American History

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

    Morris Dickstein

    Widely admired as the definitive cultural history of the 1960s, this “vivacious, highly original work” (Newsweek) finally reappears in a new edition.More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageThe Proud Decades: America in War and Peace, 1941-1960

    John Patrick Diggins

    "Richly instructive. . . . With characteristic cogency and verve John Diggins has painted a memorable portrait of the United States at a triumphant moment in its history."—David M. Kennedy, Stanford UniversityMore

  8. Book ImageThe Rise and Fall of the American Left

    John Patrick Diggins

    “Informative and useful. . . . A balanced history of leftist American politics in the 20th century. . . . Admirably nonpartisan.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington PostMore

  9. Book ImageFrom Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

    Darren Dochuk

    A prize-winning, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in Southern California that explains a sweeping realignment of American politics.More

  10. Book ImageOregon: A History

    Gordon B. Dodds

    To many Americans, Oregon is an idyllic, fruitful garden on the northwestern shore of a troubled urban nation. But, as author Gordon B. Dodds explains in this thoughtful history, behind that image lies the story of a state that has retained many of the conservative values of its first settlers while accommodating the forces of national development.More

  11. Book ImageWhen America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail

    Eric Jay Dolin

    Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.More

  12. Book ImageFur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

    Eric Jay Dolin

    A Seattle Times selection for one of Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010
    Winner of the New England Historial Association's 2010 James P. Hanlan Award
    Winner of the Outdoor Writers Association of America 2011 Excellence in Craft Award, Book Division, First Place

    "A compelling and well-annotated tale of greed, slaughter and geopolitics." —Los Angeles TimesMore

  13. 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
    Amazon.com 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

  14. Book ImageStep by Step

    Douglas Dowd, Mary Nichols, Nick Lawrence

    Step by Step is not simply one more book about civil rights, designed to underscore the repression of the American Negro and relate episodically what some have done about it, even though the book does serve both those functions to a degree. This book is unique in...More

  15. Book ImageThe Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War

    Frederick Downs, Jr.

    “The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”—Army TimesMore

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