20th Century History

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageThe Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair

    Margaret Creighton

    The Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, meant to herald the twentieth century, went tragically, spectacularly awry.More

  11. 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

  12. Book ImageKilling a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

    Dan Ephron

    Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of the Year.More

  13. Book ImageBlood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

    Patrick Phillips

    A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.More

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

    Ian W. Toll

    A New York Times Bestseller

    "A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative." —Wall Street JournalMore

  15. Book ImageThe Shia Revival

    Vali Nasr

    Updated Edition

    “Historically incisive, geographically broad-reaching, and brimming with illuminating anecdotes.” —Max Rodenbeck, New York Review of BooksMore

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