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Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery

A vivid tale of adventure and discovery that will draw in all history lovers. Reséndez’s skillful writing is fast-paced, inviting, and descriptive, setting this book apart.
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The Generals’ Civil War: What Their Memoirs Can Teach Us Today

Cushman never fully demonstrates his argument that Civil War memoirs led to the emphasis on individual actors, rather than the collective people, as the touchstones of Americans’ reflections on their “self” thereafter. Regardless, this deep analysis of the process of creating and selling the memoir’s persona and form adds new insight to the subject of the Civil War memoir. A fascinating tour de force of scholarship.
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All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

Donner’s meticulous research and novelist’s sensibility make for a riveting biography of a remarkable and brave woman; there’s also good insight into the German Resistance. Readers of Erik Larson’s biography In the Garden of Beasts will appreciate Donner’s different perspective on the same historical events and figures. Recommended to all who enjoy engaging narrative nonfiction.

Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution

Holton’s exhaustive, masterfully written chronicle demonstrates that the Revolution was much more than a movement instigated by the political ideologies of a handful of elite, revered (although flawed) Founding Fathers against the British parliament and king. This book will be pivotal for scholars and requested by American history enthusiasts.

Colonial America: Facts and Fiction

Thoroughly researched, clearly written, and eye-opening in major and minor ways, this book will be valuable not only to academics but to all readers.

The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Recommended for readers who enjoy 19th-century history or presidential studies, and those seeking to understand the failures of Reconstruction. This thorough account adds a much-needed perspective on Reconstruction and Johnson’s presidency; it speaks to the ongoing battles over voting rights and racism.
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Jackie Robinson: A Life in American History

Readers interested in history, sports, and Robinson (whether as an athlete or for his work beyond baseball) will learn much from this worthwhile book.
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Scottish Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond

Lovers of Scottish history and readers searching for their Scottish roots will find an abundance of resources to keep them busy.
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About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks

An interesting book for world history readers, especially those interested in the history of science or art.
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Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern

Based on a series of Beard’s lectures, this lavishly illustrated volume will be accessible and interesting to a wide variety of readers; a must-read for anyone interested in classics or art history

The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs

There’s no study more masterful than Baer’s on the lengthy rule of the Ottoman Empire, from its founding in the 13th century to its collapse in 1924. Baer is especially skilled at presenting extensive information in an engaging and accessible way.

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The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

Complete with American and Afghan viewpoints, Whitlock’s book is a dense, nuanced analysis that will likely become an invaluable source for researchers and a valuable addition to military history collections at public and academic libraries.

The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler’s War on Art

A moving account of art and mental illness in Nazi Germany. English’s accessible, inviting writing will draw in readers interested in personal perspectives of the Third Reich as well as aficionados of art history.
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Taking Paris: The Epic Battle for the City of Lights

Recommended for self-described history nerds and other general readers interested in World War II or French history.
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When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe

An interesting look at the lives and relationships of four of the Renaissance’s most powerful women, though general readers might find the focus too scholarly and the arrangement of information somewhat muddled.
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Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings

The latest by Swift will especially appeal to all those interested in U.S. space programs and anyone seeking a well-written story of action and adventure.
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Noble Ambitions: The Fall and Rise of the English Country House After World War II

A gossipy look at British estate owners. Recommended for readers interested in stately homes and aristocrats.
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Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army After Appomattox

Similar to Janney’s previous works, this detailed military history will find an eager audience among Civil War enthusiasts.
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The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World

As in Herman’s previous books, his writing is engaging and accessible and will engage fans of popular history. It doesn’t aim to be an in-depth, exhaustive history, but rather offers some highlights and bite-sized narratives that make it an excellent armchair read.
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Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away

Engaging narrative nonfiction that will thrill readers who are drawn to works by Ben Macintyre and Kate Moore.
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By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution

The Talbots cover a lot of ground in this wide-ranging yet accessible work. Readers interested in 1960s counterculture and activism will enjoy this history, especially when it discusses less written-about leaders.
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Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

A highly readable biography of a committed liberal activist caught up in the fickle political passions of revolutionary extremism, violence, and war. Like Duncan’s previous work, this book is engaging and accessible.

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The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America

This engaging popular history stands apart for its different perspective of the British side of the American Revolution and the Howe family’s involvement in peace efforts.

