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$27.95
ISBN: 9780807000403
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Published: Beacon Press - September 16th, 2014

This is what it looks like, a history of North America as invaded by Europeans beginning in 1492. The indictment if the settlers/colonists/”Americans” is pointed and honest. Andrew Jackson and George Armstrong Custer are portrayed as murderous savages betraying and preying on the indigenous people who were just minding their own business and trying to live in peaceful harmony with the earth.

Recommended by John

 

 


$16.00
ISBN: 9780307452900
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

Dr, Marcel Petiot killed dozens of French citizens, from gangsters to fleeing jews, all under the wqatchful eyes of the Nazis during their occupation of Paris. This chilling story recounts the real0life investigation, victims, background, and trial of Petiot.

Recommended by Rebecca

 


By Nancy Sharon Collins, Marjorie B. Cohn (Essay by), Ellen Lupton (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781616890674
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 5th, 2012

The Complete Engraver: Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery
This book is contagiously in love with its subject. Not just a history, there are also sections on its cultural relevance, guides on how to make your own engravings, and gobs of amazing photographs.

Recommended by Waylon

 

 


$14.95
ISBN: 9780982578117
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Published: New Europe Books - August 7th, 2012

Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention That Changed the Way We Write
This is a surprisingly riveting, heartbreaking account of the efforts to create the first ballpoint pen. Invented in Hungary during WWII, it changed how we write while destroying the lives of those who invented it. Highly recommended!

Recommended by Waylon

 

 


$16.99
ISBN: 9780805073669
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Published: Owl Books (NY) - May 2003

Possibly the greatest real-life adventure ever! It’s the riveting story of the naval cruiser USS Indianapolis, torpedoed after delivering the bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. Fans of Jaws may recognize the events described but won’t be prepared for the astonishing details. Terrifying, maddening, and ultimately very moving. A GREAT READ!.

Recommended by Anne

 


$17.00
ISBN: 9780812973815
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Published: Random House Trade - May 11th, 2010

Thoroughly exciting, unexpected events, which range from god-awful (Sept. 11th. attacks) to glorious (a quiet but worthy book becomes a bestseller) are black swans because prior to the event on one could predict its happening. But economists and others who guess about the future continue to boldly do so. Mr Taleb has a wicked wit that he slyly stirs into the disquieting facts about almost everything that is not factual. I predicted this book to be difficult. Instead, it was like an invigorating shower for my complacent brain. Wonderful.

Recommended by Jeeyeon

 


$29.95
ISBN: 9780393087000
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 1994

For fans of the true crime genre, this is it---the Holy Grail. Meticuiously researched and perfecccctly written, this book takes you through every interview, all the details with no holds barred. EXCELLENT read.

Recommended by Rebecca

 


$11.95
ISBN: 9781609945879
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - November 17th, 2011

They endured challenging weather, police repression, and hostile coverage by big media companies. So what drove people all over the country (and the world) to come together to set up camp, sometimes for long periods of time, in protest of political and economic injustice? In a series of short essays and speeches by “occupy” participants and supporters, this little book (84 pages) provides a glimpse into some of the thinking behind the movement.

Recommended by Tim

 


$29.00
ISBN: 9780805091533
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 25th, 2011

Yes, I know John Brown’s body has a mould ring in the grave. Yes, I know the raid on Harper’s Ferry occurred a year and a half before the first shots were fired in the Civil War. Yes, I even know that Robert E. Lee commanded the troops that took John Brown prisoner and that John Wilkes Booth attended his execution. But what I didn’t know could fill a book and this is it: a compelling account of one of the most important moments in U.S. history.

Recommended by Jan

 


$49.99
ISBN: 9781442344181
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Published: Simon & Schuster Audio - May 24th, 2011

McCullough’s 17-hour audio book took me on a journey to Paris. I love American history, but this was something a bit different covering Americans in Paris from 1830 to 1900. It transformed my thinking about what it must have been like to travel or live in France as an American in this volatile period in French history. I learned so much about a broad cross section of artists, doctors, writers, politicians and architects and their profound impact on America from their experiences. I really enjoyed this book.

