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AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
Written by KENNETH WHYTE

Format: Hardcover, 752 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/10/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59796-0

The definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century--a revisionist account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression. 

A poor orphan who built a fortune, a great humanitarian, a president elected in a landslide and then routed in the next election, arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism--Herbert Hoover is also one of our least...

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AMERICA'S VIOLENT BIRTH
Written by HOLGER HOOCK

Format: Hardcover, 576 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/09/2017

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13728-7

“In this bracing and convincing book, Holger Hoock gives us an original and thought-provoking account of the violent nature of the founding of our country. We cannot understand our past or our present without grappling with the profound issues that Hoock raises here.”  
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power  
  
“This timely, powerful book reveals a side of America’s founding too often forgotten: the American Revolution was our...

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THE LIFE
Written by JOHN A. FARRELL

Format: Hardcover, 752 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 03/28/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53735-3

Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for. 

Richard Nixon opens with young Navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's...

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THE 400-YEAR UNTOLD HISTORY OF CLASS IN AMERICA
Written by NANCY ISENBERG

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-670-78597-1

The New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book of 2016
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR's 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary. The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation...

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THE PRESIDENT, THE PURCHASE, AND THE EXPLORERS WHO TRANSFORMED A NATION
Written by JULIE M. FENSTER

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95648-4

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States competed for control of the land west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground a cadre of explorers who seized it through investigation. 
 
Responsible for orchestrating the...

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A MEMOIR OF HOPE
Written by TOM BROKAW

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98208-4

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR • From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change—a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.

Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer...

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TECHNOLOGY AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Edited by BARTON C. HACKER

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $37.95

ISBN: 978-1-935-62391-5

By the middle of the nineteenth century, industrialization and military-technological innovation were beginning to alter drastically the character and conditions of warfare as it had been conducted for centuries. Occurring in the midst of these far-reaching changes, the American Civil War can justly be labeled both the last great preindustrial war and the first major war of the industrial age. Industrial capacity attained new levels of military significance as transportation improved, but in...

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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF GREEN BERET SERGEANT ROY BENAVIDEZ'S HEROIC MISSION TO RESCUE A SPECIAL FORCES TEAM CAUGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Written by ERIC BLEHM

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13953-3

The true story of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and a Green Beret Staff Sergeant's heroic mission to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War, from New York Times bestselling author Eric Blehm. 

On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team covertly infiltrated a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia—where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence...

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FROM COLUMBUS'S VOYAGE TO GLOBALIZATION
Written by CHARLES MANN
Adapted by REBECCA STEFOFF

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80663-7

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of sixteenth-century...

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THE AMERICAN ODYSSEY OF GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH
Written by JON MEACHAM

Format: Hardcover, 864 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06765-7

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review | Time | NPR | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family,...

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SLAVE EMANCIPATION AND LIBERTY FOR ALL
Written by DAVID R. ROEDIGER

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78025-8

Forceful and detailed account of the struggle for “freedom” after the American Civil War

How did America recover after its years of civil war? How did freed men and women, former slaves, respond to their newly won freedom? David Roediger’s radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation and Reconstruction.

Reinstating ex-slaves’ own “freedom dreams” in constructing these histories,...

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Written by GLORIA STEINEM

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-45620-9

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE’S TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change.

When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is...

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