side pic 5

Paperback , 200 x 135mm. 576

It was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small, roaming bands of indigenous people. The author brings

Mann, Charles C.


The spellbinding story of the Roosevelt-Willkie election season, when bitterly divided Americans debated the fate of the nation and the world

Dunn, MS Susan (Williams College)

Age of Nixon

The fundamental argument of this book is, first, that Richard Nixon, though not generally regarded as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing politician like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did establish profound psychic connections with

Freedman, Carl

Air America

Air America - a secret airline run by the CIA - flew missions no one else would touch, from General Claire Cennault's legendary Flying Tigers in WW II to two brutal decades cruising over the bomb-savaged jungles of Southeast Asia. Their pilo

Robbins, Christopher

Alexander Hamilton
16pp b&w illus 832

The riveting life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States

Chernow, Ron

Alistair Cookes America
Paperback 400 pages.

Alistair Cooke traces the history of America from the eve of discovery by European explorers to modern times: the young nation fighting for independence and forging its identity; the indomitable spirit of those who set out t

Cooke, Alistair

All the Presidents Men
Bloomsbury Film Classics S. 384 pages.

A story of how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered a scandal that reverberates throughout the world. It follows their first suspicions through the torturous trail of false leads, lies, secrecy and hig

Bernstein Carl Woodward Bob

America's Deadliest Export

For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and pro

Blum, William

America's Secret Jihad
illustrations 417

The conventional narrative concerning religious terrorism inside the United States says that the first salvo occurred in 1993, with the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. This narrative has motivated more

Wexler, Stuart

American Apocalypse

The first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, American"Apocalypse" shows how a group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. Matthew Avery Sutto

Sutton, Matthew Avery

American Discovery of Europe

"The American Discovery of Europe" investigates the voyages of America's Native peoples to the European continent before Columbus' 1492 arrival in the 'New World'. The product of over twenty years of exhaustive research in libraries througho

Forbes, Jack

American Future
Paperback , 197 x 129mm. 416

In November 2008, the United States elected a new President. But the collapse of twenty years of Republican conservativism means the country is already conducting an intense self-examination about the trajectory of i

Schama, Simon

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms
203(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 336

Chris Kyle-fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of AMERICAN SNIPER reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history. At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top s

Kyle, Chris

American Nations
illustrations 371

An endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven "nations" that continue to shape North America
According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven dist

Woodard, Colin

American Nuremberg

No subject is more hotly debated than the extreme measures that our government has taken after 9/11 in the name of national security. Torture, extraordinary rendition, drone assassinations, secret detention centers (or "black sites"), massiv

Gordon, Rebecca

American Slave Coast
illustrations 752

The American Slave Coast offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light. Authors Ned and Constance S

Sublette, Ned, Sublette, Constance

American War in Vietnam
black & white illustrations 192

In 2012, President Obama announced that the United States would spend the next thirteen years - through November 11, 2025 - commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the American soldiers, "more t

Marciano, John

Another Nineteen
black & white illustrations 424

Were the crimes of September 11, 2001 solely the work of Osama bin Laden and nineteen troubled young Arabs, or were more powerful people involved? After a decade of investigation, the long-time co-editor of the Jo

Ryan, Kevin Robert

Apache Wars

In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in Amer

Hutton, Paul Andrew

Bienville's Dilemma
black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps 429

All New Orleans' glories, tragedies, contributions, and complexities can be traced back to the geographical dilemma Bienville confronted in 1718 when selecting the primary location of N

Campanella, Richard

Billion Dollar Spy
illustrations 336

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history "The Dead Hand" comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and apenetrating portrait of the CIA s Moscow station, an outpo

Hoffman, David E

Blood at the Root
36 illustrations 320

In 1912, a young girl's murder rocked the rural community of Forsyth County, Georgia and led a mob of whites to lynch a black man on the town square. Later, bands of night-riders declared Forsyth "whites-only" and sent 1,100

Phillips, Patrick

Books as Weapons
12, 12 black & white halftones 320

Winner, 2011 George A. And Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Award (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)
Only weeks after the D-Day invasion of
Hench, John B.

black & white illustrations 608

In late 1970, a mild-mannered Haverford College physics professor privately asked a few people this question: "What do you think of burglarizing an FBI office?" In remarkable detail and with astonishing depth of r

Medsger, Betty

Buried in the Bitter Waters
illustrations 352

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist exposes the secret history of racial cleansing in America."Leave now, or die!" From the heart of the Midwest to the Deep South, from the mountains of North Carolina to the Texas frontier, wor

Jaspin, Eliot

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Arena Books 487 pages.

