American History

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  1. Book ImagePresent at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

    Dean Acheson

    With deft portraits of many world figures, Dean Acheson analyzes the processes of policy making, the necessity for decision, and the role of power and initiative in matters of state.More

  2. Book ImageWithout Precedent

    John G. Adams

    As counselor of the army during the McCarthy witchhunt, John G. Adams was a central figure in the bitter army-McCarthy hearings and McCarthy’s fall from power.More

  3. Book ImageReagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

    Richard Aldous

    An iconic friendship, an uneasy alliance—a revisionist account of the couple who ended the Cold War.More

  4. Book ImageOur Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

    Danielle Allen

    “Danielle Allen lays bare the Declaration’s history and significance, returning it to its true and rightful owners—you and me.”—Junot DíazMore

  5. Book ImageThe Genet Mission

    Harry Ammon, Harold M. Hyman

    While Genet had considerable shortcomings as a diplomat, more important was his inability to accept the irreconcilable differences between the two countries, particularly in their commitment to popular sovereignty and the doctrine of the rights of man. In addition, neither...More

  6. Book ImageCanyon Country: A Photographic Journey

    John Annerino

    Explore the ancient realm and mysterious secrets hidden within the forbidden depths of Canyon Country.More

  7. Book ImageLove on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White

    Heidi Ardizzone, Earl Lewis

    "Too important to be ignored....A fascinating look at America's obsession with race, pride, and privilege."—EssenceMore

  8. Book ImageOgallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains

    William Ashworth

    A story of a crucial, dwindling natural resource: an invisible ocean of fresh water under the High Plains.More

  9. Book ImageThe School Upon a Hill: Education and Society in Colonial New England

    James Axtell

    “Provides a provocative new insight into the changing pattern of New England cultural and social history.” —William and Mary QuarterlyMore

  10. Book ImageIn the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864

    Edward L. Ayers

    Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.More

  11. Book ImageWhat Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

    Edward L. Ayers

    “An extremely good writer, [Ayers] is well worth reading . . . on the South and Southern history.”—Stephen Sears, Boston GlobeMore

  12. Book ImageTwo Communities in the Civil War

    Edward L. Ayers, Andrew Torget

    This selection of documents offers an insightful look at one Northern and one Southern community only 200 miles apart in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.More

  13. Book ImageMary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

    Jean Harvey Baker

    "A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago TribuneMore

  14. Book ImageThe Civil War and Reconstruction

    Jean Harvey Baker, David Herbert Donald, Michael F. Holt

    Long considered the standard text in the field, The Civil War and Reconstruction—originally written by James G. Randall and revised by David Donald—is now available in a thoroughly revised new edition prepared by David Donald, Jean H. Baker, and Michael F. Holt.More

  15. Book ImageThe Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family

    Jean Harvey Baker

    "[A] sweeping narrative, beautifully written and scrupulously evenhanded, [that] does full justice to Stevenson and his people. . . . Ambitious, elegiac, and provocative."--Richard Norton Smith, Chicago Tribune, front page reviewMore

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