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A Higher Call

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A Higher Call

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER December 1943 A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany At the controls is twenty one year old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this their first mission Suddenly a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber s tail The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler and he can destroy the

The Guns of August

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The Guns of August

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Proud Tower the Pulitzer Prize winning The Guns of August and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W Tuchman s classic histories of the First World War era In this landmark Pulitzer Prize winning account renowned historian Barbara W Tuchman re creates the first month of World War I thirty days in

The Only Thing Worth Dying For

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The Only Thing Worth Dying For

Eric Blehm author of the award winning The Last Season is back with another true adventure story The Only Thing Worth Dying For Set in the immediate aftermath of 9 11 The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan In the tradition of Black Hawk

1776

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1776

America s beloved and distinguished historian presents in a book of breathtaking excitement drama and narrative force the stirring story of the year of our nation s birth 1776 interweaving on both sides of the Atlantic the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America s survival in the hands of George

Dereliction of Duty

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Dereliction of Duty

The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses It was lost in Washington D C H R McMaster from the Conclusion Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia Fully and convincingly researched based on transcript

The Worst Hard Time

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The Worst Hard Time

In a tour de force of historical reportage Timothy Egan s National Book Award winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region Timothy Egan tell

The Parthian Empire

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The Parthian Empire

The Parthians do not appear in history until a comparatively recent period Their name occurs nowhere in the Old Testament Scriptures They obtain no mention in the Zendavesta The Assyrian Inscriptions are wholly silent concerning them It is not until the time of Darius Hystaspis that we have trustworthy evidence of their existence as a distinct people In the inscriptions of this king we find t

Empire of the Summer Moon

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Empire of the Summer Moon

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West centering on Quanah the greatest Comanche chief of them all S C Gwynne s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches the most powerful In

We Do Our Part

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We Do Our Part

Charles Peters explores American politics and civic life since the New Deal in a book filled with vivid funny often touching anecdotes James Fallows The Atlantic We Do Our Part was the slogan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s National Recovery Administration and it captured the can do spirit that allowed America to survive the Great Depression and win World War II Over the cou

The History of the Peloponnesian War

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The History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides an Athenian wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians beginning at the moment that it broke out and believing that it would be a great war and more worthy of relation than any that had preceded it This belief was not without its grounds The preparations of both the combatants were in every department in the last state of perfection and he could see

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

A sweeping revisionist xa0 history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants a mixture of luxury and filth liberty and exploitation civic pride and murderous civil war that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria Y

The Emperor of All Maladies

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The Emperor of All Maladies

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent profoundly humane biography of cancer from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure control and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence Physician researcher and award winning s

Three Cups of Tea

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Three Cups of Tea

The astonishing uplifting story of a real life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban s backyard Anyone who despairs of the individual s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson a homeless mountaineer who following a 1993 climb of Pakistan s treacherous K2 was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mo

Horse Soldiers

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Horse Soldiers

From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm s Way comes a true life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9 11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban Outnumbered forty to one they pursued the enemy army

Elizabeth of York

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Elizabeth of York

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more Many are familiar with the story of the much married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter Elizabeth I But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen Elizabeth of York Henry s mother and Elizabeth s grandmother s

The Presidents Club

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The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club established at Dwight Eisenhower s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover is a complicated place its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history s favor Among their secrets How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966 How Richard Nixo

SEAL of Honor

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SEAL of Honor

Lt Michael Patrick Murphy commander of Navy SEAL Team 10 posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 28 June 2005 during a fierce battle with Taliban fighters in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan Michael was the first recipient of the nation s highest military honor as a result of U S involvement in Afghanistan He was also the first naval offi

1491 (Second Edition)

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1491 (Second Edition)

In this groundbreaking work of science history and archaeology Charles C Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492 xa0 Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school the pre Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness rather there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land aro

An Army at Dawn

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An Army at Dawn

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph of calamity and miscalculation In this first volume of th

Rescue at Los Banos

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Rescue at Los Banos

From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Ba os in the Philippines a tale of daring courage and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers Unbroken and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc In February 1945 as the U S victory in the Pacific drew nearer the Japanese

Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated)

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Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated)

Twelve Years a Slave sub title Narrative of Solomon Northup citizen of New York kidnapped in Washington city in 1841 and rescued in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington D C sold into slavery