Originally published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1971, Chronicles the American West from 1860-1890. The book tells the stories of such famous Red Indian warriors and tribal chieftains as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Ger

Brown, Dee

235(Ht mm) 156(Wdt mm) 1008

Renowned poet and conceptual artist Kenneth Goldsmith collects a massive assortment of quotations about New York City in the 20th century. This kaleidoscopic montage from hundreds of sources is a literary adoration of

Goldsmith, Kenneth

Chasing Shadows

The break-in at Watergate and the cover-up that followed brought about the resignation of Richard Nixon, creating a political shockwave that reverberates to this day. But as Ken Hughes reveals in his powerful new book, in all the thousands o

Hughes, Kenneth

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
203(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 848

Bestselling author Michael Korda's Clouds of Glory is a brilliant and insightful biography of perhaps the most famous and the least understood giant of American history and one of our nation's most admired heroes: Robe

Korda, Michael

Illustrationsstrations (black and white) 320

To continue doing business in Germany after Hitler's ascent to power, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films that attacked the Nazis or condemned Germany's persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals

Urwand, Ben

Condemnation of Blackness
7 halftones, 2 line illustrations, 3 cartoons 392

Lynch mobs, chain gangs, and popular views of black southern criminals that defined the Jim Crow South are well known. We know less about the role of the urban North in shaping views of race and

Muhammad, Khalil Gibran

Dark Crusade

Despite its efforts to promote peace and instil democracy in the region, America is viewed by many in the Middle East as a dishonest broker waging a 'dark crusade' against its enemies: in covert collaboration with Israel. The crucial hostili

Kiracofe, Clifford A.

Days of Rage
illustrations 588

The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, but there was a stretch of time in America when there was on average more than one significant terrorist act in the

Burrough, Bryan

Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War, an event that was largely respon

Alperovitz, Sanho

Economic Interpretation of the

This famous study - one of the most influential in the area of American economic history - brought a halt to Americans' uncritical reverence for their country's revolutionary past. Questioning the Founding Fathers' motivations in drafting th

Beard, Charles A

Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady

In 1932, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Loren

Quinn, Susan

Empire of Sacrifice
Illustrations 274

It is widely recognized that American culture is both exceptionally religious and exceptionally violent. Americans participate in religious communities in high numbers, yet American citizens also own guns at rates far beyond th

Pahl, Jon

Empire of Sin
6 416

Empire of Sin is a vibrant account of New Orleans in the early 1920s, a time when commercialised vice, jazz culture and endemic crime form the background for a civil war that lasts for thirty years. At its centre the city's vice lord figh

Krist, Gary

Encountering Revolution
1, black & white illustrations 280

Encountering Revolution looks afresh at the profound impact of the Haitian Revolution on the early United States. The first book on the subject in more than two decades, it redefines our understanding of the re

White, Ashli

Fatal Environment

In The Fatal Environment, Richard Slotkin demonstrates how the myth of frontier expansion and subjugation of the Indians helped to justify the course of America's rise to wealth and power. Using Custer's Last Stand as a metaphor for what Ame

Slotkin, Richard

1 Map, 47 photos fully integrated & 16pp b/w photo section 464

Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. The violent feud between these two families has become shorthand for fierce, unyielding, and even violent confrontati

King, Dean

First Women
illustrations 400

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First

Brower, Kate Andersen

Free State of Jones
198(Ht mm) 129(Wdt mm) 336

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newt

Bynum, Victoria E.

