20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageThe Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

    David King

    The never-before-told story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.More

  2. 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

  3. Book ImageThe Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

    Richard Rothstein

    "Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation." —William Julius WilsonMore

  4. Book ImageLooking Backward: A Photographic Portrait of the World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

    Michael Lesy

    A transporting work of photographic history that offers a haunting vision of how Americans viewed the world at the dawn of the twentieth century.More

  5. Book ImageThe Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

    Tara Zahra

    “A masterpiece of modern history.”—Larry Wolff, author of Inventing Eastern EuropeMore

  6. Book ImageMarch 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

    Will Englund

    A riveting history of the month that transformed the world’s greatest nations as Russia faced revolution and America entered World War I.More

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageLet the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

    Geoffrey Cowan

    The exhilarating, prescient story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever.More

  9. Book ImageWhy?: Explaining the Holocaust

    Peter Hayes

    A bold new exploration that answers the most commonly asked questions about the Holocaust.More

  10. Book ImageThe War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

    Lisa McGirr

    “[This] fine history of Prohibition . . . could have a major impact on how we read American political history.”—James A. Morone, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

    Dan Ephron

    One of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of the Year.More

  14. 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

  15. 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

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