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  • Long Journey with Mr. Jeffersonby William Hyland

    Potomac Books 2013; US$ 34.95

    ?Anyone interested in how good history is written will be mesmerized by this book. If some readers also want to find out whether recent assaults on Thomas Jefferson's reputation are based on fact or on factoids, they will find a veritable mother lode of information here.??Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers more...

  • Twelve Years a Slaveby Solomon Northup

    HarperCollins Canada 2015; US$ 2.99

    Twelve Years a Slave is the immensely popular memoir of Solomon Northup, a free-born African-American who was kidnapped in Washinghton, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He toiled on plantations in Louisiana under the harshest of conditions until his release in 1853. The 2013 film was a runaway box office success, and picked up three Academy Awards,... more...

  • A Life Unforeseenby Rinchen Sadutshang; Dalai Lama

    Wisdom Publications 2016; US$ 17.95

    One of the only government officials in pre-Communist Tibet to have been educated in English recounts the pivotal events that changed his homeland, and the fate of his people, forever. Rinchen Sadutshang was born in 1928 near the Tibet-China border to a well-off trading family, educated in a Jesuit school in the Himalayan foothills of British India,... more...

  • Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Idaho Historyby Randy Stapilus

    TwoDot 2015; US$ 15.99

    Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Idaho History features fourteen short profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Gem State. It reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from Idaho?s past?both part-time Jerks and... more...

  • Thirstyby Marc Weingarten

    Rare Bird Books 2015; US$ 9.99

    Thirsty is an exploration of Los Angeles' storied history in regards to water. Starting with William Mullholland and his aqueducts, through the 1926 collapse of the St. Francis Dam, which killed hundreds, and on through to the profound implications Los Angeles' path has for today. Where Marc Reiser's seminal 1986 book Cadillac Desert started,... more...

  • My Train to Freedomby Ivan A. Backer

    Skyhorse Publishing 2016; US$ 22.99

    The breathtaking memoir by a member of Nicky?s family,? a group of 669 Czechoslovakian children who escaped the Holocaust through Sir Nicholas Winton?s Kindertransport project, My Train to Freedom relates the trials and achievements of award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest, Ivan Backer. As Backer recounts in his memoir, in May... more...

  • The Patrician Tribuneby W. Jeffrey Tatum

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    Publius Clodius Pulcher was a prominent political figure during the last years of the Roman Republic. Born into an illustrious patrician family, his early career was sullied by military failures and especially by the scandal that resulted from his allegedly disguising himself as a woman in order to sneak into a forbidden religious ceremony in the hope... more...

  • Lafayette in Two Worldsby Lloyd S. Kramer

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Lloyd Kramer offers a new interpretation of the cultural and political significance of the career of the Marquis de Lafayette, which spanned the American Revolution, the French Revolutions of 1789 and 1830, and the Polish Uprising of 1830-31. Moving beyond traditional biography, Kramer traces the wide-ranging influence of Lafayette's public and personal... more...

  • The First Naziby Will Brownell; Denise Drace-Brownell; Alex Rovt

    Counterpoint 2016; US$ 29.99

    [T]he authors deliver a chilling, well-researched biography that opens a whole new window on the world wars and the German psyche at the time.?Kirkus A brilliant tactician and an abysmally poor politician and strategist, Ludendorff summed up the strengths and weaknesses of the German General Staff. His is a fascinating story of talent, discipline,... more...

  • Your Friend Forever, A. Lincolnby Charles B. Strozier

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 34.99

    In the spring of 1837, a long, gawky, ugly, shapeless man? walked into Joshua Speed?s dry-goods store and asked for supplies for a bed. He couldn?t afford the price, but Speed was taken with the visitor, who threw such charm around him? and betrayed a perfect naturalness.? He could act no part but his own,? Speed later wrote. He copied no one either... more...