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1830-1890

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THE EPIC STORY OF THE INDIAN WARS FOR THE AMERICAN WEST
Written by PETER COZZENS

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/05/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94818-2

Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History

A Smithsonian Top History Book of 2016

Finalist for the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award in Best Western Historical Nonfiction


After the Civil War the Indian Wars would last more than three decades, permanently altering the physical and political landscape of America. Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the intertribal strife over whether to fight or make peace; explores...

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HOW DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IGNITED A NATION
Written by RANDALL FULLER

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42833-6

A compelling portrait of a unique moment in American history when the ideas of Charles Darwin reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science and race

“A lively and informative history.” – The New York Times Book Review

Throughout its history America has been torn in two by debates over ideals and beliefs.  Randall Fuller takes us back to one of those turning points, in 1860, with the story of the influence of Charles Darwin’s just-published On the Origin of Species on five American...

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A LIFE ON THE FRONTIER OF A NEW AMERICA
Written by T.J. STILES

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/25/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47594-7

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History

In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a capable yet insecure man, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (court-martialed twice in six years) and the new corporate economy, a...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10681-4

A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader
 
This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever. Edited by renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize–nominated historian John Stauffer, The Portable Frederick Douglass includes the full range of Douglass’s...

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STRUGGLING FOR FREEDOM IN THE CIVIL WAR
Written by CHANDRA MANNING

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/16/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27120-4

From the author of What This Cruel War Was Over, a vivid portrait of the Union army’s escaped-slave refugee camps and how they shaped the course of emancipation and citizenship in the United States. 

Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage was at the root of the war they knew was coming, and they began running to the Union army. By the war’s end, nearly half a million had taken refuge behind Union lines in improvised “contraband camps.” These were...

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Written by JONATHAN D. SARNA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 04/12/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21233-4

On December 17, 1862, just weeks before Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, General Grant issued what remains the most notorious anti-Jewish order by a government official in American history. His attempt to eliminate black marketeers by targeting for expulsion all Jews "as a class" from portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi unleashed a firestorm of controversy that made newspaper headlines and terrified and enraged the approximately 150,000 Jews then living...

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A LIFE ON THE FRONTIER OF A NEW AMERICA
Written by T.J. STILES

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59264-4

Winner, Pulitzer Prize for History
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Finalist, Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Longlist, Mark Lynton History Prize
Finalist, California Book Award
Finalist, Plutarch Award for Biography
Winner, Spur Award for Best Western Biography

From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times.

In this magisterial...

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BRITAIN'S SECRET AGENT IN THE CIVIL WAR SOUTH
Written by CHRISTOPHER DICKEY

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-88727-6

When Robert Bunch arrived in Charleston to take up the post of British consul in 1853, he was young and full of ambition, but even he couldn’t have imagined the incredible role he would play in the history-making events to unfold. In an age when diplomats often were spies, Bunch’s job included sending intelligence back to the British government in London. Yet as the United States threatened to erupt into Civil War, Bunch found himself plunged into a double life, settling into an amiable...

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Written by RUTHANNE LUM MCCUNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-08326-0

Lalu Nathoy’s father calls his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloon keeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. Complete with photographs and documents, this biographical novel is the extraordinary story of a legendary pioneer’s fight for independence and...

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THE GRAND AND TERRIBLE POLAR VOYAGE OF THE USS JEANNETTE
Written by HAMPTON SIDES

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94691-1

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. 

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and...

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THE TANGLED LIVES OF WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN
Written by ROBERT L. O'CONNELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98212-1

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape—and the American character.

 
America’s first “celebrity” general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some were exalted in the public eye, others known only to his intimates. In this bold, revisionist portrait, Robert L. O’Connell captures the man in...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80592-0

Selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn. 

New voices featured in this 10th Anniversary Edition include Chelsea Manning, speaking after her 35-year prison sentence); Naomi Klein, speaking from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Liberty Square; a member of Dream Defenders, a youth...

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