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Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire
by Alex Abella

Soldiers of Reason is a chronicle of the rise of the secretive think tank that has been the driving force behind American government for sixty years.



Peace: 50 Years of Protest Peace: 50 Years of Protest
by Barry Miles

Everyone recognizes it. Wherever it's seen -- from lapel pins to bumper stickers to banners -- this familiar circle with its upside-down V makes an immediate anti-war, pro-harmony statement. Peace: 50 Years of Protest highlights the fascinating and eventful history of this well-known symbol.



Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Boom!: Voices of the Sixties
by Tom Brokaw

With The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw defined for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom!, the veteran newsman brings us into the tumultuous decade of the 1960's.



A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation
by David W. Blight

Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the one hundred or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More.



The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson

In An Army at Dawn -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize -- Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.



The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
by Michael A. Stusser

Ever wanted to ask Napoléon about his complex for Van Gogh about the whole ear episode? How about asking Thomas Jefferson about his hypocritical slavery stance or if Frida might consider a brow wax? Here's your chance! In The Dead Guy Interviews.



The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country -- and Why It Can Again The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country -- and Why It Can Again
by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes

In this important book, veteran journalist Michael Oreskes and legal scholar Eric Lane make a passionate plea to restore our "Constitutional Conscience."



Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint
by Bill Yenne

Guinness Stout has a unique place in global beverage folklore. It's a beer with a long and colorful history and mythology that maintains a passionate following among beer connoisseurs the world over. Indeed, two billion pints are poured and enjoyed around the world each year.



Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans
by Jean Pfaelzer

The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the nineteenth century is a shocking -- and virtually unexplored -- chapter of American history.



Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots
by Editors of Reader's Digest

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots is a collection of articles the Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote for Reader's Digest from 1954 to 1991. Haley's stories are timeless, as powerful and relevant today as when they were first written.



Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution
by David A. Clary

In Adopted Son, historian David A. Clary tells the exciting story of possibly the most important friendship in American history. Bringing together the latest research, this dramatic narrative interweaves the private and public lives of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, who did together what neither could have done alone.



Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
by Barbara Ehrenreich

In the highly acclaimed Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, she explores the opposite human inclination, one that is equally universal and deep-rooted, yet has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a convenient phrase for it: the desire for collective joy, expressed throughout the ages in ecstatic celebrations of feasting, costuming, and dancing.