American History

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Book ImagePresidential Power: Unchecked & Unbalanced

    Matthew Crenson, Benjamin Ginsberg

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageKansas: A History

    Kenneth 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Book ImageBond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge

    Charles B. Dew

    A study of African-American workers empowered and partly liberated by their skills.More

  13. Book ImageFor Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England

    Allegra di Bonaventura

    “Incomparably vivid . . . as enthralling a portrait of family life [in colonial New England] as we are likely to have.”—Wall Street JournalMore

  14. 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

  15. Book ImageDancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

    Morris Dickstein

    A National Book Critics Circle finalist: "The definitive book about Depression culture for our time."—San Francisco ChronicleMore

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