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Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship
by Steven Ujifusa
published by Simon & Schuster

There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II
by Jan Jarboe Russell
published by Scribner

The New York Times bestselling dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II: "A must-read. . . The Train to Crystal City is compelling, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down" (Star-Tribune, Minneapolis).

Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11
by Harriet F. Senie
published by Oxford University Press

The Vietnam War, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine High School shooting, and attacks of 9/11 all shattered myths of national identity. Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11 traces the evolution and consequences of this new hybrid paradigm, which grants a heroic status to victims and by extension to their families, thereby creating a class of privileged participants in the permanent memorial process.

Alex's Wake: The Tragic Voyage of the St. Louis to Flee Nazi Germany -- and a Grandson's Journey of Love and Remembrance
by Martin Goldsmith
published by Da Capo Press

Alex’s grandson, Martin Goldsmith, followed in his relatives’ footsteps on a six-week journey of remembrance and hope, an irrational quest to reverse their fate and bring himself peace.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp during World War II
by Jan Jarboe Russell
published by Scribner

The dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America

Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
by Charles Spencer
published by Bloomsbury Press

Bestselling historian Charles Spencer explores a powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of royal history and a fascinating insight into the dangers of political and religious allegiance in England, these are the shocking stories of the men who dared to kill a king.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
by S. C. Gwynne
published by Scribner

From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.

Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
by Donald L. Miller
published by Simon & Schuster

Acclaimed author, historian, and PBS documentarian Donald L. Miller brilliantly evokes all the exhilaration, glamour, and significance of one of the most creative and consequential moments in American cultural history. In the 1920s midtown Manhattan became the center of New York City, and the cultural and commercial capital of America. This is the story of the people who made it happen.

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941
by Bess Taubman
published by MapMania Publishing Co.

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, 1941: A Nostalgic Collection of Memories is an adventure in learning about the many essential details of the Pearl Harbor account. With the look and feel of a WWll period scrapbook, each two-page spread illuminates a specific aspect of the Pearl Harbor story.

Free Online Course, “The Kennedy Half Century"
by Dr. Larry J. Sabato
published by U.Va. Center for Politics

Enrollment is now open for Prof. Larry J. Sabato’s free online course about President John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and legacy. The four-week, massive open online course (MOOC), “The Kennedy Half Century,” will begin on Oct. 21, with two hours of video instruction each week by Prof. Sabato.

The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
by Dr. Larry J. Sabato
published by Bloomsbury USA

An original and illuminating narrative revealing JFK's lasting influence on America. This stands apart for its rich insight and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK's short presidency has had on our national psyche.

Stories in Uniform: A look at the Heroics, Laughs, and Sacrifices of Our Soldiers
by Reader's Digest Editors
published by Reader's Digest

From boot camp to combat, a collection of Reader’s Digest’s unique, emotional, and wide-ranging coverage of military life. Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader's Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh.

Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By
by Lesley M.M. Blume
published by Chronicle Books

Whimsical and witty, this beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of nostalgia celebrates the elegant, mysterious, and delightful trappings of bygone ages.

Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy
by Saul Austerlitz
published by Chicago Review Press

Running the gamut of film history from City Lights to Knocked Up, Another Fine Mess retells the story of American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother -- the comedy.

Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush
by Bernard von Bothmer
published by University of Massachusetts Press

This book tells how presidents and other prominent figures have shaped public memory of the turbulent 1960s. Over the past quarter century, American liberals and conservatives alike have invoked memories of the 1960s to define their respective ideological positions and to influence voters.

Decoding the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction
by Simon Cox
published by Touchstone

Dan Brown's new novel once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, this time in the United States, racing to uncover clues and crack codes involving secrets that are perpetuated to this day. But how much of the novel is true and what is pure fiction?

The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry
by Jay Kinney
published by HarperOne

Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings.

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
by Doug Stanton
published by Scribner (S&S)

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.

Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans
by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird, Illustrations by Elihu "Adofo" Bey
published by Sterling

Still I Rise is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form.

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
published by Bloomsbury Press

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations?

American Rifle: A Biography
by Alexander Rose
published by Delacorte Press

In this first-of-its kind book, historian Alexander Rose delivers a colorful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle. Drawing on the words of foot soldiers, inventors, and presidents, based on extensive new research, and spanning from the Revolution to the present day, American Rifle is a balanced, wonderfully entertaining history of the rifle and its place in American culture.

In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002
by Bill Murphy Jr.
published by Henry Holt

In a Time of War focuses on two members of the class of 2002 in particular: Todd Bryant, an amiable, funny Californian for whom military service was a family tradition; and Drew Sloan, the hardworking son of liberal parents from Arkansas who is determined to serve his country.

Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq
by Thomas J. Craughwell and M. William Phelps
published by Fair Winds Press

Stories of the disastrous blunders of American presidents will show readers the inner workings of the White House and how some of our greatest leaders could make decisions that were terribly wrong. The fascinating stories are recounted as narratives and are as entertaining as they are shocking. The 23 stories, each about 10 pages in length, retell the histories behind bad presidential decisions. They are told in a real time narrative style, bringing readers inside the White House, introducing them to the main characters, exposing why these decisions were made, and describing the ill-fated aftermaths.

