American History

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  1. Book ImageThe Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes

    David Coleman

    A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes.More

  2. Book ImagePivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

    John Milton Cooper, Jr.

    Contemporary American began in the first two decades of this century.More

  3. Book ImageA People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790

    Edward Countryman

    “In the richness of his evidence, in the sophistication of his measurements, and in his appreciation for complexity, [Countryman] has written one of the most comprehensive and detailed studies we have yet had of any state during the revolution.” —Gordon Wood, New York Review of BooksMore

  4. Book ImageLet the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

    Geoffrey Cowan

    “Cowan has brought to life a fascinating part of TR’s story usually left out of the history books. He tells it with verve and suspense, warts and all, his insights deepened by his own impressive background as a democracy activist.”—Adam Hochschild, author of To End All WarsMore

  5. Book ImageWhite, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginian

    Wesley Frank Craven

    “A masterful study of the demography of seventeenth-century Virginia . . . . The essays in this book, originally presented during the James W. Richard Lectures at the University of Virginia, combine the best secondary works on whites, Indians, and blacks with a judicious combing of primary sources and imaginative use of statistics . . . . Like [Mr. Craven’s] other definitive works on this period, White, Red, and Black is an indispensable book for those interested in colonial, southern, and black history.” —John W. Blassingame, Journal of Southern HistoryMore

  6. Book ImagePresidential Power: Unchecked & Unbalanced

    Matthew Crenson, Benjamin Ginsberg

    A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency."More

  7. Book ImageNature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

    William Cronon

    "Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul KrugmanMore

  8. Book ImageUnder an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past

    William Cronon, George Miles, Jay Gitlin

    “If you prefer history served in a dozen fresh ways, get this book.” —Chicago TribuneMore

  9. Book ImageThe Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

    Tom D. Crouch

    The reissue of this definitive biography heralds the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight.More

  10. Book ImageThe Age of Jim Crow

    Jane Dailey

    America’s racial history has been marked by both hard-won progress and sudden reversals of fortune.More

  11. Book ImageRevolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence

    George C. Daughan

    The untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley, control of which, both the Americans and the British firmly believed, would determine the outcome of the Revolutionary War.More

  12. Book ImageDragon by the Tail: American, British, Japanese, and Russian Encounters with China and One Another

    John Paton Davies, Jr.

    “Excellently written . . . vivid and authoritative” —George F. KennanMore

  13. Book ImageKansas: A History

    Kenneth S. Davis

    No state's creation was more dramatic, more at the center of national attention, more involved in fundamental moral conflict, than that of Kansas. In a sense, the state's history began with the arrival of the first Puritans of New England and the first slaves of Virginia....More

  14. Book ImageWeary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement

    Townsend Davis

    "Weary Feet, Rested Souls is a valuable and beautiful road map to a landscape we must not forget."—Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense FundMore

  15. Book ImageS & L Hell: The People and the Politics Behind the $1 Trillion Savings and Loan Scandal

    Kathleen Day

    The savings and loan debacle is the costliest scandal in the country's history. How could such a catastrophe have occurred?More

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