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  • One Summerby Bill Bryson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.95

    A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book A GoodReads Reader's Choice In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh... more...

  • The American Civil Warby Christopher J. Olsen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 20.99

    Succinct, with a brace of original documents following each chapter, Christopher J. Olsen's The American Civil War is the ideal introduction to American history's most famous, and infamous, chapter. Covering events from 1850 and the mounting political pressures to split the Union into opposing sections, through the four years of bloodshed and waning... more...

  • The Brothers Vonnegutby Ginger Strand

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 27.99

    Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard... more...

  • Competitive Authoritarianismby Steven Levitsky; Lucan A. Way

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 28.00

    This book explores the fate of competitive authoritarian regimes in the post-Cold War era. more...

  • The Devil's Chessboardby David Talbot

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 19.99

    An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful?and secretive?colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers. America?s greatest untold story: the United States? rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles,... more...

  • The Great Depression and the New Dealby Eric Rauchway

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 9.99

    The New Deal shaped our nation's politics for decades, and was seen by many as tantamount to the "American Way" itself. Now, in this superb compact history, Eric Rauchway offers an informed account of the New Deal and the Great Depression, illuminating its successes and failures. Rauchway first describes how the roots of the Great Depression... more...

  • Killing Pattonby Bill O'Reilly; Martin Dugard

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 30.99

    Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy , and Killing Jesus --riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now from Bill O'Reilly, anchor of The O'Reilly Factor , comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series: Killing Patton . General George... more...

  • The Modern Temperby Lynn Dumenil

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1995; US$ 18.99

    When most of us take a backward glance at the 1920s, we may think of prohibition and the jazz age, of movies stars and flappers, of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford, of Lindbergh and Hoover--and of Black Friday, October 29, 1929, when the plunging stock market ushered in the great depression. But the 1920s were much more. Lynn Dumenil brings a fresh... more...

  • Patton: A Biographyby Alan Axelrod

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    A concise and penetrating biography of one of history's greatest yet most controversial commanders. An atavistic warrior, Patton was a leader who defined modern warfare in the twentieth century's most desperate and destructive theater of combat: World War II more...

  • Rethinking the 1950sby Jennifer A. Delton

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    This book argues that far from subverting the New Deal state, anticommunism and the Cold War enabled, fulfilled, and even surpassed the New Deal's reform agenda. more...