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John Reading
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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544944831
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Published: Mariner Books - March 7th, 2017

"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a master storyteller." —Boston Globe

“Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail . . .


Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780809080199
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Published: Hill and Wang - November 20th, 2018

Short-listed for the Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Book Award


The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781250037817
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Published: Picador - May 13th, 2014

It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how they fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.


Washington: A Life Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143119968
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2011

From the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical, comes a gripping portrait of the first president of the United States.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
 
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize

One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"

Oprah's Book Club Pick

Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine

Washington Post Notable Novel


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to s


Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501174445
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

This “engaging, unusually rewarding book…[which] will foster a new appreciation for effective leadership and prompt many readers to lament the lack of it in the world today” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, examines five masters of crisis: explorer Ernest Shackleton; Abraham Lincoln; abolitionist Frederick D


Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (The Pacific War Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780393343410
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 26th, 2012

Winner of the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction

"Both a serious work of history…and a marvelously readable dramatic narrative." —San Francisco Chronicle


The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (The Pacific War Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393353204
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2016

A New York Times Bestseller

"A beautiful blend of history and prose and proves again Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative." —Wall Street Journal


The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250231321
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

Winner of the George Washington Prize
Winner of the Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize in American History
Winner of the Excellence in American History Book Award
Winner of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101902806
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Published: Crown - July 31st, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The enthralling true story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.
 


The Secret History of Wonder Woman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

Within the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of feminism in the twentieth-century.


The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780007149834
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—an excellent, hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its…blockbuster superfame” (New York).


Painted Horses Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123817
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Published: Grove Press - June 9th, 2015

"Engrossing . . . The best novels are not just written but built--scene by scene, character by character--until a world emerges for readers to fall into. Painted Horses creates several worlds in a seamless and ambitious blend of history, romance, archaeology and nature. . . . Hard to forget." --Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today (4 out of 4 stars)


Chuck Noll: His Life's Work (The Library of Pittsburgh Sports History) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780822965077
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - November 3rd, 2017

Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls and presided over one of the greatest football dynasties in history, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the ‘70s. Later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his achievements as a competitor and a coach are the stuff of legend.


The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List


Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781476739441
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 29th, 2020

WINNER OF THE LINCOLN FORUM BOOK PRIZE

“A Lincoln classic...superb.” ­—The Washington Post

“A book for our time.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln on the Verge tells the dramatic story of America’s greatest president discovering his own strength to save the Republic.


Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399588228
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

An incisive portrait of the American landscape that shows how geography continues to determine America’s role in the world


Everybody's Fool: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307454829
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

National Bestseller and a New York Times 2016 Notable Book


Moonglow: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062225566
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062666543
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 6th, 2018

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The "riveting" (National Post) tick-tock account of the largest manmade explosion in history prior to the atomic bomb, and the equally astonishing tales of survival and heroism that emerged from the ashes


My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 11th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.


The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. He succeeds, marvelously."--The New York Times Book Review


The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358520
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 11th, 2020

“Gripping and essential.”—Jesse Wegman, New York Times


Thomas Jefferson's Education Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393358575
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 20th, 2020

“Taylor… probes [Jefferson’s] ambitious mission in clear prose and with great insight and erudition.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, Atlantic


Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971994
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

“[Russo’s] first novel in ten years hits the ball out of the park. . . . You’ll lap up this gripping, wise, and wonderful summer treat.” —The Boston Globe


The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062561411
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Published: Custom House - June 25th, 2019

COSTA BOOK AWARD WINNER: BOOK OF THE YEAR • #1 SUNDAY TIMES (UK) BESTSELLER


A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781643130811
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 3rd, 2019

The dramatic story of George Washington's first crisis of the fledgling republic.

In the war’s waning days, the American Revolution neared collapsed when Washington’s senior officers were rumored to be on the edge of mutiny.

After the British surrender at Yorktown, the American Revolution blazed on—and as peace was negotiated in Europe, grave problems su


The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780618773473
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2006

This National Book Award–winning story, a tour de force of historical reportage, rescues an iconic chapter of American history??—??the Dust Bowl that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression??—??from the shadows.

Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on throu


These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393357424
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” —NPR Books
A New York Times Bestseller and a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.


Whiskey When We're Dry Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780735220447
Published: Viking - August 21st, 2018

Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
 


Peace Like a River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

Leif Enger's debut novel, Peace Like A River, was launched to critical acclaim in 2001 and went on to sell over one million copies. Now a perennial, best-selling American classic, it is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, and a love story, in which "there is magic... none more potent that Leif Enger's prose" (Newsday).


Virgil Wander Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

The first novel in ten years from award-winning, bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a hard luck town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.


Orfeo: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393349849
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Overstory, an emotionally charged novel inspired by the myth of Orpheus.

"Bravo, Richard Powers, for hitting so many high notes with Orfeo and contributing to the fraction of books that really matter." —Heller McAlpin, NPR