Georgetown Set
black & white illustrations, maps 494

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington--a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and

Herken, Chairman National Air and Space Museum Gregg (University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Santa Cruz Smithsonian Institution)

Georgetown Set
illustrations 528

In the years after World War II, Georgetown s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy, for better and worse

Herken, Chairman National Air and Space Museum Gregg (University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Santa Cruz Smithsonian Institution University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Santa Cruz Smithsonian I

Gunning of America
B/W photos throughout 528

Americans have always loved guns. This special bond was forged during the American Revolution and sanctified by the Second Amendment. It is because of this exceptional relationship that American civilians are more heavi

Haag, Pamela

Half Has Never Been Told

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution--the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As

Baptist, Edward E.

32 pages black-&-white photos 512

Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America uncovers a hidden history of the biggest psychedelic distribution and belief system the world has ever known. Through a collection of fast-paced interlocking narratives,

Jarnow, Jesse

Historic Maps And Views Of San Francisco
col. Illustrations, col. maps 56

Historic Maps and Views of San Francisco?contains twenty-four historic maps and views of San Francisco and its environs?dating from the 1800s through the present?ready for framing in a custom format or in a stand

The Granger Collection

Hoover's War on Gays

At the FBI, the "Sex Deviates" program covered a lot of ground, literally; at its peak, J. Edgar Hoover's notorious "Sex Deviates" file encompassed nearly 99 cubic feet or more than 330,000 pages of information. In 1977-1978 these files were

Charles, Douglas M.

How the Irish Became White
6 black & white illustrations 288

'...from time to time a study comes along that truly can be called 'path breaking,' 'seminal,' 'essential,' a 'must read.' How the Irish Became White is such a study.' John Bracey, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of A

Ignatiev, Noel

Huck's Raft
36 halftones 464

For more than three centuries, adults have agonised over raising children, while children have followed their own paths to development and expression. Steven Mintz gives us a comprehensive history of American childhood encompass

Mintz, Steven

Incarcerating the Crisis
15 b/w images 268

The United States currently has the largest prison population on the planet. Over the last four decades, structural unemployment, concentrated urban poverty, and mass homelessness have also become permanent features of the poli

Camp, Jordan T.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
chronology, bibliog 416

The text is that of the 1861 first edition. Contexts includes contemporary responses to Incidents, selections from Jacobs's other published writings, and extracts from her correspondence. Criticism includes eleven importa

Jacobs, Harriet, McKay, Nellie Y., Foster, Frances Smith

Inventing a Christian America

One of the most enduring themes in United States history is that of its religious founding. This narrative is pervasive in school textbooks, political lore, and the popular consciousness. It is central to the way in which many Americans perc

Green, Steven K.


Everything began to unravel on October 5, 1986, when a Nicaraguan soldier downed an American plane carrying arms to "Contra" guerrillas, exposing a tightly held U.S. clandestine program. A month later, reports surfaced that Washington had be

Byrne, Malcolm, Riedel, Bruce O.

Island at the Centre of the World
8pp b/w 416

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story

Shorto, Russell

JFK's Forgotten Crisis

Bruce Riedel provides new perspective and insights over Kennedy's forgotten crisis in the most dangerous days of the cold war. The Cuban Missile Crisis defined the presidency of John F. Kennedy. But the same week the world stood transfixed

Riedel, Bruce O.

JFK: The Smoking Gun

On 22nd November 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and his wife Jackie were taking part in a presidential motorcade through Dallas. Thousands lined the streets cheering; others hung out of windows to catch

McLaren, Colin

Killing Hope

In Killing Hope, William Blum, author of the bestselling Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, provides a devastating and comprehensive account of America's covert and overt military actions in the world, all the way from Chin

Blum, William

Killing Kennedy

This is the sequel to the million-selling "Killing Lincoln": a thrilling new history of the assassination of JFK. More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work of non-fiction about the sh

O'Reilly, Bill and Dugard, Martin

Kissinger's Shadow
208(Ht mm) 135(Wdt mm) 288

In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America - its never-ending wars abroad and political polarisation at home - we have to understand Henry

Grandin, Greg

Kissinger's Shadow

In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America, its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home, we have to understand Henry Kissinger. Examining Kis

Grandin, Greg

Land of Promise

A sweeping and original work of economic history by Michael Lind, one of America's leading intellectuals, Land of Promise recounts the epic story of America's rise to become the world's dominant economy. As ideological free marketers con

