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  • Brave Companions

    From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian 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 ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • The Saga of Billy the Kid

    The Thrilling Life of America's Original Outlaw

    Originally published in 1926, this biography tells the rousing tale of Billy the Kid, once of the most well known outlaws in the Old West. The Saga of Billy the Kid focuses on a period of time where two dangerous gangs tore a bloody path across Lincoln, New Mexico. After being shot to death in 1881 by the intrepid Lincoln County sheriff Pat Garret, Billy the Kid became a romanticized symbol of the ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • A Man of Iron

    The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

    by Troy Senik ...
    A long-overdue biography of Grover Cleveland—the honest, principled, and plain-spoken president whose country has largely overlooked him.Featuring a wealth of in-depth research and newly uncovered details, A Man of Iron explores the remarkable life and extraordinary career of Grover Cleveland—one of America’s most unusual presidents and the only one to serve two non-consecutive terms.Grover ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Midnight Assassin

    Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer

    A New York Times bestseller, The Midnight Assassin is a sweeping narrative history of a terrifying serial killer--America's first--who stalked Austin, Texas in 1885.In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The War That Forged a Nation

    Why the Civil War Still Matters

    More than 140 years ago, Mark Twain observed that the Civil War had "uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations." In fact, five generations have passed, and Americans are still ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • John Tyler

    The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845

    by Gary May ...
    series The American Presidents
    The first "accidental president," whose secret maneuverings brought Texas into the Union and set secession in motionWhen William Henry Harrison died in April 1841, just one month after his inauguration, Vice President John Tyler assumed the presidency. It was a controversial move by this Southern gentleman, who had been placed on the fractious Whig ticket with the hero of Tippecanoe in order to ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • John Adams

    In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thomas Jefferson called him -- who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Devil in the White City

    A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

    by Erik Larson ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to their death.“Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel .... It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction.” —The New York TimesCombining meticulous ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Nothing Like It In the World

    The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

    In this New York Times bestseller, Stephen Ambrose brings to life the story of the building of the transcontinental railroad, from the men who financed it to the engineers and surveyors who risked their lives to the workers who signed on for the dangerous job.Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Impossible Presidency

    The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office

    by Jeremi Suri ...
    A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politicsIn The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • The United States and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Americas, 1776-1867

    An investigation of US participation in the transatlantic slave trade to the Americas, from the American Revolution to the Civil War   While much of modern scholarship has focused on the American slave trade’s impact within the United States, considerably less has addressed its effects in other parts of the Americas. A rich analysis of a complex subject, this study draws on Portuguese, Brazilian, ... Read more

    $32.99 USD

  • The Last Campaign

    Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America

    by H. W. Brands ...
    Bestselling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands follows the lives of General William Tecumseh Sherman and Apache war leader Geronimo to tell the story of the Indian Wars and the final fight for control of the American continent.William Tecumseh Sherman and Geronimo were keen strategists and bold soldiers, ruthless with their enemies. Over the course of the 1870s and 1880s these two ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Jewish Cookery Book

    On Principles of Economy

    by Esther Levy ...
    series American Antiquarian Cookbook Collection
    This nineteenth-century cooking manual is the first Jewish cookbook published in America, and only the second written in the English language.Originally published in 1871, Esther Levy’s Jewish Cookery Book was written to help new immigrants adapt to life in the New World while maintaining their religious heritage; and it even includes a Jewish calendar as well as recipes for home doctoring. Levy’s ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • William Henry Harrison

    The American Presidents Series: The 9th President, 1841

    by Gail Collins ...
    series The American Presidents
    The president who served the shortest term—just a single month—but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest officeWilliam Henry Harrison died just thirty-one days after taking the oath of office in 1841. Today he is a curiosity in American history, but as Gail Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850

    by Alan Taylor ...
    **Winner of the 2022 New-York Historical Society Book Prize in American HistoryA Washington Post and BookPage Best Nonfiction Book of the YearFrom a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, the powerful story of a fragile nation as it expands across a contested continent.**In this beautifully written history of America’s formative period, a preeminent historian upends the traditional story of a young ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Red Bird, Red Power

    The Life and Legacy of Zitkala-Ša

    Book 67 - American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series
    Red Bird, Red Power tells the story of one of the most influential—and controversial—American Indian activists of the twentieth century. Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938), also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a highly gifted writer, editor, and musician who dedicated her life to achieving justice for Native peoples. Here, Tadeusz Lewandowski offers the first full-scale biography of the woman whose ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    An Indian History of the American West

    by Dee Brown ...
    Dee Brown’s powerful and unforgettable classic that awakened the world to the nineteenth-century decimation of American Indian tribesFirst published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee generated shockwaves with its frank and heartbreaking depiction of the systematic annihilation of American Indian tribes across the western frontier. In this nonfiction account, Dee Brown focuses on the betrayals ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Henry Clay

    The Essential American

    He was the Great Compromiser, a canny and colorful legislator whose life mirrors the story of America from its founding until the eve of the Civil War. Speaker of the House, senator, secretary of state, five-time presidential candidate, and idol to the young Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay is captured in full at last in this rich and sweeping biography.David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler present ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • The Inventor and the Tycoon

    A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

    by Edward Ball ...
    From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads.One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Stagecoach

    A Western Story

    by Max Brand ...
    Unlikely hero Sammy Gregg has never met a challenge he won’t face head on, but he hasn’t met outlaw Chester Furness!Born in Brooklyn, Sammy Gregg is small in stature and naive to the ways of the world, yet headstrong and resolute to save enough money to marry Susie Mitchell. Gregg calculates that he needs $15‚000 and figures he can earn enough in six months out west. Although he is a small man who ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Damnation Island

    Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

    by Stacy Horn ...
    "Enthralling; it is well worth the trip.” --New York Journal of BooksConceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility the world had ever seen, New York’s Blackwell’s Island, site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals, quickly became, in the words of a visiting Charles Dickens, "a lounging, listless madhouse." Digging through city records, newspaper ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • "I Am a Man"

    Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice

    by Joe Starita ...
    In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to what was then known as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), in what became the tribe's own Trail of Tears. "I Am a Man" chronicles what happened when Standing Bear set off on a six-hundred-mile walk to return the body of his only son to their traditional burial ground. Along the way, it ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Terry's Texas Rangers: The 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment In The Civil War

    Civil War Texas Rangers & Cavalry, #2

    Book 2 - Civil War Texas Rangers & Cavalry
    "Terry's Texas Rangers: The 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment In The Civil War" by Leonidas B. Giles is a short history of this Texas cavalry regiment during the Civil War. Giles was a member of Company D of this famous cavalry unit so it is told from his frontline prospective in that company.Terry's Texas Rangers were one of the most famous Texas cavalry units in the Civil war. From a full strength of 1 ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • A Strange and Blighted Land

    Gettysburg: The Aftermath of a Battle

    by Gregory Coco ...
    “An exhaustive compilation of first-hand accounts of the Gettysburg battlefield in the days, weeks, and months following the fight . . . heartbreaking.” —Austin Civil War Round TableGettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) was the largest battle fought on the American continent. Remarkably few who study it contemplate what came after the armies marched away. Who would care for the tens of thousands of wounded? ... Read more

    $12.99 USD