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The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Joseph centers the work of Black women and activists, while demonstrating that the current backlash to racial equity progress has deep roots in history. A compelling analysis of current events.

Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past

The authors and editors set some misinformation straight in this highly readable collection. Recommended as a general purchase for all libraries.

Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy

Compellingly insightful and essential for all concerned about the United States’ present and future.
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The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power

This approachable book is recommended for readers interested in thought-provoking works on international relations and current affairs.
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The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World

That everyday engineering wonder, the petroleum-powered vehicle, has been around for 130 years. Appleyard narrates its transformative story while acknowledging that its era is fading.
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Need To Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence

Based on extensive primary research, this striking and compelling account should be read by anybody interested in the development of U.S. intelligence agencies and special operations during World War II.

Revolutionary Women: 50 Women of Color Who Reinvented the Rules

A much-needed book suitable for readers of all ages interested in learning how women have disrupted systems of oppression and how people can continue to build on their work.

The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty

Livingstone’s vital and compelling book fills a gap in Jewish and women’s history and will appeal to readers of both. The book includes extensive notes, an index, and a very helpful family tree.
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Requiem for the Massacre: A Black History on the Conflict, Hope, and Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

This beckons to readers willing to examine whether the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre reflected a reckoning and the substance of change, or was merely a spectacle of lip service.
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The Story of Russia

A necessary addition to Russian history collections and required reading for those wanting to understand the dispute over Ukraine.
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Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends

For those who were enthralled by Deborah Lipstadt’s Denial or Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men.

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis

During the United States’ current tumultuous times, it is important to remember and revisit the forgotten injustices of the previous century. Hochschild succinctly does so here.

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

A fascinating story of adventure and courage, expertly narrated.
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When Mortals Play God: Eugenics and One Family’s Story of Tragedy, Loss, and Perseverance

Erickson’s straightforward account occasionally departs into sentimentality and folksy commentary, and the level of detail accorded many of the author’s relatives makes this book predominantly a family history, which might narrow its audience.

By Hands Now Known

Readers interested in the long history of the civil rights struggle should definitely read this.

Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity

Amid the current culture war with its battles over public school boards, curricula, and libraries, this accessible, thoroughly documented, and well-reasoned work is essential reading for all interested in truly understanding America’s past and the systemic distortions to repress and restrict the historical narrative with an insidious ideology.
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Animals Under the Swastika

The ultimate value of this work is in establishing how, as the author says, “deeply dangerous ideas were anchored even in areas of life supposedly not affected by ideology.” Recommended for academic libraries with a focus on history.

Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality, 1920–2020

This is a fantastic and enjoyable book tracing 100 years of work and struggle for women’s equality. A great book for general readers and a must read for anyone interested in women’s and American political history.
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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: Power and Human Rights, 1975–2020

Like domestic advisor Stuart Eizenstat’s President Carter, this offering is similarly suitable for public and academic libraries, general readers, and historians.
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Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II

Lay readers will appreciate the vignettes on courage, culture, and the intricacies of the Japanese language.

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America

The level of detail occasionally overwhelms, but Hämäläinen is adept at explaining. This is a book everyone could benefit from reading.

1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour

For fans of military, social, and strategic history.
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Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

The author’s use of cited local history books in libraries along his journey gives the book a strong factual basis as a history text, and his incorporation of literary words from writers of the flatboat era infuse his own writing with humor and poetic charm. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Off with Her Head: Three Thousand Years of Demonizing Women in Power

Fans of Herman’s previous works will likely find this enjoyable. Libraries catering to academics should see this as an optional purchase.
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Berlin: Life and Death in the City at the Center of the World

Readers with an interest in the life of cities, 20th-century European history, World War II, and the Cold War will appreciate McKay’s well-researched book.
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The Worm in the Apple: A History of the Conservative Party and Europe from Churchill to Cameron

Highly recommended for any reader interested in modern British politics or its relations with Europe.

Coffee with Hitler: The Untold Story of the Amateur Spies Who Tried To Civilize Hitler

The escalation of Nazi violence, Edward VIII’s unexpected abdication, an unprepared Britain, and a government ignoring the danger signs of war all make for a heady brew and an exciting read. Will be easy for history lovers to enjoy.
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Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century

Riggs weaves the King Tut history with international events to provide necessary context. Mary Jane Wells reads this highly recommended audiobook with flawless pacing and presentation and has a charming accent that is easy to listen to.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

An essential read for Jewish history and memoir fans. Stella is a compelling character for anyone to meet.
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The Yank: The True Story of a Former U.S. Marine in the Irish Republican Army

Readers interested in a firsthand account from an IRA fighter with a U.S. Marine perspective, one who is a forceful believer in Irish republicanism, will find this book very interesting. His experiences and views raise interesting questions about how someone can be a patriot and freedom fighter from one perspective and a terrorist from another.
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Black Lion One: TOPGUN Trailblazer Capt. John Monroe “Hawk” Smith in Command of VF-213

Narrow readership, but it may have some utility for libraries that own the first volume and serve a naval clientele.

Len & Cub: A Queer History

Recommended for any LGBTQ+ history collection.

