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A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages: The World Through Medieval Eyes

An informative and entertaining account of medieval travel that will be appreciated by readers of both popular history and travel stories. Those more interested in relics should consult Patrick J. Geary’s Furta Sacra.
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Forbidden Desire in Early Modern Europe: Male-Male Sexual Relations, 1400–1750

A significant contribution to the debate on the making of modern sexualities and an essential read for historians and serious students of premodern European history. Both general readers and scholars will undoubtedly come away with new insights from this meticulously researched and argued book.
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Soviet Adventures in the Land of the Capitalists: Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip

This book traces the elisions and obfuscations in Ilf and Petrov’s story and the political and humorous motivations they may have had for doing so. Questions of politics, art, commerce, identity, and how Soviet citizens perceived themselves in relation to Americans make for a fascinating story. It’s somewhat academic, but this book is a must for readers interested in Soviet, American, or Jewish history and radical politics.
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Defining Documents in American History: Workers’ Rights

A distinctive collection of important primary papers with supporting text that provides historical context, relevance, and significance of those sources. Great for student reports.

Skies of Thunder: The Deadly World War II Mission Over the Roof of the World

Readers interested in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II and Asian history will enjoy Alexander’s detailed and beautifully written account.

Cracking the Nazi Code: The Untold Story of Agent A12 and the Solving of the Holocaust Code

An extraordinary story of one man’s efforts to stop the Nazi regime. Best for those who enjoy history, biography, and tales of espionage.

Knights of Freedom: With the Hell on Wheels Armored Division in World War II; A Story in Photos

An excellent, moving depiction that captures the defining period of a soldier’s life. Strongly recommended.

The Trojan Horse and Other Stories: Ten Ancient Creatures That Make Us Human

Highly recommended for both disciples and skeptics of classics. It’s also perfect for fans of nonfiction by Natalie Haynes.
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How the Spanish Empire Was Built: A 400 Year History

An engaging new approach to understanding the spread of the Spanish empire. Highly recommended.

Have You Got Good Religion? Black Women’s Faith, Courage, and Moral Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement

From the life of Prathia Hall, an activist theologian who inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to the story of Bree Newsome Bass, who climbed a flagpole to remove the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse in 2015, less than two weeks after the murder of nine people in Charleston’s A.M.E. Church, this book delivers a powerful, passionate, and educational reading experience.

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Black Elders: The Meaning of Age in American Slavery and Freedom

A readily accessible read for all interested in the chronic, painful, physical, and mental battles that marked the daily lives of enslaved and emancipated Black people approaching the end of life, reckoning with their prospects, and reflecting on their mortality. This book centers elders, their roles, and day-to-day class and gender relations and demonstrates how Black communities cared for each other as they tried to maintain material and moral intergenerational bonds during and immediately after the era of enslavement.
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The Making of a King: King Charles III and the Modern Monarchy

This title delivers a quite informative and historic account of events from Queen Elizabeth’s passing to Charles’s first year as King. Royal fans will appreciate this work, but the book’s portrayals of Harry and Meghan may come across as unfair to some readers.
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Treaty Justice: The Northwest Tribes, the Boldt Decision, and the Recognition of Fishing Rights

Readers interested in the history of Indigenous peoples, the Pacific Northwest, and legal battles will enjoy this book.

Silent Cavalry: How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta—and Then Got Written Out of History

This compellingly narrated contribution to U.S. Civil War historiography, made personal by Raines’s family history, is illuminating and thought-provoking. An important update to Margaret M. Storey’s Loyalty and Loss: Alabama’s Unionists in the Civil War and Reconstruction and an excellent addition to any audio history collection.
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No Bullet Got Me Yet: The Relentless Faith of Father Kapaun

Readers interested in military and Korean War history and faith-based stories will enjoy this book about a man whose simple yet profound piety influenced all who came in contact with him, regardless of their faith or background.

