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American History: 2018 & 2019 Releases

  • Details about These Truths: A History of the United States

    These Truths: A History of the United States

    Jill Lepore

    Written in elegiac prose, Lepore's groundbreaking investigation places truth itself--a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence--at the center of the nation's history. The American experiment rests on three ideas--"these truths," Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?……more

  • Details about The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality

    The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality

    Anna-Lisa Cox

    The story of America's forgotten black pioneers, who escaped slavery, settled the frontier, and proved that racial equality was possible even as the country headed toward civil war. The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early settlers who tamed the wilderness and built the bones of our great country as courageous, independent--and white. In this groundbreaking work of deep historical research, Anna-Lisa Cox shows that this history sim……more

  • Details about Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

    Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

    Keith O'Brien

    A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER "Exhilarating." -- New York Times Book Review " Riveting. " -- People "Keith O'Brien has brought these women--mostly long-hidden and forgotten--back into the light where they belong. And he's done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes Fly Girls both exhilarating and heartbreaking." -- USA Today The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s -- and won ……more

  • Details about A Fierce Glory: Antietam, Lincoln, and the End of Slavery

    A Fierce Glory: Antietam, Lincoln, and the End of Slavery

    Justin Martin

    September 17, 1862, was America's bloodiest day. When it ended, 3,654 soldiers lay dead on the land surrounding Antietam Creek in Western Maryland. The battle fought there was as deadly as the stakes were high. For the first time, the Rebels had taken the war into Union territory. A Southern victory would have ended the war and split the nation in two. Instead, the North managed to drive the Confederate army back into Virginia. Emboldened by victory, albeit by the thinnest of margins, Lincoln i……more

  • Details about The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Deborah Blum

    A New York Times Notable Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times -bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. "Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and bor……more

  • Details about The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

    The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

    Colin G. Calloway

    A biography of America's founding father and those on whose land he based the nation's future. George Washington dominates the narrative of the nation's birth, yet American history has largely forgotten what he knew: that the country's fate depended less on grand rhetorical statements of independence and self-governance than on land - Indian land. While other histories have overlooked thecentral importance of Indian power during the country's formative years, Colin G. Calloway here gives Native ……more

  • Details about Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America's Origin

    Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America's Origin

    Joseph Kelly

    For readers of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower , a groundbreaking history that makes the case for replacing Plymouth Rock with Jamestown as America's founding myth. We all know the great American origin story. It begins with an exodus. Fleeing religious persecution, the hardworking, pious Pilgrims thrived in the wilds of New England, where they built their fabled city on a hill. Legend goes that the colony in Jamestown was a false start, offering a cautionary tale. Lazy louts hunted gold till t……more

  • Details about Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation

    Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation

    Jeffry D. Wert

    Before the robber barons there were Civil War barons--a remarkable yet largely unknown group of men whose contributions won the war and shaped America's future. The Civil War woke a sleeping giant in America, creating unprecedented industrial growth that not only supported the struggle but reshaped the nation. Energized by the country's dormant potential and wealth of natural resources, individuals of vision, organizational talent, and capital took advantage of the opportunity that war provide……more

  • Details about Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

    Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

    Shomari Wills (Contribution by)

    One of Ebony Magazine's True Read picks of 2018 "By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history."--Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Hidden Figures The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires--former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the ……more

  • Details about The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

    David Treuer

    Beginning with the tribes' devastating loss of land and the forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools, he shows how the period of greatest adversity also helped to incubate a unifying Native identity. He traces how conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of their self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is an esse……more

  • Details about Who's Who in American History: Leaders, Visionaries, and Icons Who Shaped Our Nation

    Who's Who in American History: Leaders, Visionaries, and Icons Who Shaped Our Nation

    K. M. Kostyal; John M. Thompson; William R. Gray

    This beautiful family reference from National Geographic tells the story of America through its presidents, revolutionaries, visionaries, inventors, entertainers-and even its most notorious villains. Far more than an encyclopedia, this treasury tells the rich stories of the people who made America's history-and adds context with lush photographs, illustrations, timelines, artifacts, and more. Beginning with pre-colonial America and continuing through today, this beautifully illustrated book det……more

  • Details about Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

    Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

    H. W. Brands

    From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of our democracy In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spo……more

  • Details about Basketball: A Love Story

    Basketball: A Love Story

    Dan Klores; Jackie MacMullan; Rafe Bartholomew

    Inspired by a major ESPN film series, this is an extraordinary oral history of basketball--its eye-opening untold history, its profound deeper meaning, its transformative influence on the world--as told through an unprecedented series of candid conversations with the game's ultimate icons. This is the greatest love story never told. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives and changes nations. This is the true story of basketba……more