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  • All the President's Menby Bob Woodward; Carl Bernstein

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 12.99

    “The work that brought down a presidency...perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.” — Time magazine The most devastating political detective story of the century: the inside account of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, now with a 40th anniversary Afterword on the legacies of Watergate and Richard... more...

  • Abraham Lincolnby George S. McGovern; Arthur M. Jr. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2008; US$ 6.79

    America's greatest president, who rose to power in the country's greatest hour of need and whose vision saw the United States through the Civil War Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who have held the office of president—the icon of greatness, the pillar of strength whose words bound up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which... more...

  • John Adamsby David McCullough

    Simon & Schuster 2001; US$ 14.99

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often... more...

  • Dreams from My Fatherby Barack Obama

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 17.00

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires... more...

  • The Essential Jeffersonby Thomas Jefferson; Jean M. Yarbrough

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2006; US$ 7.95

    Through substantial selections from Jefferson's writings--including his earliest writings, Notes on Virginia , and key public papers and personal correspondence--this volume traces the development of his thinking on such fundamental issues as republicanism, constitutionalism, slavery, and the separation of religion from politics. Footnotes identify... more...

  • Californiaby Kevin Starr

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.15

    California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially... more...

  • Who Was Abraham Lincoln?by Janet B. Pascal; Who HQ

    Penguin Young Readers Group 2008; US$ 5.99

    Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater—the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black-and-white... more...

  • Twelve Years a Slaveby Solomon Northup; Ira Berlin; Henry Louis Gates; Steve McQueen

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and directed by Steve McQueen Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives,  Twelve Years a Slave  is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon... more...

  • Brown v. Board of Educationby James T. Patterson

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 12.99

    Most Americans still see Brown as a triumph--but was it? Patterson shrewdly explores the provocative questions that still swirl around the case. Could the Court--or President Eisenhower--have done more to ensure compliance with Brown? Did the decision touch off the modern civil rights movement? How useful are court-ordered busing and affirmative action... more...

  • Team of Rivalsby Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Simon & Schuster 2006; US$ 15.99

    Winner of the Lincoln Prize Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase,... more...