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  • James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Governmentby Colleen A. Sheehan

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 22.00

    Sheehan argues that Madison's vision for the new nation was informed by the idea of republican self-government. more...

  • Waking Giantby David S. Reynolds

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Waking Giant is a brilliant, definitive history of America?s vibrant and tumultuous rise during the Jacksonian era from David S. Reynolds, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman?s America . Casting fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation?s territory... more...

  • Throes of Democracyby Walter A. McDougall

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 16.99

    "And then there came a day of fire!" From its shocking curtain-raiser?the conflagration that consumed Lower Manhattan in 1835?to the climactic centennial year of 1876, when Americans staged a corrupt, deadlocked presidential campaign (fought out in Florida), Walter A. McDougall's Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877 throws... more...

  • A Ruinous and Unhappy Warby James H. Ellis

    Algora Publishing 2009; US$ 33.95

    An entertaining, well-researched study details naval battles and coastal incursions through diaries and regional news articles on the War of 1812. New England was hard hit by the War of 1812 with Great Britain. The war severely injured the maritime and commercial economy and inflamed the difference in interests between the Northeast and the rest of... more...

  • Old Hickory's Nephewby Mark R. Cheathem

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    Though remembered largely by history as Andrew Jackson's nephew, Andrew Jackson Donelson was himself a significant figure in nineteenth-century America: a politician, planter, diplomat, newspaper editor, and vice-presidential candidate. His relationship with his uncle and mentor defined his life, as he struggled to find the political and personal success... more...

  • Privilege vs. Equality: Civil-Military Relations in the Jacksonian Era, 1815-1845by Jr. Robert P. Wettemann

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 45.00

    Between 1815-1860, the tiny American army took on many new and often daunting tasks. In the face of civil opposition to the very existence of a professional military, the first battle officers and supporters had to win after 1815 was that of simply preserving some small professional force. As American interests expanded further west and conflict with... more...

  • The Last Founding Fatherby Harlow Giles Unger

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 26.00

    Award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger recounts the life of James Monroe, who dedicated himself to serving his country and building America?s future. more...

  • Chasing Oliver Hazard Perryby Craig Heimbuch

    Clerisy Press 2010; US$ 15.95

    Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry chronicles Craig Heimbuch's journey through time and place in hopes of bringing to life a history that has haunted him since he was young the story of Oliver Perry and the War of 1812. In the spirit of Tony Horwitz, Heimbuch travels to the battlefields, talks to historians, re-enactors, and fellow travelers to create... more...

  • Driven Westby A. J. Langguth

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 16.00

    By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, President Andrew Jackson and his successors led the country to its manifest destiny across the continent. But that expansion unleashed new... more...

  • A Jackson Manby Donald B. Cole

    LSU Press 2004; US$ 19.95

    A rare, fascinating personality emerges in Donald B. Cole?s biography of Amos Kendall (1789?1869), the reputed intellectual engine behind Andrew Jackson?s administration and an influential figure in the transformation of young America from an agrarian republic to a capitalist democracy. Born on a small Massachusetts farm and educated at Dartmouth,... more...