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  • Scalawagby Edward H. Peeples; Nancy MacLean; James H. Jr. Hershman

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 22.50

    Scalawag tells the surprising story of a white working-class boy who became an unlikely civil rights activist. Born in 1935 in Richmond, where he was sent to segregated churches and schools, Ed Peeples was taught the ethos and lore of white supremacy by every adult in his young life. That message came with an equally cruel one?that,... more...

  • A Deed So Accursedby Terence Finnegan

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 39.50

    From the end of Reconstruction to the onset of the civil rights era, lynching was prevalent in developing and frontier regions that had a dynamic and fluid African American population. Focusing on Mississippi and South Carolina because of the high proportion of African Americans in each state during "the age of lynching," Terence Finnegan... more...

  • FDR and the New Deal For Beginnersby Paul Buhle; Sabrina Jones

    For Beginners 2010; US$ 14.99

    A profusely illustrated, popularly-written volume with original comic art,  FDR and the New Deal For Beginners  will shed new light upon a story now regaining visibility thanks to the recent economic crisis and prominent reformer, President Obama, in the White House. The history of the precedent-making FDR administration through the bitter economic... more...

  • Nixon and Kissingerby Robert Dallek

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.21

    With the publication of his magisterial biography of John F. Kennedy, An Unfinished Life , Robert Dallek cemented his reputation as one of the greatest historians of our time. Now, in this epic joint biography, he offers a provocative, groundbreaking portrait of a pair of outsize leaders whose unlikely partnership dominated the world stage and changed... more...

  • The Georgetown Setby Gregg Herken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 17.95

    A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington?a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner. In the years after World War II, Georgetown?s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated,... more...

  • Magnificent Failureby Craig Ryan

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 29.95

    Locked in a desperate Cold War race against the Soviets to find out if humans could survive in space and live through a free fall from space vehicles, the Pentagon gave civilian adventurer Nick Piantanida?s Project Strato-Jump little notice until May Day, 1966. Operating in the shadows of well-funded, high-visibility Air Force and Navy projects, the... more...

  • Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the Food and Drug Administration during the Reagan Eraby Lucas Richert

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 44.99

    Using a balanced methodological approach, Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the Food and Drug Administration during the Reagan Era explores American pharmaceutical regulation and connects political, cultural, and business history to capture the relationship between Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators, pharmaceutical companies, and... more...

  • JFK and His Enemiesby Thomas J. Whalen

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 43.99

    It is impossible to live the kind of life that John Fitzgerald Kennedy lived ? one of privilege, power, and pain ? and not acquire a few enemies along the way. Yet few figures in American history have as oddly conflicted relationships with their political foes as did our 35 th President. Historian Thomas Whalen?s book sheds light on each of... more...

  • The Concise Untold History of the United Statesby Oliver Stone; Peter Kuznick

    Gallery Books 2014; US$ 16.00

    A companion to Oliver Stone?s ten-part documentary series of the same name, this guide offers a people?s history of the American Empire: ?a critical overview of US foreign policy?indispensable? (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); ?brilliant, a masterpiece!? (Daniel Ellsberg); ?Oliver Stone?s new book is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking... more...

  • Chasing Shadowsby Ken Hughes

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 16.95

    The break-in at Watergate and the cover-up that followed brought about the resignation of Richard Nixon, creating a political shockwave that reverberates to this day. But as Ken Hughes reveals in his powerful new book, in all the thousands of hours of declassified White House tapes, the president orders a single break-in--and it is not at... more...