20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageBlack Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

    David K. Randall

    A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress.More

  2. Book ImageThe Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes

    Orin Starn, Miguel La Serna

    A narrative history of the unlikely Maoist rebellion that terrorized Peru even after the fall of global Communism.More

  3. Book ImageThe China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

    Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

    An Economist Best Book of 2018
    New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

    “Gripping [and] splendid.… An enormous contribution to our understanding of Marshall.”—Washington PostMore

  4. Book ImageTo the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    Michael K. Honey

    “This is a dangerous book.”—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom DreamsMore

  5. Book ImageManual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

    Kate Brown

    A chilling exposé of the international effort to minimize the health and environmental consequences of nuclear radiation in the wake of Chernobyl.More

  6. Book ImageLove and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

    Roxane Gay, Jason Baumann, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Et Al.

    More than one hundred vivid photographs of the LGBTQ revolution—and its public and intimate moments in the 1960s and 70s—that lit a fire still burning today.More

  7. Book ImageBluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

    Preston Lauterbach

    The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured—and influenced—a critical moment in American history.More

  8. Book ImageFault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

    Kevin M. Kruse, Julian E. Zelizer

    Two award-winning historians explore the origins of a divided America.More

  9. Book ImageRampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

    James M. Scott

    The definitive history of one of the most brutal campaigns of the war in the Pacific.More

  10. Book ImageGorbachev: His Life and Times

    William Taubman

    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

    “Essential reading for the twenty-first [century].” —Radhika Jones, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. Book ImageA Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland

    Seth G. Jones

    The dramatic, untold story of one of the CIA’s most successful Cold War intelligence operations.More

  12. Book ImageOceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

    John Lehman

    A thrilling story of the Cold War, told by a former navy secretary on the basis of recently declassified documents.More

  13. Book ImageThe Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

    David King

    “Gripping… a disturbing portrait of how an advanced country can descend into chaos.” —Frederick Taylor, Wall Street JournalMore

  14. Book ImageRAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force

    Richard Overy

    A great historian’s masterful account of the origins of air power in the RAF.More

  15. Book ImageAsperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

    Edith Sheffer

    Shortlisted for the 2019 Mark Lynton History Prize

    A groundbreaking exploration of the chilling history behind an increasingly common diagnosis.More

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