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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

A dramatic piece of nonfiction that recovers the history of a generation of leaders that helped create the environment for the civil rights battles in decades that followed Roosevelt’s death.
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The S.S. Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi

Readers of World War II literature and the history of the Nazi regime should find this a fascinating read.
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The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940–1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

A gripping study of a topic less explored, this work should appeal to readers interested in pre–World War II preparations and social and cultural aspects of U.S. Army history.

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

This bold blend of personal and political history will reward enthusiastic readers for their time.

Union: The Struggle To Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

Woodard is a gifted historiographer, and this excellent work will be appreciated by anyone interested in American history and how it came to be written.
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The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

Sometimes argumentative but always insightful, this study of Sherman ranks among the best renderings of the man and the conduct of the Civil War, and will help readers reconsider Sherman’s character and the discipline necessary to succeed in war.
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12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon

Holmes synthesizes technical reports and archival materials to produce this first book-length, accessible narrative on an essential factor of Allied victory in World War II. Readers of similar works on Navajo Code Talkers will also enjoy this story of wartime espionage.
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Rebels in the Making: The Secession Crisis and the Birth of the Confederacy

Citing contemporaneous diaries and newspapers, Barney’s investigative account supplies an enlightening exposé on the lead-up to the Civil War.

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Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

The publication date coincides with the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. While Blume doesn’t shed new insight, readers looking for an overview of World War II or background on Hersey’s Hiroshima will find this to be of interest.

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Taking a compelling approach to documenting Ngaba’s history through the eyes of its own people, this wonderfully written book will leave readers with a stronger appreciation for why the movement to support the Tibetan people deserves so much more attention.

Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers

In an era in which some desire a return to a perceived greatness, books like this remind us greatness is often reliant on the selective memory of storytellers.

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The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice

More than a simple crime story, this is a forgotten history of Arkansas in the mid-20th century. Recommended for readers interested in antiheroes, self-made men, and survivor stories.
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The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey’s Vietnam Conflict

For scholars of both the period and the career of Humphrey.
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Lincoln’s First Crisis: Fort Sumter and the Betrayal of the President

Recommended for Civil War buffs and those who enjoy political intrigue.

The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle To Transform American Capitalism

It’s no easy task to write a dual biography while also incorporating the feelings and emotions of the historical moment, yet Berfield accomplishes all of this. An extremely readable work that will engage American history and business readers everywhere.

Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950–1953

An extraordinary kaleidoscope of human experiences in a catastrophic forgotten war.
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The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch

A spirited, entertaining read with a twist of insight and a tang of scandal.
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Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome

A serviceable study of Alaric himself, but more valuable as a resource offering a look at the Roman Empire midway through its fall.

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

This treasure trove of love letters, cultural history, and memoir should make a wonderful addition to all World War II collections.
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The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those interested in World War II or in the history of fascism..Penn, Thomas
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Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Exhaustively researched using cross-disciplinary resources, this breathtaking, epic history will appeal to all types of readers.
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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965

A clear, well-crafted historical overview of U.S. immigration, and the people who shaped it. Yang defines the issues these debates raised but never settled in a way that informs without overwhelming readers.

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The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times

Overall, a rich, intimate, evenhanded narrative that reveals the Cuban people’s resilience and resourcefulness amid oppression.

 

Europe Against the Jews: 1880–1945

Essential reading for anyone trying to understand the Holocaust with a view toward preventing future genocides. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
 
 
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The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Recommended for readers of World War II history and women’s and Jewish studies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]
 

The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy

Penn’s latest is a treat for dedicated readers of English history who know the outlines of the story covered but wish to learn more.
 
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The German War Machine in World War II: An Encyclopedia

Of interest to high school and college students in addition to anyone with a research interest in German military history.
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The Year of Peril: America in 1942

While this may appear to be yet another history of World War II, Campbell’s book sets itself apart by revealing a fractionalized society and showing the moment of fragility before America became a contender on the global stage.
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Hitler’s True Believers: How Ordinary People Became Nazis

As with his earlier book, Backing Hitler, Gellately substantively revises our understanding of the process whereby average Germans became active participants or indifferent bystanders to Nazi atrocities. This work, an impressive synthesis of scholarship and archival sources, will be beneficial for all libraries.
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The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed

While the authors offer no new information or interpretation of Lincoln’s preinaugural journey, which is better related in Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, the instructive accounting of the mentality, movements, and means of Pinkerton and his agents makes for a revealing look inside the world of secessionist fanaticism.
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Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine

For the vast majority of people who will never experience life in a submarine, Humphreys’s work delivers an engaging glimpse into what they’re missing out on
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The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power

Despite a few missteps, Range exhibits a deft hand at keeping track of the multiple plot lines of German politics. This will be of interest to readers of his previous book and those looking for more insight into the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power.
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Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, World War II’s Invisible Secret Weapon

Lewis presents a richly detailed and nail-biting tale. For readers who enjoy well-told history and scholars of World War II.
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The NRA: The Unauthorized History

