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  1. Book ImageGateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

    Eric Foner

    The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.More

  2. Book ImageMidnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

    Charles King

    “Intrigue, violence, sex, and espionage, all set against the slow dimming of Ottoman magnificence. I loved this book.”—Simon WinchesterMore

  3. Book ImageHow to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

    Ruth Goodman

    A delightful tour through the intimate details of life in Victorian England, told by a historian who has cheerfully endured them all.More

  1. Book ImageContinental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering

    Maurice Isserman

    This magesterial and thrilling history argues that the story of American mountaineering is the story of America itself.More

  2. Book ImageMesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

    James F. Brooks

    A scrupulously researched investigation of the mysterious massacre of Hopi Indians at Awat’ovi, and the event’s echo through American history.More

  3. Book ImageThe Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

    Janine di Giovanni

    Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic.More

  4. Book ImageRepublic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency

    David Greenberg

    “Anyone wishing to understand how our politics evolved from the era of Teddy Roosevelt’s bully pulpit to the exquisitely calibrated constructions of today’s publicists, pollsters, speechwriters, and snakes needs to read Republic of Spin. David Greenberg’s book is everything that a political history should be—vivid, comprehensive, and important.”—Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionMore

  5. Book ImageEternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles

    John Mack Faragher

    A riveting popular history of Los Angeles’s bloody beginnings.More

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

    Lisa McGirr

    A groundbreaking history of Prohibition and a new creation story for the powerful American state.More

  7. Book ImagePicturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

    Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Et Al.

    A landmark and collectible volume—beautifully produced in duotone—that canonizes Frederick Douglass through historic photography.More

  8. Book ImageRevolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755–1783

    Richard H. Brown, Paul E. Cohen

    The spectacular legacy and importance of early American cartographers.More

  9. Book ImageStars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

    Lucia Jang, Susan McClelland

    An extraordinary memoir by a North Korean woman who defied the government to keep her family alive.More

  10. Book ImageThe Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue

    Piu Marie Eatwell

    One of the most notorious and bizarre mysteries of the Edwardian age, for readers who loved The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher.More

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

    Ian W. Toll

    The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire, island by island.More

  12. Book ImageCensors at Work: How States Shaped Literature

    Robert Darnton

    “Splendid. . . . [Darnton gives] us vivid, hard-won detail, illuminating narrative, and subtle, original insight.”—Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of BooksMore

  13. Book ImageHow to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

    Ruth Goodman

    A “revelatory” (Wall Street Journal) romp through the intimate details of Victorian life, by an historian who has cheerfully endured them all.More

  14. 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

  15. Book ImageContraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century

    Andrew Wender Cohen

    How skirting the law once defined America’s relation to the world.More

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