History - Modern - 20th Century

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China 1945: Mao's Revolution and Amer...

Richard Bernstein

At the beginning of 1945, relations between America and the Chinese Communists couldn't have been closer. Chinese leaders talked of America helping to lift China out of poverty; Mao Zedong himself held friendly meetings with U.S. emis...

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Published: Oct 2015

Great Speeches of the 20th Century (D...

Bob Blaisdell

A great speech can stir the soul — and move a nation. This compact and affordable anthology gathers complete speeches and selected excerpts from some of the twentieth century's most memorable addresses. Writers and speakers in sear...

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Published: Feb 2011

Buckley vs. Vidal: The Historic 1968 ...

William F. Buckley

Conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal author Gore Vidal exploded onto the political scene during the presidential conventions of 1968 when they debated 11 times on ABC News as a part of the network's "unconventiona...

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Published: Aug 2015

Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in t...

Carol Dyhouse

Since the suffrage movement, young women's actions have been analyzed and decried exhaustively by mass media. Each new bad behavior—bobbing one's hair, protesting politics, drinking, swearing, or twerking, among other things—is he...

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Published: Jul 2014

Humanity: A Moral History of the Twen...

Jonathan Glover

Renowned moral philosopher Jonathan Glover confronts the brutal history of the twentieth century to unravel the mystery of why so many atrocities occurred. In a new preface, Glover brings the book through the post-September 11 era and...

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Published: Sep 2012

Be All You Can Be

Shawn E. Hamilton

"There is something sad about a person who blindly sacrifices his life 'for his country,' for he is unaware of the real issues. If a person can grasp the truth about war, it can't help but color his thinking on such issues as dra...

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Published: Mar 2014

The Great Escape That Changed Africa'...

Charles Harper

This is the story of the dramatic clandestine escape, in June of 1961, of sixty African students from Portugal across Spain and into France. Most were Angolan intellectuals. Some were from Mozambique and others from Guinea-Bissau, the...

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Published: Mar 2017

Stranger Than We Can Imagine

John Higgs

In Stranger Than We Can Imagine, John Higgs argues that before 1900, history seemed to make sense. We can understand innovations like electricity, agriculture and democracy. The twentieth century, in contrast, gave us relativity, cubi...

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Published: Nov 2015

The Shortest History of Europe

John Hirst

Celebrated historian John Hirst offers a fascinating exploration of the qualities that made Europe a world-changing civilisation, from Ancient Greece and Rome to the two World Wars.The Shortest History of Europe begins with a rapid ov...

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Published: Apr 2018

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of th...

David E. Hoffman

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines th...

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Published: Aug 2010

1913: The Year Before the Storm

Florian Illies

An International Bestseller"An absolute gem of a book." —The ObserverJust before one of its darkest moments came the twentieth century's most exciting year . . .It was the year Henry Ford first put a conveyer belt in h...

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Published: Oct 2014

When Globalization Fails: The Rise an...

James MacDonald

IS GLOBALIZATION AN UNINTENDED RECIPE FOR WAR? Taking this question as its starting point, James Macdonald's When Globalization Fails offers a rich, original account of war, peace, and trade in the twentieth century—and a cautionary...

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Published: Jan 2016

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and t...

Ben Macintyre

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre's most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century's greatest spy story.Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintel...

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Published: May 2015

The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Cl...

Jay Margolis

The New York Times BestsellerAccepted into The National Press ClubMarilyn Monroe died under suspicious circumstances on the night of August 4, 1962. Now, New York Times bestselling authors Jay Margolis and Richard Buskin finally l...

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Published: Aug 2016

The Nazi Hunters

Andrew Nagorski

More than seven decades after the end of the Second World War, the era of the Nazi Hunters is drawing to a close. Their saga is finally told in this "deep and sweeping account of a relentless search for justice that began in 1945...

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Published: May 2017

The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise an...

Craig Nelson

"A thrilling, intense, and disturbing account of the atomic era, from the discovery of X-rays to the tragic meltdown of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant…Rich with powerful images and fraught with drama" (The C...

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Published: Jan 2015

The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the ...

David Reynolds

Winner of the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History. "If you only read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is co...

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Published: Jun 2015

Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Ci...

Richard Rhodes

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, "The most extraordinary book about the Spanish Civil War ever encountered" (The Washington Post).The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) ...

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Published: Feb 2016

The Collapse: The Accidental Opening ...

Mary Elise Sarotte

On the night of November 9, 1989, massive crowds surged toward the Berlin Wall, drawn by an announcement that caught the world by surprise: East Germans could now move freely to the West. The Wall-infamous symbol of divided Cold War E...

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Published: Sep 2015

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr...

Tavis Smiley

The New York Times bestselling chronicle of the last twelve months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s lifeThe real story about Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year has been buried by time and revisionist history. In DEATH OF A KING, bests...

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Published: Jan 2016

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties

Robert Stone

From the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, turbulent, and fascinating glory. Build...

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Published: Jan 2008

Fire and Blood: The European Civil Wa...

Enzo Traverso

Europe's second Thirty Years' War—an epoch of blood and ashesFire and Blood looks at the European crisis of the two world wars as a single historical sequence: the age of the European Civil War (1914–1945). Its overture was playe...

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Published: Feb 2017

Black Prophetic Fire

Cornel West

An unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh per...

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Published: Sep 2015

The Secret Man: The Story of Watergat...

Bob Woodward

One of the best-kept secrets of the Washington world was finally revealed in 2005, when W. Mark Felt, a retired FBI agent, was identified as the insider source referred to as 'Deep Throat' in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's 1970s Wa...

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Published: May 2006

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, B...

Lawrence Wright

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW' S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAROne of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Economist, The Daily Beast, St. Louis Post-Dispa...

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Published: Apr 2015

Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock Th...

Tom Zoellner

The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fas...

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Published: Feb 2010
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