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England

Expertly blending history and true crime, this is an essential read for anyone wanting to understand modern Irish history. Kavanagh’s writing is engaging from start to finish.

The Essential Kerner Commission Report

The Kerner Commission Report was in its day a tour de force of investigation and recommendation, with a sense of urgency that still echoes in this edition. What was true in 1967 remains so in the 21st century, and this version of the report might point the way toward a national resolution, if the United States summons the will and wherewithal to make change.
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New Women in the Old West: From Settlers to Suffragists, an Untold American Story

This well researched and expertly documented account of noteworthy women who effected change during a pivotal era in the United States is a welcome addition to all history collections. Gallagher’s emphasis on the diversity of her subjects makes the book exceptional.

In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism

Complete with maps and photographs, this outstanding work should satisfy history enthusiasts of all levels. Daughton’s writing is heartfelt throughout.
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Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy

This enjoyable read, as intensely researched as all of Philbrick's books, offers insight into the motivations and career of the author (a self-described history geek), and the vision, character, and impact of Washington. For history readers at all levels.

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Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich

Ullrich offers little new information or critical insights, but his book delivers to historians of all stripes a lean and perceptive survey of the last week of the Third Reich.
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The Hitler Years: Triumph, 1933–1939

McDonough largely succeeds in writing a nuanced overview of the early days of Nazi Germany and creating a work that will bridge the divide between popular and academic audiences. It will pair well with the second volume, The Hitler Years: Disaster, 1940–1945.

The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II

Eder’s engaging writing makes these compelling histories read like a suspense novel. A highly recommended account that will draw in readers of U.S. history and women’s history.

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Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them

This fast-paced, well-written social history will appeal to fans of women’s history who enjoy reading interesting life stories.
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The Artist and the Eternal City

Some prior familiarity with Bernini and baroque Rome is helpful here. Still, many readers fond of European art and history will find this short volume worthwhile.
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By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy Seals

Rich in action-packed narrative but light on analysis, this book is recommended for readers looking for a navy-focused popular history of special operations warfare.
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Once More to the Sky: The Rebuilding of the World Trade Center

Complete with extensive photographs of people and place, this is a comprehensive look at one of the most famous spots in the United States, from a different perspective. This book is meant for readers who like learning background details and want more than a surface-level look at landmarks and monuments.

The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

While not as strong as Watts’s last work, Mortal Republic, this is still a compelling read. It will find an audience among classicists as well as readers interested in contemporary discourses concerning American decline and possible renewal that draw from the narrative of Rome.
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Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community

An important new perspective on the Turner rebellion for readers of Black U.S.history.
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Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World

Weaving together archival transcripts and an incredible array of secondary sources, this book satisfies on many levels and will engage fans of military history, as well as readers looking for fresh takes on World War II. As in his previous books, Milton’s writing here is accessible and holds readers’ attention from start to finish.
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The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

Fans of military history will appreciate this book’s attention to the Ottoman side of the war; general readers will learn much about the influence of mass psychology. Like Fox’s previous works, this latest is a page-turner.
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When Evil Lived in Laurel: The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer

An interesting account of civil rights–era Mississippi, although it’s largely focused on the perspective of white men. Recommended for readers interested in civil rights history.

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

Readers interested in often-overlooked lives and experiences, and anyone who cherishes a handcrafted heirloom, will enjoy this fascinating book. With YA crossover appeal, the accessible, personal writing sets this book apart.

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear

A must-read for anybody interested in women’s history or the history of reform in the United States. Like Radium Girls, this volume is a page-turner.

Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth

Not only an essential work of Texas history, but popular history at its best. The book shines when detailing the power of telling one’s own story.

Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age

Incredibly well-written and well-researched, this fast-paced book reads like a novel. Highly recommended to readers with an interest in World War II and 20th-century history, as well as anyone looking for an exciting story of code breaking and intrigue.

The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting To Save Greek Freedom

Interest in Thebes among general readers of popular classics is rising; as such, this book is highly recommended and will appeal to fans of Thebes, by Paul Cartledge, as well as readers of LGBTQ+ history.