The Black Box: Writing the Race

A must for scholars, yet still accessible to general audiences, by arguably the preeminent scholar of African American studies. This gem brilliantly reflects multiple depictions of what it means to be a Black American amid complex, structured interracial and color-based discrimination discourses, in which writing and language are keys.
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Exploring American Jewish History Through 50 Historic Treasures

An intriguing, illustrated volume that showcases the link between Jewish artifacts and U.S. history.
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Saving Michelangelo’s Dome: How Three Mathematicians and a Pope Sparked an Architectural Revolution

An accessible book about the history of the dome that sparked an architectural revolution; recommended for general audiences.
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Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty

Highly recommended for Larman’s fans and for readers seeking a royal history that is appropriately critical.
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Puerto Rico: A National History

Meléndez-Badillo does a good job of explaining Puerto Rico’s complicated history. An essential addition to most libraries, for general readers of all types.
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The Unit: My Life Fighting Terrorists as One of America’s Most Secret Military Operatives

A quick, thought-provoking read that lays out both strengths and flaws of the U.S. military in equal measure. Fans of modern military history will find this title enjoyable.

Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Black Freedom During the Civil War

A scholarly and remarkable work about enslavement and Civil War history that makes an excellent choice for reading groups and libraries. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of that era’s times and experiences, and Fields-Black’s connection to one of the participants makes it a personal work as well.

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UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government’s Search for Alien Life Here—and Out There

This is not a dry retelling of the facts that many people think they already know about unidentified flying objects. Instead, it’s a thrilling tale of ongoing discussions in and outside of the halls of government that’s sure to leave readers feeling more curious than ever. The mysteries of the universe may never be known, but Graff’s carefully crafted prose will intrigue readers and leave them asking if Earthlings are alone in the cosmos.
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Beyond Norma Rae: How Puerto Rican and Southern White Women Fought for a Place in the American Working Class

A deft analysis of the ways in which race, gender, and immigration status determine how media has portrayed the labor movement. Recommended for readers interested in labor history and popular media.
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The Age of Revolutions: And the Generations Who Made It

A well-researched, well-written, and thoughtful presentation that asserts that revolutionaries were challenged by creating and sustaining mass political movements. Give to readers curious about world history and current affairs.
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The Doctor Was a Woman: Stories of the First Female Physicians on the Frontier

A collection of tales about real superhero women and how they won respect. This title would be a good museum store book or as an adjunct resource for a senior high classroom module on the American West.

My Brother, My Land: A Story from Palestine

A timely, powerful book from a Palestinian perspective. For readers who want to gain a deep understanding of the current conflict in Palestine, particularly about life in Gaza and the West Bank.
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The Freaks Came Out To Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture

An exceptional resource in which readers get a real flavor of the exciting and troubling times throughout the Village Voice’s run and the opportunity to draw their own conclusions about its rise (and fall in 2017). Recommended for academic libraries and comprehensive journalism collections.
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Royal Audience: 70 Years, 13 Presidents—One Queen’s Special Relationship with America

An intriguing narrative that’s remarkable reading about Queen Elizabeth II, her diplomacy, and her relationships with U.S. presidents over the years.
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Brought Forth on This Continent: Abraham Lincoln and American Immigration

An outstanding and important book on Lincoln and immigration. A must for readers of American history and immigration studies.

After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations

The topic may appear arcane, but Cline makes it relevant and tells a compelling, original, and fruitful story. This title has significant meaning in an overstressed world. For more than just history buffs.
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Red Memory: The Afterlives of China’s Cultural Revolution

A valuable addition to library collections that explores the connections between politics and belief and their consequences.
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World of War: A History of American Warfare from Jamestown to the War on Terror

A worthy general survey. This should please many readers looking for a single-volume introductory text on U.S. military history, but it includes a controversial sentence about colonists.
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The Killing Ground: A Biography of Thermopylae

The book focuses on how Thermopylae constrained battles and those who fought them. Along the way, a number of myths are debunked. Well-handled, but military history enthusiasts will probably be drawn to it the most.

