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1620-1830

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AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AND THE MEN OF FRANCE AND SPAIN WHO SAVED IT
Written by LARRIE D. FERREIRO

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87524-7

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year Award

The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England.

   
In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists...

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ORCHESTRATING THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1783-1789
Written by JOSEPH J. ELLIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17248-6

In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of America’s second great founding and of the men most responsible—Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison:  why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. These men, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing...

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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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LIVES ON THE EDGE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Written by KATHLEEN DUVAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98120-9

A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society 

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize


Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s...

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THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Written by D. PETER MACLEOD

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26989-8

A huge, ambitious re-creation of the eighteenth-century Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the pivotal battle in the Seven Years’ War (1754–1763) to win control of the trans-Appalachian region of North America, a battle consisting of the British and American colonists on one side and the French and the Iroquois Confederacy on the other, and leading directly to the colonial War of Independence and the creation of Canada. 

It took five years of warfare fought on three continents—Europe, Asia, and...

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THE MAKING OF AMERICA'S FIRST LEADER
Written by ROBERT MIDDLEKAUFF

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87239-0

Finalist for the 2016 George Washington Prize 

Focusing on Washington’s early years, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Middlekauff penetrates his mystique, revealing his all-too-human fears, values, and passions. Rich in psychological detail regarding Washington’s temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this book shows a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginia gentleman, and who was transformed...

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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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GEORGE AND MARTHA, "JOIN'D BY FRIENDSHIP, CROWN'D BY LOVE"
Written by FLORA FRASER

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27278-2

Winner of the 2016 George Washington Prize 

A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of our country—and of the struggle for independence that he led. 

The Washingtons’ long union begins in colonial Virginia in 1759, when George Washington woos and weds Martha Dandridge Parke Custis, a pretty, charming, and very rich young widow. The calm early years of their marriage as plantation owners at Mount Vernon and as parents to Martha’s two children, Jacky and Patsy—both of whom...

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Written by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Introduction by JILL LEPORE

Format: Hardcover, 344 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-90760-3

Benjamin Franklin’s account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun as a collection of anecdotes for his son, the memoir grew into a history of his remarkable achievements in the literary, scientific, and political realms. A printer, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesman, Franklin was also a brilliant writer whose wit and wisdom shine on every page. His Autobiography has deservedly become the...

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LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Written by LAURA AURICCHIO

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38745-5

Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award

The Marquis de Lafayette at age nineteen volunteered to fight under George Washington and became the French hero of the American Revolution. In this major biography Laura Auricchio looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and fully reveals a man driven by dreams of glory only to be felled by tragic, human weaknesses. 

Drawing on...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 08/11/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-05783-4

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples...

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HOW BRITAIN CAME TO FIGHT AMERICA
Written by NICK BUNKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74177-6

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the George Washington Book Prize
Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award

Written from a strikingly fresh perspective, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few people welcomed but nobody could prevent.  

“A great Empire, like a great Cake, is most easily diminished at the edges,” observed Benjamin Franklin, shortly...

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