Recommended by Clark

 


$17.00
ISBN: 9780316004121
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 16th, 2011

This is an insightful account of the people and conditions that lead to the Spanish American War of 1898. Thomas does an amazing job of connecting the five protagonists in his story. Although much of the book centers around Teddy Roosevelt and his eventual ascension to the Presidency, the other four main historical figures are prominently portrayed for their stance on imperialism in the 1890’s. I really enjoyed Evan’s account of this critical time in American history.

Recommended by Clark

 


By Sun Tzu, John Minford (Editor), John Minford (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140439199
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2003

I still remember reading this book cover to cover the day I graduated from high school. I found so many principles generally applicable and helpful in my life. I recommend it highly.


Recommended by Rebecca

 


$18.00
ISBN: 9780143119609
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

Philbrick’s faithfully researched book on The Battle of the Little Bighorn, George Custer and Sitting Bull was a rewarding read for the history buff in me. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend this to those interested in history especially those who don’t know much about the period of the late 1800’s in the American old west. The author’s account is through a very wide lens, but that made it a wonderful account of the battle at what lead to it.

Recommended by Clark

 


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ISBN: 9781416593355
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 24th, 2012

It's difficult to believe that one of this country's true military geniuses was once derided by his own men as "Granny" - partly due to his insistence on discipline and preparation (most Confederate soldiers were volunteers who believed that fighting spirit was enough to ensure a victory). By the time of the Appomattox Court House, however, he was both beloved by his men and admired by friend and foe alike. This book examines his increasingly effective leadership on the field, his interactions with his subordinate commanders and how those successes led to the overconfidence that resulted in his defeat at Gettysburg. (The book concludes with an overview of his generalship through the end of the war). An engrossing assessment of one of America's true military greats.

Recommended by Jan

 


$19.95
ISBN: 9781844672387
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Published: Verso - April 17th, 2008

As a history nerd, I can think of literally NOTHING better than a (pretty darn detailed!) overview of the world’s history, complete with glossary and index! Be still my geeky heart! This is not just a book, but a useful, wonderful tool!

Recommended by Rebecca

 


By Paul Buhle, Sabrina Jones (Illustrator), Harvey Pekar (Afterword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781934389508
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Published: For Beginners - September 9th, 2010

The FDR years were some of the most fascinating and transformative in US history. They were a time of hope and change, but also of widespread racism and devastating economic crisis (not to mention the barbarism of the Second World War). This book provides a brief overview of that time. It’s a great introduction to the life, presidency, and administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a focus on the interaction between the government, popular movements, and socio-economic forces. The narrative is complemented by short illustrated ‘comics’ sections that emphasize key ideas and events. This is a fun, informative, and relevant read!

Recommended by Tim

 


$16.00
ISBN: 9780451232250
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Published: Nal Caliber - September 6th, 2011

This was my father's war. What's in this book is a lot of what he wouldn't talk about. Yet I knew about a lot of it simply because he was there, in the Pacific, when all this was going on. What I wasn't truly aware of was the level of mistakes that were made. The SNAFUs, the Situation Normal All Fouled Up that went on with so many of the island landings. Much of what I learned about the Pacific war was after I myself became a Marine – but it still wasn't the same because I wasn't there. This book takes you there and no matter how hard you try, you may leave a bit of yourself behind with the men who didn't come home. I cannot think of another book that really makes the island war live. Flags of Our Fathers comes close but The Pacificcarries it all the way. There are some things in it you may not like hearing about but they happened and for a reason. As always, war changes those who fight them – good or bad. If you have a love of history and a sense of pride in our fighting men, I recommend this book. It had me riveted from the first page to the last.

Recommended by Lee

 


$18.95
ISBN: 9780307388759
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

Film historian Basinger takes a detailed and wide-ranging look at the fabled Hollywood studio system, focusing on both major stars (Lana Turner, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn) and actors who were huge in their day but are perhaps less well-known now (Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, Wallace Beery). My favorite chapters deal with "malfunctions" -- actors who were given every opportunity to become stars but failed -- and "bonuses" -- actors never expected to make it big but who somehow caught on with the public. Rich, juicy, opinionated, and thoroughly researched, The Star Machine is a bonanza for any film lover.

Recommended by Anne

 


$16.99
ISBN: 9780060936389
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Published: William Morrow & Company - November 2nd, 2004

This is a wonderful account of the 16th century journey around the world led by Magellan. This is really worth reading for those interested in basic world history or specifically the Age of Discovery.

Recommended by Clark