Lind, Professor Michael

Last Days of the Incas
Paperback , 198 x 126mm. 544

In 1572 the Spanish sacked Vilcabamba, the last Inca stronghold, and the city was rapidly overtaken by the jungle, receding for hundreds of years into legend and myth. This is the story of how Vilcabamba was founded

MacQuarrie, Kim

Last Stand

'The whites want war and we will give it to them' - Sitting Bull. This is the archetypal story of the American West. Whether it is cast as a tale of unmatched bravery in the face of impossible odds or of insane arrogance receiving its rightf

Philbrick, Nathaniel

Legacy of Secrecy
Paperback 864

The crack of rifle fire in Dallas that killed John F. Kennedy didn't just start a frantic effort to find his assassins. JFK's murder also launched a flurry of covert actions by officials like Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and

Waldron Lamar & Hartmann Thom

Lincoln's Hundred Days
Illustrations (black and white) 384

"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 controversial from its inception-wh

Masur, Louis P.

Little History of the United States
11 maps + 40 b/w illus. 344

A fast-paced, character-filled history that brings the unique American saga to life for readers of all ages

Davidson, James West

Little History of the United States
11 maps + 40 b/w illus. 344

How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fasc

Davidson, James West

Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan
illustrations 384

The Lynchingis the powerful, spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and the dramatic two trials during which the United Klans of America, the largest and most dangerous Klan organization in America, is e

Leamer, Laurence

Man Who Saved the Union

Ulysses Grant emerges in this masterful biography as a genius in battle and a driven president to a divided country, who remained fearlessly on the side of right. He was a beloved commander in the field who made the sacrifices necessary t

Brands, H W

Martin and Malcolm and America
Illustrations 392

James Cone cuts through the superficial assessments of King and Malcolm as polar opposites to reveal two men whose visions were complementary and moving towards convergence.

Cone, James H.

Mighty Wurlitzer
25 haftones 384

In 1967, the magazine "Ramparts" ran an expose revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had been secretly funding and managing a wide range of citizen front groups intended to counter communist influence around the world. I

Wilford, Hugh

Money Cult

We think we know the story of American religion: the Puritans were cold, austere, and pious, and Christianity continued pure and uncorrupted until the industrial revolution got in the way. In The Money Cult, Chris Lehmann argues that we have

Lehmann, Chris

Myth of Liberal Ascendancy
black & white illustrations 320

Based on new archival research, G. Williams Domhoff challenges popular conceptions of the 1930's New Deal. Arguing instead that this period was one of increasing corporate dominance in government affairs, affectin

Domhoff, G. Williams

New Jim Crow

In a bold and innovative argument, a rising legal star shows readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. This is a terrifying reality that exists in the UK a

Alexander, Michelle

New Yorker Book of the 50s
240(Ht mm) 160(Wdt mm) 784

The 1950s are enshrined in the popular imagination as the decade of poodle skirts and "I Like Ike." But this was also a complex time, in which the afterglow of Total Victory firmly gave way to Cold War paranoia. A sens

The New Yorker Magazine

New Yorker Book of the 60s: Story of a Decade

The next instalment in the acclaimed New Yorker 'decades' series featuring an all-star line-up of historical pieces from the 1960s alongside new pieces by current New Yorker staffers. The 1960s is known as one of the most tumultuous decades

To be Confirmed,

No Higher Law
black & white illustrations, maps, figures 539

Dismantling the myths of United States isolationism and exceptionalism, "No Higher Law" is a sweeping history and analysis of American policy toward the Western Hemisphere and Latin America from ind

Loveman, Brian

No Mercy Here
11 halftones, 2 tables 320

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries imprisoned black women faced wrenching forms of gendered racial terror and heinous structures of economic exploitation. Exposed to violence and rape, subjugated on c

Haley, Sarah

Obama's Guantanamo
black & white illustrations 256

The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol of an unprecedented detention system of global reach and immense power. Since the 9/11 attacks, the news has on an almost daily basis headlined sto

Hafetz, Jonathan

One Nation Under God

We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of "Christian America" is an invention--and a relatively recent one at that.

Kruse, Kevin M.

