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Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization

Joe Scarborough · Harper
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

The host of MSNBC's Morning Joe reveals how President Harry Truman defended democracy against the Soviet threat at the dawn of the Cold War.Harry Truman had been vice president for less than three months when President Franklin Roosevelt died. Suddenly inaugurated the leader of the free...
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

H. W. Brands · Doubleday
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands, the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, two men with radically different views on how moral people must act when their democracy countenances evil.John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious...
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The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

Seb Falk · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

An illuminating guide to the scientific and technological achievements of the Middle Ages through the life of a crusading astronomer-monk.Soaring Gothic cathedrals, violent crusades, the Black Death: these are the dramatic forces that shaped the medieval era. But the so-called Dark Ages...
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The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams

David S. Brown · Scribner
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

A revelatory biography of literary icon Henry Adams - one of America's most prominent writers and intellectuals of his era, who witnessed and contributed to America's dramatic transition from "colonial" to "modern."Henry Adams is perhaps the most eclectic, accomplished,...
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War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Margaret MacMillan · Random House
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war - organized violence - comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity's history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest...
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Down Along with That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

Connor Towne O'Neill · Algonquin Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In Down Along with That Devil's Bones, journalist Connor Towne O'Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts,...
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The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State

David Vine
Format: Hardcover(First Edition)

The United States has been fighting wars constantly since invading Afghanistan in 2001. This nonstop warfare is far less exceptional than it might seem: the United States has been at war or has invaded other countries almost every year since independence. In The United States of War, David...
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Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett

James Sullivan · Scribner
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

More than the story of a single, savage engagement, Unsinkable traces the individual journeys of five men on one ship from Casablanca in North Africa, to Sicily and Salerno in Italy and then on to Plunkett's defining moment at Anzio, where a dozen-odd German bombers bore down on the ship...
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Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House

Rachel Maddow · Crown
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

The knockdown, drag-out, untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon's White House, and reset the rules for crooked presidents to come - with new reporting that expands on Rachel Maddow's Peabody Award-nominated podcast Is it possible for a sitting vice president to direct...
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Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland

Issac J. Bailey · Other Press
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

South Carolina-based journalist Issac J. Bailey reflects on a wide range of complex, divisive topics - from police brutality and Confederate symbols to respectability politics and white discomfort - which have taken on a fresh urgency with the protest movement sparked by George Floyd's...
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Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson
Format: Hardcover

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night's events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation's history and the sort of social...
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