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King Richard: An American Tragedy
King Richard: An American Tragedy
By Dobbs, Michael
2021-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780385350099 Check Our Catalog

 

Rich and kaleidoscopic... Dobbs has carved out something intimate and extraordinary, skillfully chiseling out the details to bring the story to lurid life.

--Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

From the best-selling author of One Minute to Midnight: a riveting account of the crucial days, hours, and moments when the Watergate …More
 

Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty
Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty
By Kelly, Jack
2021-04 - St. Martin's Press
9781250247117 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The wild and suspenseful story of one of the most crucial and least known campaigns of the Revolutionary War when America's scrappy navy took on the full might of Britain's sea power.

Vividly written... In novelistic prose, Kelly conveys the starkness of close-quarter naval warfare, where retreat was impossible... Ironically without the tarnished hero of Valcour, the US might not …More
 

Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders
Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders
By Rasmussen, Dennis C.
2021-03 - Princeton University Press
9780691210230 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The surprising story of how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson came to despair for the future of the nation they had created

Americans seldom deify their Founding Fathers any longer, but they do still tend to venerate the Constitution and the republican government that the founders created. Strikingly, the founders themselves were far less …More
 

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
By Kendi, Ibram X.
Editor Blain, Keisha N.
2021-02 - One World
9780593134047 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present--edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.

"A vital addition to the] curriculum on race in America . . . a gateway to …More
 

American Kompromat: How the KGB Pursued Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery
American Kompromat: How the KGB Pursued Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery
By Unger, Craig
2021-01 - Dutton Books
9780593182536 Check Our Catalog

 

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

Kompromat n.--Russian for compromising information

This is a story about the dirty secrets of the most powerful people in the world--including Donald Trump.

It is based on exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources--intelligence officers in …More
 

Black Firsts: 4,500 Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events
Black Firsts: 4,500 Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events
By Smith, Jessie Carney
2021-01 - Visible Ink Press
9781578596881 Check Our Catalog

 

Significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in Black history are chronicled in this study. It lists more than 3,000 firsts spanning over 20 centuries, in every area of human endeavor. …More
 

The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
By Oakes, James
2021-01 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324005858 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The long and turning path to the abolition of American slavery has often been attributed to the equivocations and inconsistencies of antislavery leaders, including Lincoln himself. But James Oakes's brilliant history of Lincoln's antislavery strategies reveals a striking consistency and commitment extending over many years. The linchpin of antislavery for Lincoln was the Constitution of the …More
 

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
By Seidule, Ty
2021-01 - St. Martin's Press
9781250239266 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency. --Ron Chernow

In a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule's Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy--and explores why some of this country's oldest wounds have …More