History - United States

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The Wordy Shipmates

Sarah Vowell

From the 'New York Times'-bestselling author of 'Assassination Vacation' and 'The Partly Cloudy Patriot' comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and the...

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Published: Oct 2009

Hidden Figures: The American Dream an...

Margot Lee Shetterly

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janell...

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Published: Dec 2016

Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal...

Tom Brokaw

In Boom!, Tom Brokaw, one of America's premier journalists and the acclaimed author of The Greatest Generation, gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America: the tumultuous Sixties. The voices and stories of both famou...

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Published: Nov 2008

The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the R...

Lawrence Wright

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkab...

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Published: Sep 2007

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story...

Tim Egan

Many Americans know about 'the Dust Bowl' from the songs of Woody Guthrie (who experienced it) or from the famous book and film of Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH. In THE WORST HARD TIME, Timothy Egan reminds us that, while many left ...

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Published: Sep 2006

Brave Companions

David McCullough

The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories expr...

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Published: Jul 2005

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Hist...

Nancy Isenberg

The New York Times Besteller, with a new preface from the author"This estimable book rides into the summer doldrums like rural electrification. . . . It deals in the truths that matter."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times&q...

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Published: Apr 2017

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Cour...

Bob Woodward

The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action. Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices -- maneuvering...

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Published: Jul 2005

Bring the War Home: The White Power M...

Kathleen Belew

A Guardian Best Book of the YearA PopMatters Best Book of the Year"A gripping study of white power… Explosive."―New York Times"Helps explain how we got to today's alt-right."―Terry Gross, Fresh AirThe white p...

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Published: Jun 2019

Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and...

Bruce Watson

Told here for the first time, the riveting story of the most remarkable strike in American history On January 12, 1912, an army of textile workers stormed out of the mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, commencing what has since become ...

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Published: Aug 2006

It Happened on the Underground Railro...

Tricia Martineau Wagner

Begun in earnest in the 1830s and named for the emerging system of steam railroads in the United States, the Underground Railroad moved hundreds of slaves northward each year through a network of hidden rooms connected by the efforts ...

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Published: Feb 2007

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg ...

Karen Abbott

NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER - The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptres...

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Published: May 2020

Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Mil...

Tanya Biank

Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring readers into the hearts and homes of today's military wives. Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extrao...

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Published: May 2007

The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy...

Greil Marcus

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A London Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year In this exhilarating and kaleidoscopic investigation of American identity, Greil Mar...

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Published: Aug 2007

The Triumph of William McKinley: Why ...

Karl Rove

A fresh look at President William McKinley from New York Times bestselling author and political mastermind Karl Rove—"a rousing tale told by a master storyteller whose love of politics, campaigning, and combat shines through on...

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Published: Nov 2016

American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill P...

Stephen Hunter

Chronicles the day in 1950 when fanatical suicide assassins attempted to kill Harry S. Truman, in an account told from the perspectives of Secret Service agents and White House policemen who risked their lives and the security of thei...

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Published: Feb 2007

Far More Terrible for Women: Personal...

Patrick Minges

Drawing from interviews that the New Deal's Works Progress Administration conducted with former slaves in the 1930s, this book presents firsthand accounts of what life was like from the perspective of enslaved women. Of the nearly 250...

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Published: Oct 2006

Reign of Iron: The Story of the First...

James L. Nelson

At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessin...

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Published: Apr 2005

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth an...

Michael W. Kauffman

It is a tale as familiar as our history primers: A deranged actor, John Wilkes Booth, killed Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre, escaped on foot, and eluded capture for twelve days until he met his fiery end in a Virginia tobacco barn....

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Published: Oct 2005

To America: Personal Reflections of a...

Stephen E. Ambrose

Completed shortly before Ambrose's untimely death, To America is a very personal look at our nation's history through the eyes of one of the twentieth century's most influential historians. Ambrose roams the country's history, praisin...

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Published: Oct 2003

Gettysburg

Stephen W. Sears

Stephen W. Sears has delivered a masterwork in Gettysburg, his single-volume history of the Civil War's greatest campaign. Drawing on original source material, from soldiers' letters to the Official Records of the war, Sears offers dr...

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Published: Nov 2004

Five Points: The 19th Century New Yor...

Tyler Anbinder

All but forgotten today, the Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan was once renowned the world over. From Jacob Riis to Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett to Charles Dickens, Five Points both horrified and inspired everyone who saw ...

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Published: Sep 2010

Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of th...

T. J. English

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettabl...

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Published: Mar 2006

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the No...

Mark Lee Gardner

Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step ins...

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Published: Jun 2014

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: ...

Jonathan Horn

The “compelling…modern and readable perpective” (USA TODAY) of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington’s family but turned by war against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union.On th...

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Published: May 2016

The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edg...

Betty L. Medsger

In late 1970, a mild-mannered Haverford College physics professor privately asked a few people this question: "What do you think of burglarizing an FBI office?" In remarkable detail and with astonishing depth of research, Be...

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Published: Nov 2014

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassi...

Bill O'Reilly

bLOCKBUSTER BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND ANCHOR OF The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history―how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil W...

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Published: Aug 2016

Case Closed

Gerald Posner

A brilliant and meticulous analysis. With the skill of a good novelist, but a novelist possessed of the facts, Posner follows Oswald's tormented movements....'Case Closed' has helped lay to rest one of the great cultural and political...

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Published: Sep 2003

Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of A...

Stephen W. Sears

The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: in this single day, the war claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned histo...

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Published: Jun 2003

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable stories on pu...

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Published: Oct 2003
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