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Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
By Belton, Catherine
2020-06 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374238711 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A Sunday Times bestseller

This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades. --Peter Frankopan, Financial Times

A staggering achievement of reporting. --Joshua Huminski, Diplomatic …More
 

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays
Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays
By Petri, Alexandra
2020-06 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324006459 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview.

In essays both new and adapted from her viral Washington Post columns, Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent …More
 

Surviving Autocracy
Surviving Autocracy
By Gessen, Masha
2020-06 - Riverhead Books
9780593188934 Check Our Catalog

 

"When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen." --The New York Times

"The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book." --The Washington Post

As seen on MSNBC Morning Joe and heard on NPR All Things Considered: the bestselling, National Book Award-winning journalist offers an essential …More
 

Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris
By Magida, Arthur J.
2020-06 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393635188 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Raised in a lush suburb of 1920s Paris, Noor Inayat Khan was an introspective musician and writer, dedicated to her family and to her father's spiritual values of harmony, beauty, and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazi violence and the German occupation of France, Noor joined the British Special Operations Executive and trained in …More
 

A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium
A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium
By Peck, Garrett
2020-06 - Pegasus Books
9781643134444 Check Our Catalog

 

An eye-opening history evoking the disruptive first decade of the twenty-first century in America.

Dubya. The 9/11 terrorist attacks. Enron and WorldCom. The Iraq War. Hurricane Katrina. The disruptive nature of the internet. An anxious aging population redefining retirement. The gay community demanding full civil rights. A society becoming ever more "brown." The housing bubble and the Great …More
 

Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
By Boin, Douglas
2020-06 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393635690 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Stigmatized and relegated to the margins of Roman society, the Goths were violent "barbarians" who destroyed "civilization," at least in the conventional story of Rome's collapse. But a slight shift of perspective brings their history, and ours, shockingly alive.

Alaric grew up near the river border that separated Gothic territory from Roman. He survived a border policy that separated …More
 

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China
The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China
By Kaufman, Jonathan
2020-06 - Viking
9780735224414 Check Our Catalog

 

An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Shanghai, 1936. The Cathay Hotel, located on the city's famous waterfront, is one of the most glamorous in the world. Built by Victor Sassoon--billionaire playboy and scion of the Sassoon …More
 

They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans
They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans
By Galloway, Joseph L.
Author Wolf, Marvin J.
2020-05 - Thomas Nelson
9781400208807 Check Our Catalog

 

 

They Were Soldiers showcases the inspiring true stories of 49 Vietnam veterans who returned home from the "lost war" to enrich America's present and future.

In this groundbreaking new book, Joseph L. Galloway, distinguished war correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, and …More
 

How Did We Get Here?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump
How Did We Get Here?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump
By Dallek, Robert
2020-05 - Harper
9780062872999 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The award-winning, New York Times bestselling historian considers the vast array of triumphs and failures of America's modern presidents that paved a path to Donald Trump, offering an understanding of our current moment and hope for a way back to true leadership.

The struggle to preserve the Republic has never been easy or without perils. The rise of …More
 

Oldest Chicago, 2nd Edition
Oldest Chicago, 2nd Edition
By Witter, David
2020-05 - Reedy Press
9781681062563 Check Our Catalog

 

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The Noble Train: The Story of a Boston Bookseller's Heroic Expedition That Saved the American Revolution
The Noble Train: The Story of a Boston Bookseller's Heroic Expedition That Saved the American Revolution
By Hazelgrove, William
2020-05 - Prometheus Books
9781633886148 Check Our Catalog

 

The inspiring story of a little-known hero's pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War During the brutal winter of 1775-1776, an untested Boston bookseller named Henry Knox commandeered an oxen train hauling sixty tons of cannons and other artillery from Fort Ticonderoga near the Canadian border. He and his men journeyed some three hundred miles south and east over frozen, often-treacherous …More
 

Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt
Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt
By Johnson, Steven
2020-05 - Riverhead Books
9780735211605 Check Our Catalog

 

"Thoroughly engrossing. . . .a spirited, suspenseful, economically told tale whose significance is manifest and whose pace never flags." --Wall Street Journal

The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world

Henry Every was the seventeenth century's most …More
 

The Hour of Fate: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle for America's Future
The Hour of Fate: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle for America's Future
By Berfield, Susan
2020-05 - Bloomsbury Publishing
9781635572490 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A riveting narrative of Wall Street buccaneering, political intrigue, and two of American history's most colossal characters, struggling for mastery in an era of social upheaval and rampant inequality.

It seemed like no force in the world could slow J. P. Morgan's drive to power. In the summer of 1901, the financier was assembling his next mega-deal: Northern Securities, an …More
 

Paris, City of Dreams: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Creation of Paris
Paris, City of Dreams: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Creation of Paris
By McAuliffe, Mary
2020-05 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781538121283 Check Our Catalog

 

Acclaimed historian Mary McAuliffe vividly recaptures the Paris of Napoleon III, Claude Monet, and Victor Hugo as Georges Haussmann tore down and rebuilt Paris into the beautiful City of Light we know today. Paris, City of Dreams traces the transformation of the City of Light during Napoleon III's Second Empire into the beloved city of today. Together, Napoleon III and his right-hand man, Georges …More
 

The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's Sixteenth President--And Why It Failed
The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's Sixteenth President--And Why It Failed
By Meltzer, Brad
Author Mensch, Josh
2020-05 - Flatiron Books
9781250317476 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, the bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on the sixteenth president in The Lincoln Conspiracy.

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, but few are aware …More
 

140 Days to Hiroshima: Inside Japan's Reign of Ruin and the Countdown to Armageddon
140 Days to Hiroshima: Inside Japan's Reign of Ruin and the Countdown to Armageddon
By Dean Barrett, David
2020-04 - Diversion Books
9781635765816 Check Our Catalog

 

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki comes this heart-pounding account of the war-room drama inside the cabinets of the United States and Japan that led to Armageddon on August 6, 1945.

Here are the secret strategy sessions, fierce debates, looming assassinations, and planned invasions that resulted in history's first use of nuclear weapons in combat, …More
 

Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades
Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades
By Bailyn, Bernard
2020-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324005834 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Over a remarkable career Bernard Bailyn has reshaped our understanding of the early American past. Inscribing his superb scholarship with passion and imagination honed by a commitment to rigor, Bailyn captures the particularity of the past and its broad significance in precise, elegant prose. His transformative work has ranged from a new reckoning with the ideology that powered the opposition …More
 

No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Espionage, Vengeance, and the Untold Story of the Destruction of Isis
No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Espionage, Vengeance, and the Untold Story of the Destruction of Isis
By Katz, Samuel M.
2020-04 - Hanover Square Press
9781335013835 Check Our Catalog

 

The inside story of the covert operation that took down the heads of ISIS

No Shadows in the Desert reveals the untold story of the behind-the-scenes fight against ISIS--one coordinated by heads of state and ultimately fought in the alleyways and open deserts of the Middle Eastern battlefield by spies and soldiers. Samuel M. Katz draws upon his sources within the …More
 

The Women with Silver Wings: The Untold Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
The Women with Silver Wings: The Untold Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
By Landdeck, Katherine Sharp
2020-04 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781524762810 Check Our Catalog

 

"With the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, women pilots went aloft to serve their nation. . . . A soaring tale in which, at long last, these daring World War II pilots gain the credit they deserve."--Liza Mundy, New York Times bestselling author of Code Girls

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Cornelia Fort was already in the air. At …More
 

The Year 1000: When Globalization Began
The Year 1000: When Globalization Began
By Hansen, Valerie
2020-04 - Scribner Book Company
9781501194108 Check Our Catalog

 

From celebrated Yale professor Valerie Hansen, a groundbreaking work of history showing that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world's great societies for the first time at the end of the first millennium.

