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  • A Great Improvisation

    Franklin, France, and the Birth of America

    by Stacy Schiff ...
    In this dazzling work of history, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author follows Benjamin Franklin to France for the crowning achievement of his career ● Michael Douglas stars in Franklin, premiering April 12 only on Apple TV+In December of 1776 a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins an enthralling narrative account of how Benjamin Franklin--seventy years old, without any diplomatic ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Columbine

    by Dave Cullen ...
    Ten years in the works, a masterpiece of reportage, this is the definitive account of the Columbine massacre, its aftermath, and its significance, from the acclaimed journalist who followed the story from the outset."The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . ."So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Regeneration Through Violence

    The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600–1860

    Series series Mythology of the American West
    National Book Award Finalist: A study of national myths, lore, and identity that “will interest all those concerned with American cultural history” (American Political Science Review).Winner of the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award for Best Book in American HistoryIn Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, historian ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Beaverland

    How One Weird Rodent Made America

    by Leila Philip ...
    An intimate and revelatory dive into the world of the beaver—the wonderfully weird rodent that has surprisingly shaped American history and may save its ecological future.From award-winning writer Leila Philip, Beaverland is a masterful work of narrative science writing, a book that highlights, though history and contemporary storytelling, how this weird rodent plays an oversized role in American ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Organic Machine

    The Remaking of the Columbia River

    by Richard White ...
    Series series Hill and Wang Critical Issues
    The Hill and Wang Critical Issues Series: concise, affordable works on pivotal topics in American history, society, and politics.In this pioneering study, White explores the relationship between the natural history of the Columbia River and the human history of the Pacific Northwest for both whites and Native Americans. He concentrates on what brings humans and the river together: not only the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Our Kindred Creatures

    How Americans Came to Feel the Way They Do About Animals

    A compassionate, sweeping history of the transformation in American attitudes toward animals by the best-selling authors of RabidOver just a few decades at the end of the nineteenth century, the United States underwent a moral revolution on behalf of animals. Before the Civil War, animals' suffering had rarely been discussed; horses pulling carriages and carts were routinely beaten in public view, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Deep Descent

    Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria

    An in-depth look at the danger of diving the Andrea Doria, the "Everest" of deep-sea diving, by an award-winning journalist and photographer.On a foggy July evening in 1956, the Italian cruise liner Andrea Doria, bound for New York, was struck broadside by another vessel. In eleven hours, she would sink nearly 250 feet to the murky Atlantic Ocean floor. Thanks to a daring rescue operation, only ... Read more

    $17.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments

    A leading expert on the past, present, and future of public monuments in America.An urgent and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Some people risk imprisonment to tear down long-ignored hunks of marble; others form armed patrols to defend them. Why do we care so much about statues? Which ones should stay up and which should come down? Who should make these ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Tripped

    Nazi Germany, the CIA, and the Dawn of the Psychedelic Age

    by Norman Ohler ...
    Translated by Marshall Yarbrough ...
    “A fleet-footed and propulsive account . . . Brilliantly sifting a massive history for its ideological through lines, this is a must-read." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)The author of the New York Times bestseller Blitzed returns with a provocative new history of drugs and postwar America, examining the untold story of how Nazi experiments into psychedelics covertly influenced CIA research ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner

    The extraordinary life of Priscilla Joyner and her quest—along with other formerly enslaved people—to define freedom after the Civil War.Priscilla Joyner was born into the world of slavery in 1858 North Carolina and came of age at the dawn of emancipation. Raised by a white slaveholding woman, Joyner never knew the truth about her parentage. She grew up isolated and unsure of who she was and where ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Conquistador

    Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

    by Buddy Levy ...
    In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures.“I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold.” —Hernán CortésIt was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Life and Death in the North Woods

    The Story of the Maine Game Warden Service

    by Eric Wight ...
    Being a game warden in Maine is not just a job, it’s a way of life. This honest and entertaining book by a twenty-two-year veteran of the service tells the story of America’s oldest game warden service. The stories told cover the risks wardens face dealing with poachers, rogue wildlife, and the elements, as well as the drama that surrounds every search and rescue operation. ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • "Farewell, My Nation"

