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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.

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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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A rewarding read for scholars of Southern and 20th-century historical references in the United States.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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Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex

This well-researched, uproariously funny audiobook is ideal for listeners who enjoyed Strange Bedfellows by Ina Park or Bonk by Mary Roach, both of which cover similar territory.
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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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It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art To Fight a Pandemic

Lowery’s interviews with the members of the collective provides a sweeping look at the movements that changed the way in which people view government inaction, greed, and the stigma surrounding AIDS. Adam conveys the emotions of the collective members, adding a singular depth to the account. Lowery provides a well-organized list of sources for listeners who wish to learn more.
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Manhattan Phoenix: The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York

A must for diehard Big Apple fans, but a miss for most.

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

Highly recommended for any maritime and history collections.

The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria

A valuable addition any nonfiction collection.
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Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

Although the middle section is slightly bogged down by newspaper clippings strung together in a row, and longtime readers of the New York Times might recognize some of Rosen’s previous articles reappearing as chapters in here, this is nevertheless a good purchase.
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The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet

Wulfhart’s book is particularly interesting in this time of renewed interest in union organizing. Recommended for public libraries.

Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition

This is comparative history at its best. Narrator Tom Perkins does a brilliant job bringing the voices of historical figures, which are at times unbelievable and hilarious, to life.
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The Devil’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South’s Most Notorious Slave Jail

The listener will feel satisfied with the ending of this story about one of the evilest places in history.
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Making the Movement: How Activists Fought for Civil Rights with Buttons, Flyers, Pins, and Posters

Will likely appeal to anyone interested in the Civil Rights movement in the United States and related visual artifacts.
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On This Day She: Putting Women Back Into History One Day at a Time

This illustrated compendium’s enjoyable daily entries will inspire readers to undertake further research. The strong, brave women tumbling from its pages will be a welcome addition to reference and history collections.

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

Written in an engaging style, this book will be enjoyed by anyone seeking a fuller understanding of Black experiences of World War II.

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II

Bissinger has found a way to merge sports with World War II to give readers a heartbreaking narrative of what many young men went through in the last days of World War II. Highly recommended.

The Lighthouse of Stalingrad: The Hidden Truth at the Heart of the Greatest Battle of World War II

This riveting read is essential for anyone interested in World War II or the history of the Soviet Union.

First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity

Will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in popular conceptions of Washington and American masculinity.

The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, a Poet, an Heiress, and a Spy in a World War II British Internment Camp

A deeply effective look at an important but rarely discussed aspect of World War II history.
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The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World

This should be of special interest to those fascinated by history and research.

Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West

As easy to read as any Western with the added advantage of showing a new version of the Old West, one vital for readers to explore.

Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb

Anyone who wants to understand the last year of the air war in the Pacific and the bomber commander’s role should read this excellent book.

Postcards from Absurdistan: Prague at the End of History

This is primarily intended for scholars. Not an easy read but good, perhaps even necessary. It should be in every academic library.
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American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics

Hazzard has fashioned an exceptional work about radical changes in health care and the importance of community in dark times.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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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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 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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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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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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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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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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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.
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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.

1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour

For fans of military, social, and strategic history.
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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.

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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Defining Documents in American History: The Great Depression (1929–1941)

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

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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