American History

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  1. Book ImageDetroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back

    Nathan Bomey

    What happens when an iconic American city goes broke?More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Book ImageKentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation

    Nicolas W. Proctor, Margaret Storey

    A new way to learn history—by living itMore

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageThe King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

    David K. Randall

    "A true story of the battle for paradise…men and women fighting for a slice of earth like no other." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  10. Book ImageThe Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

    Jack E. Davis

    Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History
    Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
    A National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist
    A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
    One of the Washington Post's Best Books of the YearIn this “cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin” (New York Times), “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea” (front page, New York Times Book Review).More

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

    John Mack Faragher

    "[A] fascinating account of the twisted threads of murder, ethnic violence and mob justice in 19th century Southern California." —Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside: A History of Murder in America, in the Los Angeles TimesMore

  12. Book ImageDead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nations Leaders

    Brady Carlson

    "Entertaining…Carlson shifts deftly among sombre, macabre, and playful stories and shows how the death-tourism industry reveals more than amusing trivia." —The New YorkerMore

  13. 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

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

    David Greenberg

    “A brilliant, fast-moving narrative history of the leaders who have defined the modern American presidency.”—Bob WoodwardMore

  15. Book ImageWomen of the West

    Cathy Luchetti, Carol Olwell

    “An authentic, refreshing and even inspiring view of life on the frontier.” —San Francisco ChronicleMore

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