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West of the Revolution

Traveling beyond the Thirteen Colonies to the dangerous outer limits of America, 1776.

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The French Intifada

The tumultuous history of France and its Arabs in the wake of the Algerian War.

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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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July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

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).