20th Century History

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

    Dean Acheson

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

    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 ImageThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman

    The New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.

    A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.More

  3. Book ImageThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman

    Movie Tie-in

    The movie The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book, opens March 2017.More

  4. Book ImageWithout Precedent

    John G. Adams

    “[A] terse and compelling book. . .The entire bizarre story is here, a model of careful selection; McCarthy’s political biography reduced to its essentials. . . Adams has presented a précis of a demagogue’s rise to power. . .absolutely authoritative. . .It adds an essential dimension to our understanding of contemporary American history.” —Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageSchlesinger: The Imperial Historian

    Richard Aldous

    The first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy’s White House.More

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageEisenhower and Berlin, 1945: The Decision to Halt at the Elbe

    Stephen E. Ambrose

    In the final months of World War II, with the Allied forces streaming into Germany on two fronts, a major decision had to be made: where to draw a stop line to prevent an accidental clash between the Russian and the Anglo-American armies.More

  9. Book ImageHistories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire

    David Anderson

    "A remarkable account of Britain's last stand in Kenya. This is imperial history at its very best."--John Hope FranklinMore

  10. Book ImageRed Cavalry

    Isaac Babel, Nathalie Babel, Peter Constantine, Et Al.

    "Amazing not only as literature but as biography."—Richard Bernstein, The New York TimesMore

  11. Book ImageState of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

    Susan Bachrach, Steven Luckert

    A history of Nazi propaganda based on never-before-published posters, rare photographs, and historical artifacts from the USHMM’s groundbreaking exhibition.More

  12. Book ImageSetting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918

    James Barr

    “Barr turns history into a drama, with bright writing and a fascinating cast of characters.” —Mary Foster, Associated PressMore

  13. Book ImageA Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914–1948

    James Barr

    “A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National InterestMore

  14. Book ImageHe Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty

    S Jonathan Bass

    A heroic reconstruction of the forgotten life of a wrongfully convicted man whose story becomes an historic portrait of racial injustice in the civil rights era.More

  15. Book ImageLyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam

    Larry Berman

    "Stunning....The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable."—Publishers WeeklyMore

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