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Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

Sarah Helm · Nan A. Talese
Format: Hardcover

A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbrück, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - was marched through...
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Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Sven Beckert · Knopf; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEPULITZER PRIZE FINALISTThe epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding...
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Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice

Gillen D'Arcy Wood · Princeton University Press
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

A gripping history of the polar continent, from the great discoveries of the nineteenth century to modern scientific breakthroughs

Antarctica, the ice kingdom hosting the South Pole, looms large in the human imagination. The secrets of this vast frozen desert have long tempted...

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Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy

Michael J. Tougias · Scribner
Pages: 232
Format: Hardcover

The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of Bounty - the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty - which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail Bounty...
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Richard III: England's Most Controversial King

CHRIS SKIDMORE · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed historian Chris Skidmore comes the authoritative biography of Richard III, England's most controversial king, a man alternately praised as a saint and cursed as a villain.

Richard III is one of English history's best known and least understood monarchs. Immortalized...

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Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World

Chris Wallace · Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind-the-scenes account of the secret meetings and events across the globe during the 116 days leading up to the world's first use of the atomic bomb in wartime - the American attack on Hiroshima...
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Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence

George C Daughan · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

The untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley, control of which, both the Americans and the British firmly believed, would determine the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

No part of the country was more contested during the American Revolution than New York City, the Hudson...

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Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

Elliot Ackerman · Penguin Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

From a decorated Marine war veteran and National Book Award Finalist, an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

"War hath determined us ..." - John Milton, Paradise Lost

Toward the beginning...
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Lady Bird and Lyndon : the hidden story of a marriage that made a president

Betty Boyd Caroli · Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Pages: 463
Format: Print book

"Marriage is the most underreported story in political life and yet is often the key to its success. This is the idea driving a revealing new portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and ballast for Lyndon...[A] biography of a political...
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How the Post Office Created America: A History

Winifred Gallagher · Penguin Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

The definitive history of the US Postal Service, the least appreciated and analyzed of America's great institutions, and an examination of how this remarkable organization created America.

The post office, Winifred Gallagher argues, has been not just a witness to but a foundational...
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