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How the Post Office Created America: A History

Winifred Gallagher · Penguin Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

The definitive history of the US Postal Service, the least appreciated and analyzed of America's great institutions, and an examination of how this remarkable organization created America. The post office, Winifred Gallagher argues, has been not just a witness to but a foundational influence...
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How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution

TOM SHACHTMAN · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in How the French Saved America Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph....
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Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris

RASHIDA K BRAGGS · University of California Press
Pages: 280
Format: eBook

At the close of the Second World War, waves of African American musicians migrated to Paris, eager to thrive in its reinvigorated jazz scene. Jazz Diasporas challenges the notion that Paris was a color-blind paradise for African Americans. On the contrary, musicians adopted a variety of strategies...
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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

BRIAN CASTNER · Doubleday
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling...
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Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War

Eric Dezenhall · Twelve
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The thrilling story of two Cold War spies, CIA case officer Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko -- improbable friends at a time when they should have been anything but.In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence...
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Never Caught: Ona Judge, the Washingtons, and the Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave

Erica Armstrong Dunbar · Atria / 37 INK
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

"A fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom." - Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author...
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Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York

Lisandro Pe?rez · NYU Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The dramatic story of the origins of the Cuban community in nineteenth-century New York. More than one hundred years before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 sparked an exodus that created today's prominent Cuban American presence, Cubans were settling in New York City in what became largest...
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Churchill: Walking with Destiny

ANDREW ROBERTS · Viking
Pages: 1088
Format: Hardcover

A landmark reconsideration of the iconic war leader, based on extensive new material--from private letters to war cabinet meetings-- by the bestselling, award-winning author of Napoleon and The Storm of War.When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston...
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Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist

Linda B. Forgosh · Brandeis University Press
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

Louis Bamberger (1855-1944) was the epitome of the merchant prince as public benefactor. Born in Baltimore, this son of German immigrants built his business - the great, glamorous L. Bamberger & Co. department store in Newark, N.J. - into the sixth-largest department store in the country....
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The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Somini Sengupta · W W Norton, 2016.
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India -- the world's largest democracy at a moment of transition.Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different...
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Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

Omer Bartov · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

A fascinating and cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level - turning neighbors, friends, and even family members against one another - as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.For more than four hundred years, the Eastern...
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Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule

Gordon Thomas · Dutton Caliber
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover

An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi ruleNazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets...
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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

MONICA HESSE · Liveright
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Recommended Summer reading by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, and Elle. A breathtaking feat of reportage, American Fire combines procedural with love story, redefining American tragedy for our time.The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night...
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The Battle of Lincoln Park: Urban Renewal and Gentrification in Chicago

Daniel Kay Hertz · Belt Publishing
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback

In the years after World War II, a movement began to bring the middle class back from the Chicago suburbs to the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the city's North Side. In place of the old, poorly maintained apartments and dense streetscapes of taverns and butchers, "rehabbers"...
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American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row

BOOTH MOORE · Abrams
Pages: 252
Format: Hardcover

New York Fashion Week has served many purposes throughout its long history, but it has always remained at the center of the American fashion world. During World War II, Fashion Week challenged the dominance of French couture; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a showcase for American sportswear...
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