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

 

 

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, friend, and former aide David Katz

In 2004, David Katz worked alongside then Senate-hopeful Barack Obama as a photographer and personal aide. He spent approximately six days a week …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

 

 

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 Defense

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a revelatory new …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

 

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"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 …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
 

Liar's Circus: A Strange and Terrifying Journey Into the Upside-Down World of Trump's Maga Rallies
Liar's Circus: A Strange and Terrifying Journey Into the Upside-Down World of Trump's Maga Rallies
By Hoffman, Carl
2020-09 - Custom House
9780063009769 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A brilliant, riveting, funny, terrifying journey into the beating heart of Trumpland. --Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls

In this daring work of immersive journalism, based on hundreds of hours of reporting, Carl Hoffman journeys deep inside Donald Trump's rallies, seeking to understand the strange and powerful tribe that forms the …More
 

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains
Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains
By Arsenault, Kerri
2020-09 - St. Martin's Press
9781250155931 Check Our Catalog

 

 

One of O Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020

Newsweek's "Must-Read Fall Nonfiction"

A Publishers Weekly Top 10 books for Politics & Current Events

"Mill Town is a powerful, blistering, devastating book. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and …More
 

I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir
I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir
By Buttigieg, Chasten
2020-09 - Atria Books
9781982138127 Check Our Catalog

 

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America's future.

Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, …More
 

Rage
Rage
By Woodward, Bob
2020-09 - Simon & Schuster
9781982131739 Check Our Catalog

 

Bob Woodward's new book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.

Woodward, the #1 international bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House, has uncovered the precise moment the president was warned that the Covid-19 epidemic would be the biggest …More
 

American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People
American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People
By Sexton, Jared Yates
2020-09 - Dutton Books
9781524745714 Check Our Catalog

 

From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation's founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we've always told ourselves.

In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist …More
 

Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House
Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House
By Sanders, Sarah Huckabee
2020-09 - St. Martin's Press
9781250271334 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The Instant New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller

A candid, riveting account of the Trump White House, on the front lines and behind the scenes.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidante of the President, Sanders advised him on …More
 

Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump
Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump
By Abramson, Seth
2020-09 - St. Martin's Press
9781250272997 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In the third volume of his Proof series, New York Times bestselling author Seth Abramson takes readers on a deep dive into the Ukraine scandal, revealing it to be more sinister, complex, and transnational than previously thought. Abramson's research on Trump administration corruption positions the Ukraine scandal as the foreseeable culmination of years of clandestine machinations …More
 

Don't Lie to Me: And Stop Trying to Steal Our Freedom
Don't Lie to Me: And Stop Trying to Steal Our Freedom
By Pirro, Jeanine
2020-09 - Center Street
9781546059738 Check Our Catalog

 

Judge Jeanine Pirro, author of two New York Times bestsellers, exposes the lies and distortions of the president's enemies.

It's been nearly four years since President Trump took office, and Judge Jeanine Pirro has had enough of the left's countless lies and false accusations. She is now forced to ask: How could anyone vote against President Trump this November? …More
 

Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America
Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America
By O'Reilly, Bill
Author Dugard, Martin
2020-09 - Henry Holt & Company
9781627797047 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The latest installment of the multimillion-selling Killing series is a gripping journey through the American West and the historic clashes between Native Americans and settlers.

The bloody Battle of Tippecanoe was only the beginning. It's 1811 and President James Madison has ordered the destruction of Shawnee warrior chief Tecumseh's alliance of tribes in the Great Lakes …More
 

The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation
The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation
By Cheney, Lynne
2020-09 - Viking
9781101980040 Check Our Catalog

 

A vivid account of leadership focusing on the first four Virginia presidents--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe--from the bestselling historian and author of James Madison.

From a small expanse of land on the North American continent came four of the nation's first five presidents--a geographic dynasty whose members led a revolution, created a …More
 

The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War
The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War
By Nasaw, David
2020-09 - Penguin Press
9781594206733 Check Our Catalog

 

From bestselling author David Nasaw, a sweeping new history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WWII

In May 1945, German forces surrendered to the Allied powers, putting an end to World War II in Europe. But the aftershocks of global military conflict did not cease with the German capitulation. Millions of lost and homeless concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave …More
 

Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
By Toll, Ian W.
2020-09 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393080650 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. No tactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasingly lopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War in the Pacific …More
 

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980
Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980
By Perlstein, Rick
2020-08 - Simon & Schuster
9781476793054 Check Our Catalog

 

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020

From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power.

Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga's …More
 

Beyond Valor
Beyond Valor
By Erwin, Jon
Author Doyle, William
2020-08 - Thomas Nelson
9781400216833 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Beyond Valor is one soldier's extraordinary tale of bravery, heroism, faith, and devotion.

"Amazing...A thrilling and poignant story of patriotism that all Americans can be stirred, moved, and encouraged by." -- Gary Sinise

On April 12, 1945, a fleet of American B-29 bombers flew toward Japan. Their mission was simple: stop World War II by burning the …More
 

Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953
Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953
By Hanley, Charles J.
2020-08 - PublicAffairs
9781541768178 Check Our Catalog

 

A powerful, character-driven narrative of the Korean War from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who helped uncover some of its longest-held and darkest secrets.

The war that broke out in Korea on a Sunday morning seventy years ago has come to be recognized as a critical turning point in modern history -- as the first great clash of arms of the Cold War, the last conflict between …More
 

God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World
God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World
By Mikhail, Alan
2020-08 - Liveright Publishing Corporation
9781631492396 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Best Books of the Year - Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly

Longlisted - Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Editors' Choice - New York Times Book Review

"A stunning work of global history. . . . Alan Mikhail offers a bold and thoroughly convincing new way to think about the origins of the modern world. . . . A tour de …More
 

 

Children of Ash and ELM: A History of the Vikings
Children of Ash and ELM: A History of the Vikings
By Price, Neil
2020-08 - Basic Books
9780465096985 Check Our Catalog

 

The definitive history of the Vikings -- from arts and culture to politics and cosmology -- by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise

The Viking Age -- from 750 to 1050 -- saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian …More
 

Fallout
Fallout
By Blume, Lesley M. M.
2020-08 - Simon & Schuster
9781982128517 Check Our Catalog

 

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020

New York Times bestselling author Lesley M.M. Blume reveals how one courageous American reporter uncovered one of the deadliest cover-ups of the 20th century--the true effects of the atom bomb--potentially saving millions of lives.

Just days after the United States decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, the …More