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  • Season of the Witchby David Talbot

    Free Press 2012; US$ 17.00

    Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis. more...

  • Spreading the American Dreamby Emily Rosenberg

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 21.99

    In examining the economic and cultural trs that expressed America's expansionist impulse during the first half of the twentieth century, Emily S. Rosenberg shows how U.S. foreign relations evolved from a largely private system to an increasingly public one and how, soon, the American dream became global. more...

  • Troubled Journeyby Frederick F. Siegel

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 8.99

    Hill and Wang first published Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan in 1984. more...

  • Anti-communism in Twentieth-Century America: A Critical Historyby Larry Ceplair

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 53.00

    In the United States today, communism is an ideology or political movement that barely registers in the consciousness of our nation. Yet merely half a century ago, "communist" was a buzzword that every citizen in our nation was aware of?a term that connoted "traitor" and almost certainly a characterization that most Americans were afraid of. ... more...

  • American Betrayalby Diana West

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    In The Death of the Grown-Up, Diana West diagnosed the demise of Western civilization by looking at its chief symptom: our inability to become adults who render judgments of right and wrong. In American Betrayal, West digs deeper to discover the root of this malaise and uncovers a body of lies that Americans have been led to regard as the near-sacred... more...

  • Two Shining Soulsby James Cracraft

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 79.99

    In Two Shining Souls , Cracraft explores the decades-long encounter of Jane Addams (1860-1935), the famous American social reformer and peace activist, with Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the acclaimed Russian writer and sage. This hitherto untold story highlights the crisis in global pacifism precipitated by World War I. Never before had the quest... more...

  • The Transatlantic Centuryby Mary Nolan

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 24.00

    An unprecedented account of the American Century in Europe, ranging from economics, culture and consumption to war, politics and diplomacy. more...

  • Boston Mobby Marc Songini

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 17.99

    The New England Mafia was a hugely powerful organization that survived by using violence to ruthlessly crush anyone that threatened it, or its lucrative gambling, loansharking, bootlegging and other enterprises. Psychopathic strongman Joseph "The Animal" Barboza was one of the most feared mob enforcers of all time, killing as many as thirty people... more...

  • Dinner with Lennyby Jonathan Cott

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 19.99

    Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most highly esteemed, influential, and charismatic American classical music personality of the twentieth century. Conductor, composer, pianist, writer, educator, and human rights activist, Bernstein truly led a life of Byronic intensity--passionate, risk-taking, and convention-breaking. In November 1989, just a year... more...

  • The Cuban Connectionby William Weyand Turner

    Prometheus Books 2013; US$ 12.99

    In April 1959, Fidel Castro toured the United States at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got... more...