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Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
Oakes, James

Winner of the Lincoln Prize. “Oakes brilliantly succeeds in [clarifying] the aims of the war with a wholly new perspective.”—David Brion Davis, New York Review of Books

Freedom National is a groundbreaking history of emancipation that joins the political init... (more)

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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Guelzo, Allen C.
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Battle of Gettysburg has been written about at length and thoroughly dissected in terms of strategic importance, but never before has a book taken readers so close to the experienc... (more)

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World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide
Confino, Alon
Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an arr... (more)

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July 1914: Countdown to War
McMeekin, Sean
When an assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, no one could have imagined the shocking bloodshed that would soon follow. Indeed, as award-winning historian Sean McMeekin reveals in July 1914, World War I might indeed have been avoided entirely had it not been fo... (more)

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Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
Marshall, Megan

"Thoroughly absorbing, lively . . . Fuller, so misunderstood in life, richly deserves the nuanced, compassionate portrait Marshall paints." — Boston Globe

Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan Marshall recounts the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller: Thoreau’s first editor, Emerso... (more)

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Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire
O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson
The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a different argument. Weaving together the pe... (more)

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1177 B. C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Cline, Eric H.

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the “Sea Peoples” invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of t... (more)

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Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order
Steil, Benn

When turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, leaders invariably call for 'a new Bretton Woods' to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of forty-four nations gathered in July 1944, in the... (more)

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Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
Bloom, Joshua & Waldo E. Martin
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panth... (more)

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Kennan Diaries
Kennan, George F. & Frank Costigliola, ed.

A landmark collection, spanning ninety years of U.S. history, of the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most famous diplomat.

On a hot July afternoon in 1953, George F. Kennan descended the steps of the State Department building as a newly retired man. His career had... (more)

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Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
Davis, David Brion
From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly fifty years in the making.

David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, th... (more)

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Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Brown, Peter

Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing prob... (more)

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Stokely: A Life
Joseph, Peniel E.
Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for ?Black Power” during a speech one humid Mississippi night in 1966. Carmichael’s life changed that day, and so did America’s struggle for civil rights. ?Black Power” became ... (more)

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Two Faces of American Freedom
Rana, Aziz
"The Two Faces of American Freedom" boldly reinterprets the American political tradition from the colonial period to modern times, placing issues of race relations, immigration, and presidentialism in the context of shifting notions of empire and citizenship. Today, while the U.S. enjoys tremendous ... (more)

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Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War In 1914
Clark, Christopher

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on ... (more)

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