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The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

by Hoffman, David

This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by Stiles, T. J.

A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

by Ahamed, Liaquat

This vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.


by Armantrout, Rae

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing.


Olive Kitteridge

by Strout, Elizabeth

A collection of 13 interwoven stories of life in a small Maine town. Olive Kitteridge is a schoolteacher, whose life is perceived and intertwined with the characters in each story. 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

by Blackmon, Douglas A.

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history--an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

by Meacham, Jon

Biography of President Andrew Jackson. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Gordon-Reed, Annette

Not only a biography of Sally Hemings, who bore 7 children by Thomas Jefferson, this book details the extraordinary lives of her ancestors and descendants also. Winner of the National Book award, and the Pulitzer Prize for History.

The Shadow of Sirius

by Merwin, W. S.

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, temporality, and eternity interweave throughout Merwin's newest collection of poems.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Diaz, Junot

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

by Friedlander, Saul

Saul Friedlander, the author, discusses and describes the Holocaust and World War II focusing his attention on the Jews.

Eden's Outcasts: The Story Of Louisa May Alcott And Her Father

by Matteson, John

Louisa May Alcott's name is known universally. Yet during her youth the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson -- an eminent teacher, lecturer and admired friend of Emerson and Thoreau.

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

by Howe, Daniel Walker

Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent.

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005

by Hass, Robert

The poems in Hass's new collection--his first to appear in a decade--are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.


The Road

by Mccarthy, Cormac

Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007, this is the story of a father and son walking alone through burned America, heading through the ravaged landscape to the coast.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

by Wright, Lawrence

A sweeping history of the events leading to 9/11, by interweaving the stories of 4 men, which broadens and deepens our understanding of the tragedy.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

by Applegate, Debby

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings--especially his sister, Harriet Beecher.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

by Roberts, Gene and Klibanoff, Hank

This is the story of how the nation's press corps, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the twentieth century.

Native Guard

by Trethewey, Natasha

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Natasha Trethewey's elegiac Native Guard is a deeply personal volume that brings together two legacies of the Deep South.



by Brooks, Geraldine

Geraldine Brooks' novel centers on Mr. March, the absent father of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. From vibrant New England to the sensuous antebellum South, March adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's novel.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

by Elkins, Caroline

As part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II.But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British colonial government detained nearly the entire population of Kenya's largest ethnic minority, the Kikuyusome - one and a half million people.

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Bird, Kai and Sherwin, Martin J.

A balanced story of his service to the Country.

Polio: An American Story

by Oshinsky, David M.

This is a history of the science and the cultural impact of polio on the American society.



by Robinson, Marilynne

John Ames is a preacher who has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter about his life to his almost seven-year-old son.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

by Coll, Steve

The explosive firsthand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. To what extent did America's best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail?

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