People often believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were, with just a few exceptions, lacking in any major cultural developments or …More
 

Tombstone: Doc Holliday, the Earp Brothers, the Showdown, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
Tombstone: Doc Holliday, the Earp Brothers, the Showdown, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
By Clavin, Tom
2020-04 - St. Martin's Press
9781250214584 Check Our Catalog

 

 

THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Tombstone is written in a distinctly American voice. --T.J. Stiles, The New York Times

"With a former newsman's nose for the truth, Clavin has sifted the facts, myths, and lies to produce what might be as accurate an account as we will ever get of the old West's most famous feud." …More
 

Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington
Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington
By Widmer, Ted
2020-04 - Simon & Schuster
9781476739434 Check Our Catalog

 

"Widmer brings off his panoramic, almost mystical interpretation with riveting panache. His book is not only a historical achievement but a literary one." --The Wall Street Journal

"A Lincoln classic...superb....So much has been written about Abraham Lincoln that it's rare when a historian discovers an episode in his life that, if fully developed and interpreted, yields …More
 

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
By Kendzior, Sarah
2020-04 - Flatiron Books
9781250210715 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Instant New York Times Bestseller

Washington Post Bestseller

USA Today Bestseller

Indie Bound Bestseller

Authors Round the South Bestseller

Midwest Indie Bestseller

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior documents the truth about the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump since the 1980s and …More
 

In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State"
In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State"
By Rohde, David
2020-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324003540 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Three-quarters of Americans believe that a group of unelected government and military officials secretly manipulate or direct national policy in the United States. President Trump blames the "deep state" for his impeachment. But what is the American "deep state" and does it really exist?

To conservatives, the "deep state" is an ever-growing government bureaucracy, an "administrative …More
 

In the Waves: My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine
In the Waves: My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine
By Lance, Rachel
2020-04 - Dutton Books
9781524744151 Check Our Catalog

 

"One part science book, one part historical narrative, one part memoir...harrowing, and inspiring."--Wall Street Journal

How a determined scientist cracked the case of the first successful--and disastrous--submarine attack

On the night of February 17, 1864, the tiny Confederate submarine HL Hunley made its way …More
 

Tower of Skulls: From the Marco Polo Bridge Incident to the Fall of Corregidor, July 1937-May 1942
Tower of Skulls: From the Marco Polo Bridge Incident to the Fall of Corregidor, July 1937-May 1942
By Frank, Richard
2020-03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324002109 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In 1937, the swath of the globe east from India to the Pacific Ocean enclosed half the world's population, all save a fraction enduring under some form of colonialism. Japan's onslaught into China that year unleashed a tidal wave of events that fundamentally transformed this region and killed about twenty-five million people. From just two nation states with real sovereignty, Thailand and …More
 

Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II
Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II
By Wheelan, Joseph
2020-03 - Hachette Books
9780306903229 Check Our Catalog

 

A stirring narrative of World War II's final major battle--the Pacific war's largest, bloodiest, most savagely fought campaign--the last of its kind.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, more than 184,000 US troops began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific war. Just 350 miles from mainland Japan, Okinawa was to serve as a forward base for Japan's …More
 

Ride the Devil's Herd: Wyatt Earp's Epic Battle Against the West's Biggest Outlaw Gang
Ride the Devil's Herd: Wyatt Earp's Epic Battle Against the West's Biggest Outlaw Gang
By Boessenecker, John
2020-03 - Hanover Square Press
9781335015853 Check Our Catalog

 

The little-known story of how a young Wyatt Earp, aided by his brothers, defeated the Cowboys, the Old West's biggest outlaw gang.

Wyatt Earp is regarded as the most famous lawman of the Old West, best known for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. But the story of his two-year war with a band of outlaws known as the Cowboys has never been told in …More