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  • Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400?1800by Charles H. Parker

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 23.00

    An interdisciplinary introduction to early modern cross-cultural encounters and their influences on the development of world societies. more...

  • Long Time Passing, New Editionby Myra MacPherson

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 27.99

    Praise for the original edition: "A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era." ?San Francisco Chronicle "Myra MacPherson?s book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of." ?Joseph Heller "A brilliant and necessary book... this stunning depiction... more...

  • Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitutionby Woody Holton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 11.20

    Average Americans Were the True Framers of the Constitution Woody Holton upends what we think we know of the Constitution's origins by telling the history of the average Americans who challenged the framers of the Constitution and forced on them the revisions that produced the document we now venerate. The framers who gathered in Philadelphia... more...

  • Pox Americanaby Elizabeth A. Fenn

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 11.90

    The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of... more...

  • Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamationby Allen C. Guelzo

    Simon & Schuster 2006; US$ 16.99

    One of the nation's foremost Lincoln scholars offers an authoritative consideration of the document that represents the most far-reaching accomplishment of our greatest president. No single official paper in American history changed the lives of as many Americans as Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But no American document has been held up... more...

  • A Fierce Discontentby Michael McGerr

    Free Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    The Progressive Era, a few brief decades around the turn of the last century, still burns in American memory for its outsized personalities: Theodore Roosevelt, whose energy glinted through his pince-nez; Carry Nation, who smashed saloons with her axe and helped stop an entire nation from drinking; women suffragists, who marched in the streets until... more...

  • This Great Struggleby Steven E. Woodworth

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 18.99

    Referring to the war that was raging across parts of the American landscape, Abraham Lincoln told Congress in 1862, "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on earth." Lincoln recognized what was at stake in the American Civil War: not only freedom for 3.5 million slaves but also survival of self-government in the last place on earth... more...

  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York Cityby Robin Nagle

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 10.50

    America's largest city generates garbage in torrents?11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take... more...

  • Killer 'Caneby Robert Mykle

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2006; US$ 9.99

    On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach, Florida. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over 2,000 people. Robert Mykle shows how the residents of the Everglades had believed prematurely that... more...

  • 1491by Charles C. Mann

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 17.32

    Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. But recently unexpected discoveries have dramatically changed our understanding of Indian life. Many scholars now argue that the... more...