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  • 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

    $14.39 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

    $12.99 USD

  • The President and the Freedom Fighter

    Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America's Soul

    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe New York Times bestselling author of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates turns to two other heroes of the nation: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.**In The President and the Freedom Fighter, Brian Kilmeade tells the little-known story of how two American heroes moved from strong disagreement to friendship, and in the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Shadows at Dawn

    An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History

    by Karl Jacoby ...
    A masterful reconstruction of one of the worst Indian massacres in American historyIn April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O?odham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep. In the past century the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Undaunted Courage

    Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man

    ExcerptSeveral years ago I attended a great meeting in the interest of Hampton Institute at Carnegie Hall. The Hampton students sang the old songs and awoke memories that left me sad. Among the speakers were R.C. Ogden, ex-Ambassador Choate, and Mark Twain; but the greatest interest of the audience was centered in Booker T. Washington, and not because he so much surpassed the others in eloquence, ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Gentle Tamers

    Women of the Old Wild West

    by Dee Brown ...
    A fascinating history of women on America’s western frontier by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.Popular culture has taught us to picture the Old West as a land of men, whether it’s the lone hero on horseback or crowds of card players in a rough-and-tumble saloon. But the taming of the frontier involved plenty of women, too—and this book tells their stories ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Education of Henry Adams

    by Henry Adams ...
    The Modern Library’s number-one nonfiction book of the twentieth century and winner of the Pulitzer Prize: The acclaimed memoir of a brilliant man reckoning with an era of profound changeThe great-grandson of President John Adams and the grandson of President John Quincy Adams, Henry Adams possessed one of the most remarkable minds of his generation. Yet he believed himself fundamentally unsuited ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Red Bird, Red Power

    The Life and Legacy of Zitkala-Ša

    series American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series #67
    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

    $17.99 USD $15.89 USD

  • Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso

    A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America

    Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators homed in on two suspects: Hannah Mary Tabbs, a married, working-class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former neighbor whom Tabbs implicated after her arrest. As details surrounding the shocking case emerged, both the crime and ensuing trial--which spanned several months--were featured in the ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

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

    Civil War Texas Rangers & Cavalry, #2

    series Civil War Texas Rangers & Cavalry #2
    "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

  • Thundersticks

    Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America

    David Silverman argues against the notion that Indians prized flintlock muskets more for their pyrotechnics than for their efficiency as tools of war. Native peoples fully recognized the potential of firearms to assist them in their struggles against colonial forces, and mostly against one another, as arms races erupted across North America. ... Read more

    $23.99 USD $21.59 USD

  • Kearny's March

    The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847

    by Winston Groom ...
    A thrilling re-creation of a crucial campaign in the Mexican-American War and a pivotal moment in America's history.In June 1846, General Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with a thousand cavalrymen of the First United States Dragoons. When his fantastic expedition ended a year and two-thousand miles later, the nation had doubled in size and now stretched from Atlantic to ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • To Make Our World Anew

    A History of African Americans

    Written by the most prominent of the new generation of historians, this superb volume offers the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of African-American history, ranging from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, to today's black filmmakers and politicians. Here is a panoramic view of African American life, rich in gripping first-person accounts and short ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • A Line in the Sand

    The Alamo in Blood and Memory

    In late February and early March of 1836, the Mexican Army under the command of General Antonio López de Santa Anna besieged a small force of Anglo and Tejano rebels at a mission known as the Alamo. The defenders of the Alamo were in an impossible situation. They knew very little of the events taking place outside the mission walls. They did not have much of an understanding of Santa Anna or of ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Joseph Smith

    Rough Stone Rolling

    Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley

    by Glenda Riley ...
    series The Oklahoma Western Biographies #7
    With a widowed mother and six siblings, Annie Oakley first became a trapper, hunter, and sharpshooter simply to put food on the table. Yet her genius with the gun eventually led to her stardom in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The archetypal western woman, Annie Oakley urged women to take up shooting to procure food, protect themselves, and enjoy ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $14.39 USD

  • The Birth of Modern Politics

    Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828

    series Pivotal Moments in American History
    The 1828 presidential election, which pitted Major General Andrew Jackson against incumbent John Quincy Adams, has long been hailed as a watershed moment in American political history. It was the contest in which an unlettered, hot-tempered southwestern frontiersman, trumpeted by his supporters as a genuine man of the people, soundly defeated a New England "aristocrat" whose education and ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Five Points

    The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood

    The very letters of the two words seem, as they are written, to redden with the blood-stains of unavenged crime. There is Murder in every syllable, and Want, Misery and Pestilence take startling form and crowd upon the imagination as the pen traces the words." So wrote a reporter about Five Points, the most infamous neighborhood in nineteenth-century America, the place where "slumming" was ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • My Life On The Plains

    by George Custer ...
    My Life on the Plains is an autobiographical first-hand account of the Indian Wars of 1867-1869, detailing the winter campaign of 1868 in which Custer led the 7th US cavalry against the Cheyenne indians. The book is a historical document of the perspectives and attitudes of it's age and author as well as an account of army life during the expeditions of the Indian Wars. Expect a fair amount of ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

    "One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism." —Kirkus ReviewsThe building of the Erie Canal, like the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting stories of American ingenuity. Best-selling author Peter Bernstein presents the ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass's dramatic autobiographical account of his early life as a slave in America.Born into a life of bondage, Frederick Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write. It was a crime punishable by death, but it resulted in one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. His gripping narrative takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of pre–Civil War plantations ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Second Founding

    New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy

    by David Quigley ...
    At the close of the Civil War, Americans found themselves drawn into a new conflict, one in which the basic shape of the nation's government had to be rethought and new rules for the democratic game had to be established. In this superb new study, David Quigley argues that New York City's politics and politicians lay at the heart of Reconstruction's intense, conflicted drama. In ways that we ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Appetite for America

    Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time

    by Stephen Fried ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Featured in the PBS documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity BoundThe legendary life and entrepreneurial vision of Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generations—from the 1880s all the way through World War II—and still influence our lives today in surprising and fascinating ways. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD