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The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria: The Sinking of the World's Most Glamorous Ship

Greg King · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

In 1956, a stunned world watched as the famous Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria sank after being struck by a Swedish vessel off the coast of Nantucket. Unlike the tragedy of the Titanic, this sinking played out in real time across radios and televisions, the first disaster of the modern...
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The Good Assassin: How a Mossad Agent and a Band of Survivors Hunted Down the Butcher of Latvia

Stephan Talty · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Before World War II, Herbert Cukurs was a famous figure in his small Latvian city, the "Charles Lindbergh of his country." But by 1945, he was the Butcher of Latvia, a man who murdered some thirty thousand Latvian Jews. Somehow, he dodged the Nuremberg trials, fleeing to South...
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The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family

Bettye Kearse · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse - a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison - shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. For thousands of years, West African...
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The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

Paul Dickson · ATLANTIC MONTHLY PR
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

In September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland and initiated World War II, a strong strain of isolationism existed in Congress and across the country. The U.S. Army stood at fewer than 200,000 men -- unprepared to defend the country, much less carry the fight to Europe and the Far East....
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Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II

Joseph Wheelan · Hachette Books
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

A stirring narrative of World War II's final major battle--the Pacific war's largest, bloodiest, most savagely fought campaign--the last of its kind. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, more than 184,000 US troops began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific...
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All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia

Matthew Algeo · Chicago Review Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In early 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy ventured deep into the heart of eastern Kentucky to gauge the progress of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Kennedy, already considering challenging Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination, viewed his two days in Kentucky...
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The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency

John Dickerson · Random House
Pages: 656
Format: Hardcover

Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest, and world leader. You're expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you're...
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Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act

Nicholson Baker · Penguin Press
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

FOIA and the horrifying, decades-old government misdeeds that it is unable to demystify, from one of America's most celebrated writersEight years ago, while investigating the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, Nicholson Baker requested...
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Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

Edward Achorn · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. After a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds that day to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged,...
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Mastering the Inland Seas: How Lighthouses, Navigational Aids, and Harbors Transformed the Great Lakes and America

Theodore J. Karamanski · University of Wisconsin Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Theodore J. Karamanski's sweeping maritime history demonstrates the far-ranging impact that the tools and infrastructure developed for navigating the Great Lakes had on the national economies, politics, and environment of continental North America. Synthesizing popular as well as original...
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