelby Foote’s classic narrative of the Civil War opens with Jefferson Davis’s farewell to the United States Senate and ends on the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville, as...


Vulcan Test Pilot: My Experiences in the Cockpit of a Cold War Icon

by Tony Blackman

In June 2007 a very special event will happen in the aviation world. A restored Avro Vulcan Mark 2 - XH558 - will take to the air again to help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. To...


Hitler's Malta Option: A Comparison of the Invasion of Crete (Operation Merkur) and the Proposed Invasion of Malta (Operation Hercules)

by Stephen L.W. Kavanagh

In 1941, after the conquest of Yugoslavia and Greece, senior German military leaders were considering two airborne operations, one for the invasion of Crete and the other for the invasion of Malta. The invasion...


The Fires of Jubilee

by Stephen B. Oates

The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831 and the savage reprisals that followed shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master, and intensified the forces...


The Reich Intruders: RAF Light Bomber Raids in World War II

by Martin Bowman

This is the story of 2 Group RAF during World War II. Much of it is told by the men who flew the Blenheim, Boston, Mitchell and Mosquito aircraft that carried out many daring daylight and night-time raids on...


The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

by Howard Blum

It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures – gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters,...


Washington's Wolfpack: The Navy Before There Was A Navy

by Stanton Maclay Edgar

Historians tell us that the United States Navy was founded on October 13, 1775. But was it? In the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the government employed a total 70 warships, carrying 1,800 guns and...


Blue, Gray and Red: Two Nurse's Views of the Civil War

by Louisa May Alcott & Kate Cumming

Two Nurses - Two Experiences - One Civil War Blue, Gray and Red presents the hard reality of the Civil War. There are no stirring bugle calls, only the calls of the wounded. There are no battlefield heroics,...