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A Slave in the White House

Though he deplored slavery, James Madison owned slaves. A new book examines the Founding Father's contradictory conduct.

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

The chilling chronicle of an injustice in the Florida courts that became a turning point in the civil rights movement.

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

A case for how religious belief has shaped America's foreign policy.

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The Fiery Trial

Eric Foner follows the shifts in thought that led an embattled defender of the Union to become the Great Emancipator.

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The Killing of Crazy Horse

A look at the world of a myth-shrouded Sioux hero, and the continuing resonance of his life and death.

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The Civil War of 1812

A new book portrays the second American-British conflict as a war whose concerns were largely internecine.

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American Colossus

A sweeping survey of Gilded Age America traces the rise of modern wealth, and its power.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

An impassioned history of the Great Migration of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North and West between 1910 and 1970.

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The Last Stand

The historic battle at Little Bighorn, from the award-winning author of Mayflower.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.