20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageThe Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair

    Margaret Creighton

    The Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, meant to herald the twentieth century, went tragically, spectacularly awry.More

  2. Book ImageDietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

    Karin Wieland, Shelley Frisch

    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2015

    Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.More

  3. Book ImageKilling a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

    Dan Ephron

    Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of the Year.More

  4. Book ImageBlood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

    Patrick Phillips

    A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.More

  5. Book ImageThe Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944

    Ian W. Toll

    New York TimesBestseller “A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative.” —Wall Street JournalMore

  6. Book ImageThe Shia Revival

    Vali Nasr

    Updated Edition

    “Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes.” —Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of BooksMore

  7. Book ImageBuckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

    Kevin M. Schultz

    A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters.More

  8. Book ImageSwansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

    Walter Kempowski, Shaun Whiteside

    A monumental work of history that captures the last days of the Third Reich as never before.More

  9. Book ImageThe Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy Volumes IV-VI: The Winds of Change: October 29, 1962 - February 7, 1963

    David Coleman, Timothy Naftali, Philip D. Zelikow

    This is presidential power in its rawest form, revealed alongside the private vulnerabilities of the world’s most public man.More

  10. Book ImageFarthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War

    Raghu Karnad

    A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family.More

  11. Book ImageThe Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis

    Arthur Allen

    “Thought-provoking…[Allen] writes without sanctimony and never simplifies the people in his book or the moral issues his story inevitably raises." —Wall Street JournalMore

  12. Book ImageThe Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century

    David Reynolds

    Winner of the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for the Best Work of History. "If you only read one book about the First World War in this anniversary year, read The Long Shadow. David Reynolds writes superbly and his analysis is compelling and original." —Anne Chisolm, Chair of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Committee, and Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.More

  13. 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

  14. Book ImageThe Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II

    Nicholas Wapshott

    Before Pearl Harbor, before the Nazi invasion of Poland, America teetered between the desire for isolation and the threat of world war.More

  15. Book ImageThe Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

    Gregory D. Johnsen

    “The best new book on al Qaeda . . . and the best book on Yemen in years.”—Bruce Riedel, Daily BeastMore

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