Rosa Parks: A Life in American History

Those interested in learning more about Parks and the civil rights movement will find inspiration in this enlightening work.
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Great Sieges in World History: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Never glossing over the human casualties and physical destruction wrought by war, Tucker’s thoughtful work will help readers understand the evolution of siege warfare. Highly recommended for those interested in military history.
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Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg

Longacre’s skill at military history makes for fascinating reading for those desiring to broaden their knowledge of the Union army’s officer corps.
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The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years That Shook the World

This work of popular history will appeal to readers of Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve or William H. McNeill’s earlier The Rise of the West.
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The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo; The Transformation of Western Civilization

Bringing the Renaissance into better focus, this well-researched work is highly recommended for readers with an interest in the era, art history, and Italian history.
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The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age

Both entertaining and informative, this volume will appeal to readers interested in feminism, freedom of speech and the press, and U.S. history in general.
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The Man in the Iron Mask: The True Story of Europe’s Most Famous Prisoner

Dense with detail, this comprehensive work requires some knowledge or interest in this specific period of French history.
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From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West

This is not just the story of two bitterly determined railroad companies; it’s also a portrait of a violent and visionary strain of the American psyche, one that Sedgwick argues is very much still with us. This will primarily appeal to readers interested in railroad history.
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Kennedy’s Avenger: Assassination, Conspiracy, and the Forgotten Trial of Jack Ruby

This account makes the trial accessible and presents Ruby sympathetically, as a man victimized by lawyerly theatrics, a media hungry for a conviction, and a nation grieving over the loss of Kennedy. The book will fascinate nonfiction courtroom drama readers and JFK assassination buffs still looking for a conspiracy link between Oswald and Ruby.

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The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War Over Children’s Intelligence

A remarkable unsung history, told with empathy, nuance, and a knack for character-driven storytelling.
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War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion

A thorough overview of an often-overlooked period in history that helps put present-day U.S.–Mexico relations into context.

Clear, Hold, and Destroy: Pacification in Phú Yên and the American War in Vietnam

This academic yet highly readable study will appeal to readers interested in the Vietnam War and its failures and lessons.

African Europeans: An Untold History

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is an essential work of historical scholarship that is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.
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The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live

An intriguing analysis of a stereotyped field that will find a welcome place among collections specializing in feminism and women’s studies.
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Daily Life of Women in Postwar America

Readable, reliable, and wide-ranging, this volume will appeal to those with a general interest in U.S. cultural history.

The Words That Made Us

Although sometimes dense in detail, Amar’s original work offers general readers an accessible and often entertaining narrative and lessons to glean from the founding document of the United States. The wide range of material covered in the book will give scholars plenty of interpretations to engage with.
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America’s National Anthem: “The Star-Spangled Banner” in U.S. History, Culture, and Law

Intended for readers interested in American history and culture, this insightful, well-researched work offers a nuanced and balanced look at one of the United States’ core historical markers.
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The Appalachian Trail: A Biography

For readers interested in the outdoors. The complicated and colorful people who brought the AT to life deliver a distinctive view of its creation.
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The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster

A quick biographical account, placing the space shuttle in historical context, that will have YA crossover appeal. Readers will find something new even if they are familiar with the Challenger disaster.

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

A book reminiscent of William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples, Ferguson’s new title is a much-needed book on an important and pressing subject. Ferguson provides ample support for his arguments, uses an interdisciplinary approach, and offers new insights and revelations. An exemplary and thought-provoking work from a renowned author that will not disappoint.

Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, and the Politics of Insinuation

This finely crafted book, based on meticulous use of archival records, satisfies on many levels and sheds light on often overlooked history.

Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence

An accessible account that is highly recommended for those who want a historical perspective on current issues and those interested in the nation’s founding.

Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778–1781

Ferling’s lengthy, comprehensive, and essential work has staying power and should become one of the leading resources on the Revolutionary War.
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King Richard: Nixon and Watergate—An American Tragedy

Spanning biography and history, this is a gripping narrative and a fine account of events in the presidency. Recommended for readers unfamiliar with Watergate or in need of a refresher.
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Documents of the Harlem Renaissance

Providing primary sources alongside ample thoughtful information to help with interpretation, this volume will be useful to a wide range of researchers, from high school students to undergraduates to general readers.
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Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast

Readers with an interest in art history and those with an interest in stolen art piqued by Anne-Marie O’Connor’s The Lady in Gold will appreciate this well-researched and well-written history.

