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Sicily ‘43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe

An excellent and accessible telling of the invasion that will be enjoyed by military history and World War II enthusiasts alike.

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Offering a look at the Founders rarely glimpsed, Ricks successfully argues that America needs to rediscover its classical roots.
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The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those who like history and readers interested in social justice.

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.
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The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper’s Ferry Raider

DeCaro has assembled fragments of Green’s life from the historical record in a judicious and thoughtful biography. Readers interested in antebellum, African American, and Civil War history will enjoy this brief biography.

Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Stunningly well-researched, this book fully examines a pivotal moment in Chicago’s history. Readers of Smith’s other Chicago-based books will find this fascinating. Fans of Erik Larson, American history, and the triumph of the human spirit will also greatly enjoy..
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The Handy History Answer Book: From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

Anticipating basic questions, maintaining objectivity, and deploying an engaging style, Werner ably provides an introduction of Western history for general readers.
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Votes for Women! The American Woman Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment

A skilled blend of interpretative essays and primary documents about the women’s suffrage movement recommended for students, teachers, and general readers.

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The Iron Sea: How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler’s Warships

Overall, an engaging history recommended for all U.S. history and World War II collections.
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Saving Stalin: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Cost of Allied Victory in Europe

Errors and awkward prose mar a work that could have otherwise been acceptable. Not recommended.
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I Marched with Patton: A Firsthand Account of World War II Alongside One of the U.S. Army’s Greatest Generals

Of modest value as a war memoir.
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The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation

Bringing these men together as a group draws attention to how their thought and action unfolded in response to new challenges and dispels any illusion that they were a monolithic bloc. Cheney is an adept writer who makes no wrong steps. Perfect for history buffs, though little new ground is tread.
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Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire

A lively work recommended for both researchers and casual readers with an interest in prehistory, ancient history, anthropology, religion, and popular culture.
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Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

Essential for anyone interested in 19th-century Japanese history, and a great companion piece to Anna Sherman’s The Bells of Old Tokyo, which compares modern day Tokyo with historic Edo.
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American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People

Readers looking for consolation and a plan for a more just and equitable future will not find it here. Recommended primarily for those concerned by the tone and direction of American politics and seeking a better understanding of the question on which the book is framed: “How did we get here?”

Agent Sonya

This fast-paced historical account reads like a novel, with surprising twists and turns, and will thrill readers until the very last page. Readers who enjoy the writings of Neal Bascomb or Candice Millard, and fans of historical fiction will relish this book.
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War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Those interested in military history, and the idea of how we make, prepare, and enable war, will enjoy this thought-provoking read.
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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans; A Story of Love and War

This impressively researched book will appeal to general history readers interested in untold perspectives of World War II.
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The Domestic Revolution: How the Introduction of Coal into Victorian Homes Changed Everything

A fascinating, fun view of how far-reaching changes resulted from choices in household fuel. This will be particularly valuable for those interested in the unwritten history of domestic labor and “women’s work.”

Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962

This important investigation of a significant Cold War event will inform and engross modern history readers.

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Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War’s Most Notorious Spy Rings

This fast-paced narrative will engage those interested in Cold War international espionage and true crime.

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America

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An absorbing narrative of pride, greed, arrogance, and retribution that will find a place in history and true crime collections.

The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley

. Although this is a lengthy book, it reads easily and, within its accessible pages, readers can gain a better understanding of an ongoing, yet often forgotten war. An essential, thoroughly reported work.

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The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help

A crushing but nonetheless important read chronicling firsthand perspectives and experiences of a lost family miraculously brought to life. Highly recommended as a respectfully told, exhaustively researched, and ceaselessly alarming call to attention.

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The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War—A Tragedy in Three Acts

A fascinating and compulsively readable account of warime spying.
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

A fascinating and wonderfully readable portrayal of the tensions between fiery militancy and determined but measured devotion in working toward a goal. Excellent for general readers, especially those with an interest in the Civil War.
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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945

Fans of Toll’s previous volumes will enjoy this book. World War II experts may find this work redundant, since it uses previously published materials. However, casual enthusiasts will appreciate as it compiles those works thoroughly.

If Then: How Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future

Scholars of American history and technology will appreciate the extensive research that went into this book, while general readers will be swept up by the novelistic scope of the story.

