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  • John Glennby Andrew Chaikin

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 4.95

    In February 1962, he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Since then John Herschel Glenn Jr. has stood in the popular imagination as a quintessentially American hero. In John Glenn:  America's Astronaut , a special edition e-book featuring 45 stunning photographs as well as a video, Chaikin explores Glenn's path to greatness.  John Glenn... more...

  • To the Ends of the Earthby T.M. Devine

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 32.95

    The Scots are one of the world's greatest nations of emigrants. For centuries, untold numbers of men, women, and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imaginable climate. All over the British Empire, the United States, and elsewhere, the Scottish contribution to the development of the modern world has been... more...

  • Counting the Daysby Craig B. Smith

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 27.95

    Counting the Days is the story of six prisoners of war imprisoned by both sides during the conflict the Japanese called the "Pacific War." As in all wars, the prisoners were civilians as well as military personnel. Two of the prisoners were captured on the second day of the war and spent the entire war in prison camps: Garth Dunn, a young Marine... more...

  • Why We Foughtby Robert B. Westbrook

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 19.95

    Why We Fought is a timely and provocative analysis that examines why Americans really chose to sacrifice and commit themselves to World War II. Unlike other depictions of the patriotic “greatest generation,” Westbrook argues that, strictly speaking, Americans in World War II were not instructed to fight, work, or die for their country—above... more...

  • Making Museums Matterby Stephen Weil

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 18.95

    In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to ?earn their keep??that they make themselves matter?in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual... more...

  • Fighter Pilot's Heavenby Donald S. Lopez

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 16.95

    Fighter Pilot's Heaven presents the dramatic inside story of the American military's transition into the jet age, as told by a flyer whose life depended on its success. With colorful anecdotes about fellow pilots as well as precise technical information, Donald S. Lopez describes how it was to be ?behind the stick? as a test pilot from 1945 to 1950,... more...

  • Maine to Greenlandby Wilfred E. Richard; Wilfred E. Richard; William W. Fitzhugh

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 40.00

    Maine to Greenland is a testament to one of the world's great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeast?s Atlantic corridor and its fascinating history, habitat, and culture. The authors? powerful personal essays and Richard?s stunning photography... more...

  • How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed Americaby Wendy Melillo

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 27.95

    Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Wendy Melillo authors the first book to explore the history of the Ad Council and the campaigns that brought public service announcements to the nation through the mass media. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns  details how public service advertising... more...

  • Cancer in the Communityby Martha Balshem

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 16.95

    Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in ?Tannerstown,? a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia. more...

  • Call Sign Rusticby Richard Wood

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 19.95

    President Richard Nixon could not keep American ground troops in Cambodia beyond June 1970 without authorization from Congress, which was not forthcoming. Not wanting to desert the anti-communist Lon Nol regime, he ordered top-secret, round-the-clock air support over Cambodia, and the Rustics were born. Author Richard Wood flew as one of the Rustics,... more...