The Survivors of the Clotilda: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade

A highly recommended sweeping saga. Based on a rich archive that includes the survivors’ own stories, one of which became the basis for Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, this title provides a human history of enslaved people and a portrait of the postbellum South.
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The Bulldog Detective: William J. Flynn and America’s First War Against the Mafia, Spies, and Terrorists

Readers intrigued by recent FBI histories such as Beverly Gage’s G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century should access this first comprehensive biography of one of Hoover’s predecessors. It has the rapid pace of a spy novel. For specialists and generalists alike.
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The Ones Who Got Away: Mighty Eighth Airmen on the Run in Occupied Europe

Diligent and intriguing historical research puts readers, alongside fugitive English airmen, and resistance hosts, firmly on occupied territory from 1942 to 1944. Readers will gain knowledge about their obstacles and successes.

How We Outwitted and Survived the Nazis: The True Story of the Holocaust Rescuers, Zofia Sterner and Her Family

Extraordinary storytelling about unfathomable horror. At the core of it is a remarkable woman and her family who not only refused to allow the Nazis to exterminate them, but they also saved others. For readers who enjoy history, Judaic studies, and human-interest stories.

King: A Life

Though lengthy (clocking in at just under 21 hours), this gripping biography of a revolutionary leader flies by. Listeners interested in a new perspective of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life will be captivated.
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The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune

While the narrative trajectory will be familiar territory for those who’ve read with cult-centered nonfiction, Stille’s detours into pop-culture scandals and New York City history set this title apart.
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The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

Meticulous research paired with exceptional narration makes this timely account of a public health emergency, labor shortage, and enduring discrimination an essential addition to all nonfiction collections.
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The Secret History

A powerful and captivating classical work, underscoring the timeless lesson that history’s most brutal chapters have an uncanny knack for repetition.

A Most Tolerant Little Town: The Explosive Beginning of School Desegregation

Highly recommended for anyone wanting a moving glimpse beyond the better known stories of the civil rights era.
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Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism

Both an intriguing social history and collection of well-drawn, necessarily short biographical sketches of fearless women such as Nellie Bly, the Idas (Tarbell and B. Wells), Gloria Steinem, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, Kroeger’s inspiring account of how women significantly influenced a misogynistic industry should be welcomed by history and journalism buffs.
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Madness: Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

This well-researched title is an important chronicle of the treatment of Black Americans and their mental health during the Jim Crow era. Beyond promoting systemic change, Hylton compels readers to look within to assess how they treat and view the people around them.

The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust

A full portrait of a woman who saved thousands in Nazi-occupied Poland, with broad appeal for readers interested in Holocaust and eastern European history and survivor’s stories.

How To Be a Renaissance Woman: The Untold History of Beauty & Female Creativity

This treatise on Renaissance beauty highlights similarities to contemporary beauty standards. There’s appeal for casual readers, but the real value is for academics.
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Women Warriors in History

A dazzling overview of women’s contributions to warfare, starting with archers from the Bronze Age. It’s sure to intrigue readers looking for both big-picture observations and small details about women’s triumphs and defeats on the battlefield.
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American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15

Listeners won’t want to miss this informative and troubling look into the creation and ramifications of an iconic weapon.
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Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, America’s Black Wall Street

A definitive account of a community’s storied past. Share with listeners seeking comprehensive coverage of this important chapter in American history.

Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America

Richardson’s judicious approach makes complex political issues understandable. Readers of political history and current political affairs should find this book most informative.
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Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity

This portrait of one community’s struggle to achieve racial equity should appeal to those interested in social justice, education reform, and civil rights.
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Gallop Toward the Sun: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison’s Struggle for the Destiny of a Nation

An affecting performance of a pivotal point in American history. Recommended for readers of H.W. Brands’s The Last Campaign or Peter Cozzens’s A Brutal Reckoning.
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Book of Queens: The True Story of the Middle Eastern Horsewomen Who Fought the War on Terror

Narrative nonfiction at its finest. A solid recommendation for horse lovers and listeners interested in women’s rights, women warriors, and the ramifications of territorial infighting on a remarkable breed of horses.