The book is meticulously detailed, sometimes overly so, including investigations into the NRA’s internal debates and parliamentary process. Still, libraries looking for a nonpartisan history of the organization will be well-served.
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Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation

An important history, though the book is often redundant in its exploration of the author’s heritage.
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The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices Of A Country and Its People

Kangarlou presents an engaging set of profiles that offer an important and balanced portrait of Iran, a country often misunderstood and misrepresented in the West.
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Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor

Lehr’s skills as a journalist dig deep into the lives of Yamamoto and Mitchell, shining light on the public and private life of each. Anyone interested in World War II, and especially the war in the Pacific, will find this account fascinating. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America

Colt’s powerful personality drives the narrative, showing his brilliant showmanship, family connections, occasional legerdemain, and aggressive political lobbying to force his business dream into a commercial success. No hagiography, this work is as much a non-judgmental history of the development of American gun culture as it is of Samuel Colt himself.

How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Those interested in American history, politics, and its historical development will find much to enjoy in this well-written, argued work.

Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution

Carefully argued, Bell’s study should appeal to history lovers at all levels of expertise.

Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South

A seminal work of impeccable scholarship. Recommended to all working in the intersections of law, criminal justice, and social activism, along with readers of African American history and Southern history. Also see the documentary feature film A Crime on the Bayou (2020), in development with Augusta Films and HBO, which follows Duncan’s story. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Gods of War: History’s Greatest Military Rivals

Readers interested in military history and the lives of some of history’s noteworthy generals will enjoy the range and scope of this book.
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Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul

A valuable addition to reflections on Truman and the factors that motivate voters.

The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern

Recommended for readers of Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and 19th-century French history and literature.
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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

Lively storytelling and accessible writing makes Hiltzik’s work suitable for all types of readers interested in railroad history.
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The Lost Pianos of Siberia

Tigers, pianos, prisoners, and historical perspective throughout Siberia’s past and present are the heart of this personal account that starts and ends with the search for a piano. While the pianos and their providence are captivating, the history and people stand out.
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Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II

A solid analysis of World War II’s first major operation, this work should appeal to any readers interested in Polish history or the war’s beginnings.

Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and History

This lively, discerning study requires familiarity with French history and politics. However, it is worth the effort for scholars of those areas
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Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945

Readers interested in rich foxhole perspectives in the Pacific theater of World War II will find this book worthwhile.

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They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty

This history of the Pilgrim’s story will be accessible to general readers and scholars alike. Using underutilized primary sources, Turner weaves a fresh history of the Plymouth Colony with an expanded cast of characters.
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All Against All: The Long Winter of 1933 and the Origins of the Second World War

Readers with an interest in reflective philosophical history will appreciate this book. Those looking for a more straightforward narrative of the period and how the two world wars relate might find Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back a better choice.

The American Women’s Almanac: 500 Years of Making History

A welcome counter to textbooks and encyclopedias that favor the achievements of men, this is an essential addition to reference or history collections in all public and academic libraries.
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A Day in the Life of an American Worker: 200 Trades and Professions Through History

This concise, well-written work is both an effective introduction to the subject but also a gateway for readers looking to take a deeper dive into an array of different types of occupations.
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The World of Ancient Greece

Users from advanced secondary students to general readers will find here a strong, accessible foundation of basic information revolving around the classical and Hellenistic periods.
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Great State: China and the World

This enjoyable read is essential for all students of Chinese history, and accessible to anyone with a general interest in the topic. A solid companion to Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.
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Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel To Rule the World

Recommended for general readers who enjoy aviation, technology, and business histories.

A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

Highly recommended because of the insights on the time period, and a valuable contribution to understanding the common Civil War soldier.
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1939: A People’s History of the Coming of the Second World War

Written in an accessible, engaging style, this book will appeal most to casual readers of popular history.

Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War. Vol. I: July 1937–May 1942

Frank succeeds in his goal to alter our view of World War II as mostly a European clash in this informative book meant for all serious world history readers, even those who presume to know all there is to know about World War II.

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Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

This work speaks to the internal tensions within party organizations, the blinding force of ambition, and the ways distrust of democratic processes and institutions can destroy democracy itself. In that, it is a book for our time.
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How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Highly recommended for history buffs and readers concerned about the failure of democracy in the Middle East.
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A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian at Auschwitz

A story of survival that is rare in its coverage of life before and after the Holocaust, addressing the difficult question of what comes after such tragedy.
 
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Quest for Eternal Sunshine: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Darkness to Light

This heartfelt account of a remarkable life will interest anyone who has suffered trauma or who is overcoming difficulties, as well as those interested in ­Holocaust survivor biographies.
 
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The Habsburgs: To Rule the World

This admirably compact, exceptionally well-written survey will probably be the standard one-volume history of the Habsburg dynasty for years to come.

Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt

Consummate popular history: fast-paced, intelligent, and entertaining.

Those Who Forget: My Family’s Story in Nazi Europe–A Memoir, A History, A Warning

In searing yet engaging prose, Schwarz makes her case for the need for memory work in this highly recommended read for fans of memoirs and World War II history.

