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  • The Long Pursuitby Jr. Roy Morris

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    In this compelling narrative, renowned historian Roy Morris, Jr., expertly offers a new angle on two of America's most towering politicians and the intense personal rivalry that transformed both them and the nation they sought to lead in the dark days leading up to the Civil War. For the better part of two decades, Stephen Douglas was the most famous... more...

  • How the States Got Their Shapesby Mark Stein

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake? We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities?the entire state of Maryland(!)?have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence.... more...

  • Grand Illusionby Wayne Barrett; Dan Collins

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Rudy Giuliani emerged from the smoke of 9/11 as the unquestioned hero of the day: America's Mayor, the father figure we could all rely on to be tough, to be wise, to do the right thing. In that uncertain time, it was a comfort to know that he was on the scene and in control, making the best of a dire situation. But was he really? Grand Illusion... more...

  • America's Hidden Historyby Kenneth C. Davis

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Kenneth C. Davis, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History , presents a collection of extraordinary stories, each detailing an overlooked episode that shaped the nation's destiny and character. Davis's dramatic narratives set the record straight, busting myths and bringing to light little-known but fascinating... more...

  • American Courageby III Herbert W. Warden

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Here is the American adventure. This extraordinary book reveals the intrepid spirit of Americans through-out their history -- from William Bradford's account of the Mayflower landing to the hardship of a pioneer settler, from little-known stories of great figures to harrowing tales from the Wild West, the World Wars, and September 11, 2001. Told with... more...

  • A History of the American Peopleby Paul Johnson

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    "The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures," begins Paul Johnson's remarkable new American history. "No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind." Johnson's history is a reinterpretation of American history from the first settlements... more...

  • Inventing George Washingtonby Edward G. Lengel

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    ?Lengel?s Washington is the archetypal American soldier?an amateur citizen in arms who struggles to learn an unfamiliar and demanding craft on the job....Outstanding.? ? Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Glorious Struggle Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Papers Project  Edward G. Lengel delivers an entertaining and erudite history of America's... more...

  • The Wit & Wisdom of FDRby James C. Humes

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    In Bartlett's Familiar Quotations , the premier collection of noted sayings, Mark Twain is the only American with more citations under his name than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was the greatest raconteur to occupy the White House between the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. A superb mimic with a professional comic's sense of... more...

  • General Sherman's Christmasby Stanley Weintraub

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Historian Stanley Weintraub, author of Silent Night , combines two winning topics ? Christmas and the Civil War ? in General Sherman?s Christmas , new from Smithsonian Books. Focusing on the holiday season of 1864, when General Sherman relentlessly pushed his troops across Georgia to capture Savannah, General Sherman?s Christmas includes the voices... more...

  • Toriesby Thomas B. Allen

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the American Revolution. Allen?s compelling account comprises an epic story with a personal core, an American narrative certain to spellbind... more...