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War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing: Library of America #278

Lawrence Rosenwald · Library Of America
Pages: 850
Format: Print book

An unprecedented gathering of the essential texts of the American antiwar tradition: from the Revolution to the war on terror, over 150 eloquent, provocative voices for peace. An unequalled military superpower responsible for the atomic bomb - involved, since its founding, in wars too numerous...
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Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

Margaret Lazarus Dean · Graywolf Press
Format: Print book

Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known itIn the 1960s, humans took their first steps away from Earth, and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity and in the wake...
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Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII

Deborah Cadbury · Public Affairs
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

In 1936, the British monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era - the crisis of abdication and the menace of Nazism. The fate of the country rested in the hands of George V's sorely unequipped sons:* a stammering King George VI, terrified that the world might...
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The Queen: The Life and Times of Elizabeth II

Catherine Book Sales Chartwell · Chartwell Books
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 64 years, longer than any British monarch in history. During that time the Queen has endured the ups and downs that long life will bring. She was a beacon of hope during and after the Second World War in difficult times when the world...
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The Kamikaze Hunters: Fighting for the Pacific: 1945

Will Iredale · Pegasus
Pages: 456
Format: Print book

An extraordinary story of courage, valor, and dogged determination, the vivid account of how a few brave young pilots ensured lasting peace during World War II. In May 1945, with victory in Europe established, the war was all but over. But on the other side of the world, the Allies were...
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A Thinking Person's Guide To America's National Parks

Robert E Manning · George Braziller Publishers
Pages: 300
Format: Print book

On the centennial of the National Park Service, this richly illustrated book offers invaluable advice on exploring America's national park system. The book delves into issues affecting an array of parks: the iconic western national parks like Yellowstone; the urban parks such as Golden...
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1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War

Marc Wortman · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

Officially, America entered World War II on December 8, 1941 the day after the bombing of Peal Harbor, but even before that infamous day America had been at war. Long before, Franklin D. Roosevelt had been supporting the Allies. While Americans were sympathetic to the people being crushed...
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The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

JESSE HOLLAND · Lyons Press
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion's most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White...
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From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town

Ingrid D Rowland · The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman...
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Blood and Fears: How America's Bomber Boys of the 8th Air Force Saved World War II

Kevin Wilson · Pegasus Books
Pages: 560
Format: Print book

The heroic, dramatic, and sometimes tragic history of how the US 8th Air Force changed the course of World War II. The US 8th Air Force came of age in 1944. With a fresh commander, it was ready to demonstrate its true power: from Operation Argument in February -- targeting German aircraft...
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Grant

RON CHERNOW · Penguin Press
Pages: 1104
Format: Hardcover

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman,...
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Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong

Elista Istre · Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback

Creoles established themselves in South Louisiana long before Acadian exiles reached the shores of the Bayou State. Boasting a mélange of African, European, and North American roots, Creoles converged on Louisiana s prairies and created their own distinct cuisine, language, and musical...
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Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America

Douglas R Egerton · Basic Books
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

Soon after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, abolitionists began to call for the creation of black regiments. At first, the South and most of the North responded with outrage - southerners promised to execute any black soldiers captured in battle,...
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Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

James Wright · St Martin'S Press
Pages: 464
Format: Print book

The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse...
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Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940

John Kelly · Scribner, 2015.
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

A remarkably vivid account of a key moment in Western history: The critical six months in 1940 when Winston Churchill debated whether the British would fight Hitler.London in April, 1940, was a place of great fear and conflict. Everyone was on edge; civilization itself seemed imperiled....
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