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  • The Last Ditch

    Britain's Secret Resistance and the Nazi Invasion Plans

    by David Lampe ...
    Novelists, historians, and theorists have often toyed with the question: what would have happened if the Germans had occupied Britain in 1940? Based on years of persistent detective work, The Last Ditch investigates the German plans and the countermeasures undertaken through the specially formed British Resistance Organization. The very existence of this Resistance movement remained a secret for ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Shattering: America in the 1960s

    by Kevin Boyle ...
    **A Los Angeles Times Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2021From the National Book Award winner, a masterful history of the decade whose conflicts shattered America’s postwar order and divide us still.**On July 4, 1961, the rising middle-class families of a Chicago neighborhood gathered before their flag-bedecked houses, a confident vision of the American Dream. That vision was shattered over the ... Read more

    $18.89 USD

  • The Last Stand of Fox Company

    A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    “The authors of the bestselling Halsey’s Typhoon do a fine job recounting one brutal, small-unit action during the Korean War’s darkest moment.” —Publishers WeeklyNovember 1950, the Korean Peninsula. After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deeper into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • Trampling Out the Vintage

    Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers

    Winner of the 2012 Hillman Prize in Book Journalism.In its heyday, the United Farm Workers was an embodiment of its slogan “Yes, we can”—in the form “¡Sí, Se Puede!”—winning many labor victories, securing collective bargaining rights for farm workers, and becoming a major voice for the Latino community. Today, it is a mere shadow of its former self.Trampling Out the Vintage is the authoritative ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The American Home Front, 1941–1942

    A New York Times bestseller: This portrait of the United States at the beginning of World War II is “an unexpected and welcome discovery in a time capsule” (The Washington Post).In nearly three thousand BBC broadcasts over fifty-eight years, Alistair Cooke reported on America, illuminating our country for a global audience. Shortly before he passed away, a long-forgotten manuscript resurfaced in a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Narco History

    How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War"

    The term Mexican Drug War” misleads. It implies that the ongoing bloodbath, which has now killed well over 100,000 people, is an internal Mexican affair.But this diverts attention from the U.S. role in creating and sustaining the carnage. It’s not just that Americans buy drugs from, and sell weapons to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever since the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of drugs ... Read more

    $8.69 USD

  • Miracle in the Hills

    Dr. Sloop and her husband began their lifelong dedication to the mountain people when they rode horseback into the remote hill region of North Carolina in 1909. The conditions they encountered were shockingly primitive. The people had neither doctors, nor schools and were suspicious of medicine and "larnin’." Electricity and running water were unheard of, roads were rough mountain paths and the ... Read more

    $4.99 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

  • Dark Victory

    Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob

    by Dan E. Moldea ...
    series Forbidden Bookshelf #23
    A “smoldering indictment” of the corrupt influences that rescued Ronald Reagan's career, made him millions, and shaped his presidency (Library Journal)****.Founded in 1924, the Music Corporation of America got its start booking acts into speakeasies run by such notorious Chicago mobsters as Al Capone. How then, in only a few decades, did MCA become the driving force behind music publishing, radio, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Modern Temper

    American Culture and Society in the 1920s

    by Lynn Dumenil ...
    Lynn Dumenil's The Modern Temper provides a unique perspective into the American Jazz Age.When most of us take a backward glance at the 1920s, we may think of prohibition and the jazz age, of movies stars and flappers, of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford, of Lindbergh and Hoover--and of Black Friday, October 29, 1929, when the plunging stock market ushered in the great depression.But the 1920s were ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Women's House of Detention

    A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

    by Hugh Ryan ...
    This singular history of a prison, and the queer women and trans people held there, is a window into the policing of queerness and radical politics in the twentieth century.The Women’s House of Detention, a landmark that ushered in the modern era of women’s imprisonment, is now largely forgotten. But when it stood in New York City’s Greenwich Village, from 1929 to 1974, it was a nexus for the tens ... Read more

    $14.99 USD


  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    by David Grann ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Lost City of Z.In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Fighting Authoritarianism

