History - United States - 20th Century

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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

The Greatest Generation

Tom Brokaw

"They came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America -- men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement, and courage gave us the world we have today."In th...

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Published: Oct 2005

One Summer: America, 1927

Bill Bryson

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader's ChoiceIn 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 life.The summer of ...

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Published: Jun 2014

Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand

He didn't look like much. With his smallish stature, knobby knees, and slightly crooked forelegs, he looked more like a cow pony than a thoroughbred. But looks aren't everything; his quality, an admirer once wrote, 'was mostly in h...

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Published: Mar 2002

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khru...

Michael Dobbs

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In thishour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Was...

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Published: Jun 2009

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

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

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

Standing Next to History: An Agent's ...

Joseph Petro

The personal story of a U.S. Secret Service special agent documents his twenty-three-year career during which he witnessed history-making moments and served, among other duties, as a personal bodyguard and confidant to President Reaga...

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Published: Mar 2006

The Great Depression and New Deal: A ...

Eric Rauchway

The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the 'American Way' itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depres...

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Published: Feb 2008

Digging Up the Dead: A History of Not...

Michael Kammen

A funeral closes a life story, and a grave in a cemetery marks its end forever. But what happens when those left behind don't agree about the meaning of that story? Or when that disagreement extends all the way to arguments about the ...

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Published: Apr 2011

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohi...

Daniel Okrent

A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America's most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America's favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. From its ...

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Published: May 2011

The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hop...

Miriam Pawel

The rise, fall, and legacy of the inspirational United Farm Workers movement, and the untold story of iconic community organizer Cesar Chavez. A generation of Americans came of age boycotting grapes, swept up in a movement that vanqui...

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Published: Sep 2010

Hemingway's Hurricane

Phil Scott

THE FINAL BLOW They were the forgotten members of the Lost Generation, traumatized veterans of the Great War who grasped for one last chance at redemption under Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Six hundred of them were shuffled of...

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Published: Sep 2006

The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales f...

Hunter S. Thompson

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling 'Gonzo Papers' is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to...

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Published: Nov 2003

When the Astors Owned New York: Blue ...

Justin Kaplan

This newest book by Pulitzer Prize winner Justin Kaplan is a sparkling combination of biography, social history, architectural appreciation, and pure pleasure Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, two heirs of arch-...

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Published: Jul 2007

I Thought My Father Was God: And Othe...

Paul Auster

The true-life stories in this unique collection provide 'a window into the American mind and heart' (The Daily News). One hundred and eighty voices - male and female, young and old, from all walks of life and all over the country - t...

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Published: Sep 2002

Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame a...

Hunter S. Thompson

Generation of Swine, the second volume of the legendary Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's bestselling 'Gonzo Papers,' was first published in 1988 and is now back in print.Here, against a backdrop of late-night tattoo sessions and soldier-of-fo...

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Published: Nov 2003

The Unwinding: An Inner History of th...

George Packer

The 2013 National Book Award WinnerA New York Times BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of 2013One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013One of t...

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Published: Mar 2014

The Barbary Plague: The Black Death i...

Marilyn Chase

The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase's fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today's headlines. The Barbary Plague tran...

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Published: Mar 2004

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: The Ame...

James Agee

In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary ...

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Published: Aug 2001

Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: T...

Matthew Algeo

From Missouri to New York and back again, this recounting of an amazing journey chronicles the road trip of a former president and his wife and their amusing, failed attempts to keep a low profile. Diners, bellhops, and cabbies shoute...

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Published: Apr 2011

Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Chan...

Edward Behr

"An excellent and honest book."—The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the bestselling author of The Last Emperor comes this rip-roaring history of the government's attempt to end America's love affair with liquor—which fa...

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Published: May 2011

Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the R...

Arnie Bernstein

Imagine a United States where swastikas hang proudly in meeting rooms across the country. Cries of Sieg Heil! resound at rural family retreats. A dictator pontificates at Madison Square Garden to an overflowing crowd for a Nuremberg-s...

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Published: Sep 2014

Closing of the American Mind: How Hig...

Allan Bloom

The brilliant, controversial, bestselling critique of American culture that "hits with the approximate force and effect of electroshock therapy" (The New York Times)—now featuring a new afterword by Andrew Ferguson in a tw...

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Published: Apr 2012

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events i...

Daniel J. Boorstin

First Published In 1962, This Wonderfully Provocative Book Introduced The Notion Of 'pseudo-events' -- Events Such As Press Conferences And Presidential Debates, Which Are Manufactured Solely In Order To Be Reported -- And The Contemp...

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Published: Sep 1992

The General vs. the President: MacArt...

H. W. Brands

At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world, when he suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the Americ...

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Published: Oct 2017

Rise to Globalism: American Foreign P...

Douglas G. Brinkley

"One of the most lively and provocative interpretive studies of the major events in recent American diplomatic history." -American Historical Review Since it first appeared in 1971, Rise to Globalism has sold hundreds of tho...

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Published: Jan 2011

The Residence: Inside the Private Wor...

Kate Andersen Brower

A remarkable history with elements of both In the President's Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.America's First Families ar...

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Published: Mar 2016

The Great Depression: An Interactive ...

Michael Burgan

In the 1930s, Americans faced one of the biggest crises ever to hit the country. During the Great Depression, the stock market crash caused banks to close and many companies to go out of business. Millions of people lost their jobs an...

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Published: Jan 2011
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