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Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Devery S. Anderson · University Press of Mississippi
Pages: 560
Format: Book

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched...

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

Stacy Schiff · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 512
Format: Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than...

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Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

Joe Domanick · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 464
Format: Book

An award-winning investigative reporter reveals the troubled history of the LAPD in a gripping story filled with hard-boiled, real-life characters that bring to life the ravages of the criminal justice system.

Vividly drawn and character-driven, Blue is simultaneously...

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A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story

Tom Gjelten · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416
Format: Book

The dramatic and compelling story of the transformation of America during the last fifty years, told through a handful of families in one suburban county in Virginia that has been utterly changed by recent immigration.

In the fifty years since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality...

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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: Book

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...

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The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis

Simon Goodman · Scribner Book Company
Pages: 368
Format: Book

The passionate, gripping, true story of one man's single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy.

Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration...

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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS

Bill Harlow · Twelve
Format: Book

The Great War of Our Time offers an unprecedented assessment of the CIA while at the forefront of our nation's war against al-Qa'ida and during the most remarkable period in the history of the Agency. Called the "Bob Gates of his generation," Michael Morell...

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Murder by Candlelight: The Gruesome Crimes Behind Our Romance with the Macabre

Michael Knox Beran · Pegasus Books
Pages: 384
Format: Book

Arguing that it is "less the quality of the crimes than the attitude of the age which determines the gruesomeness of its murders," Michael Beran brings to life the ghastly ambiance of a vanished epoch, and gives us a terrifying glimpse of the horror beneath the seeming civility...

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America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton

Stephen Hess · Brookings Institution Press,
Pages: 784
Format: Book

The Constitution states that "no title of nobility shall be granted by the United States," yet it seems political nobility is as American as apple pie. America was founded in rebellion against nobility and inherited status. Yet from the start, dynastic families have been conspicuous...

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Pope Francis and the New Vatican

Robert Draper · National Geographic Society
Pages: 256
Format: Book

National Geographic goes behind-the-scenes of the new papacy with unprecedented, exclusive access to Pope Francis. Embedded with the Pope inside the Vatican for 6 months, award-winning photographer David Yoder captures intimate moments in never-before-seen photographs presented here...

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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

Katherine Zoepf · Penguin Press, 2016.
Pages: 258
Format: Book

For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East. There...

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The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

Al Roker · William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Format: Book

On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, 200-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the prosperous and growing port city on Texas's Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, when the storm had passed, the city that existed just hours before was gone. Over 8,000...

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Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Ari Berman · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Book

Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Give Us the Ballot tells this story for the first...

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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Sarah Vowell · Riverhead Books, 2015.
Pages: 274
Format: Book

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington's trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.

Chronicling...

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Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War

John McCain · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 364
Format: Book

John McCain's evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate...

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Journey to Texas, 1833

Detlef Dunt · University of Texas Press, 2015.
Pages: 182
Format: Book

In 1834, a German immigrant to Texas, D. T. F. (Detlef Thomas Friedrich) Jordt, aka Detlef Dunt, published Reise nach Texas, a delightful little book that praised Texas as "a land which puts riches in [the immigrant's] lap, which can bring happiness to thousands and to their...

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Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America's Most Controversial Statesman

James Rosen · Regnery Publishing, 2015.
Pages: 256
Format: Book

In December 2014, a few weeks before his seventy-fourth birthday, former Vice President Dick Cheney invited Fox News reporter James Rosen into his northern Virginia home. Over three days, Rosen recorded ten hours of conversations with the man known as the "Darth Vader" of American...

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The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes

Judith Flanders · Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 368
Format: Book

The 500-year story of how, and why, our homes have come to be what they are, from the critically acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author of The Invention of Murder and The Victorian City.

The idea that "home" is a special place, a separate...

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The Cost of Courage

Charles Kaiser · Other Press (NY)
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

"The result is a mix of history, biography and memoir which reads like a nerve-racking thriller." - The Guardian (US) This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer...
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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Kathryn Harrison · Doubleday; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose voices moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George...
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