The Civil War: In Their Own Words

An informational and atmospheric audiobook that checks all the boxes. Recommended for Civil War buffs and anyone interested in literature, history, and stories well told.

The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts

An excellent purchase to appeal to listeners who enjoyed Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures. Of particular interest to readers of Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, which offers a different perspective on a history that might have been.
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Young Queens: Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power

Recommended for lovers of European history focused on women, by authors such as Alison Weir and Nicola Tallis.

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Boardinghouse Women: How Southern Keepers, Cooks, Nurses, Widows, and Runaways Shaped Modern America

Engelhardt expertly invokes the spirit of boardinghouse keepers in modern cultural phenomena, such as pop-up kitchens and assisted living facilities. Highly recommended for all history and women’s studies collections.
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American Thunder: U.S. Army Tank Design, Development, and Doctrine in World War II

Detailed, lengthy, and of primary interest to armor historians, serious enthusiasts, and libraries that support military students.
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Old Age and American Slavery

This engaging and vast range of historiography exposes fresh layers of the complex, conditional, and contested interactions that differentiated the lived experiences of enslavers vs. the enslaved. An essential read for all students of the history of enslavement in the United States.
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In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb

A brilliant analysis of suburban poverty.
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Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury

This memoir by a white historian is a necessary addition to collections. She come to terms with her racial past and learns how to affect change.
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My Kaddish: A Child Speaks from the Warsaw Ghetto

A brief, rare, and powerful testimony that offers a firsthand account from a survivor who was a child when she experienced the horrors inside the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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Weapons, Warfare, and Military Technology, 3rd Ed.: Vols. 1–3

Best for general readers, instead of professional military researchers. However, this work could be a useful starting point for research in public and undergraduate libraries.
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The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts

Grush’s compelling group biography of these extraordinary women, which also includes fascinating details of the space shuttle program and speculation on the future of the commercial space industry, is ideal for those curious about space science and women’s contributions to STEM fields.

Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon

This will be a hit with adventure and popular-science readers, as well as those interested in gender studies.
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Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism

A must-read for those interested in journalism, women’s studies, and American cultural history. Kroeger’s advice and cautionary tales are potent, not just for women journalists but for all professionals pushing back against gender barriers.
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Black Writers of the Founding Era: A Library of America Anthology

Adding to Library of America’s exemplary offerings, Slave Narratives (LOA 114), American Antislavery Writings (LOA 233), and Reconstruction (LOA 303), this extraordinary and unrivalled anthology of compelling primary sources (LOA 366) adds vital and necessary background for the lay reader, recovering an often overlooked early era of the long arc of Black United States history. An essential purchase.
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Battle for the Island Kingdom: England’s Destiny 1000–1066

A deeply researched must-read for anyone interested in this contested era. Readers will be enthralled with quotations from period accounts and insights into the harsh reality of the violent, often short lives of Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman nobility.
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Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides After the Holocaust

A new piece of the Holocaust story will be of interest to readers of Jewish studies, women’s history, and Holocaust studies.

The Shortest History of India: From the World’s Oldest Civilization to Its Largest Democracy—A Retelling for Our Times

Essential for anyone interested in an introductory overview of India’s long history. Readers seeking 17th-century English accounts of India’s Mughal Empire may want to also consider Nandini Das’s Courting India.
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Equality: The History of an Elusive Idea

Sweeping and discerning. This book about equality rewards readers comfortable with a dense academic style.
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The Book at War: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading

The writing is brisk, the scholarship formidable. This is an eminently approachable study that opens a new way of making sense of World Wars I and II.
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Gilded Youth: A History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, from the Tudors to the Cambridges

Scholarly in tone, yet gossipy at times. A solid but lackluster history of childrearing in the royal family over the centuries.
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The Savage Storm: The Battle for Italy 1943

Readers interested in World War II history, especially the Mediterranean campaign, will enjoy this title.

