American History

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  1. Book ImagePresidential Power: Unchecked & Unbalanced

    Matthew Crenson, Benjamin Ginsberg

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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