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The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

While serious history buffs may wish for more facts and less supposition, this glimpse into the human side of piracy strikes a chord. Recommend to listeners who enjoy stories about the golden age of piracy and colonial American history.

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

An exceptionally narrated study of Adams’s life and his ideas of fairness and democracy; highly recommended.
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The Samurai Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to Japan’s Elite Warrior Class

Vaporis includes scholarly research but writes for the general reader. Interest in samurai culture is significant, and this non-sensational choice emphasizes scholarship.

Dancing Down the Barricades: Sammy Davis Jr. and the Long Civil Rights Era

A subtle, insightful book likely to be on many readers’ radar for its nuanced look at the consequences of a racial divide with roots that, as Jacobson makes clear, are longstanding, systemic, and institutional.
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Hitler’s Aristocrats: The Secret Power Players in Britain and America Who Supported the Nazis, 1923–1941

Recommended for informed readers who want to know more about the international clandestine machinations that enabled World War II to occur.

La Duchesse: The Life of Marie de Vignerot, Cardinal Richelieu’s Forgotten Heiress Who Shaped the Fate of France

This is a fine work that sheds light on the nearly forgotten story of a consequential figure in French history.
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Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust

Of profound interest to serious students and readers of history.

Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement

An important, accessible book for general readers and scholars.
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Exploring the American Presidency Through 50 Historic Treasures

These iconic pieces provide the opportunity to share little-known stories. Perfect for history buffs.
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The Watchmaker’s Daughter: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie ten Boom

A haunting and inspiring tale of moral courage. Recommended.
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The Collaborators: Three Stories of Deception and Survival in World War II

A powerful exploration of complicity, ambivalence, and the human capacity for deception and self-rationalization.
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Madison’s Militia: The Hidden History of the Second Amendment

Readers interested in the Second Amendment’s origins or in assessing arguments about its meaning will likely and deeply appreciate this comprehensive history.
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Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington’s Cherry Trees

Parsell’s readable, well-researched biography will bring Scidmore back into the limelight, appealing to readers with an interest in geography, journalism, conservation, and women’s studies.
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Impossible Histories: The Soviet Republic of Alaska, the United States of Hudsonia, President Charlemagne, and Other Pivotal Moments of History That Never Happened

This book is highly recommended for those with an interest in world history, Western civilization, and alternative histories.

The Soviet Century: Archaeology of a Lost World

A splendid book. Avoiding the usual fare of power and the Communist Party, the author reveals the pervasive political character of Soviet life.
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Cultures Colliding: American Missionaries, Chinese Resistance, and the Rise of Modern Institutions in China

This thoroughly researched work is highly recommended for readers interested in the history of Christian missions to China. The inclusion of biographical information for many of the people involved enhances the text.
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The Perfect Sword: Forging the Dark Ages

This book focuses on the informative and archaeological aspects of swords, not violence. It will likely please readers who are fascinated by weapons and by those who would normally be hesitant to pick up a book about tools of war.

The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe

Should appeal widely.
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Luck of the Draw: My Story of the Air War in Europe

This reissue will appeal to readers of World War II history and the Apple+ series will make this story relevant again.

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Follow Me to Hell: McNelly’s Texas Rangers and the Rise of Frontier Justice

Primarily for lovers of Western history.
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On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe

Will fit well in public and academic libraries with collections in the history of the Americas.
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Unlikely Heroes: Franklin Roosevelt, His Four Lieutenants, and the World They Made

An intimate portrait of FDR’s inner circle during the New Deal. Readers of U.S. history, economics, and political science should greatly enjoy this volume.
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Pushed: Miners, a Merchant, and (Maybe) a Massacre

True-crime fans will enjoy the puzzle of an unsolved mystery but might miss having a concrete conclusion.

I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction

A recommended heart-wrenching read that provides significant insight into the historical basis of racial conflict in the United States.
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Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag

This honest and compassionate depiction of someone who was true to their passions will inspire readers, especially those interested in LGBTQIA+ history.
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In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives To Save Jews During the Holocaust

Of profound interest to those seeking to improve the world.
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Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race To Save the Treasures of China’s Forbidden City

Highly recommended for anyone interested in mid-20th century China in specific, or art history in general.
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The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, a Poet, an Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp

An enlightening glimpse into the little-documented Allied treatment of prisoners of war during World War II.

Harriet Tubman: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works

This definitive testament to Tubman’s life and works will appeal to all readers. An indispensable resource for those interested in learning more about enslavement, women’s studies, and 19th-century American history.
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Milestone Visual Documents in American History: The Images, Cartoons, and Other Visual Sources That Shaped America

The engaging images and thorough analysis in this extensive work make it an excellent resource for students and researchers.
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A Cultural History of Furniture

This precisely researched and well-written reference work would benefit many art-focused libraries, but not necessarily casual collections.
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100 Symbols That Changed the World

Enjoyable and educational with abundant illustrations. Suggest to middle-grade readers through adults. Recommended for all libraries.
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An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President’s Murder

Still, readers will find Guiteau’s devolution into an assassin and the history of Oneida both fascinating and shocking, with uncanny parallels to today’s news stories.

Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family’s Journey

Highly recommended to those interested in civil rights, global justice, or Black Power movements, feminism, critical race theory, modern history, and biographies and memoirs.

Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance

This well-written account will appeal to readers interested in civil rights, Black history, and travel literature.
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The Lincoln Miracle: Inside the Republican Convention That Changed History

This finely grained and well-written account will appeal to readers interested in Lincoln or American presidential and political history.

The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World

A timely, valuable discussion of a pivotal issue.
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The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America’s Presidential Transitions

A guide to decision-making past, present, and future that users will likely want to consult repeatedly.
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Native Agency: Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs

A critical addition to sociological, historical, and anthropological collections, this book provides a multifaceted account of working within the BIA. Lambert has a rich perspective as a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, anthropologist, and former United States government employee.

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Readers interested in studies about the enslaved, abolitionism, and antebellum history should read this insightful new work.

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Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952

This vividly told tale should attract history buffs and anyone who loves a good story.
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The Scythian Empire: Central Eurasia and the Birth of the Classical Age from Persia to China

Highly recommended for all students of the Scythians and Classical Persia or China. A similar work that focuses on the archeological evidence left by the Scythians is Barry Cunliffe’s The Scythians.

Neither Confirm nor Deny: How the Glomar Mission Shielded the CIA from Transparency

Comprehensive research makes this book as engaging as any espionage novel. An essential read.
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The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America’s Top Secrets

Perfect for readers intrigued by the intersection of politics and history.
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The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History, 1652–2022

While the authors have done significant research in some areas, the book’s shortcomings result in the need for a library to have significant, additional material on hand to provide other perspectives and more solid facts.
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Fire and Rain: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Wars in Southeast Asia

Successfully contextualizing war in a socially and politically polarized country, Eisenberg offers surprises, such as the beneficial role of insider and former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to reduce troop involvement in Vietnam.
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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.
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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Marvelous narration by the author and interludes of Stella Levi singing make this an excellent addition to public library collections.
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The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

A timid religious leader, afraid to wield his moral authority against oppression and destruction, reminds listeners of the dangers of silence. Recommended for those interested in the papacy or World War II in Europe.

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

History and true crime buffs, legal historians, and gender studies scholars will appreciate Sweet’s riveting exposé of the tremendous gender and class bias in postrevolutionary America.
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A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse

Despite some unevenness in the sound levels throughout the production, this engrossing and empathetically told audiobook will likely capture the interest of listeners who enjoy the works of Oliver Sacks and Sam Kean.
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Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A captivating, if occasionally overawed, portrait of extraordinary wealth across multiple generations. Suggest to listeners who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt.
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Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

Impeccably researched, this is a must-listen for Titanic enthusiasts of all ages.
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Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

For libraries with healthy history collections and those who enjoy 19th-century U.S. history and the Ohio and Mississippi River regions.
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Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.
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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Despite the captivating tale of admirable bravery, this book could have benefited from a more skilled narrator and sound engineer. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.
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The Abortion Caravan

Although Wells’s book chronicles a Canadian story, this timely book would be an excellent addition to any nonfiction audio collection.

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Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.
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The Silver Women: How Black Women’s Labor Made the Panama Canal

Flores-Villalobos beautifully tells the story of these women and brings this important history to life using a vast array of archival sources. A recommended purchase for academic libraries.
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The Greatest Viking: The Life of Olav Haraldsson

While some of Seward’s conjectures may leave readers unsatisfied, this is, nevertheless, a riveting, and detailed account of the life and times of an enigmatic ruler.
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The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Galor argues that embracing equality, education and diversity are keys to our historical thriving and future survival. A timely book that is recommended for libraries where Thomas Piketty, Jared Diamond, and Yuval Harari are popular.

