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  • American Ulysses

    A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidentsWinner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography • Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book PrizeIn his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Democracy Awakening

    Notes on the State of America

    **“Engaging and highly accessible.”—Boston Globe“A vibrant, and essential history of America's unending, enraging and utterly compelling struggle since its founding to live up to its own best ideals… It's both a cause for hope, and a call to arms.”--Jane Mayer, author Dark MoneyFrom historian and author of the popular daily newsletter LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN, a vital narrative that explains how ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Humankind

    A Hopeful History

    Translated by Erica Moore, Elizabeth Manton ...
    **AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe “lively” (The New Yorker), “convincing” (Forbes), and “riveting pick-me-up we all need right now” (People) that proves humanity thrives in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success as a species.**If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • This Woman

    Myra Hindley’s Prison Love Affair and Escape Attempt

    by Howard Sounes ...
    The true account of the scandalous affair between one of Britain’s most notorious murderers, Myra Hindley, and a prison guard—and their jailbreak plot to run away together.Myra Hindley was convicted in 1966, with her boyfriend Ian Brady, of what became known as the Moors Murders. Between July 1963 and October 1965 the couple sexually assaulted and killed five children and teenagers. Four bodies ... Read more

    $0.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Great Wall

    China Against the World, 1000 BC–AD 2000

    by Julia Lovell ...
    A “gripping, colorful” history of China’s Great Wall that explores the conquests and cataclysms of the empire from 1000 BC to the present day (Publishers Weekly).Over two thousand years old, the Great Wall of China is a symbolic and physical dividing line between the civilized Chinese and the “barbarians” at their borders. Historian Julia Lovell looks behind the intimidating fortification and its ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Rocket Men

    The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

    by Robert Kurson ...
    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers.“Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis**By August 1968, the American space ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Our Kind of People

    Inside America's Black Upper Class

    Now a TV series on FOX starring Morris Chestnut, Yaya DaCosta, Nadine Ellis, and Joe Morton."Fascinating. . . . [Graham] has made a major contribution both to African-American studies and the larger American picture." —New York TimesDebutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha's Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • MS-13

    The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang

    by Steven Dudley ...
    “One of the year’s most important books, a gripping meticulously reported account of the rise of one of the world’s most notorious street gangs.” —Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize winnerWinner of the Lukas PrizeAn NPR Best Book of the YearThe MS-13 was born from war.In the 1980s, Alex and his brother fled El Salvador for the US and formed the Mara Salvatrucha Stoners. Initially bound by a love of heavy ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • President Garfield

    From Radical to Unifier

    by CW Goodyear ...
    “An eloquent and moving biography of our twentieth President.” —James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom“A meticulously researched reappraisal.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve JobsThe first comprehensive biography in decades of the extraordinary, tragic life of America’s twentieth president—James Garfield.</stro... ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    2008 Orion Book AwardThe New York Times bestseller: a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • A Madman's Will: John Randolph, Four Hundred Slaves, and the Mirage of Freedom

    by Gregory May ...
    The untold saga of John Randolph’s 383 slaves, freed in his much-contested will of 1821, finally comes to light.Few legal cases in American history are as riveting as the controversy surrounding the will of Virginia Senator John Randolph (1773–1833), which—almost inexplicably—freed all 383 of his slaves in one of the largest and most publicized manumissions in American history. So famous is the ... Read more

    $19.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Wager

    A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

    by David Grann ...
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.“Riveting...Reads like ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • John Brown's Spy

    The Adventurous Life and Tragic Confession of John E. Cook

    by Steven Lubet ...
    A “compulsively readable” account of the fugitive who betrayed John Brown after the bloody abolitionist raid on Harper’s Ferry (Booklist, starred review).John Brown’s Spy tells the nearly unknown story of John E. Cook, the person John Brown trusted most with the details of his plans to capture the Harper’s Ferry armory in 1859. Cook was a poet, a marksman, a boaster, a dandy, a fighter, and a ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Tombstone

    The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

    by Tom Clavin ...
    series Frontier Lawmen
    THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER"Tombstone is written in a distinctly American voice." **—**T.J. Stiles, The New York Times“With a former newsman’s nose for the truth, Clavin has sifted the facts, myths, and lies to produce what might be as accurate an account as we will ever get of the old West’s most famous feud.” —Associated PressThe true story o... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Fifties

    This vivid New York Times bestseller about 1950s America from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist is “an engrossing sail across a pivotal decade” (Time).Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb. Ozzie and Harriet. Elvis. Civil rights. It’s undeniable: The fifties were a defining decade for America, complete with sweeping cultural change and political upheaval. This decade is also the focus of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    by David Grann ...
    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • SOON TO BE A MARTIN SCORSESE PICTURE“A shocking whodunit…What more could fans of true ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Race Against Time

    A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

    “For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed.” —John Grisham, author of The GuardiansOn June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present

    by Philipp Blom ...
    “A sweeping story, embracing developments in economics and science, philosophy and exploration, religion and politics. . . . Beautifully clear.”— John Lanchester, The New YorkerHailed as an “arresting” (Lawrence Klepp, New Criterion) account, Nature’s Mutiny chronicles the great climate crisis of the seventeenth century that totally transformed Europe’s social and political fabric. Best-selling ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Black AF History

    The Un-Whitewashed Story of America

    From acclaimed columnist and political commentator Michael Harriot, a searingly smart and bitingly hilarious retelling of American history that corrects the record and showcases the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans.America’s backstory is a whitewashed mythology implanted in our collective memory. It is the story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower building a new nation. It is George ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Chaos Machine

    The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World

    by Max Fisher ...
    Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in JournalismFrom a New York Times investigative reporter, this “authoritative and devastating account of the impacts of social media” (New York Times Book Review)tracks the high-stakes inside story of how Big Tech’s breakneck race to drive engagement—and profits—at all costs fractured the world. The Chaos Machine is “an essential book for ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Wonder Women

    25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

    by Sam Maggs ...
    A fun and feminist celebration of the forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond—from the bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy.You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of:• Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?• Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • American Gun

    The True Story of the AR-15

    "A magisterial work of narrative history and original reportage . . . You can feel the tension building one cold, catastrophic fact at a time . . . A virtually unprecedented achievement." —Mike Spies, The New York Times Book ReviewOne of The New York Times's 33 Nonfiction Books to Read This FallNamed a most anticipated book of the fall by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and <s... ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

    **WINNER • 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORYWinner • 2022 James Beard Foundation Book Award [Writing]The “stunning” (David W. Blight) untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.**Just as The Color of Law provided a vital understanding of redlining and racial segregation, Marcia Chatelain’s Franchise investigates the complex interrelationship ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $2.99 USD