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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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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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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 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.
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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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Pharaohs of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of Tutankhamen’s Dynasty

Valuable for history bugs, but sometimes a slog.
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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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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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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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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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The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome

A must for anyone interested in the Classical era.
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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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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.

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.
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Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine

Primarily for scholars, but lay readers will find it comprehensible as well.

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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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.

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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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