The Gilded Page: The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts

Wellesley’s elegant voice and careful pacing allow listeners to absorb the many details, and warm delivery of the “human stories” that “smudge” the manuscripts make this a delightful listening experience for history buffs and book lovers.
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The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot To Build a Confederate Navy

Based on archival and primary research, this well-written account of intrigue will appeal to readers of Civil War history and real-life tales of spies and espionage.
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The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe

This book will appeal to readers of early 18th-century American history, Jefferson, and Constitutional history.
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Kennan: A Life Between Worlds

Meant as an analytical counterweight to John Lukacs’s celebrated 2009 Kennan biography, Costigliola’s book offers a respectful and critical portrayal of Kennan’s life.
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Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk

For readers who enjoy stories of survival in extreme settings.
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The Tudors in Love: Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty

This is a deeply researched work that covers well-known history from a unique angle.
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When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America

A disturbing clarity into the current biased news coverage is revealed through analysis of past industry reporting standards.
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Pharaohs of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of Tutankhamen’s Dynasty

Valuable for history bugs, but sometimes a slog.
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Wings of War: The World War II Fighter Plane That Saved the Allies and the Believers Who Made It Fly

The authors sometimes offer a generic World War II narrative as context. However, these profiles provide new insight and human interest around the development of the iconic Mustang.
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Rock & Roll in Kennedy’s America: A Cultural History of the Early 1960s

Readers will be delighted by the knowledgeable Aquila’s survey of a period not completely covered by his earlier works, though even nostalgic baby boomers might question the suggested optimism and innocence of a crisis-ridden era.
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The Complete Language of Food: A Definitive & Illustrated History

This can work as a beautifully illustrated browse, but it will also serve well as a reference for reports and foodie patrons.
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A Cultural History of Shopping

Academic libraries should seriously consider adding this set (in one form or the other), as its interdisciplinary approach will support many departments and research paths.
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Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events

This painstakingly researched compendium, compiled by authors who are themselves Indigenous “firsts,” is an affordable and essential purchase for all reference collections.
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Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Redefined Love, Freedom, and Self-Expression in 1920s England

Bloomsbury Group devotees and readers of LGTBQ+ history will likely relish Strachey’s unique perspective.
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How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

This thematic summary of the influence of Victorian innovation goes beyond the well-known names and also notes the leading role that imperialism played in the success of this era. Recommended for history of science audiences.
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Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren’t Supposed To Do

An entertaining and well-narrated collection of historical sketches; suggest to those who enjoy feminist history or tales of women defying the odds.
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The Crown in Vogue

Anglophiles and fans of Netflix’s The Crown will likely savor this unique treasure trove.

The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

Engaging and well-paced. While geared toward a general audience, this work is well-grounded in scholarly research and will likely appeal to many: the armchair historian and those with an interest in the golden age of piracy, colonial New York, and social and women’s histories.
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Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine

Primarily for scholars, but lay readers will find it comprehensible as well.
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The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome

A must for anyone interested in the Classical era.
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How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex: A History

This book is perfect for readers interested in how society reached the point it is at today with the internet and sex and the issues that have emerged.

The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel

Military history buffs and those wanting to learn about leadership and management styles from three important men of the 20th century will likely eagerly consume this tremendous work.

National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book

Will serve as both a history lesson about Indigenous veterans and a beacon drawing visitors to the National Native American Veterans Memorial.
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Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Making of the Modern World

For history enthusiasts only.

Our Man in Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor

Highly recommended for World War II and diplomatic collections at the undergraduate level and above.
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American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC

Those interested in fundamentalism, Islam in the United States, Middle East politics, and film will especially appreciate this book.
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The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East

For anyone who loves history, especially with military and diplomatic focuses.
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Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Russell portrays the Queen Mother in a positive light and dispels rumors, but leaves out some unflattering facts; an enjoyable companion to the many other books about the British crown.
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Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Diemer rightly situates Still amid the center of the efforts against slavery and supplies an inviting narrative of the 19th-century fight between Black Americans and white supremacist oppression.

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

A scholarly book on the life, triumphs, and heartbreaks of Abraham Lincoln’s life, but general readers may enjoy it too. This is a title that will likely be a fruitful one for all levels of book discussion groups.
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The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle That Defined WWII

Most libraries with World War II collections will want recent works, like Drury and Clavin’s, on the accomplishments of these famous Army Rangers.
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Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army

Highly recommended as a work that will make a fine addition to a comprehensive Civil War collection.
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The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

Still, history buffs will likely enjoy this conscientiously-researched biography.
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C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian

A rewarding read for scholars of Southern and 20th-century historical references in the United States.
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The Abyss: Nuclear Crisis Cuba 1962

Recommended for readers interested in this specific crisis and Cold War history in general.
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Paris in Turmoil: A City Between Past and Future

Readers already familiar with Paris will find this fiery and charming volume the perfect companion for a thought-provoking walk around the City of Light.
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Opinions Throughout History: Worker’s Rights & Wages

A potentially useful reference work for high school and undergraduate collections.
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Facts About the Presidents

Remains a standard of excellence for readers who never tire of learning things about American presidents and for researchers who want a well-organized and up-to-date source on the topic.
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In the Houses of Their Dead: The Lincolns, the Booths, and the Spirits

Listeners will appreciate the clarity of voice Campbell executes, helping them keep it all straight and enhancing those moments they may not have known about before.
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