On Wings of Eagles

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On Wings of Eagles

1 bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1978 and of the unconventional means one American used to save his countrymen xa0 When two of his employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran one man took matters into his own hands businessman H Ross Perot His team consisted of a group of volu

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

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We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young

The New York Times bestseller hailed as a powerful and epic story the best account of infantry combat I have ever read and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War by Col David Hackworth author of the bestseller About Face In November 1965 some 450 men of the First Battalion Seventh Cavalry under the command of Lt Col Harold Moore were dropped into a small cle

Lee and His Men at Gettysburg

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Lee and His Men at Gettysburg

In this sweeping account Clifford Dowdey recreates one of the most important battles in U S history With vivid and breathtaking detail Lee and His Men at Gettysburg is both a historical work and an honorary ode to the almost fifty thousand soldiers who died at the fields of Pennsylvania Written with an emphasis on the Confederate forces the book captures the brilliance and frustration of a ge

The Roman Empire

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The Roman Empire

The history of Rome is that of a city which originally had only a few miles of territory and gradually extended its dominions at first over Italy and then over the civilized world The city lay in the central part of the peninsula on the left bank of the Tiber and about fifteen miles from its mouth Its situation was upon the borders of three of the most powerful races in Italy the Latins Sab

Dog Company

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Dog Company

The Army does not want you to read this book It does not want to advertise its detention system that coddles enemy fighters while putting American soldiers at risk It does not want to reveal the new lawyered up Pentagon war ethic that prosecutes U S soldiers and Marines while setting free spies who kill Americans This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men Hill a West Point grad

Columbine

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Columbine

EXPANDED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE The tragedies keep coming As we reel from the latest horror So begins a new epilogue illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of spectacle murders It is a false script seized upon by a generation of new killers In the wake of Newtown Aurora and Virginia Tech the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague

The First Family Detail

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The First Family Detail

Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President s Secret Service award winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U S Secret Service breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowe

A Pope and a President

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A Pope and a President

A Singular Bond That Changed History xa0 Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul xa0 II with hastening the end of the Cold War they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders Acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor changes that In this fascinating book he reveals a singular bond which included a sp

The Bully Pulpit

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The Bully Pulpit

One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Time s The Washington Post The Economist Time USA TODAY Christian Science Monitor and more A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue Associated Press Doris Kearns Goodwin s The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era

The Cold War

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The Cold War

The dean of Cold War historians The New York Times now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why from the months in 1945 when the U S and the U S S R went from alliance to antagoni

With the Old Breed

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With the Old Breed

Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir With The Old Breed He became a chronicler a historian a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific the terror the camaraderie the banal and the extraordinary into terms we mortals can grasp Tom Hanks NEW YORK TIMES xa0 BESTSELLER In The Wall Street Journal Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed

The Day of Battle

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The Day of Battle

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy In An Army at Dawn winner of the Pulitzer Prize Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa Now in The Day of Battle he fol

Thunderstruck

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Thunderstruck

From the 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City xa0 a true story of love murder and the end of the world s great hush In Thunderstruck Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men Hawley Crippen a very unlikely murderer and Guglielmo Marconi the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication whose lives intersect during

The Farfarers

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The Farfarers

In this bestseller Farley Mowat challenges the conventional notion that the Vikings were the first Europeans to reach North America offering an unforgettable portrait of the Albans a race originating from the island now known as Britain Battered by repeated invasions from their aggressive neighbors Celt Roman and Norse the Albans fled west Their search for safety and for the massive wa

The Greater Journey

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The Greater Journey

The 1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists writers and doctors who traveled to Paris the intellectual scientific and artistic capital of the western world fell in love with the city and its people and changed America through what they learned told by America s master historian David McCullough Not all pioneers went west In The Greater Jour

History of Ancient Carthage

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History of Ancient Carthage

Carthage formed after the Model of Tyre of which that City was a Colony The Carthaginians were indebted to the Tyrians not only for their origin but for their manners language customs laws religion and their great application to commerce as will appear from every part of the sequel They spoke the same language with the Tyrians and these the same with the Canaanites and Israelites that

Undaunted Courage

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Undaunted Courage

From the bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D Day the definitive book on Lewis and Clark s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies over th

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

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Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2010 So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn People A bonbon of a book As well tailored as the little black dress the movie made famous Janet Maslin New York Times Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian The New Yorker Reads like carefully crafted fiction Wasson carries the read