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Voyagers: The Settlement of the Pacific

It could be said that this work is cursory in handling its biggest themes, but Thomas successfully draws readers into this fascinating, often-overlooked history and offers plenty of resources for those looking to read more.
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The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation

This is a particularly important story in the history of Philadelphia, but it has relevance for all of American history. Recommended for readers interested in urban history or the history of immigration in the United States.

An American Marriage: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd

The latest by Burlingame is primarily recommended for Lincoln completists.

Battle for the Big Top: P. T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus

The three kingpins of the American circus are the men whose names became synonymous with this phenomenon; it’s well-worth learning their story through Standiford’s skillful cultural history.

Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books

McHugh’s work is distinctive and engaging as it describes American social history through the lens of mainstream nonfiction advice books, and explores how they define or redefine us.

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Operation Pedestal: The Fleet That Battled to Malta, 1942

Hastings should please his current fans and attract new devotees with this lucidly limned account, suitable for general readers and specialists alike.

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Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War

This well-researched and exciting read is recommended for those interested in the history of the space race or the Cold War.

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Days of Steel Rain: The Epic Story of a WWII Vengeance Ship in the Year of the Kamikaze

A decent snapshot of a cruiser in the Pacific. It should appeal to readers interested in U.S. navy life on a World War II ship.
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The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany

A fast-paced account that is strongly recommended for lovers of action-oriented narrative nonfiction, and for women’s history collections.
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A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

Reeves shows that battles can reveal heroism not through victories but at a basic level of survival. He has produced an evocative account of the human costs of the Civil War.

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Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice

Brisk and entertaining, this biography should draw the attention of readers interested in the social effects of the Spiritualist movement, or in 19th-century women’s history.

X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II

Readers interested in World War II tales of bravery and heroism or Jewish studies will enjoy this.

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command

An instructive book about Civil War generalship that will engage and inform anyone interested in the dynamics of command from the perspective of those in charge.
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American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850

This insightful and engaging survey is essential reading for scholars as well as casual readers of history.
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Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

Combining social and military history, Brown’s latest book gives readers a heartbreaking picture of all that Japanese Americans sacrificed for their country during World War II.

Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration

A compelling historical synthesis, told with style and moral clarity.
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey Into the Dark Antarctic Night

Belying its sensational title, this detail-rich account is a sober and humane chronicle of relationships among the explorers and their struggle for survival in the long polar night. Armchair travelers will enjoy.
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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

Standout narrative nonfiction that will engage bibliophiles and readers who enjoy historical nonfiction.
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Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us about Our Greatest President

Not for a general audience, but this book will delight devoted readers who are searching for ways to more deeply understand the mind and heart of one of the greatest presidents.

The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest

Did Synnott and his team solve mountaineering’s greatest mystery? No spoilers here, but this is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts and readers of Everest and exploration history.

The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights

Filling a gap in the telling of women’s and abolitionist history, this highly readable book gives these three women their due. Wickenden’s deft touch will allow this book to appeal to a wide audience.

The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865–1915

This compelling history of a time that mirrors our own will be enjoyed by readers interested in American history and politics.
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The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware

O’Donnell has made a career of shedding light on underreported yet interesting incidents in American wars, but his writing often veers into hagiography. This book will attract Revolutionary War enthusiasts, but it pales in comparison to Winning Independence, by John Ferling, which offers a comprehensive look at pivotal moments of the war.
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Sheer Misery: Soldiers in Battle in WWII

This accessible account, based on a solid foundation of primary and secondary sources, offers a fascinating window into the world of combat soldiers, shorn of nostalgia. A welcome purchase for libraries, and a must for readers interested in firsthand perspectives of World War II.

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Forged in War: How a Century of War Created Today’s Information Society

This most recent book by Lankes is ideal for readers seeking a more comprehensive look at information dissemination technology, its context, and its impact on the way in which we now live.
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Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture

An enjoyable and informative work that’s highly recommended for any reader interested in the history of mahjong specifically or 20th-century U.S. cultural history generally.
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The Panzer Killers: The Untold Story of a Fighting General and His Spearhead Tank Division’s Charge Into the Third Reich

Enthusiasts of military history will love this book and they should for its fine details.
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