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One Summer: America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book

A GoodReads Reader's Choice

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American...


Battle Story: Singapore 1942

by Chris Brown

The Fall of Singapore remains a crushing defeat that sent shockwaves around the British Empire during the Second World War. Singapore had always been seen as an impenetrable fortress that would protect the British...


The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

by David McCullough

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world,...


For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

by Sarah Rose

"If ever there was a book to read in the company of a nice cuppa, this is it." -The Washington Post

In the dramatic story of one of the greatest acts of corporate espionage ever committed, Sarah Rose recounts...


Zulu Conquered: The March of the Red Soldiers, 1822-1888

by Ron Lock

The first Britons to reach Zululand were a handful of shipwrecked traders. They found themselves completely at the mercy of a nation whose name would become a byword for ferocity and courage. The castaways were...


A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-22

by Henry Kissinger

The Napoleonic Wars were followed by an almost unprecedented century of political stability. A World Restored shows how Europe reestablished a peaceful order in the wake of Napoleon’s disruption of the European...


Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into the Future of Technology

by James H. Carrott & Brian David Johnson

What would today’s technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That’s the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and...


The Call to Arms: The 1812 Invasions of Upper Canada

by Richard Feltoe

While the War of 1812 saw battles and combat take place in vastly separated locations of the United States and British North America, nowhere was the fighting more intense than in Upper Canada, specifically...


Native American Mounted Rifleman 1861-65

by Mark Lardas & Jonathan Smith

Several thousand Native Americans fought on both sides during the American Civil War (1861-1865). They came from various tribes in the Indian Territory of present-day eastern Oklahoma. They were organized into...


Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City

by Nancy Lusignan Schultz

In 1824 in Washington, D.C., Ann Mattingly, widowed sister of the city's mayor, was miraculously cured of a ravaging cancer. Just days, or perhaps even hours, from her predicted demise, she arose from her sickbed...


France 1814 - 1914

Victorian Values: Personalities and Perspectives in Nineteenth Century Society

Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society

by Gareth Stedman Jones

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Victorian middle and upper classes felt increasingly threatened by the masses of “outcast London.” Gareth Stedman Jones, working from a mass of statistical and...


The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit

by Carol Baxter

Quaker John Tawell's trial became a sensation, involving poison and sexual scandal. It helped to secure the telegraph's fame — and usher in the modern communication age. A true tale of murder and scientific...


Women and Work in Russia, 1880-1930: A Study in Continuity Through Change

by Jane McDermid & Anna Hillyar

This study considers the impact of industrialisation, revolution and world war on women's working lives in Russia. Unlike existing studies this new text looks at women from all social classes. In the process...


Making Peace with Spain: The Diary of Whitelaw Reid, September-December, 1898

by Whitelaw Reid & H. Wayne Morgan

Whitelaw Reid, according to H. Wayne Morgan, was a "leading newspaperman, more than an occasional diplomat, a power in his party's politics, a supporter of some of the best in his era's culture . . . Of all...


The Life and Death of Gus Reed: A Story of Race and Justice in Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburg,  Vol I

by John H Gill

The Franco-Austrian War of 1809 was Napoleon's last victorious war. He would win many battles in his future campaigns, but never again would one of Europe's great powers lie broken at his feet. In this respect...


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens conceived the story...


Wellington's Men Remembered: A Register of Memorials to Soldiers who Fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo - Vol 1

by Janet Bromley & David Bromley

Wellington's Men Remembered is a reference work which has been compiled on behalf of the Association of Friends of the Waterloo Committee and contains over 3,000 memorials to soldiers who fought in the Peninsular...