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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 MAKING OF A LIBERAL ICON
Written by LARRY TYE

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 07/05/2016

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99334-9

From the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye...

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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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AMERICAN WARRIOR
Written by ARTHUR HERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 960 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99488-9

A new, definitive life of an American icon, the visionary general who led American forces through three wars and foresaw his nation’s great geopolitical shift toward the Pacific Rim—from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of Gandhi & Churchill

Douglas MacArthur was arguably the last American public figure to be worshipped unreservedly as a national hero, the last military figure to conjure up the romantic stirrings once evoked by George Armstrong Custer and Robert E. Lee. But...

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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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THE HUNT FOR GERONIMO, THE APACHE KID, AND THE CAPTIVE BOY WHO STARTED THE LONGEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Written by PAUL ANDREW HUTTON

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-770-43581-3

In the tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland
 
They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was...

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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 unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines.
 
In Legend, acclaimed bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A twelve-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral...

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THE MODERN-DAY FIGURES WHO HAVE RESHAPED AND AFFIRMED THE FOUNDING FATHERS' VISION OF AMERICA
Written by JUAN WILLIAMS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95204-2

What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as...

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INVESTIGATING AMERICA'S HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS
Written by PETER BERGEN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13954-0

A riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism from 9/11 to the present
 
Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty U.S. citizens have been charged with ISIS-related crimes. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort...

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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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