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  • The Defining Momentby Jonathan Alter

    Simon & Schuster 2006; US$ 16.00

    This is the story of a political miracle -- the perfect match of man and moment. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in March of 1933 as America touched bottom. Banks were closing everywhere. Millions of people lost everything. The Great Depression had caused a national breakdown. With the craft of a master storyteller, Jonathan Alter brings us closer... more...

  • The Age of Great Dreamsby David Farber

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1994; US$ 12.56

    In this book, David Farber grounds our understanding of the extraordinary history of the 1960s by linking the events of that era to our country's grand projects of previous decades. Farber's important study, based on years of research in archives and oral histories as well as in historical literature, explores Vietnam, the Civil Rights Act, the War... more...

  • Meet You in Hellby Les Standiford

    Crown/Archetype 2005; US$ 15.00

    Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two... more...

  • Super Casinoby Pete Earley

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 5.82

    In this lively and probing book, award-winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas -- from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country's top family vacation spots. He revisits the city's checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories of well-known power brokers like Steve... more...

  • Amusing the Millionby John F. Kasson

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.90

    Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an amusement park and shows how America's changing social and economic conditions formed the basis of a... more...

  • Isaac's Stormby Erik Larson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd... more...

  • The Hidden History of the JFK Assassinationby Lamar Waldron

    Counterpoint 2013; US$ 27.99

    November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that has haunted America ever since. For the first time, this concise and compelling book pierces the veil of secrecy to fully document the small, tightly-held conspiracy that killed President John F. Kennedy. It explains why he was murdered, and how it was done in a way that forced many... more...

  • Hidden Figuresby Margot Lee Shetterly

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 12.79

    The #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the... more...

  • Diplomacyby Henry Kissinger

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 23.00

    A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China. The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy. Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry... more...

  • Life Is So Goodby George Dawson; Richard Glaubman

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 16.00

    One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98   “Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.”—George Dawson   In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98... more...