All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Although some of the military details can be a little dry, Lerner effectively balances two very different accounts surrounding a traumatic time in history. For fans of both military history and biography.
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Someone Is Out To Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness

All told, Brown delivers a tantalizing, stranger-than-fiction collection guaranteed to entertain. For fans of the History Channel and similar historical adventures.

No Man’s Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I

Moore’s story of the Women’s Hospital Corps will inspire women with medical careers and anyone who appreciates stories of hardworking heroes.

Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler

A welcome addition to World War II memoirs.

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Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan

An enjoyable read that provides a useful introduction to the cultures, histories, and current events of three major countries in East Asia. Highly recommended for general readers with an interest in the region.
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The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point

The extensive use of primary sources makes this book of interest to all Civil War enthusiasts.
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The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began

Readers of medieval history and anyone interested in the achievements of non-Europeans will enjoy this work. However, readers wanting to get a better understanding of globalism may be disappointed.
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The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military

For readers and scholars interested in civilian-military relations, military law, and military leadership. An excellent companion to Eliot Cohen’s Supreme Command; the two stand together in defiance of Samuel P. Huntington’s 1957 classic, The Soldier and the State.
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Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

Readers who enjoyed the first two books in this popular history trilogy will look forward to this excellent and fitting conclusion on one famous town of the “Wild West.”
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An Environmental History of the Civil War

For scholars of the Civil War, this book adds a fresh perspective, illustrating how ecology, nature, and weather had a striking and unpredictable effect upon military preparedness and the waging of war.

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Blending a gripping narrative and a well-researched examination of personal and news archives, Larson’s distinctive history of Britain's "darkest hour" offers a new angle for those already familiar with this era, while attracting readers who wish to learn more about the notable leader.

The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

A must-read for those interested in women’s and World War II history.
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Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500–2000

Smith rejects the notion that German history is the story of militant nationalism marching toward genocide, and instead focuses on cartographers intellectuals who, prior to 1918, often described the landscape and ethnography of Germany in pacifistic terms. This new perspective on German history should be welcomed by all libraries.

Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich

Everyone concerned about the rise of nationalism, the impact of extreme partisanship, and preserving democracy should read this insightful book.

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

Engaging, illuminating, and with highly relevant current subject matter, this book is recommended for all readers, especially fans of popular history and politics.
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All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

This fast-paced narrative, focusing less on Kennedy and more on local people, will find audiences among those who enjoyed J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Tony Horowitz’s Spying on the South.
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Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

This valuable addition to the scholarship of Native American dispossession and extermination should be read by scholars and general readers alike.

In the Waves: My Quest To Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine

This engaging investigative work will intrigue readers of Civil War and naval histories and sleuths of scientific puzzles.

City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism

Van Engen has created an engrossing, highly recommended intellectual history that counters one of America’s founding myths.

50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

In distilling African American history down to a series of essential snapshots, this title offers an excellent jumping-off resource for students exploring avenues for research in U.S. history, African American studies, and sociology.
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Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

Roberts conveys the personal and political impact of a pivotal event in American history in a narrative that will engage readers of the time period and resonate with today’s social justice activists.
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The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One

With several chill-inducing moments combined with engaging writing, this book will hold readers’ interest until the last page. May be of particular interest to fans of Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers.
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Island Stories: An Unconventional History of Britain

With this well-documented and engaging, narrative, readers will gain a better understanding of the nuanced histories of this island nation.
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Ride the Devil’s Herd: Wyatt Earp’s Epic Battle Against the West’s Biggest Outlaw Gang

Readers interested in Wyatt Earp and “Wild West” history will enjoy this new chronicle of the lawman’s life and times.
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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best

Highly recommended for historians and aficionados of pre–World War II motorsport competition and its larger-than-life contestants.

 

War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War

A compelling look at a tumultuous moment in U.S. history through the lives of three extraordinary individuals. Fans of 20th-century American culture as well as Boston and World War I history will rejoice.

Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War

Marrs weaves a complex history to capture the essence of the literature and art surrounding the Civil War, resulting in a valuable work beneficial to a variety of collections.

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Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation

This personal account nicely blends memoir and history to offer a balanced look at life in the West Bank. It is sure to pique the interest of readers seeking to explore just resolutions to the ongoing unrest in the region.
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Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930–1944

More a regional history scrutinizing the intersection of wealth and war through the biography of a famous resident than a traditional treatment of Chanel’s life. Those seeking the latter may prefer Caroline Young’s Living with Coco Chanel.
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River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It

This important collection documents the experiences of formerly enslaved people and exposes readers to the difficult truths of American history. An eye-opening record and exploration of how the past informs our present.

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945

Well researched, powerfully written, and balanced, this book will let the reader decide whether the bombing of Dresden was a war crime or a calculated step to bring a long and bloody war to an end. For all interested in military history and World War II.

American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

Sankovitch has woven a compelling, potent chronicle of members of three principal American families that will be valued by readers of American history at all levels.
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The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Zabin has done extensive research into the public records of several Revolutionary era archives and has compiled a compelling history of the Boston Massacre, weaving personal stories together to present a comprehensive view of this turning point incident.
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