20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageCity of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

    Mason B. Williams

    “Fascinating. . . . Williams tells the story of La Guardia and Roosevelt with insight and elegance.”—Edward Glaeser, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book ImageThe Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America

    John F. Kasson

    How the smile and fortitude of a child actress revived a nation.More

  3. Book ImageAlone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

    David Roberts

    "Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep SurvivalMore

  4. Book ImageThe Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme

    Joe Sacco, Adam Hochschild

    From “the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist) comes a monumental, wordless depiction of the most infamous day of World War I.More

  5. Book ImageParkland

    Vincent Bugliosi

    Movie Tie-In Edition

    “Bugliosi has definitively explained the murder that recalibrated modern America.” —Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageAmerican Soldier of WWII: D-Day, A Visual Reference

    Denis Hambucken

    On June 6, 1944, 75,000 American men landed on the beaches of Normandy. The opening act in the liberation of Western Europe was the most ambitious military operation in history. This book provides an intimate look at soldiers’ day-to-day experience through period equipment, weapons, and personal belongings.More

  7. Book ImageTitanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner

    John Maxtone-Graham

    “Maxtone-Graham’s take on the Titanic will be catnip to the ship’s dedicated buffs.”—Publishers WeeklyMore

  8. Book ImageA Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914–1948

    James Barr

    “A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National InterestMore

  9. Book ImagePacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942

    Ian W. Toll

    Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction

    "Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco ChronicleMore

  10. Book ImageThe Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes

    David Coleman

    A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes.More

  11. Book ImageFlight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933–1946

    Debórah Dwork, Robert Jan van Pelt

    “An impressive and rich book that provides much-needed attention to Hitler’s other victims.”—Jewish Book WorldMore

  12. Book ImageDeath of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age

    Adrian Johns

    “A superb account of the rise of modern broadcasting.” —Financial TimesMore

  13. Book ImageGlory Denied: The Vietnam Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War

    Tom Philpott, John McCain

    Now hailed as a classic, one of the most unforgettable and heartbreaking books ever written about the Vietnam War.More

  14. Book ImageFrom Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

    Darren Dochuk

    A prize-winning, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in Southern California that explains a sweeping realignment of American politics.More

  15. Book ImageThe Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

    Paul Preston

    Long neglected by European historians, the unspeakable atrocities of Franco’s Spain are finally brought to tragic light in this definitive work.More

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