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America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World--a Story in 76 Inventions

Kevin Baker · Artisan
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

"Among the many rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker's survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines a wide range of the achievements that have made, and still make, America great again - and again." - The Wall Street Journal What...
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The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture

Euny Hong · Picador
Format: Print book

A FRESH, FUNNY, UP-CLOSE LOOK AT HOW SOUTH KOREA REMADE ITSELF AS THE WORLD'S POP CULTURE POWERHOUSE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURYBy now, everyone in the world knows the song "Gangnam Style" and Psy, an instantly recognizable star. But the song's international popularity...
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How to Be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

Patrick Kingsley · Atria Books/Marble Arch Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Denmark is the country of the moment. Recently named the happiest nation in the world, it’s the home of The Killing and Noma, the world’s best (and most eccentric) restaurant. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really...
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Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation

Blake J. Harris · It Books
Format: Hardcover

Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized...
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Medieval Europe

Chris Wickham · Yale University Press
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period - one not easily chronicled...
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The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story

Farida Khalaf · Atria Books
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Named a "Best Book of the Year" by New York Post "Farida Khalaf's story is harrowing but crucial - especially when it comes to understanding what ISIS actually is and does." - Glamour "As gripping as it is appalling ... a compelling testament to the suffering of ordinary...
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Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS

David J Barron · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 576
Format: Print book

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A timely account of a raging debate: The history of the ongoing struggle between the presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war.The Constitution...
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The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War

Dick Lehr · PublicAffairs
Format: Hardcover

In 1915, two men - one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker - incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over...
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The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory · Amistad
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King,...
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Aging in America

H. W. Wilson · H.W. Wilson
Format: Paperback

By many accounts, in the next two decades a greater number of Americans will be over sixty than any other period in history. Aging in America examines the great challenges America will face in caring for aging baby boomers. The collection begins with statistical data on the major health...
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The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, and Saving Europe During WWI

PETER HERNON · Harper
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Published in commemoration of the centennial of America's entry into World War I, the story of the USS Leviathan, the legendary liner turned warship that ferried U.S. soldiers to Europe - a unique war history that offers a fresh, compelling look at this epic time.When war broke out in Europe...
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An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler

Peter Fritzsche · Basic Books
Pages: 376
Format: Print book

World War II reached into the homes and lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Civilians made up the vast majority of those killed by war. On Europe's home front, the war brought the German blitzkrieg, followed by long occupations and the racial genocide of the Holocaust. In An Iron...
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Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca

Maria Goodavage · Dutton
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible, true story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated...
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The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

Ben Ehrenreich · Penguin Press
Pages: 428
Format: Print book

From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life Over the past three years, American writer Ben Ehrenreich has been traveling to and living in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in its largest cities and its smallest...
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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

Bill O'Reilly · Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 323
Format: Print book

The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin DugardAutumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese...
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