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Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away

Fans of John le Carré and Ben MacIntyre will gobble this one up!

The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific

Readers of history will enjoy; highly recommended.
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Watergate: A New History

Listeners with an interest in American history and politics will relish this excellent production of Graff’s meticulously researched, comprehensive book.

Paradoxes of Nostalgia: Cold War Triumphalism and Global Disorder Since 1989

Not easy to read, but an interesting, important book. For lovers of history and current events.
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The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind

A shrewd and remarkably timely examination of Cold War mentalities.
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Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal

History bugs will find this popular history appealing.
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Great Hatred: The Assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP

McGreevy’s restrained account of this affair should appeal to lay and academic readers.
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The Crossroads of Civilization: A History of Vienna

Robertson packs so much history onto every page that casual readers may feel overwhelmed, but serious scholars of Viennese or European history could hardly find a more thorough resource.
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The Shape of Battle: The Art of War from the Battle of Hastings to D-Day

Lacking any real insight or overarching theme, this book is recommended only for devotees of British military history.

Devil Dogs: King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines; From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan

Very well told. A must for enthusiasts of WWII history.
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The World the Plague Made

Densely detailed but rich in erudition and startling new insights, this fresh look at the impact of the Black Death upon world history is a must for history lovers and plague afficionados alike.

The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

An important and highly readable addition to the history of crime and sexual politics in America that will be of interest to historians, women-focused history researchers, sociologists, and fans of true crime.
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Into Enemy Waters: A World War II Story of the Demolition Divers Who Became the Navy SEALs

Suitable for public libraries and comprehensive World War II history collections.

Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A rapturous biography for casual readers. This in-depth analysis of one of the United States’ richest families reveals a behind-the-scenes legacy of love and generosity.
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Healing a Divided Nation: How the American Civil War Revolutionized Western Medicine

Overall, this is a good introduction to the subject and an enjoyable read. A good addition for those interested in the Civil War, biographies about women, and African American history.
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A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

This biography may surprise readers; how many know about the thwarted movement to draft Cleveland for a third term in 1904? Or that Cleveland’s 21-year old bride was the youngest wife of a president but not the youngest woman to function as First Lady?
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Empires of the Normans: Conquerors of Europe

This researched and compelling history will be a welcome addition to history buffs.
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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

An extensive, well-researched tribute to Baker’s bravery; will appeal to any fan of biographies of outstanding women.

Shadowlands: A Journey Through Britain’s Lost Cities and Vanished Villages

Through these slices of British history, Green has woven a moving exploration of impermanence, memory, and the hypnotic allure of the past.
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Henrietta Maria: The Warrior Queen Who Divided a Nation

Providing just enough historical context to understand the Queen’s actions, De Lisle writes an accessible and well cited biography that will be enjoyed by those with an interest in this period of upheaval.
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Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

An engaging, thorough story about a worthwhile subject. This biography beautifully captures the energy, sacrifice, and commitment of military personnel working in the U.S. in the 1940s and makes clear the importance of their scientific contributions to the outcome of World War II.
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O Say Can You Hear? A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

An excellent and comprehensive history of the music and lyrics of the United States’ national anthem, Clague’s book should be in every library.
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Shackleton

Listeners will finish this audiobook feeling as if they’ve been both educated and entertained; happily, there are plenty of other books about Shackleton to explore next.
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Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century

This lively cultural history and affectionate tribute to a true film pioneer should have broad appeal.
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Worn: A People’s History of Clothing

This expertly narrated, forceful debut is mandatory listening for armchair historians and economists alike.

Phantom Plague: How Tuberculosis Shaped History

Recommended for all public libraries, this beautifully narrated title puts an ongoing public health crisis in its proper historical context and argues articulately and persuasively against the pharmaceutical patents that have helped it proliferate.
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George V: Never a Dull Moment

The narration is lively and keeps the pace brisk and interesting; however, the sheer amount of detail might become fatiguing to all but the most dedicated followers of British politics.
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South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon To Understand the Soul of a Nation

Recommended for listeners who appreciate the works of Isabel Wilkerson and Morgan Jerkins.
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We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland

Making every minute of this long book enjoyable, narrator Aidan Kelly’s voice is smooth and clearly Irish, and it carries an air of authority without sounding like a documentary. Kelly’s timing and pacing help listeners comprehend long passages and convoluted stories as if they are being recounted firsthand.
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Code Over Country: The Tragedy and Corruption of SEAL Team Six

Recommended; a timely exposé.
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Lincoln and the Fight for Peace

Fans of Abraham Lincoln will see a new perspective of this great president.
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Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West

Recommended for all collections.
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Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality

Brown-Nagin’s (history and constitutional law, Harvard Univ.; Courage To Dissent) biography about a prominent American, who has not received the attention she warrants, is a great addition to nonfiction audio collections.
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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

An engrossing look at the life of a formerly enslaved woman in the Lincoln household of 1860s Washington.
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Defining Documents in American History: The Great Depression (1929–1941)

A valuable resource in an academic library for students writing historical research papers.

