Search our catalog: Use one field for a broad search or more than one to narrow your results. Need help? Read the search tips.
SOCIAL SCIENCES  > HISTORY  > AMERICAN HISTORY

1945-PRESENT

339 BOOKS IN THIS CATEGORY
SORT BOOKS BY:
THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND ITS LEGACY

Format: Hardcover, 752 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-42322-2

Winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize

The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice—including information never released to the public—published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of this historic event.


On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees...

Read More >

THE WILD SAGA OF THE KIDNAPPING, CRIMES AND TRIAL OF PATTY HEARST
Written by JEFFREY TOOBIN

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53671-4

The definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
 
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre...

Read More >

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...

Read More >

NSA'S CODEBREAKERS AND THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE WAR AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION
Written by STEPHEN BUDIANSKY

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35266-6

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades 
 
The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the...

Read More >

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...

Read More >

RADICALS, RESISTERS, VETS, HIPPIES, AND THE YEAR AMERICA LOST ITS MIND AND FOUND ITS SOUL
Written by CLARA BINGHAM

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 05/31/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99318-9

The electrifying story of the turbulent year when the sixties ended and America teetered on the edge of revolution

As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. From August 1969 to August 1970, the nation witnessed nine thousand protests and eighty-four acts of arson or bombings at schools across the country. It was the year of the My Lai massacre investigation, the Cambodia invasion, Woodstock, and the Moratorium to End the War. The American death toll in...

Read More >

AMERICA AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Written by J. KAEL WESTON

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35112-6

A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.

J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he asked himself: When will these wars end? How will they be remembered and memorialized? What lessons can we learn from them?

These are questions with no quick answers, but...

Read More >

THE LIFE
Written by H.W. BRANDS

Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95114-4

From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling Historian H. W. Brands comes the definitive biography of a visionary and transformative president

In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative...

Read More >

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...

Read More >

A TRUE STORY OF COLD WAR ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL
Written by DAVID E. HOFFMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80597-3

It was the height of the Cold War, and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. The chief, suspicious of a KGB trap, ignored the overture. But the man had made up his mind. His attempts to establish contact with the CIA would be rebuffed four times before he thrust upon them an envelope whose contents would stun U.S. intelligence. In the years...

Read More >

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...

Read More >

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...

Read More >