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  • This Great Struggleby Steven E. Woodworth

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 18.99

    Referring to the war that was raging across parts of the American landscape, Abraham Lincoln told Congress in 1862, "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on earth." Lincoln recognized what was at stake in the American Civil War: not only freedom for 3.5 million slaves but also survival of self-government in the last place on earth... more...

  • The Norman Conquestby Marc Morris

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.68

    An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This riveting book explains why the Norman Conquest was the single most important event in English history. Assessing the... more...

  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York Cityby Robin Nagle

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 10.50

    America's largest city generates garbage in torrents?11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take... more...

  • Killer 'Caneby Robert Mykle

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2006; US$ 9.99

    On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach, Florida. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over 2,000 people. Robert Mykle shows how the residents of the Everglades had believed prematurely that... more...

  • 1491by Charles C. Mann

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 17.32

    Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. But recently unexpected discoveries have dramatically changed our understanding of Indian life. Many scholars now argue that the... more...

  • American Women's History: A Very Short Introductionby Susan Ware

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 7.99

    What does American history look like with women at the center of the story? From Pocahantas to military women serving in the Iraqi war, this Very Short Introduction chronicles the contributions that women have made to the American experience from a multicultural perspective that emphasizes how gender shapes women's--and men's--lives. more...

  • Magna Cartaby David Starkey

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; US$ 15.99

    'A soaring account of the months that transformed a messy feudal squabble into Magna Carta...his crisp storytelling, based around short chapters and rolling rhetoric, is extremely entertaining.' Dan Jones, Mail on Sunday 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good history is descriptive, narrative and analytical. This is good history.' Gerard DeGroot,... more...

  • A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American Southby Owen Robinson; Richard Gray

    Wiley 2008; US$ 62.95 US$ 54.56

    From slave narratives to the Civil War, and from country music to Southern sport, this Companion is the definitive guide to the literature and culture of the American South. Includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history, and politics in the region Combines treatment of major literary works and historical events with... more...

  • Our Mothers' Warby Emily Yellin

    Free Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    "Our women are serving actively in many ways in this war, and they are doing a grand job on both the fighting front and the home front." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944 Our Mothers' War is a stunning and unprecedented portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Never before... more...

  • Factional Competition and Political Development in the New Worldby Elizabeth M. Brumfiel; John W. Fox

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 38.00

    This volume examines how factional competition in ancient New World societies led to the development of chiefdoms, states and empires. more...