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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

'I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams, ' said Gore Vidal. 'He was remarkably prescient about the coming horrors.

The Education of Henry Adams

by Adams, Henry

A scion of the famous Adams family of American statesmen, historian Henry Adams crafted this well-known autobiographical work, which reflects his constant search for order in a world of chaos.

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 and Earle, Steve

Forty years after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

by Ahamed, Liaquat

With penetrating insights for today, 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 Akhtar, Ayad

"Sparkling and combustible" (Bloomberg Businessweek), "DISGRACED rubs all kinds of unexpected raw spots with intelligence and humor" (Newsday).


by Albee, Edward

Dealing with an almost surreal Howard Hughes-like figure, a bearded recluse who is the richest man in the world, this often comic and brilliantly revealing allegory continues the playwright's preoccupation with the mythic aspects of American life.

A Delicate Balance

by Albee, Edward

One of Edward Albee's most celebrated works, A Delicate Balance premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, the first of three he has received for his work.

Gulag: A History

by Applebaum, Anne

The Gulag--the vast array of Soviet concentration camps--was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.

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.


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.

Voyagers to the West

by Bailyn, Bernard

The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in History is reinterpreted by the foremost colonial historian of American history, using the perspective of migration as an organizing principle. 32 photos, 19 maps.

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

by Bailyn, Bernard

In this book, Bailyn discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution.

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.

Ozone Journal

by Balakian, Peter

The title poem of Peter Balakian's Ozone Journal is a sequence of fifty-four short sections, each a poem in itself, recounting the speaker's memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists in 2009.

Years of Grace

by Barnes, Margaret Ayer

Years of Grace is the story of forty years and the changes wrought in two generations. Set in Chicago, the novel focuses on Jane Ward, daughter of a socially prominent family, who grows up in the repressed, pseudo-genteel society of the 1880s and 1890s. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1931.

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.

Angle of Repose

by Stegner, Wallace and Benson, Jackson J.

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier.

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.


by Berg, A. Scott

A scholarly biography of Charles A. Lindbergh

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