Blackbirds Singing: Inspiring Black Women’s Speeches from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

A book to read, reread, use as a reference, share, explain, and inspire the continuing struggles of Black women to achieve wholeness for themselves, their communities, and their society.
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Bundok: A Hinterland History of Filipino America

Recommended for all higher education collections in anthropology and social sciences.
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The Jewish Underground of Samarkand: How Faith Defied Soviet Rule

Only for those who haven’t read the first edition.

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Brooding over Bloody Revenge: Enslaved Women’s Lethal Resistance

Spanning from the colonial period through to the early national and antebellum eras, Taylor’s extensively researched book not only powerfully depicts the trauma endured by enslaved women, it also details how federal and state governments and judicial systems propped up the institution of slavery and allowed or enacted its overwhelming violence.

The Encyclopedia of the Weird and Wonderful: Curious and Incredible Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Emphasizing humanity’s history over the traditional time line with its model life stage organization, this intriguing and fascinating title is difficult to put down. It will appeal to both adults and younger students interested in trivia, facts, and history.

Eyeliner: A Cultural History

A significant addition to cultural histories of self-expression. Hankir disrupts many deeply held assumptions about beauty, gender, and power.
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365 Gays of the Year (Plus 1 for a Leap Year): Discover LGBTQ+ History One Day at a Time

Not meant to be a “best of” but a compilation of people who have contributed to LGBTQIA+ culture worldwide. Recommended for all libraries.
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Joan of Arc: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works

Manning asserts in his introduction that there is more documentation of Joan of Arc’s life, movements, and military actions than commonly thought, and this volume supports his thesis. Comprehensive and accessible to casual and serious readers alike.

Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology

An intriguing addition to the archaeological history of the American Southwest.

The Manuscripts Club: The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

This book will fly off the shelves. Once readers look inside, they will be hooked. In every respect, this title is a winner.
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White House Wild Child: How Alice Roosevelt Broke All the Rules and Won the Heart of America

A highly recommended exploration of Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s life.
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As Gods Among Men: A History of the Rich in the West

A terrific history about wealth and the Western world’s economic practices; a strong addition to economic and social sciences collections.
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American Vikings: How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America

A fascinating, eminently readable exploration of Viking presence, both real and imaginary, in the United States.
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A Republic of Scoundrels: The Schemers, Intriguers, and Adventurers Who Created a New American Nation

With authoritative narrative in each essay, this book won’t make readers love these scoundrels of U.S. history, but they might just learn something new and find some humanity in them.
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November 1942: An Intimate History of the Turning Point of World War II

A kaleidoscope of wartime impressions on four continents and three oceans. Englund has produced a fascinating perspective on one of humanity’s most global conflicts.

The New Roman Empire: A History of Byzantium

Outstanding in every aspect.
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On This Day in History Sh!t Went Down

An educational and intriguing (albeit optional) purchase for collections where both history and irreverent humor are popular.
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In the Pines: A Lynching, a Lie, a Reckoning

This book about a lynching shows how whites maintained white supremacy as they resisted desegregation and the expansion of Black voting rights. Recommended for those interested in civil rights and Southern history.

Longstreet: The Confederate General Who Defied the South

This biography offers a fresh and balanced appraisal of Longstreet’s life and postwar career. Readers interested in American history, the Civil War, and biographies will enjoy this well-written treatment.
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Graveyard of the Pacific: Shipwreck and Survival on America’s Deadliest Waterway

A fascinating examination of nautical history and poisonous masculinity that would have benefited from a more practiced narrator.
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Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks—a Cool History of a Hot Commodity

Despite occasional problems with pacing and pronunciation, narrator Aquino brings so much passion to her reading of this expertly researched book that listeners won’t want to miss a minute.
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