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Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy
Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy
By Philbrick, Nathaniel
2021-09 - Viking
9780525562177 Check Our Catalog

 

Does George Washington still matter? Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick argues for Washington's unique contribution to the forging of America by retracing his journey as a new president through all thirteen former colonies, which were now an unsure nation. Travels with George marks a new first-person voice for Philbrick, weaving history and personal reflection into a single …More
 

The American Experiment: Creating a Nation
The American Experiment: Creating a Nation
By Rubenstein, David M.
2021-09 - Simon & Schuster
9781982165734 Check Our Catalog

 

The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV's The David Rubenstein Show--American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and many more. …More
 

Once More to the Sky: The Rebuilding of the World Trade Center
Once More to the Sky: The Rebuilding of the World Trade Center
By Raab, Scott
Author Woolhead, Joe
2021-08 - Simon & Schuster
9781982176143 Check Our Catalog

 

The powerful story of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, featuring dozens of never-before-seen color photos by the official site photographer.

In late 2014, One World Trade Center--or the Freedom Tower--opened for business. It took nearly ten years, cost roughly four billion dollars, and required the sweat, strength, and stamina of hundreds of construction workers, digging deep …More
 

The Quiet Zone
The Quiet Zone
By Kurczy, Stephen
2021-08 - Dey Street Books
9780062945495 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Captivating. --Kirkus Fascinating, deeply reported, and slightly eerie. --BookPage (Starred Review) The Quiet Zone will live on in your memory. --Bill McKibben

A stunning portrait of an Appalachian community, the people who call it home, and the enduring human quest for quiet

Deep in the Appalachian Mountains lies the …More
 

Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency
Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency
By Wolff, Michael
2021-07 - Henry Holt & Company
9781250830012 Check Our Catalog

 

 

An instant New York Times bestseller.

Critics agree: Michael Wolff's Landslide is THE book on Trump.

"Landslide . . . is the one to leap upon. Smart, vivid and intrepid . . ." --The New York Times

"I inhaled Landslide, gobbled it up." --Slate

"Wow. Just wow . . ." --Evening Standard …More
 

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year
I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year
By Leonnig, Carol
Author Rucker, Philip
2021-07 - Penguin Press
9780593298947 Check Our Catalog

 

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

The definitive behind-the-scenes story of Trump's final year in office, by Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, the Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters and authors of A Very Stable Genius.

"Chilling." - Anderson Cooper

"Jaw-dropping." - John Berman

"Shocking." - John Heilemann

"Explosive." - Hallie …More
 

How I Saved the World
How I Saved the World
By Watters, Jesse
2021-07 - Broadside Books
9780063049086 Check Our Catalog

 

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

At one of the most chaotic periods in American history, in a time of national distrust and despair, one tanned TV host holds the key to the future.

In How I Saved the World, Jesse Watters takes readers on a tour of his life from basement-dwelling Fox minion to pampered champion of right-thinking Americans. He …More
 

Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice
Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice
By Todrys, Katherine Wiltenburg
2021-06 - Bison Books
9781496222664 Check Our Catalog

 

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made headlines around the world in 2016. Supporters called the pipeline key to safely transporting American oil from the Bakken oil fields of the northern plains to markets nationwide, essential to both national security and prosperity. Native activists named it the "black snake," referring to an ancient prophecy about a terrible snake that would one …More
 

The Storm Is Upon Us: How Qanon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything
The Storm Is Upon Us: How Qanon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything
By Rothschild, Mike
2021-06 - Melville House Publishing
9781612199290 Check Our Catalog

 

I hope everyone reads this book. It has become such a crucial thing for all of us to understand. --Erin Burnett, CNN

An ideal tour guide for your journey into the depths of the rabbit hole that is QAnon. It even shows you a glimmer of light at the exit. --Cullen Hoback, director of HBO's Q: Into the Storm

…More
 

The United States of America: A True History
The United States of America: A True History
By Sjursen, Danny
2021-06 - Truth to Power
9781586422530 Check Our Catalog

 

"Thought-provoking--a must read for [everyone] seeking a firm grasp of accurate American history. --Kirkus (starred review)

Brilliant, readable, and raw. Maj. (ret.) Danny Sjursen, who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at West Point, delivers a true epic and the perfect companion to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United …More
 

By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution
By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution
By Talbot, Margaret
Author Talbot, Margaret
2021-06 - Harper
9780062820396 Check Our Catalog

 

 

New York Times bestselling author David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot illuminate "America's second revolutionary generation" in this gripping history of one of the most dynamic eras of the twentieth century--brought to life through seven defining radical moments that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today.

