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  • A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250?1820by John K. Thornton

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    An overview of the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830, describing interactions between the inhabitants of Africa, Europe and North and South America. more...

  • The Devil in the White Cityby Erik Larson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.95

    In The Devil in the White City,  the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America?s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair?s brilliant director... more...

  • Flags of Our Fathersby James Bradley; Ron Powers

    Random House Publishing Group 2006; US$ 6.99

    In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.... more...

  • At the Dark End of the Streetby Danielle L. McGuire

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery?s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement. The truth of who Rosa Parks was and what really lay beneath the 1955 boycott is far... more...

  • The Buffalo Creek Disasterby Gerald M. Stern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.95

    One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured,... more...

  • The Struggle for Black Equalityby Harvard Sitkoff; John Hope Franklin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 11.20

    The Struggle for Black Equality is a dramatic, memorable history of the civil rights movement. Harvard Sitkoff offers both a brilliant interpretation of the personalities and dynamics of civil rights organizations and a compelling analysis of the continuing problems plaguing many African Americans. With a new foreword and afterword, and an up-to-date... more...

  • Ronald Reaganby Michael Schaller

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 10.99

    This short biography of Ronald Reagan is the perfect introduction to or refresher on the life and career of America's 40th president. Michael Schaller's moving narrative depicts Reagan's rise from a childhood on the run from bill collectors to two terms in the White House. Released in commemoration of the centennial of Reagan's birth in February 2011,... more...

  • A History In Fragmentsby Richard Vinen

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 18.99

    The problem with the history of twentieth-century Europe is that everyone thinks they know it. The great stories of the century - the two world wars, the rise and fall of Nazism and communism, female emancipation - seem self-evidently important. But behind the grand narratives, the politics and the ideologies, lies another history: the history of... more...

  • The Origins of the Second World Warby A.J.P. Taylor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 15.50

    One of the most popular and controversial historians of the twentieth century, who made his subject accessible to millions, A.J.P. Taylor caused a storm of outrage with this scandalous bestseller. Debunking what were accepted truths about the Second World War, he argued provocatively that Hitler did not set out to cause the war as part of an evil... more...

  • The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822?1888by Ian Read

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 65.00

    Despite the inherent brutality of slavery, some slaves could find small but important opportunities to act decisively. The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822?1888 explores such moments of opportunity and resistance in Santos, a Southeastern township in Imperial Brazil. It argues that slavery in Brazil was hierarchical: slaves' fleeting... more...