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

A thought-provoking, highly recommended perspective on a complex and largely overlooked people and period of modern history.

Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976–1980

Perlstein casts a broad net, riffing on everything from Ted Bundy to New York Mayor Ed Koch, but that is part of the package here; by the end readers have more insight on the rising tide of conservative politics.

Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II

This well-researched book is an important contribution to the history of the Cold War, and should become the standard account of the International Military Tribunal, with its inclusion of the Soviet perspective.

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America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

Readers interested in the history of U.S.-Iran and Middle Eastern politics and history will find Ghazvinian’s book to be richly telling and in-depth.
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Elsewhere: A Journey into Our Age of Islands

Overall, this is a great primer on the concept of islands in the modern age, and though engagingly written, it retains a textbook feel that will appeal to professionals or students of geography, ecology, and city planning.
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Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House

Written much like a tell-all, this historical yet approachable look at the sex lives and scandals of several U.S. presidents will appeal to history buffs as well as a large general audience.
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The City on the Thames: The Creation of a World Capital: A History of London

In addition to providing an enjoyable urban history that accurately and affectionately captures the fabric and character of London history, this account also serves as an optimal guide for armchair travelers.

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Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

A decent attempt with a worthwhile premise, this book may be of interest to history buffs or undergraduate students, though the lengthy passages of ancient texts may prove difficult to follow for general readers.

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

A wonderful, exciting, engaging, scholarly yet accessible work for all readers of world history, a book that addresses a critical but often overlooked axis of global history.
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The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914–1945

Those who relish history and photography will appreciate this eloquent and artistic work.

Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

It’s difficult to imagine a better book about this often-overlooked, yet important relationship between two countries. Capozzola makes history accessible, and tells his story exceedingly well.

Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice

Will appeal to readers of military and World War II history and legal thrillers.

A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Modern Spain

A definitive political history of modern Spain: searing, sympathetic, analytical, and packed with enough intrigues and regime changes to excite scholars and history buffs alike.
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The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age

While avid readers of World War II will turn to Richard Rhodes’s The Making of the Atomic Bomb as the definitive book on the Manhattan Project, those looking for a digestible and humanistic version of events will find Olson’s book fascinating and thought provoking. The rare crossover nonfiction for history and science readers to enjoy and ponder.

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

Although focused primarily on the history of St. Louis and surrounding areas, this well researched and thoroughly documented work is too important to be dismissed as a strictly regional history. Highly recommended for all readers interested in American history.

Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union

Packed with notes on a variety of sources, this book can be a dense read. But for readers interested in American history and politics, particularly the role and response of the federal government during crises, this book offers a powerful and refreshing account on disunity in America and helps us understand more about today’s political fragmentation under state and national governments.

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

With elements of legal and social history, this work is recommended for readers interested in the history of race and racism, and how it relates to medical practice in the United States.

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Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England

Gaps in the historical record prompt Hollman to make some questionable speculations about the women’s attributes and relationships, but for the most part this is a well-researched and enlightening look at how cultural fear was used to justify acts of misogynistic vengeance and greed.
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Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast

A must-read for anyone interested in slave revolts and the history of Atlantic slavery.
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Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency

Recommended for fans of Regency romances and for casual feminist history readers as a brief overview of the period and the many influential figures who defied society’s expectations.

The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution

Frykman breathes life into his subject in this vividly written tale of an oft-underrepresented history. Readers interested in maritime, naval, labor, and Atlantic history will greatly enjoy.

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Unconditional: The Japanese Surrender in World War II

A scholarly work, this will appeal most to researchers and informed readers interested in the diplomatic history of World War II.
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Operation Vengeance: The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II

Although this history is well documented in World War II literature, the accessible storytelling by Hampton will likely be of interest for aficionados of the period.

The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis

Ohler’s gifts as a writer shine as he brings to life the personalities, motivations, and machinations of the Red Orchestra. Complementary works include Shareen Blair Brysac’s Resisting Hitler and Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton’s No Ordinary Men.

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941–44

A poignant, gripping, and beautiful multigenerational look at life before and during the Holocaust, as well as the process of rebuilding after the war.

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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 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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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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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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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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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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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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.]
 
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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.

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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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.
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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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