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  • A Fierce Discontentby Michael McGerr

    Free Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    The Progressive Era, a few brief decades around the turn of the last century, still burns in American memory for its outsized personalities: Theodore Roosevelt, whose energy glinted through his pince-nez; Carry Nation, who smashed saloons with her axe and helped stop an entire nation from drinking; women suffragists, who marched in the streets until... more...

  • The Eighty-Dollar Championby Elizabeth Letts

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.15

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry?s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic... more...

  • Arc of Justiceby Kevin Boyle

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 13.30

    An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in... more...

  • 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...

  • Longest Day, Theby Cornelius Ryan

    I.B.Tauris 2010; US$ 14.95

    6 June, 1944. 156,000 troops from 12 different countries, 11,000 aircraft, 7,000 naval vessels, 24 hours. D-Day - the beginning of the Allied invasion of Hitler's formidable 'Fortress Europe' - was the largest amphibious invasion in history. There has never been a battle like it, before or since.But beyond the statistics and over sixty years on, what... more...

  • The Battle of Midwayby Craig L. Symonds

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    The Battle of Midway in the central Pacific, on the morning of June 4, 1942, marked a dramatic turning point in the Second World War, when Allied forces seized the upper hand from the Axis powers. Lincoln Prize winner Craig Symonds offers an account of the Battle from a global perspective, as well as of the first six months of the war. more...

  • Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle for Smolensk 10 July-10 September 1941 Volume 1by David Glantz

    Helion and Company 2010; US$ 2.71

    At dawn on 10 July 1941, massed tanks and motorized infantry of German Army Group Center's Second and Third Panzer Groups crossed the Dnepr and Western Dvina Rivers, beginning what Adolf Hitler, the Führer of Germany's Third Reich, and most German officers and soldiers believed would be a triumphal march on Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union.... more...

  • The Zookeeper's Wifeby Diane Ackerman

    Headline 2013; US$ 12.99

    When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. More 'guests' hide inside the Zabinskis's villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, on rare occasions... 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...