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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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In his autobiography Interesting Times: A Twentieth Century Life, published in 2002 when he was eighty-five years old, the historian Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of the... read more

Viva La Revolucion: Hobsbawm on Latin America
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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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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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Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in A... read more

Made in America
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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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The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite. She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were shelt... read more

Negroland: A Memoir
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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 c... read more

Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
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'Strange Days Indeed' tells the story of how the paranoia exemplified by Nixon and Wilson became the defining characteristic of Western politics and culture in the 1970s.

Strange Days Indeed: The Golden age of paranoia
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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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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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The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial... read more

Devil in the White City
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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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Hampton Sides's extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life. It is a tale with many heroes and villains, but at the centre of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson - the legen... read more

Blood and Thunder
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THE WHITE HOUSE: THE PRESIDENT'S HOME IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HISTORY covers every aspect of White House Life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and p... read more

The White House : The President's Home in Photographs and History
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Universally received as an important work by the best military analyst writing today, the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars who--against fierce resistance from within t... read more

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
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A groundbreaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that... read more

Command and Control
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Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, that elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bulle... read more

Nophoto
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Built from the hull of the British HMS Resolute, as a gift from Queen Victoria, The President's desk - aka the Resolute Desk - has occupied the Oval Office of the White House for some time now. Since 18... read more

The President's Desk: An Alt-History of the United States
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