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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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July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).