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  • The Artificial Riverby Carol Sheriff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1997; US$ 11.20

    The story of the Eric Canal is the story of industrial and economic progress between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The Artificial River reveals the human dimension of the story of the Erie Canal. Carol Sheriff's extensive, innovative archival research shows the varied responses of ordinary people-farmers, businessmen, government officials,... more...

  • Meet You in Hellby Les Standiford

    Crown/Archetype 2005; US$ 16.00

    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...

  • The Devil in the White Cityby Erik Larson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.95

    In The Devil in the White City,  the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director... more...

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassby Frederick Douglass; Peter J. Gomes; Gregory Stephens

    Penguin Publishing Group 2005; US$ 4.95

    Frederick Douglass's dramatic autobiographical account of his early life as a slave in America. Born into a life of bondage, Frederick Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write. It was a crime punishable by death, but it resulted in one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. His gripping narrative takes us into the fields,... more...

  • Jefferson's Americaby Julie M. Fenster

    Crown/Archetype 2016; US$ 17.00

    The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.     At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for... more...

  • Life on the Mississippiby Mark Twain

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2000; US$ 4.95

    The Mississippi River and Mark Twain are practically synonymous in American culture. Known as “America’s river,” the popularity of Twain’s steamboat and steamboat pilots the on the ever-changing Mississippi has endured prominently over the years. Although Mark Twain used his childhood experiences growing up along the Mississippi in numerous works,... more...

  • Rebirth of a Nationby Jackson Lears

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.01

    "Fascinating.... A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game—at once engaging and tightly argued." — The New York Times Book Review “Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities.” — The Washington... more...

  • The Reshaping of Everyday Lifeby Jack Larkin

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.76

    "Compact and insightful. "-- New York Times Book Review "Jack Larkin has retrieved the irretrievable; the intimate facts of everyday life that defined what people were really like."-- American Heritage more...

  • Destiny of the Republicby Candice Millard

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after... more...

  • How America Eatsby Jennifer Jensen Wallach

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 30.00

    How America Eats traces American history through its collective stomach, demonstrating that changing ideas about what it means to be American can be seen through food choices and attitudes about eating. more...