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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

    The most powerful political tool of the modern presidency is control of the message and the image.More

  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 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

  10. 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

  11. Book ImageWriting History in the Global Era

    Lynn Hunt

    Leading historian Lynn Hunt rethinks why history matters in today’s global world and how it should be written.More

  12. Book ImageLibrary: An Unquiet History

    Matthew Battles

    “Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York TimesMore

  13. Book ImageDefining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945

    Ainslie T. Embree, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, Defining a Nation plunges students into India’s struggle for sovereignty and identity.More

  14. Book ImageIntroducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

    Edith Hall

    “Wonderful . . . a thoughtful discussion of what made [the Greeks] so important, in their own time and in ours.”—Natalie Haynes, IndependentMore

  15. Book ImageDark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope

    Jonathan M. Bryant

    A dramatic work of historical detection illuminating one of the most significant—and long forgotten—Supreme Court cases in American history.More

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