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THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF JANE FRANKLIN
Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94883-0

Finalist for the National Book Award 
Time Magazine #1 Nonfiction Book of 2013
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of 2013

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve.

Benjamin Franklin, who...

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THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
Written by JOSEPH J. ELLIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94637-9

A Washington Post Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as...

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AMERICA, 1927
Written by BILL BRYSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-767-91941-8

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. 

All this and much,...

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THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA'S GREAT MIGRATION
Written by ISABEL WILKERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-76388-8

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 
Winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism
Winner of the Stephen E. Ambrose Oral History Award
Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Debut
Winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize
Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction

One of The New York Times Book...

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A SKELETAL HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON
Written by RUSSELL SHORTO

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/25/2009

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27566-0

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes’ bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes’ bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher’s...

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NEW REVELATIONS OF THE AMERICAS BEFORE COLUMBUS
Written by CHARLES C. MANN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/10/2006

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-03205-1

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding of what the Americas were like before Columbus's arrival. Most of us learned in school that Indians crossed the Bering Strait...

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ALGERIA 1954-1962
Written by ALISTAIR HORNE

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 10/10/2006

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17218-6

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and state torture.

The war made headlines around...

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Written by TIMOTHY B. TYSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 05/03/2005

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-08311-4

A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Winner, Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007

On December 1, 2006, Timothy B. Tyson received the Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007 from officials at the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, his 2004 memoir about a racially charged murder in his hometown.

Selected for Common Reading at:
Furman University
Queens University of Charlotte
University of North...

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Written by JACK WEATHERFORD

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/22/2005

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-609-80964-8

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise...

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THE TRUE STORY OF THIRTEEN WOMEN AND THE DREAM OF SPACE FLIGHT
Written by MARTHA ACKMANN
Foreword by LYNN SHERR

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/13/2004

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-75893-5

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by the boys’ club at NASA and on Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.

For the first time, Martha Ackmann...

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THE TRUE STORY OF HOW WESTERN EUROPE'S POOREST NATION CREATED OUR WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT
Written by ARTHUR HERMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 09/24/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-609-80999-0

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. This book is not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern...

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
Written by JUAN WILLIAMS

Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/01/2000

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-93299-7

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

From the acclaimed author of Eyes on the Prize, here is the definitive biography of the great lawyer and Supreme Court justice. Thurgood Marshall stands today as the great architect of American race relations. His victory in the Brown v.  Board of Education decision in 1954 would have made him a historic figure even if he had not gone on to become the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court.   As a young lawyer, Marshall dealt with...

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