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  • To The Cityby Julia L. Foulkes

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 26.95

    In the 1930s and 1940s, as the United States moved from a rural to an urban nation, the pull of the city was irrepressible. It was so strong that even a photographic mission designed to record the essence of rural America could not help but capture the energy of urbanization too.  To the City  showcases over 100 photographs from the Farm... more...

  • The New Dealersby Jordan A. Schwarz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.99

    This bold new analysis of the New Deal dramatically revises our vision of the Roosevelt legacy -- and of the new relation between government and business it made a central fact of American life. With impressive scholarship and narrative brio, Jordan A. Schwarz persuasively demonstrates that the New Deal's architects sought not merely to save an endangered... more...

  • A Tangled Webby William P. Bundy

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1999; US$ 7.99

    An authoritative historical assessment of american foreign policy in a crucial postwar decade. William Bundy's magisterial book focuses on the controversial record of Richard Nixon's and Henry Kissinger's often overpraised foreign policy of 1969 to 1973, an era that has rightly been described as the hinge on which the last half of the century turned.... more...

  • Arguing the Worldby Joseph Dorman

    Free Press 2000; Not Available

    From cafeterias to cocktail parties to the pages of influential journals of opinion, few groups of friends have argued ideas so passionately and so publicly as the writers and critics known as the New York intellectuals. A brilliantly contentious circle of thinkers, they wielded enormous influence in the second half of the twentieth century through... more...

  • Tell Newt to Shut Upby Michael Weisskopf; David Maraniss

    Simon & Schuster 2008; Not Available

    PRIZEWINNING WASHINGTON POST JOURNALISTS REVEAL HOW REALITY GAGGED THE GINGRICH REVOLUTION Speaker Newt Gingrich and his troops promised a revolution when they seized power in January 1995. The year that followed was one of the most fascinating and tumultuous in modern American history. After stunning early success with the Contract with America,... more...

  • Two Shining Soulsby James Cracraft

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 79.99

    In Two Shining Souls , Cracraft explores the decades-long encounter of Jane Addams (1860-1935), the famous American social reformer and peace activist, with Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the acclaimed Russian writer and sage. This hitherto untold story highlights the crisis in global pacifism precipitated by World War I. Never before had the quest... more...

  • Listening Inby Ted Widmer; Caroline Kennedy

    Hachette Books 2012; US$ 19.99

    In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material.... more...

  • The Transatlantic Centuryby Mary Nolan

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 24.00

    An unprecedented account of the American Century in Europe, ranging from economics, culture and consumption to war, politics and diplomacy. more...

  • Dinner with Lennyby Jonathan Cott

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 19.99

    Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most highly esteemed, influential, and charismatic American classical music personality of the twentieth century. Conductor, composer, pianist, writer, educator, and human rights activist, Bernstein truly led a life of Byronic intensity--passionate, risk-taking, and convention-breaking. In November 1989, just a year... more...

  • The Cuban Connectionby William Weyand Turner

    Prometheus Books 2013; US$ 12.99

    In April 1959, Fidel Castro toured the United States at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got... more...