American History

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  1. Book ImageContinental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering

    Maurice Isserman

    This magesterial and thrilling history argues that the story of American mountaineering is the story of America itself.More

  2. Book ImageMesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

    James F. Brooks

    A scrupulously researched investigation of the mysterious massacre of Hopi Indians at Awat’ovi, and the event’s echo through American history.More

  3. Book ImageRepublic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency

    David Greenberg

    The most powerful political tool of the modern presidency is control of the message and the image.More

  4. Book ImageEternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles

    John Mack Faragher

    A riveting popular history of Los Angeles’s bloody beginnings.More

  5. Book ImageThe War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

    Lisa McGirr

    A groundbreaking history of Prohibition and a new creation story for the powerful American state.More

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

    Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Et Al.

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

  7. Book ImageRevolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755–1783

    Richard H. Brown, Paul E. Cohen

    The spectacular legacy and importance of early American cartographers.More

  8. Book ImageContraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century

    Andrew Wender Cohen

    How skirting the law once defined America’s relation to the world.More

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageNature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

    Matthew Stewart

    Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy?More

  11. Book ImageWest of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

    Claudio Saunt

    This panoramic account of 1776 chronicles the other revolutions unfolding that year across North America, far beyond the British colonies.More

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Book ImageBeale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

    Preston Lauterbach

    The vivid history of Beale Street—a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians—and the battle for the soul of Memphis.More

  15. Book ImageGates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties

    Morris Dickstein

    Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this groundbreaking work finally reappears in a new edition.More

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