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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Hidden White House

President Truman confronted a postwar world in collapse -- and a collapsing home to boot.

 

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Dallas 1963

How darkness gathered in a Texas city.

 

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Days of God

Imam vs. Autocrat: a look at the history and personalities behind the Iranian Revolution.

 

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Confronting the Classics

An irreverent scholar's take-no-prisoners approach to antiquity.

 

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Countrymen

How Denmark's Jews escaped the Holocaust.

 

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Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Looking again at the causes and effects of the conflict that reshaped a continent, and history.

 

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The Manor

The history of one of New York's oldest manors -- and its slaves.

 

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March: Book One

A congressman and civil rights leader looks back on the struggle -- in graphic form.

 

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Duel with the Devil

The true story of an unlikely crime-fighting duo: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, on the trail of a scandalous murderer.

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Revolutionary Summer

How the British forced Washington into retreat -- and opened the door to his eventual victory.

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American Gun

The late author of American Sniper saw weapons at the heart of our national experience.

 

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City of Ambition

How the New Deal remade New York.

 

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Bunker Hill

A pivotal battle of the American Revolution receives an incisive historian’s focus.

 

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Merchant, Soldier, Sage

A look at history through the lens of three "castes" who have competed and collaborated to shape human societies.

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The Faithful Executioner

The journal of a sixteenth-century headsman gives a view of early modern life from its terminus.

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Out of Order

Tales of the High Bench's history, from the first female justice to take her place on the Court.

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Swoon

An all-inclusive blueprint of charming Lotharios through the ages.

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Sugar in the Blood

A historian's inquiry into her Caribbean roots becomes a journey into a plantation's cruelties.

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The Barbarous Years

A century of ambition and bloodshed in Colonial America.

 

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Iron Curtain

When the menace of Stalinism knew no borders.

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When America First Met China

The beginning of a complex relationship.

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Six Months in 1945

How the powers that had lined up against the Axis shifted positions to begin a chilly new conflict.

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Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

The fight over free speech on one campus and a secret campaign against academic activists.

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Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy

In surviving eight assassination attempts, the queen cemented the British monarchy's popularity.

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Snow-Storm in August

A quarter century before the Civil War, tensions over slavery erupted in the nation's capital.

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More Powerful Than Dynamite

A hundred years before Occupy Wall Street, a movement aimed at the structures of power seemed ready to explode.

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Island of Vice

The Rough Rider versus the Rotten Apple.

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Lions of the West

From Johnny Appleseed to James K. Polk, the Americans who embodied Manifest Destiny.

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Destiny of the Republic

The little-known story of the shooting of the twentieth president, and its aftermath.

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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.