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1890-1945

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THE LAST MONTHS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
Written by JOSEPH LELYVELD

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35079-2

“By far the most enigmatic leading figure” of World War II. That’s how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never more so than at the end of his life. Here, in a hugely insightful account, a prizewinning author and journalist untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt’s final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life...

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF VICE, MONEY, AND MURDER IN NEW YORK'S CHINATOWN
Written by SCOTT D. SELIGMAN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 07/12/2016

Price: $29.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-56227-3

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker)

Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to...

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Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94758-6

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of Our Time.”

Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould...

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MARK TWAIN'S RAUCOUS AND REDEMPTIVE ROUND-THE-WORLD COMEDY TOUR
Written by RICHARD ZACKS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53644-8

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy—and revived his world-class sense of humor

Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors. “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate,” he wrote. “When he can’t afford it and when he can.” The publishing...

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THE LIFELONG RIVALRY OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97162-8

Richmond Times-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into “Princess Alice,” arguably the century’s first global celebrity. Thirty-two years later, Alice’s first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. The two women had been born eight months and twenty blocks apart in New York City, spent much of their childhoods together, and were far more alike than most historians...

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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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A GLOBAL HISTORY
Written by SVEN BECKERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71396-5

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature and Recipient of the Cundill “Recognition of Excellence” prize
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015

The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98496-5

New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year byThe New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time
 
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book 

Selected for common...

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Written by THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE
Contribution by W. H. AUDEN, ELIZABETH BISHOP
Introduction by DAVID REMNICK
Edited by HENRY FINDER

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98329-6

Including contributions by W. H. Auden • Elizabeth Bishop • John Cheever • Janet Flanner • John Hersey • Langston Hughes • Shirley Jackson • A. J. Liebling • William Maxwell • Carson McCullers • Joseph Mitchell • Vladimir Nabokov • Ogden Nash • John O’Hara • George Orwell • V. S. Pritchett • Lillian Ross • Stephen Spender • Lionel Trilling • Rebecca West • E. B. White • Williams Carlos Williams • Edmund Wilson
 
And featuring new perspectives by Joan Acocella • Hilton Als • Dan Chiasson •...

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

On Sale: 03/31/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53601-1

A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century. 

When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into "Princess Alice," arguably the century's first global celebrity. Thirty-two years later, her first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. Born eight months and twenty...

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A GLOBAL HISTORY
Written by SVEN BECKERT

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-41414-5

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (History)


The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 
Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen...

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THE SEARCH FOR NICA, THE REBELLIOUS ROTHSCHILD AND JAZZ'S SECRET MUSE
Written by HANNAH ROTHSCHILD

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87233-8

Beautiful and spirited, Pannonica Rothschild, known as Nica, was born in 1913 to eccentric privilege and a storied family history. After marrying well, she settled into a French chateau to bear children and support her husband’s war career. But when Nica heard “Round Midnight” by jazz composer Thelonious Monk, everything changed. She abandoned her marriage, found Monk in New York, and devoted herself to him and to other musicians, becoming the unsung philanthropist of the city’s Jazz...

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