American History

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  1. Book ImageThe Contours of American History

    William Appleman Williams

    "A very good book indeed.... It is quietly reasoned, beautifully ordered, and spirited as hell.... [It] is not a book for children, nostalgic or otherwise."—Loren Baritz, The NationMore

  2. Book ImageAmerica in Vietnam: A Documentary History

    William Appleman Williams, Thomas McCormick, Lloyd C. Gardner, Et Al.

    This collection of essays and documents, written and compiled by four distinguished historians, is an essential source book for anyone seeking to understand the causes, character, and consequences of American involvement in Vietnam.More

  3. Book ImageThe Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution

    Sam Willis

    A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence from the greatest naval and military power on earth?More

  4. Book ImagePatriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

    Edmund Wilson

    Regarded by many critics as Edmund Wilson's greatest book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the vast political, spiritual, and material crisis of the Civil War as reflected in the lives and writings of some thirty representative Americans.More

  5. Book ImageLincoln's Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC

    Kenneth J. Winkle

    The stirring history of a president and a capital city on the front lines of war and freedom.More

  6. Book ImageGunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

    Adam Winkler

    A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide.More

  7. Book ImageThe Trial of Anne Hutchinson: Liberty, Law, and Intolerance in Puritan New England

    Michael P. Winship, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, The Trial of Anne Hutchinson breathes life into a pivotal moment for religious tolerance in American history.More

  8. Book ImageBlack Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion

    Peter H. Wood

    A groundbreaking study of two cultures in early America.

  9. Book ImageThe Political Economy of the Cotton South: Households, Markets, and Wealth in the Nineteenth Century

    Gavin Wright

    The impact of cotton and slavery in the nineteenth century American South was so dramatic and enduring that neither the region nor the nation has yet escaped from the influence of that era of regional prominence.More

  10. Book ImageSouth Carolina: A Bicentennial History

    Louis B. Wright

    Louis Wright's masterful telling of South Carolina's story will fascinate residents and non-residents alike.More

  11. Book ImagePaper Soldiers: The American Press and the Vietnam War

    Clarence R. Wyatt

    A look at the role of the press during the Vietnam War makes use of government and military archival material, presidential papers, and interviews to examine the extent to which the press led or followed the American people.More

  12. Book ImageThe Boston Massacre

    Hiller B. Zobel

    Reissued in new paperback format and designMore

  13. Book ImagePeaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century

    Michael Zuckerman

    “This remarkable book seeks to lay out the human reality of community life in the original New England towns. Based on thorough research, shaped by an imagination that is both historical and anthropological, and lightly and lucidly written, Peaceable Kingdoms adds something new to American social history, and in its analysis of ‘consensual communalism’ throws new light on the general problem of community pressures to conformity.” —Bernard Bailyn, Harvard UniversityMore

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