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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 OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI
Written by DAVID GRANN

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 04/18/2017

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history
       
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the...

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Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/18/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97179-6

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

Joe Gould’s Teeth is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over the country, Lepore unearthed evidence that “The Oral History of Our Time” did in fact once exist. Relying on letters, scraps, and Gould’s own diaries and...

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PLURAL MARRIAGE AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN EARLY MORMONISM, 1835-1870

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59490-7

From the author of A Midwife's Tale, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for History, and The Age of Homespun--a revelatory, nuanced, and deeply intimate look at the world of early Mormon women whose seemingly ordinary lives belied an astonishingly revolutionary spirit, drive, and determination. 

A stunning and sure-to-be controversial book that pieces together, through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books, and quilts left by...

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FAITH, CULTURE, AND POLITICS FROM THE AGE OF EISENHOWER TO THE ERA OF OBAMA
Written by KENNETH L. WOODWARD

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Convergent Books

On Sale: 09/13/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90739-9

Blending personal narrative with the story of Christianity in the United States over the last fifty years, Kenneth L. Woodward, the award-winning former editor of Newsweek, follows religion through American history. From the myopic optimism of the 50s, through the Civil Rights Era and the rise of evangelicalism to today, Woodward explores the importance of religion in the American experience and its impact on our history and politics. Getting Religion is ideal for courses on religion,...

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A STORY OF MEMORY, MADNESS, AND FAMILY SECRETS
Written by LUKE DITTRICH

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99273-1

“Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King”* in this propulsive, haunting journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M., a man who forever altered our understanding of how memory works—and whose treatment raises deeply unsettling questions about the human cost of scientific progress. For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks comes a story that has much to teach us about our relentless pursuit of knowledge.
 
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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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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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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY
Written by CHARLOTTE GORDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98047-9

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and...

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