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The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way

P J O'Rourke · Pgw
Pages: 263
Format: Hardcover

P.J. O'Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s "underground" newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world's only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions,...
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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich · Random House
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature - a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new RussiaNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON...
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The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation

Daina Ramey Berry · Beacon Press
Pages: 262
Format: Hardcover

Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early AmericaIn life and in death, slaves were commodities, their monetary value assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound...
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The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema

Gregory William Mank · McFarland; n edition
Format: Paperback

The book covers unusual and often surprising areas of horror film history: (1) The harrowingly tragic life of Dracula's leading lady, Helen Chandler, as intimately remembered by her sister-in-law. (2) John Barrymore's 1931 horror vehicles Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection...
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The art of rivalry : four friendships, betrayals, and breakthroughs in modern art

Sebastian Smee · Random House
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists - Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon - whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights. Rivalry is at the heart...
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The Irish in New Orleans

Laura D. Kelley · Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
Format: Print book

In this well-researched volume, historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley tells the colorful, entertaining, and often adventurous history of the Irish in New Orleans. From Bloody O'Reilly in the eighteenth century to the great churches and charitable organizations built by the Irish Famine immigrants...
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The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition: Mississippi's Longest Civil War

Victoria E. Bynum · University of North Carolina Press
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River,...
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A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War

Williamson Murray · Princeton University Press
Pages: 616
Format: Print book

The Civil War represented a momentous change in the character of war. It combined the projection of military might across a continent on a scale never before seen with an unprecedented mass mobilization of peoples. Yet despite the revolutionizing aspects of the Civil War, its leaders faced...
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On Reading the Grapes of Wrath

Susan Shillinglaw · Penguin Group USA
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

In this compelling biography of a book, Susan Shillinglaw delves into John Steinbeck's classic to explore the cultural, social, political, scientific, and creative impact of The Grapes of Wrath upon first publication, as well as its enduring legacy. First published in April 1939, Steinbeck's...
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True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy

Kati Marton · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

This astonishing real-life spy thriller, filled with danger, misplaced loyalties, betrayal, treachery, and pure evil, with a plot twist worthy of John le Carré, is relevant today as a tale of fanaticism and the lengths it takes us to.True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field, an American...
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New Orleans Women and the Poydras Home: More Durable than Marble

Pamela Tyler · Louisiana State University Press
Pages: 225
Format: Print book

A two-hundred-year-old institution, the Poydras Home -- originally the Poydras Asylum -- stands as an exemplar of woman-led charitable organizations. In a thorough and engaging narrative, Pamela Tyler offers the first complete history of this remarkable New Orleans establishment from its founding...
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The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

Jeremy Scahill · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Major revelations about the US government's drone program - bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America's secret assassination policy.When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers...
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Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future

Adam Sobel · Harper Wave; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planets changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities for the future.Was Hurricane Sandy a freak event—or a harbinger of things to come? ...
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The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family

Emer O'Sullivan · Bloomsbury Press
Pages: 495
Format: Print book

The first biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu--a compelling volume that finally tells the whole story.It's widely known that Oscar Wilde was precociously intellectual, flamboyant, and hedonistic--but lesser so that he owed...
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Revolutionary Science: Transformation and Turmoil in the Age of the Guillotine

Steve Jones · Pegasus Books
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

The surprising and sometimes shocking history of the scientific innovations in Paris during the French Revolution, by the author of Darwin's Ghost. Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today's physics, chemistry...
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