    American Youth Activism in the 1930s

    by Britt Haas ...
    “This engaging study of progressive youth organizations charts their origins, their quest to fashion an America true to its ideals, and their demise.” —Phillip Deery, Victoria University, MelbourneDuring the Great Depression, young radicals in New York developed a vision of and for America, molded by their understanding of the Great War and global economic collapse as well as other events ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Remembering Emmett Till

    by Dave Tell ...
    Take a drive through the Mississippi Delta today and you’ll find a landscape dotted with memorials to major figures and events from the civil rights movement. Perhaps the most chilling are those devoted to the murder of Emmett Till, a tragedy of hate and injustice that became a beacon in the fight for racial equality. The ways this event is remembered have been fraught from the beginning, ... Read more

    $17.99 USD $13.69 USD

  • The Revolution Has Come

    Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland

    In The Revolution Has Come Robyn C. Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California, where hundreds of young people came to political awareness and journeyed to adulthood as members. Challenging the belief that the Panthers were a projection of the leadership, Spencer draws on interviews with rank-and-file members, FBI files, and archival materials to ... Read more

    $19.49 USD

  • The Idea Factory

    Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

    by Jon Gertner ...
    **The definitive history of America’s greatest incubator of innovation and the birthplace of some of the 20th century’s most influential technologies“Filled with colorful characters and inspiring lessons . . . The Idea Factory explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation?” —Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review“Compelling . . . Gertner's book offers ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Taste of Control

    Food and the Filipino Colonial Mentality Under American Rule

    Winner of the 2021 Gourmand Awards, Asian Section & Culinary History SectionFilipino cuisine is a delicious fusion of foreign influences, adopted and transformed into its own unique flavor. But to the Americans who came to colonize the islands in the 1890s, it was considered inferior and lacking in nutrition. Changing the food of the Philippines was part of a war on culture led by Americans as ... Read more

    $20.19 USD

  • Last Stand at Khe Sanh

    The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam

    by Gregg Jones ...
    In a remote mountain stronghold in 1968, six thousand US Marines awoke one January morning to find themselves surrounded by 20,000 enemy troops. Their only road to the coast was cut, and bad weather and enemy fire threatened their fragile air lifeline. The siege of Khe Sanh-the Vietnam War's epic confrontation-was under way.For seventy-seven days, the Marines and a contingent of US Army Special ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Gangsters of Capitalism

    Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire

    A groundbreaking journey tracing America’s forgotten path to global power—and how its legacies shape our world today—told through the extraordinary life of a complicated Marine.Smedley Butler was the most celebrated warfighter of his time. Bestselling books were written about him. Hollywood adored him. Wherever the flag went, “The Fighting Quaker” went—serving in nearly every major overseas ... Read more

    $14.99 USD


  • From Out of the Shadows

    Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America

    by Vicki L. Ruiz ...
    From Out of the Shadows was the first full study of Mexican-American women in the twentieth century. Beginning with the first wave of Mexican women crossing the border early in the century, historian Vicki L. Ruiz reveals the struggles they have faced and the communities they have built. In a narrative enhanced by interviews and personal stories, she shows how from labor camps, boxcar settlements, ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • Black Power and the American Myth

    50th Anniversary Edition

    by CT Vivian ...
    In 1970, C. T. Vivian, a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a member of his executive staff, sat down to take stock of the civil rights movement and the progress it had made. His assessment was that it failed, and that the blame lay in the existence of myths about America.As prophetic today as it was 50 years ago, Vivian's voice rings out as a critique and a call to action for a ... Read more

    $14.39 USD

  • A World Made New

    Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    FINALIST FOR THE ROBERT F. KENNEDY BOOK AWARD • “An important, potentially galvanizing book, and in this frightful, ferocious time, marked by war and agony, it is urgent reading.”—Blanche Wiesen Cook, Los Angeles TimesUnafraid to speak her mind and famously tenacious in her convictions, Eleanor Roosevelt was still mourning the death of FDR when she was asked by President Truman to lead a ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Herbert Hoover

    The American Presidents Series: The 31st President, 1929-1933

    series The American Presidents
    The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great DepressionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover—an engineer by training—exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s. As president, however, Hoover was sorely tested by America's first crisis of the twentieth century: the Great ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Battle of Mogadishu

    First Hand Accounts From the Men of Task Force Ranger

    “No matter how skilled the writer of nonfiction, you are always getting the story secondhand. Here’s a chance to go right to the source. . . . These men were there.”–MARK BOWDEN (from the Foreword)It started as a mission to capture a Somali warlord. It turned into a disastrous urban firefight and death-defying rescue operation that shocked the world and rattled a great nation. Now the 1993 battle ... Read more

    $13.99 USD