One Summer America 1927

In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh

Bryson, Bill

Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics

Peter Dale Scott has written extensively on the Kennedy assassination and other dark corners of the American political scene. His encyclopedic knowledge enables him to connect the dots among the players, the organizations, and the unacknowle

Scott, Peter Dale

Other Slavery
23 black and white photographs, 17 maps, 7 charts 544

Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as historian Andres Resendez illuminates in The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as

Resendez, Andres

Our Enemies in Blue
illustrations 344

"Should become mandatory reading for all police academy students."--Damon Woodcock (Ret.), Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau"A well-researched, historically grounded, and mordant critique of American policing past and present."--

Williams, Kristian, James, Joy (Brown University)

Paradise Now
illustrations 512

For readers of Jill Lepore, Joseph J. Ellis, and Tony Horwitz comes a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the golden age of American utopianism and the bold, revolutionary, and eccentric visions for the future put

Jennings, Chris

Plot to Kill King

Bestselling author, James Earl Ray's defense attorney, and, later, lawyer for the King family William Pepper reveals who actually killed MLK. William Pepper was James Earl Ray's lawyer in the trial for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.,

Pepper, Dr. William F., Esq.

Policing America's Empire
47 b/w photos, 7 illustrations 672

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the U.S. Army swiftly occupied Manila and then plunged into a decade-long pacification campaign with striking parallels to today's war in Iraq. Armed with cutting-edge tech

McCoy, Alfred W., McCoy, Alfred W., Sutton, R.Anderson, Winichakul, Thongchai

Power Wars

Barack Obama promised change from George W. Bush's global war on terrorism. But the Obama administration used drones to kill suspected militants and vacuumed data on Americans' phone calls. Obama criticized Bush's unilateralism and secrecy,

Savage, Charlie

140(Ht mm) 210(Wdt mm) 310

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practi

Fields, Karen E, Fields, Barbara J (Columbia University)

Red Heat
Illustrations, map 528

America's secret war in the Caribbean during the Cold War is revealed as never before in this riveting story of the machinations and blunders of superpowers, and the daring of the mavericks who took them on. During the pre

Von Tunzelmann, Alex

Red Summer

A narrative history of America's deadliest episode of race riots and lynchings

After World War I, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their participation in the fig

McWhirter, Cameron

Religion in America
1 tables 256

Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in t

Lacorne, Denis, Holoch, George, Judt, Tony

Rest I Will Kill
8 pages of illustrations 240

Independence Day, 1861. The schooner S. J. Waring sets sail from New York on a routine voyage to South America. Seventeen days later, it limps back into New York's frenzied harbor with the ship's black steward, Willi

McGinty, Brian

Rethinking Anti-Americanism
6 b/w illus. 376

'Anti-Americanism' is an unusual expression; although stereotypes and hostility exist toward every nation, we do not hear of 'anti-Italianism' or 'anti-Brazilianism'. Only Americans have elevated such sentiment to the level of a

Friedman, Max Paul

Revolution on the Hudson
8 pages of illustrations, 5 maps 432

No part of the country was more contested during the American Revolution than New York City, the Hudson River, and the surrounding counties. Political and military leaders on both sides viewed the Hudson Rive

Daughan, George C.

Rich Don't Always Win

The Occupy Wall Street protests have captured America's political imagination. Polls show that two-thirds of the US now believe that America's enormous wealth ought to be 'distributed more evenly.' However, almost as many Americans feel the

Pizzigati, Sam

River of Dark Dreams
27 halftones, 2 tables 560

When Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Territory, he envisioned an "empire for liberty" populated by self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of Native Americans and the remnants of European empires by Andrew Jackson, the

Johnson, Walter

Rogue Justice
1 Chart 336

The definitive account of how America s War on Terror sparked a decade-long assault on the rule of law, weakening our courts and our Constitution in the name of national security. The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the

Greenberg, Karen J.

