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THE UNTOLD STORY OF DARPA, THE PENTAGON AGENCY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Written by SHARON WEINBERGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/20/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16972-1

The definitive history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon agency that has quietly shaped war and technology for nearly sixty years.

Founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, the agency’s original mission was to create “the unimagined weapons of the future.” Over the decades, DARPA has been responsible for countless inventions and technologies that extend well beyond military technology. Sharon Weinberger gives us a riveting account of DARPA’s successes...

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REFLECTIONS ON YOUTH AND WAR
Written by JOHN FREELY

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/20/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97468-1

In this funny and tender memoir, John Freely reflects on a remarkable life. Splitting his early childhood between the U.S. and Ireland inspired in Freely a lifelong desire to see the world and its inhabitants. At age six he settled in Brooklyn, where he spent a sometimes tumultuous boyhood amidst a large extended family: moving from house to house, the family’s belongings packed in an uncle’s hearse. Growing up poor, in his teens, Freely took whatever jobs he could when times got tough,...

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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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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: $17.00

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...

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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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FRIENDS AND RIVALS IN COLD WAR WASHINGTON
Written by GREGG HERKEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45634-2

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy, for better and worse, from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country’s premier political pundits;...

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WOUNDED SPIRITS IN A PROMISED LAND
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44751-4

The expanded and updated edition of David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines the relationship, past and present, between Arabs and Jews

In this monumental work, extensively researched and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist between Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.

Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler...

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WHAT OUR VETERANS CAN TEACH US ABOUT CITIZENSHIP, HEROISM, AND SACRIFICE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87282-6

A celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of this generation of American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front.
 
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and National Book Award nominee Rajiv Chandrasekaran honor acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an army sergeant who runs into a hail of gunfire to protect his comrades; two marines who chose to stand and defend their outpost from an oncoming truck bomb; and...

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Written by MIRON BIALOSZEWSKI
Translator MADELINE G. LEVINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17665-8

On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to gain renown as one of Poland’s most innovative poets, went out to run an errand for his mother and ran into history. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, reducing Warsaw to rubble while slaughtering some 200,000 people,...

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AMERICA'S FIRST WAR CORRESPONDENTS
Written by ROBERT H. PATTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91049-8

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. . . . 
 
Now, Robert H. Patton, acclaimed historian, author of The Pattons(“Exceptional”—The Washington Post; “Truly remarkable”—John S. Eisenhower) and Patriot Pirates (“Soul-stirring—as good as reading a Patrick O’Brian novel,...

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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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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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