American History

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  1. Book ImageIn Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics

    Victoria F. Nourse

    The disturbing, forgotten history of America’s experiment with eugenics.More

  2. Book ImageLeviathan: The History of Whaling in America

    Eric Jay Dolin

    A Los Angeles Times Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
    A Boston Globe Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007 Editors pick as one of the 10 best history books of 2007
    Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History

    "The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." —Nathaniel PhilbrickMore

  3. Book ImageFour Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    Vincent Bugliosi

    "A book for the ages."—?Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  4. Book ImageAll on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

    Henry Mayer

    "Superb....[A] richly researched, passionately written book."--William E. Cain, Boston GlobeMore

  5. Book ImageStanding at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era

    Nell Irvin Painter

    "A consistently engrossing, occasionally irreverent, always smoothly written history of America's painful entry into the modern age."—Kirkus ReviewsMore

  6. Book ImageSix Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

    Ian W. Toll

    "A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  7. Book ImageMurder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties

    Michael Lesy

    Michael Lesy’s disturbingly satisfying account of Chicago in the 1920s—the epicenter of murder in America—could be fiction, but it’s not.More

  8. Book ImageRonald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History

    John Patrick Diggins

    An important reassessment of the fortieth president, placing him in the pantheon with Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.More

  9. Book ImageImpounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment

    Linda Gordon, Gary Y. Okihiro

    "Unflinchingly illustrates the reality of life during this extraordinary moment in American history."—Dinitia Smith, The New York TimesMore

  10. Book ImageGoing Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

    Michael K. Honey

    The definitive history of the epic struggle for economic justice that became Martin Luther King Jr.'s last crusade.More

  11. Book ImageThe Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics

    James Oakes

    "A great American tale told with a deft historical eye, painstaking analysis, and a supple clarity of writing.”—Jean BakerMore

  12. Book ImageThe Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson: Toward the Great Society: February 1, 1964-May 31, 1964

    Kent B. Germany, Robert David Johnson, Guian A. McKee, Et Al.

    Three-volume slipcased set / Volume(s): 4-6

    This is presidential power in its rawest form, revealed alongside the private vulnerabilities of the world's most public man.More

  13. Book ImageThe Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar

    H. W. Brands

    An "insightful" (Publishers Weekly) history of the development of American capitalism and the men who made it great.More

  14. Book ImageKhrushchev's Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary

    Aleksandr Fursenko, Timothy Naftali

    “Contains unsettling insights into some of the most dangerous geopolitical crises of the time.”—The EconomistMore

  15. Book ImageWhat's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education

    Michael Bérubé

    "A sensitive, sensible, and compelling account of American education at its best."—Philadelphia InquirerMore

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