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20th Century

  • The Disunited Statesby Vladimir Pozner; Alison Strayer

    Seven Stories Press 2014; US$ 22.95

    Influential French novelist, screenwriter, pioneer in literary genre and Oscar nominee Vladimir Pozner came to the United States in the 1930s. He found the nation and its people in a state of profound material and spiritual crisis, and took it upon himself to chronicle the life of the worker, the striker, the politician, the starlet, the gangster,... more...

  • Portraits in Jazzby Howard Reich

    Agate Digital 2014;

    Howard Reich has reported on jazz for the Chicago Tribune for almost four decades, and in this time he has met musicians both celebrated and obscure. From his exclusive interviews with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald, to profiles of the early masters like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday, this book... more...

  • The Thirteenth Turnby Jack Shuler

    PublicAffairs 2014; US$ 28.99

    The story of a rope, a symbol, and rough justice in America. The hangman?s knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol, one that is all too deeply connected to America?s past—and present. The last man to be hanged in the United States was Billy... more...

  • Innocent Weaponsby Margaret E. Peacock

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 33.99

    Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War more...

  • The Age of Garveyby Adam Ewing

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey (1887?1940) organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Harlem in 1917. By the early 1920s, his program of African liberation and racial uplift had attracted millions of supporters, both in the United States and abroad. The Age of Garvey presents an expansive global history of the movement that came to... more...

  • Aztlán and Arcadiaby Roberto Ramón Lint Sagarena

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 118.50

    In the wake of the Mexican-American War, competing narratives of religious conquest and re-conquest were employed by Anglo American and ethnic Mexican Californians to make sense of their place in North America. These "invented traditions" had a profound impact on North American religious and ethnic relations, serving to bring elements of... more...

  • Saving Horatio Algerby Richard V. Reeves

    Brookings Institution Press 2014; US$ 2.99

    Americans celebrate the Horatio Alger ideal, that all individuals can succeed by their own efforts in a level playing field, yet social mobility rates in America are now lower than those in Europe, risking America becoming an ossified, class-based society. Richard Reeves argues in this Brookings Essay that Alger is on the ropes, that the ideal of... more...

  • America Observedby Alistair Cooke

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    The definitive survey of Alistair Cooke?s brilliant career as a newspaperman Few journalists have covered the American scene as thoroughly as Alistair Cooke did. In addition to presenting the Sunday-night  Letter from America  broadcasts for the BBC, Cooke was the  Guardian ?s chief US correspondent for more than a quarter century, filing daily... more...

  • The Killing of Karen Silkwoodby Richard Rashke

    Delphinium Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood was driving on a deserted Oklahoma highway when her car crashed into a cement wall and she was killed. On the seat next to her were doctored quality-control negatives showing that her employer, Kerr-McGee, was manufacturing defective fuel rods filled with plutonium. She had recently discovered that more than forty... more...

  • A Generation on Trialby Alistair Cooke

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    The case that defined an infamous era, as reported by one of the twentieth century?s most celebrated journalists In August 1948, a former Communist Party member named Whittaker Chambers testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee that a secret cell of Communists had infiltrated Franklin D. Roosevelt?s New Deal administration. Chief... more...