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  • The H. L. Hunleyby Tom Chaffin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 16.99

    Tom Chaffin is a professor of history and the director/editor of the James K. Polk Correspondence Project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His books include Sea of Gray (Hill and Wang, 2006) and Pathfinder (Hill and Wang, 2002). His work has appeared in The New York Times , Harper's Magazine , Time , and other publications. He lives... more...

  • Sea of Grayby Tom Chaffin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 16.99

    The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer Sea King left London on October 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, where the ship was outfitted for war. The newly christened CSS Shenandoah then commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War: the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise... more...

  • Giant's Causewayby Tom Chaffin

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In 1845, seven years after fleeing bondage in Maryland, Frederick Douglass was in his late twenties and already a celebrated lecturer across the northern United States. The recent publication of his groundbreaking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave had incited threats to his life, however, and to place himself out of harm's... more...

  • Met His Every Goal?by Tom Chaffin

    University of Tennessee Press 2015; US$ 19.95

    Soon after winning the presidency in 1845, according to the oft-repeated anecdote, James K. Polk slapped his thigh and predicted what would be the "four great measures" of his administration: the acquisition of some or all of the Oregon Country, the acquisition of California, a reduction in tariffs, and the establishment of a permanent independent... more...

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