The political …More
 

The Appalachian Trail: A Biography
The Appalachian Trail: A Biography
By D'Anieri, Philip
2021-06 - Mariner Books
9780358171997 Check Our Catalog

 

The Appalachian Trail is America's most beloved trek, with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring it to life over the past century.

The conception and building of the Appalachian Trail is a story of unforgettable characters who explored it, defined it, and captured national attention …More
 

Forget the Alamo: The True Story of the Myth That Made Texas
Forget the Alamo: The True Story of the Myth That Made Texas
By Burrough, Bryan
Author Tomlinson, Chris
Author Stanford, Jason
2021-06 - Penguin Press
9781984880093 Check Our Catalog

 

New York Times bestseller!

"Lively and absorbing. . . -- The New York Times Book Review

Engrossing. --Wall Street Journal

"Entertaining and well-researched . . . " --Houston Chronicle

Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the …More
 

Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books
Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books
By McHugh, Jess
2021-06 - Dutton Books
9781524746636 Check Our Catalog

 

"An elegant, meticulously-researched and eminently readable history of the books that define us as Americans. For history buffs and book-lovers alike, McHugh offers us a precious gift."--Jake Halpern, Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Bestselling author

"With her usual eye for detail and knack for smart storytelling, Jess McHugh takes a savvy and sensitive look …More
 

The Outlier: The Life and Presidency of Jimmy Carter
The Outlier: The Life and Presidency of Jimmy Carter
By Bird, Kai
2021-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780451495235 Check Our Catalog

 

"Important . . . [a] landmark presidential biography . . . Bird is able to build a persuasive case that the Carter presidency deserves this new look."--The New York Times Book Review

An essential re-evaluation of the complex triumphs and tragedies of Jimmy Carter's presidential legacy--from the expert biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of American Prometheus
…More

 

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
By Smith, Clint
2021-06 - Little Brown and Company
9780316492935 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller. "The Atlantic writer drafts a history of slavery in this country unlike anything you've read before" (Entertainment Weekly).

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks--those that are honest about the past and those that are not--that offer an …More
 

Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781
Winning Independence: The Decisive Years of the Revolutionary War, 1778-1781
By Ferling, John E.
2021-05 - Bloomsbury Publishing
9781635572766 Check Our Catalog

 

 

From celebrated historian John Ferling, the underexplored history of the second half of the Revolutionary War, when, after years of -fighting, American independence often seemed beyond reach.

It was 1778, and the recent American victory at Saratoga had netted the U.S a powerful ally in France. Many, including General George Washington, presumed France's entrance into the war meant …More
 

Indispensables
Indispensables
By O'Donnell, Patrick K.
2021-05 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802156891 Check Our Catalog

 

 

From the bestselling author of Washington's Immortals and The Unknowns, an important new chronicle of the American Revolution heralding the heroism of the men from Marblehead, Massachusetts

On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced capture or annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George …More
 

Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us about Our Greatest President
Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us about Our Greatest President
By White, Ronald C.
2021-05 - Random House
9781984855091 Check Our Catalog

 

"An intimate character portrait and fascinating inquiry into the basis of Lincoln's energetic, curious mind."--The Wall Street Journal

From the New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored together here …More
 

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
 

Unknown Chicago Tales
Unknown Chicago Tales
By Schmidt, John R.
2021-04 - History Press
9781467147521 Check Our Catalog

 

Chicago's most famous stories tend to crowd out the competition and shout down alternate perspectives. Visit with the man who founded a 150-year-long Chicago political dynasty. Take a peek at some of the lesser-known Chicago film classics. Review Professor Moriarty's Chicago caper and Annie Oakley's cocaine case. Uncover the lengths to which Chicago's long-celebrated Mr. Pioneer Settler went to …More
 

Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West
Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West
By Harden, Blaine
2021-04 - Viking
9780525561668 Check Our Catalog

 

"Terrific." -Timothy Egan, The New York Times

"A riveting investigation of both American myth-making and the real history that lies beneath.-Claudio Saunt, author of Unworthy Republic

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, a "terrifically readable" (Los Angeles …More
 

Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier
By Clavin, Tom
Author Clavin, Tom
2021-04 - St. Martin's Press
9781250247131 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The Instant New York Times Besteller

National Bestseller

[The] authors' finest work to date. --Wall Street Journal

The explosive true saga of the legendary figure Daniel Boone and the bloody struggle for America's frontier by two bestselling authors at the height of their writing power--Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

It is the …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 …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