    American Indians and the United States in the Nineteenth Century

    by Philip Weeks ...
    Series series The American History Series
    The fully updated third edition of "Farewell, My Nation" considers the complex and often tragic relationships between American Indians, white Americans, and the U.S. government during the nineteenth century, as the government tried to find ways to deal with social and political questions about how to treat America’s indigenous population.Updated to include new scholarship that has appeared since ... Read more

    $27.00 USD

  • Horizontal Vertigo

    A City Called Mexico

    by Juan Villoro ...
    Translated by Alfred MacAdam ...
    At once intimate and wide-ranging, and as enthralling, surprising, and vivid as the place itself, this is a uniquely eye-opening tour of one of the great metropolises of the world, and its largest Spanish-speaking city.Horizontal Vertigo: The title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes that led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Tredegar Iron Works

    Richmond’s Foundry on the James

    Series series Landmarks
    One of the most important industrial landmarks in the nation lies in the heart of historic Richmond. The Tredegar Iron Works was the most prodigious ordnance supplier to the Confederacy during the Civil War, as well as an industrial behemoth in its own right. Named for the hometown of the Welsh engineers who built it, Tredegar remained one of Richmond's chief industrial entities for over a century ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Patchwork Apartheid

    Private Restriction, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality

    by Colin Gordon ...
    For the first half of the twentieth century, private agreements to impose racial restrictions on who could occupy property decisively shaped the development of American cities and the distribution of people within them. Racial restrictions on the right to buy, sell, or occupy property also effectively truncated the political, social, and economic citizenship of those targeted for exclusion. In ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • Peculiar Rhetoric

    Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement

    Series series Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series
    Winner of the 2020 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award from the Public Address Division of the National Communication AssociationThe African colonization movement occupies a troubling rhetorical territory in the struggle for racial equality in the United States. For white colonizationists, the movement seemed positioned as a welcome compromise between slavery and abolition. For free blacks, colonization ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Unsettling the West

    Violence and State Building in the Ohio Valley

    by Rob Harper ...
    Series series Early American Studies
    The revolutionary Ohio Valley is often depicted as a chaotic Hobbesian dystopia, in which Indians and colonists slaughtered each other at every turn. In Unsettling the West, Rob Harper overturns this familiar story. Rather than flailing in a morass, the peoples of the revolutionary Ohio Valley actively and persistently sought to establish a new political order that would affirm their land claims, ... Read more

    $44.99 USD

  • James Baldwin

    A Biography

    by David Leeming ...
    James Baldwin was one of the great writers of the last century. In works that have become part of the American canon-Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and The Evidence of Things Not Seen-he explored issues of race and racism in America, class distinction, and sexual difference. A gay, African American writer who was born in Harlem, he found the freedom ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Apostles of Disunion

    Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

    Series series A Nation Divided
    Charles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion has established itself as a modern classic and an indispensable account of the Southern states’ secession from the Union. Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century and a half after the Civil War, the book offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were at the heart of our ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • A Century of Spies

    Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

    Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British Secret Service to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold War world, offering an unsurpassed overview of the role of modern intelligence in every ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • The Age of Great Dreams

    America in the 1960s

    by David Farber ...
    In this book, David Farber grounds our understanding of the extraordinary history of the 1960s by linking the events of that era to our country's grand projects of previous decades. Farber's important study, based on years of research in archives and oral histories as well as in historical literature, explores Vietnam, the Civil Rights Act, the War on Poverty, the entertainment business, the drug ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Food, Drink and Celebrations of the Hudson Valley Dutch

    by Peter G Rose ...
    The renowned food historian delves into the early culinary traditions of Dutch settlers in New York state and their influence on the American kitchen.In 1609, Henry Hudson, under contract with the Dutch East India Company, set out to discover the lucrative Northwest Passage. The Hudson River Valley is what he discovered instead, and along its banks Dutch culture took hold. While the Dutch ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

    by Eric Foner ...
    “A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston GlobeSelected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see ... Read more

    $13.99 USD