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Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

by Acheson, Dean

In these memoirs by the former Secretary of State, Dean Acheson sees himself as having been "present at the creation" of the American century. Acheson's policies were praised by many and damned by others, including Joseph McCarthy.

The Education of Henry Adams

by Adams, Henry

Printed privately in 1907 and published to wide acclaim shortly after the author's death in 1918, The Education of Henry Adams is a brilliant, idiosyncratic blend of autobiography and history that charts the great transformation in American life during the so-called Gilded Age.

The People's Choice, from Washington to Harding: A Study in Democracy

by Agar, Herbert

A candid inquiry into the policies & personalities of America's presidents, sweeping away popular misconceptions. A U. S. history as seen from the White House.

A Death in the Family

by Agee, James

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is about Jay Follett, a loving husband and father, and his wife, whose hopes are dashed in a tragic accident.

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.

Gulag

by Applebaum, Anne

The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism.

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.

Versed

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.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

by Ashbery, John

A collection of poetry by John Ashbery.

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (Liberation Trilogy #1)

by Atkinson, Rick

In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943.

Growing Up

by Baker, Russell

Russell Baker is the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winner for Distinguished Commentary and a columnist for The New York Times. This book traces his youth in the mountains of rural Virginia.

Years of Grace

by Barnes, Margaret Ayer

There can't be understanding between two generations. Love and sympathy, but never understanding. We must take our children's ideas on faith. We can never make them our own

Samuel Johnson

by Bate, Walter Jackson

The first great modern biography of Johnson, it confirms that his statements and judgments on literature, politics, religion, behavior - on all human experience - are as relevant in our age as when they were first uttered.

The Denial of Death

by Becker, Ernest

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence.

Humboldt's Gift

by Bellow, Saul

Humboldt's Gift is the story about Charlie Citrine who posthumously receives a gift from the poet Von Humboldt Fleischer that changes the way he views himself and the world.

Western Star

by Benét, Stephen Vincent

A narrative poem about the western migration of the pioneers, first as they came to America, and then as they spread out through America toward the West.

Lindbergh

by Berg, A. Scott

A scholarly biography of Charles A. Lindbergh

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.

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

by Bix, Herbert P.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world.

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.

The Americanization of Edward Bok

by Bok, Edward

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years (1954-63)

by Branch, Taylor

The first volume of a three book series on the civil rights movement during the 1950's and 60's.

Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady

by Bromfield, Louis

Olivia exists in a loveless marriage to Anson, the authority on his aristocratic family's history. A well-kept secret discovered by his addled mother and Olivia could uproot the Pentland family tree.

March

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.

Launching of Modern American Science, 1846-1876

by Bruce, Robert V.

To American science, 1846 brought the Smithsonian Institution, the Yale Scientific School, and the arrival of Louis Agassiz; and 1876 brought the American Chemical Society and Johns Hopkins University.

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