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
by Karen Abbott
published by Random House

Step into the perfumed parlors of Chicago's Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history -- and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation.

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
by Tony Horwitz
published by Henry Holt

Tony Horwitz takes on the voyage to pre-Mayflower America. On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, he realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus's sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something.

Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire
by Alex Abella
published by Harcourt

Soldiers of Reason is a chronicle of the rise of the secretive think tank that has been the driving force behind American government for sixty years.

Peace: 50 Years of Protest
by Barry Miles
published by Reader's Digest

Everyone recognizes it. Wherever it's seen -- from lapel pins to bumper stickers to banners -- this familiar circle with its upside-down V makes an immediate anti-war, pro-harmony statement. Peace: 50 Years of Protest highlights the fascinating and eventful history of this well-known symbol.

Boom!: Voices of the Sixties
by Tom Brokaw
published by Random House

With The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw defined for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom!, the veteran newsman brings us into the tumultuous decade of the 1960's.

A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation
by David W. Blight
published by Harcourt

Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the one hundred or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More.

The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson
published by Henry Holt

In An Army at Dawn -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize -- Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
by Michael A. Stusser
published by Penguin

Ever wanted to ask Napoléon about his complex for Van Gogh about the whole ear episode? How about asking Thomas Jefferson about his hypocritical slavery stance or if Frida might consider a brow wax? Here's your chance! In The Dead Guy Interviews.

The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country -- and Why It Can Again
by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes
published by Bloomsbury USA

In this important book, veteran journalist Michael Oreskes and legal scholar Eric Lane make a passionate plea to restore our "Constitutional Conscience."

Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint
by Bill Yenne
published by Wiley

Guinness Stout has a unique place in global beverage folklore. It's a beer with a long and colorful history and mythology that maintains a passionate following among beer connoisseurs the world over. Indeed, two billion pints are poured and enjoyed around the world each year.

Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans
by Jean Pfaelzer
published by Random House

The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the nineteenth century is a shocking -- and virtually unexplored -- chapter of American history.

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots
by Editors of Reader's Digest
published by Reader's Digest

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots is a collection of articles the Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote for Reader's Digest from 1954 to 1991. Haley's stories are timeless, as powerful and relevant today as when they were first written.

Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution
by David A. Clary
published by Bantam

In Adopted Son, historian David A. Clary tells the exciting story of possibly the most important friendship in American history. Bringing together the latest research, this dramatic narrative interweaves the private and public lives of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, who did together what neither could have done alone.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
by Barbara Ehrenreich
published by Henry Holt

In the highly acclaimed Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, she explores the opposite human inclination, one that is equally universal and deep-rooted, yet has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a convenient phrase for it: the desire for collective joy, expressed throughout the ages in ecstatic celebrations of feasting, costuming, and dancing.

Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream
by Edward Humes
published by Harcourt

The G.I. Bill made homeowners, college graduates, professionals, rocket scientists, and a booming middle class out of a Depression-era generation that never expected such opportunity. Today's America was built on the bill's greatness. The Greatest Generation would not exist without it.

SailingActs: Following an Ancient Voyage
by Linford Stutzman
published by Good Books

Seafaring isn't for the faint of heart. It wasn't for the Apostle Paul in the first century A.D.-- shipwrecked, imprisoned, and often a stranger in foreign lands. And it turned out to be a heart-stopping task some 2,000 years later when Linford Stutzman, a religion professor, and his wife undertook a 14-month journey by sailboat.

Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965
by Mark Moyar
published by Cambridge

Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States.

The Museum of Lost Wonder
by Jeff Hoke
published by Weiser

Open The Museum of Lost Wonder and step into an alternative world full of compelling images, fascinating historical tidbits, and provocative challenges to common myths. Follow your whimsy into this treasure trove to create a place where you can expand your mind.

The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and His Lost Gospel
by James M. Robinson
published by HarperSanFrancisco

The discovery of a previously lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot has electrified the Christian community. What Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us about Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is inconsistent and biased.

The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
by Michael Baigent
published by HarperSanFrancisco

What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent reveals the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion.

The Pocket Book of Patriotism
by Jonathan Foreman
published by Sterling Publishing

The Pocket Book of Patriotism retells the thrilling story of America from an unabashedly traditional, proudly patriotic point of view. A concise handbook for the informed modern patriot, it is a unique and inspired celebration of the great American experiment.

The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley
by Leslie Berlin
published by Oxford University Press

Hailed as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce was a brilliant inventor, a leading entrepreneur, and a daring risk taker who piloted his own jets and skied mountains accessible only by helicopter. Now, in The Man Behind the Microchip, Leslie Berlin captures not only this colorful individual but also the vibrant interplay of technology, business, money, politics, and culture that defines Silicon Valley.

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