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  1. Book ImageGateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

    Eric Foner

    The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.More

  2. Book ImageHow to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

    Ruth Goodman

    A delightful tour through the intimate details of life in Victorian England, told by a historian who has cheerfully endured them all.More

  3. Book ImageMidnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

    Charles King

    “Intrigue, violence, sex, and espionage, all set against the slow dimming of Ottoman magnificence. I loved this book.”—Simon WinchesterMore

  1. Book ImageThe Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

    Janine di Giovanni

    Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic.More

  2. Book ImagePicturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

    John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Et Al.

    A landmark and collectible volume—beautifully produced in duotone—that canonizes Frederick Douglass through historic photography.More

  3. Book ImageWriting History in the Global Era

    Lynn Hunt

    Leading historian Lynn Hunt rethinks why history matters in today’s global world and how it should be written.More

  4. Book ImageDefining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945

    Ainslie T. Embree, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, Defining a Nation plunges students into India’s struggle for sovereignty and identity.More

  5. Book ImageThe Threshold Of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.

    Josiah Ober, Naomi J. Norman, Mark C. Carnes

    Second Edition

    A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, The Threshold of Democracy re-creates the intellectual dynamics of one of the most formative periods in western history.More

  6. Book ImageIntroducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

    Edith Hall

    “Wonderful . . . a thoughtful discussion of what made [the Greeks] so important, in their own time and in ours.”—Natalie Haynes, IndependentMore

  7. Book ImageDark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope

    Jonathan M. Bryant

    A dramatic work of historical detection illuminating one of the most significant—and long forgotten—Supreme Court cases in American history.More

  8. Book ImageThe Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis

    Arthur Allen

    “Thought-provoking. . . . [Allen] writes without sanctimony and never simplifies the people in his book or the moral issues his story inevitably raises.”—Wall Street JournalMore

  9. Book ImageThe Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War

    James Oakes

    A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction for 2014.More

  10. Book ImageThe Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century

    David Reynolds

    Winner of the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History. "If you only read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is compelling and original." —Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.More

  11. Book ImageThe China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

    Thomas J. Christensen

    This compelling assessment of U.S.-China relations is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the globalized world.More

  12. Book ImageDaughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

    Janice P. Nimura

    “Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); “beautifully crafted . . . subtle, polished, and poised” (Stacy Schiff).More

  13. Book ImageRousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791

    Jennifer Popiel, Mark C. Carnes, Gary Kates

    Second Edition

    A Norton original in the Reacting to the Past series, Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791 plunges students into the intellectual and political currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in summer 1791.More

  14. Book ImageThe Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

    David Roberts

    An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants.More

  15. Book ImageSwansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

    Walter Kempowski, Shaun Whiteside

    A monumental work of history that captures the last days of the Third Reich as never before.More

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