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On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-t... read more

The Wright Brothers
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"The time has come now," Abraham Lincoln told his cabinet as he presented the preliminary draft of a "Proclamation of Emancipation." Lincoln's effort to end slavery has been controver... read more

Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union
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An entertaining, anecdotal look at the origins of language and ideas in the USA. Bryson explains why two bicycle repairmen from Ohio succeeded in mastering manned flight, why the assassination of President Garfield led to the invention of air conditioning, and many other improbable but true facts.

Made in America
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In this monumental multiple biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men. She shows how he saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fier... read more

Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water -- the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense ... read more

Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
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'If the 1960s were a wild weekend and the 1980s a hectic day at the office, the 1970s were a long Sunday evening in winter, with cold leftovers for supper and a power cut expected at any moment.' A jaw-droppin... read more

Strange Days Indeed: The Golden age of paranoia
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Bread, cash, dosh, dough, and loot. Call it what you like, it matters now more than ever. In "The Ascent of Money", Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of all human progress and the lifebloo... read more

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
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Since its publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby has become one of the world's best-loved books. Careless People tells the true story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, exploring in newl... read more

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby
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In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural... read more

The Story of America: Essays on Origins
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In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator name... read more

One Summer: America 1927
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From bestselling author Simon Winchester, the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation. For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum - o... read more

Men Who United the States: The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America
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Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick examine the dark side of American history from the beginning of the twentieth century right up to the Obama administration. Looking at American inte... read more

Concise Untold History of the United States
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A powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America's broken system of justice - from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. The US ha... read more

Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption
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One FBI Agent. One Boston Gangster. One Deal. The greatest and bloodiest story of corruption ever told. James 'Whitey' Bulger and John Connolly grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades l... read more

Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal
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From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and persona... read more

Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
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Author: Gore Vidal
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 Fiction

Series:Narratives of Empire

In the hazardous fictional terrain of his historical novels, Gore Vidal is never especially kind to American history in general, or to its icons in particular. Yet in this brilliantly realised study of Abraham Lincoln, he paints a surprising a... read more

Lincoln
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America is a grotesquely polarized society and becoming more so all the time. In this razor-sharp, funny and terrifying collection of pieces, Barbara Ehrenreich shows how the widening gap between rich and poor over the past eight year... read more

Going to Extremes
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This is the runaway number one bestseller. This is the book that set Washington ablaze. This is the new non-fiction classic. Forget everything you think you know about the making of the most powerful man on the... read more

Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House
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Describes a murder trial in the insular Bukharan-Jewish community of Forest Hills, Queens, that captured national attention.

Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial
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Is America the new world empire? Presidents from Lincoln to Bush may have denied it but, as Niall Ferguson's brilliant and provocative book shows, the US is the greatest military and economic colossus of all t... read more

Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
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