Into the Great Emptiness: Peril and Survival on the Greenland Ice Cap

Placing Watkins and his team among the esteemed ranks of polar heroes like Shackleton and Scott, this is an essential read for enthusiasts of Arctic exploration and survival.

The Widowed Ones: Beyond the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Readers interested in 19th-century, women’s, and military history will be drawn into this thoroughly humane and sympathetic treatment of U.S. army widows.
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France: An Adventure History

In this refreshing history, Robb will challenge U.S. readers’ assumptions about France by interjecting new discoveries, more diversity, and an aptitude for strong storytelling.
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Danger Close! A Vietnam Memoir

This Vietnam War memoir balances a first-hand account of the horrors of war with a historical perspective on the military leadership of the time.

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

Gatrell asks all the right questions of his subject, and his answers are sound and illuminating. Of equal pleasure for academics and lay readers.
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The Times They Were A-Changin’: 1964—The Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn

Despite its flaws, McElvaine’s book will be enjoyable for readers who like popular history, and particularly for Baby Boomers feeling wistful about the past.
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Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

A delightful read about humanity’s fascination and obsession with the sea and sea-wrecks.
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1368: China and the Making of the Modern World

Highly recommended for all students of East Asian history.

Incomparable Realms: Spain During the Golden Age, 1500–1700

The illustrations alone make Robbins’s book worth purchasing, but it is also a defining study of a seminal period in the history of Western art.
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Hitler’s Girl

Though it will be primarily of interest to history buffs, this may be a cautionary tale for today. Democratic institutions are fragile and many of the problems roiling the waters of the ’30s are ascendant again.
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Hotbed: Bohemian Greenwich Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism

A fascinating view of feminist activism at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Rules: A Short History of What We Live By

A timely release that will satisfy the mathematically curious, who hunger to know how algorithms actually work, as well anyone who loves debating policy.
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The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler

Cadbury’s captivating book enhances an already voluminous body of WWII writing and is a testament to the best humanity has to offer. It has the potential to be a book club favorite.
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The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

This book will interest both general readers and historians of medicine, and will remind readers of the long-term costs of the horrors of modern war.
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Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World

A fun book that both instructs and entertains on every page. Highly recommended.
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Hitler’s Winter: The German Battle of the Bulge

This highly readable account of the Battle of the Bulge will appeal to those interested in World War II and military history.
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We Refuse To Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power

Illuminating a little-known aspect of American history, this book will especially appeal to those interested in the history of Indigenous and Black Americans.
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Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker’s Wife, and Mussolini’s Daughter Outwitted the Nazis

A nail-biting account of state crimes and secrets, real world action pitting spy versus spy and diplomat versus diplomat.
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Earthopolis

Offering a unique point of view that includes many valuable insights about cities, however, it regularly departs from the urban theme to discuss global issues such as colonialism and slavery. This can give the feeling of two different books in one.

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

It’s been nearly six years since popular Millard published Hero of the Empire, and eager fans and armchair travelers will gladly sign up for this enthralling and heartbreaking adventure.
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Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century

Lacking an over-arching narrative, Caute’s study offers instead a flood of individual cases, laying them out in detail to show how clueless MI5 agents often were in their activities.
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Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939–1945

This title will be appreciated by specialists but is not for the general reader.
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The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land

Riveting, insightful, ripped from the headlines, this should appeal to fans of true crime and of Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven.

A World Transformed: Slavery in the Americas and the Origins of Global Power

This general history of the slave trade provides a thorough and humane treatment of the subject that will appeal to non-specialists and specialists alike.

Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor

This accessible, inspiring, and instructive read belongs in school libraries, in university classrooms, and in general readers’ hands for its lessons about workers’ united power and the unfinished business of workplace justice.

Geography Is Destiny: Britain’s Place in the World: A 10,000-Year History

Morris provides a very comprehensive history of Britain while keeping readers engaged. It is a skill to cover such a vast timeline and still keep a reader wanting more. A satisfying read for both readers new to British history those looking for a new take.

Born To Be Hanged: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Raided the South Seas, Rescued a Princess, and Stole a Fortune

Every action-packed page is certain to thrill connoisseurs of piracy and seafaring history.
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Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws: And Other Classical Myths, Historical Oddities, and Scientific Curiosities

A solid purchase for a public library’s nonfiction section.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution

Scholars and general readers will enhance their knowledge of an often-neglected yet essential aspect of Revolutionary War history with Dolin’s cogent, absorbing, thoroughly researched account.
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In the Shadow of the Gods: The Emperor in World History

Definitely a must-have for any academic library that supports history research. Will also appeal to advanced general readers with an interest in history or comparative biography.

African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Freedom

This riveting, extensive study will prove invaluable to students of the history of slavery and African American history.
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Return to Uluru: The Hidden History of a Murder in Outback Australia

Honest and thought-provoking, this book takes a hard look at some uncomfortable truths in Australia’s history. Recommended for anyone wanting to examine racism, colonialism, and their continued effects.

Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad

This extremely well written scholarly work addresses the fact that much of the history of Black Americans has been tied to their inability to freely move about the nation.
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