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  • Miami and the Siege of Chicagoby Norman Mailer; Frank Rich

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 15.95

    1968. The Vietnam War was raging. President Lyndon Johnson, facing a challenge in his own Democratic Party from the maverick antiwar candidate Eugene McCarthy, announced that he would not seek a second term. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and riots broke out in inner cities throughout America. Bobby Kennedy was killed after ... more...

  • Blowbackby Christopher Simpson; Mark Crispin Miller

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    The true story of how US intelligence organizations employed Nazi war criminals in clandestine warfare and propaganda against the USSR, anticolonial revolutionaries, and progressive movements worldwide that were claimed to be Soviet pawns; includes a new, previously suppressed introduction by the author on the CIA?s declassification of Nazi-related... more...

  • The Lords of Creationby Frederick Lewis Allen; Gretchen Morgenson; Mark Crispin Miller

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    An acclaimed classic detailing the economic history of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who changed the world Frederick Lewis Allen?s insightful financial history of the United States?from the late 1800s through the stock market collapse of 1929?remains a seminal work on what brought... more...

  • I'm a Stranger Here Myselfby Bill Bryson

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 15.99

    A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens ? as he later put it, "it was clear my people... more...

  • A Nation Risingby Kenneth C. Davis

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 13.99

    ?History in Davis?s hands is loud, coarse, painful, funny, irreverent?and memorable.? ? San Francisco Chronicle Following on his New York Times bestsellers America?s Hidden History and Don?t Know Much About History , Ken Davis explores the next chapter in the country?s hidden history: the gritty first half of the 19th century, among the... more...

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegasby Hunter S. Thompson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.95

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major... 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...

  • Overthrowby Stephen Kinzer

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 19.99

    A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments--not always to its own benefit "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with... more...

  • A Nation Among Nationsby Thomas Bender

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 16.99

    A provocative new book that shows us why we must put American history firmly in a global context--from 1492 to today Americans like to tell their country's story as if the United States were naturally autonomous and self-sufficient, with characters, ideas, and situations unique to itself. Thomas Bender asks us to rethink this "exceptionalism"... more...

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Coldby John le Carré; William Boyd

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 14.38

    Alex Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in Berlin for his British masters, and has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a... more...