American 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 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Book ImageOur Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

    Danielle Allen

    Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize
    Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
    Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians

    “Danielle Allen lays bare the Declaration’s history and significance, returning it to its true and rightful owners—you and me.”—Junot DíazMore

  6. Book ImageThe Genet Mission

    Harry Ammon, Harold M. Hyman

    Few episodes in the history of American foreign relations are as fascinating as the mission of Edmund Genet, the first minister sent to the United States from the new French Republic. Genet arrived in 1793, anxious to win support for France against Britain and other “enemies of republicanism.” However, within months after his arrival, his confrontations with the Washington administration brought relations between the two countries almost to the point of rupture.More

  7. Book ImageWilliam Howard Taft: An Intimate History

    Judith Icke Anderson

    How could a politically unambitious man like William Howard Taft, who yearned for only one post, a seat on the Supreme Court, be chosen for ever higher national offices and ultimately win the presidency, a triumph he did not want?More

  8. Book ImageCanyon Country: A Photographic Journey

    John Annerino

    Explore the ancient realm and mysterious secrets hidden within the forbidden depths of Canyon Country.More

  9. Book ImageLove on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White

    Heidi Ardizzone, Earl Lewis

    "Too important to be ignored....A fascinating look at America's obsession with race, pride, and privilege."—EssenceMore

  10. Book ImageOgallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains

    William Ashworth

    A story of a crucial, dwindling natural resource: an invisible ocean of fresh water under the High Plains.More

  11. Book ImageThe School Upon a Hill: Education and Society in Colonial New England

    James Axtell

    “Provides a provocative new insight into the changing pattern of New England cultural and social history.” —William and Mary QuarterlyMore

  12. Book ImageThe Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

    Edward L. Ayers

    Winner of the Lincoln Prize

    A landmark Civil War history told from a fresh, deeply researched ground-level perspective.More

  13. Book ImageIn the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864

    Edward L. Ayers

    Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.More

  14. Book ImageWhat Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

    Edward L. Ayers

    “An extremely good writer, [Ayers] is well worth reading . . . on the South and Southern history.”—Stephen Sears, Boston GlobeMore

  15. Book ImageTwo Communities in the Civil War

    Edward L. Ayers, Andrew Torget

    This selection of documents offers an insightful look at one Northern and one Southern community only 200 miles apart in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.More

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