20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageA Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

    Roland Philipps

    The first full biography of one of the twentieth century’s most notorious spies.More

  2. Book ImageSiege of Khe Sanh: The Story of the Vietnam War's Largest Battle

    Robert Pisor, Mark Bowden

    A war correspondent’s masterful blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Khe Sanh, reissued with a new preface by Mark Bowden for the battle’s 50th anniversary.More

  3. Book ImageWhy?: Explaining the Holocaust

    Peter Hayes

    “Superbly written and researched, synthesizing the classics while digging deep into a vast repository of primary sources.” —Josef Joffe, Wall Street JournalMore

  4. 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

  5. Book ImageAngels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel

    Robert Gandt

    The gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and protect the fledgling Jewish state.More

  6. Book ImageAlone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

    Michael Korda

    Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War Two and the great events that led to Dunkirk.More

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageThe Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

    Richard Rothstein

    One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2017
    Longlisted for the National Book Award This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).More

  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 ImageThe Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World

    Tara Zahra

    "Zahra handles this immensely complicated and multidimensional history with remarkable clarity and feeling." —Robert Levgold, Foreign AffairsMore

  11. Book ImageMarch 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

    Will Englund

    A riveting history of the month that transformed the world’s greatest nations as Russia faced revolution and America entered World War I.More

  12. Book ImageThe Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman

    Movie Tie-in

    The New York Times bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.More

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

    Lisa McGirr

    “[This] fine history of Prohibition . . . could have a major impact on how we read American political history.”—James A. Morone, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  15. Book ImageDietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

    Karin Wieland, Shelley Frisch

    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2015

    Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.More

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