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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 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

 

 

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 never healed.

Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. …More
 

Barack Before Obama
Barack Before Obama
By Katz, David
Foreword by Obama, Barack
2020-12 - Ecco Press
9780063028746 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A People Pick of the Week

One of USA Today's 5 Books Not to Miss

One of Forbes' 5 Books to Read in December

A personal, intimate photographic celebration of President Barack Obama, featuring over 200 rare and never-before seen images from the years prior to his presidency, from photographer, …More
 

The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America
The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America
By Groom, Winston
2020-11 - National Geographic Society
9781426221491 Check Our Catalog

 

When the Revolutionary War ended in victory, there remained a stupendous problem: establishing a workable democratic government in the vast, newly independent country. Three key founding fathers played significant roles: John Adams, the brilliant, dour New Englander; Thomas Jefferson, the aristocratic Southern renaissance man; and Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean island of …More
 

First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country
First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country
By Ricks, Thomas E.
2020-11 - Harper
9780062997456 Check Our Catalog

 

 

New York Times Bestseller

Editors' Choice --New York Times Book Review

Ricks knocks it out of the park with this jewel of a book. On every page I learned something new. Read it every night if you want to restore your faith in our country. --James Mattis, General, U.S. Marines (ret.) & 26th Secretary of …More
 

Chicago's Great Fire
Chicago's Great Fire
By Smith, Carl
2020-10 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802148100 Check Our Catalog

 

 

From an acclaimed historian, the full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it

Between October 8-10, 1871, much of the city of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary urban fires in history. Incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago had grown at a breathtaking pace in barely …More
 

 

Treason: The Case Against Donald J. Trump
Treason: The Case Against Donald J. Trump
By Rothkopf, David
2020-10 - Thomas Dunne Books
9781250228833 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Rothkopf does a brilliant job defining precisely how Trump has been aiding and abetting the enemy... compelling. --Financial Times

Political historian and commentator David Rothkopf shows how Trump will be judged by history (Spoiler alert: not well) in Traitor.

Donald Trump is unfit in almost every respect for the high office he …More
 

High Crimes: The Inside Story of the Trump Impeachment
High Crimes: The Inside Story of the Trump Impeachment
By D'Antonio, Michael
Author Eisner, Peter
2020-10 - Thomas Dunne Books
9781250766670 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Two award-winning journalists offer the most comprehensive inside story behind our most significant modern political drama: the House impeachment of Donald Trump.

Having spent a year essentially embedded inside several House committees, Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner draw on many sources, including key House leaders, to expose the politicking, playcalling, and strategies debated …More
 

The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War
The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War
By Wells, Jonathan Daniel
2020-10 - Bold Type Books
9781568587523 Check Our Catalog

 

In a rapidly changing New York, two forces battled for the city's soul: the pro-slavery New Yorkers who kept the illegal slave trade alive and well, and the abolitionists fighting for freedom.

We often think of slavery as a southern phenomenon, far removed from the booming cities of the North. But even though slavery had been outlawed in Gotham by the 1830s, …More
 

The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom
By Brands, H. W.
2020-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385544009 Check Our Catalog

 

Gifted storyteller and bestselling historian H. W. Brands narrates the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln--two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation's gravest sin.

John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When …More
 

Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady
Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady
By Wolkoff, Stephanie Winston
2020-09 - Gallery Books
9781982151249 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

What Melania wants, Melania gets.

The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump's then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over …More
 

Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House
Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House
By Herman, Eleanor
2020-09 - William Morrow & Company
9780062970565 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In this fascinating work of popular history, the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings and The Royal Art of Poison uncovers the bedroom secrets of American presidents and explores the surprising ways voters have reacted to their leaders' sex scandals.

While Americans have a reputation for being strait-laced, many of the …More
 

Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads
Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads
By Sharpton, Al
Foreword by Dyson, Michael Eric
2020-09 - Hanover Square Press
9781335966629 Check Our Catalog

 

NOW A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"This man is a gift from God to the world. This book is a gift from Al Sharpton to us. Let's appreciate them both."--Michael Eric Dyson

Beginning with a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson and closing with Rev. Al Sharpton's moving eulogy for George Floyd, Rise Up is a rousing call to action for our nation, drawing on …More
 

Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream
By Smith, Mychal Denzel
2020-09 - Bold Type Books
9781568588735 Check Our Catalog

 

Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

The events of the past decade have forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, the promise that hard work …More