Savage Dreams
3 black & white images, 1 map 440

"A beautiful, absorbing, tragic book."--Larry McMurtry In 1851, a war began in what would become Yosemite National Park, a war against the indigenous inhabitants. A century later--in 1951--and a hundred and fift

Solnit, Rebecca

Scenes of Subjection
black & white illustrations 296

In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity. Scenes of Subjection ex

Hartman, Saidiya V.

illustrations 416

Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this stunning

Haygood, Wil

Shrinking the Earth
20 halftones 280

The discovery of the Americas around 1500 AD was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost ever

Worster, Donald

Smuggler Nation
black & white illustrations 472

America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th cen

Andreas, Peter


The American people depend on a free press to keep a close and impartial watch on the national security operations that are carried out in our name. But in many cases, this trust is sadly misplaced, as leading journalists are seduced and man

Schou, Nicholas

Stamped from the Beginning

Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in

Kendi, Ibram X

State Terrorism and the USA

This is a chilling analysis of the immediate predecessor of the US war on terrorism: its counter-insurgency policy during the Cold War. The US promised a low level response uniquely tailored to assisting third world states to respond to loca

Gareau, Frederick H.

Strength of the Wolf
32 b/w photos 352

"The Strength of the Wolf" presents for the first time a definitive history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) from its birth in 1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968. Carefully and extensively documented, the book

Valentine, Douglas

illustrations 734

" Subversives" traces the FBI's secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university

Rosenfeld, Seth

Sundown Towns
illustrations 562

Bestselling author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me," James W. Loewen, exposes the secret communities and hotbeds of racial injustice that sprung up throughout the twentieth century unnoticed, forcing us to reexamine race relations

Loewen, James W.

Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates

The paperback edition of the New York Times Bestseller. This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimida

Kilmeade, Brian, Yaeger, Don

Torture and State Violence in the United States
A Short Documentary History 288

The war on terror has brought to light troubling actions by the United States government which many claim amount to torture. But as this book shows, state-sanctioned violence and degrading, cruel, and unusual puni

Pallitto, Robert M.

16pp 432

The year was 1899, as the old people told the story; the place a sweltering tobacco farm in Truevine, Virginia, the heart of the Jim Crow South, where everyone they knew was either a former slave, or a child or grandchild of slaves. The

Macy, Beth


A riveting play-by-play of a reporter getting and defending a story that recalls "All the" "President's Men," "Truth "puts readers in the center of the "60 Minutes II" story on George W. Bush's shirking of his National Guard duty. The firest

Mapes, Mary

Unfinished Revolution
map. 224

Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War, with Marx writing on behalf of the International Working Men's Association. Although they were divided by far more than the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed on the

Marx, Karl, Lincoln, Abraham, Blackburn, Robin

Untold History of the United States
Illustrationsstrations 784

'This is not history for history's sake, however u this is the history of our present and future, long beyond cold war, into war on terror, war on drugs' Ed Vulliamy, Guardian The Untold History of the United States

Kuznick, Peter/Stone, Oliver

Valiant Ambition

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "In The Heart of the Sea "and "Mayflower "comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

Philbrick, Nathaniel

Voyeur's Motel
1 x 8pp colour photos 240

On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of Thy Neighbor's Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. 'Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America,'

Talese, Gay

War on Alcohol
8 pages of illustrations 352

Prohibition has long been portrayed as a "noble experiment" that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers and speakeasies. Now Lisa McGirr dismantles this myth to reveal a much more significant histo

McGirr, Lisa

War State
black & white illustrations 432

Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total

Swanson, Michael

West of the Revolution
illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) 304

Claudio Saunt tells a story of an immense and restless continent connected in surprising ways. In 1776, the Spanish landed in San Francisco, Creek emissaries sailed to Cuba and the Siou

Saunt, Claudio

When Affirmative Action Was White

In this "penetrating new analysis" (New York Times Book Review) Ira Katznelson fundamentally recasts our understanding of twentieth-century American history and demonstrates that all the key programs passed during the New Deal and Fair Deal

Katznelson, Ira

White Rage
235(Ht mm) 156(Wdt mm) 256

As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as "black rage," historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-

Anderson, Carol

Wilderness and the American mind
1 b&w illustration 440

Roderick Nash's classic study of changing attitudes toward wilderness during American history, as well as the origins of the environmental and conservation movements, has received wide acclaim since its initial publication

Nash, Roderick Frazier, Miller, Char

2 x 8pp colour plates 512

'An oppressive, forensic, psychological thriller: J.K. Rowling meets Antony Beevor, Stephen King and Marina Warner ...Schiff's writing is to die for' THE TIMES It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts

Schiff, Stacy

Wright Brothers
3 x 16pp b-w plates 336

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the firs

McCullough, David