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Grant's Final Victory

An examination of the once-mighty general's tumultuous last year, 1884-85.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

A doomed plan with a momentous legacy.

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The Friar of Carcassonne

In a corner of medieval France, one man's stand against the Inquisition.

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The Last Gunfight

The real story behind the storied showdown in a Tombstone, Arizona vacant lot.

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Berlin 1961

In one of the Cold War's most resonant skirmishes, Nikita Khruschev  put the new American leadership to the test.

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Moral Combat

A noted historian of the Third Reich offers "a moral history of the Second World War."

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Fur, Fortune, and Empire

A new history of the fur trade in America puts the trapper at the center of our nation’s emergence onto the world stage.

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Dreamers of a New Day

A new look at the pioneers of women's rights, from Emma Goldman to Ida Tarbell, and their lasting legacy.

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John Brown's Trial

After his failed raid on Harper's Ferry, the man some called a traitor and others a hero was brought to a final, sensational trial. Read more...

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.