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  1. Book ImageThe Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics

    Sean Wilentz

    One of our most eminent historians reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in America’s enduring struggle against economic inequality.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 Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

    Janine di Giovanni

    A New York Post Best Book of 2016
    Winner of the 2016 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award
    Winner of the 2016 Hay Festival Medal for Prose

    "Destined to become a classic." —Lisa Shea, ElleMore

  4. Book ImageBe Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World

    Erica Benner

    The dramatic, myth-shattering story of how Machiavelli—arguably the most misunderstood thinker of all time—fought to change his corrupt world.More

  5. Book ImageNew England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America

    Wendy Warren

    A New York Times Editor’s Choice

    "This book is an original achievement, the kind of history that chastens our historical memory as it makes us wiser." —David W. BlightMore

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageGive Me Liberty!: An American History

    Eric Foner

    Seagull Fifth Edition / Volume(s): One-Volume

    The leading text in the U.S. survey course.More

  8. Book ImageBrilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

    Eric Jay Dolin

    "What Moby-Dick is to whales, Brilliant Beacons is to lighthouses—a transformative account of a familiar yet mystical subject." —Laurence Bergreen, author of Columbus: The Four VoyagesMore

  9. 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

  10. Book Image"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

    Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

    "An important book…[R]ichly rewarding. It is full of fascinating insights about Jefferson." —Gordon S. Wood, New York Review of BooksMore

  11. Book ImageThe Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

    Christopher de Bellaigue

    A revelatory and game-changing narrative that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world.More

  12. Book ImageThunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War

    Daniel J. Sharfstein

    The epic clash of two American legends—their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction.More

  13. 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

  14. Book ImageCity of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

    Holly Tucker

    “A fierce tale of conspiracy and retribution… Thanks to Tucker’s sympathetic necromancy and her luscious resurrection of everyday detail, even in gilded palaces the human psyche seems familiarly deceitful and self-justifying.” —Michael Sims, author of The Story of Charlotte’s Web and Arthur and SherlockMore

  15. Book ImageIce Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

    Paul Watson

    The spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history—and how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks.More

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