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  • A Slave in the White Houseby Elizabeth Dowling Taylor; Annette Gordon-Reed

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 19.99

    Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White... more...

  • Fallingwater Risingby Franklin Toker

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 30.00

    Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told. When he got the commission to design the house, Wright was nearing seventy,... more...

  • Letter from America, 1946-2004by Alistair Cooke

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 35.00

    For over half a century, Alistair Cooke entertained and informed millions of listeners around the world in his weekly BBC radio program Letter from America . An outstanding observer of the American scene, he became one of the world?s best-loved broadcasters, and a foreigner who helped Americans better understand themselves. Here, in print for the... more...

  • Armed Loveby Elia Katz

    Bitingduck Press 2008; US$ 2.99

    Armed Love , first published in 1971, is a description of the author's experience in America?s communes. Katz documents the people, the sex, the drugs, and the various organizations of communal lifestyles from New York City to San Francisco. The best portrayal of contemporary youth in the United States. ? New Haven Register Elia Katz?can really... more...

  • Witness to a Centuryby George Seldes

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 27.00

    "This extraordinary book . . . is a reminder . . . of the sins of suppression and untruth that have been and can be committed in the name of American journalism . . . One of the last first-person statements from a generation that included Hitler, Nehru, and Mao . . . and Seldes too." -- Columbia Journalism Review From the Trade Paperback edition.... more...

  • Big Troubleby J. Anthony Lukas

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 17.00

    Hailed as "toweringly important" (Baltimore Sun ), "a work of scrupulous and significant reportage" (E. L. Doctorow), and "an unforgettable historical drama" (Chicago Sun-Times), Big Trouble brings to life the astonishing case that ultimately engaged President Theodore Roosevelt, Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the politics and... more...

  • Murdering McKinleyby Eric Rauchway

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 16.99

    When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist with an unpronounceable name had killed the commander-in-chief. Eric Rauchway's brilliant Murdering McKinley restages Leon Czolgosz's hastily... more...

  • How the West Was Lostby Alexander Boot

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 49.00

    What made the West ?western?? And has Western civilisation found modernity but lost itself? This provocative and stimulating polemic argues that western culture and civilisation have been destroyed not only in, but indeed by, modernity. _x000D__x000D_How the West Was Lost argues that all modern upheavals ? the Reformation, the English, American, French... more...

  • A Very Different Ageby Steven J. Diner

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1997; US$ 16.99

    The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods, millions of additional jobs, and ever more wealth. Steven J. Diner draws on the rich scholarship of recent social history to show how these changes... more...

  • The Age of Great Dreamsby David Farber

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1994; US$ 18.99

    In this book, David Farber grounds our understanding of the extraordinary history of the 1960s by linking the events of that era to our country's grand projects of previous decades. Farber's important study, based on years of research in archives and oral histories as well as in historical literature, explores Vietnam, the Civil Rights Act, the War... more...