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American Eclipse

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American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

August is Eclipse Month, so what better way to celebrate than by reading a fabulous book about the Great American Eclipse of 1878. It was the US government's first big foray into the science business, the zenith of the superstar status of scientist icon Thomas Edison, & the first opportunity modern astronomy would have to use equipment--& understanding--that had never been available for previous eclipses. An informative, compelling & timely read.

 

David


My Grandfather's Gallery - A Family Memoir of Art and War

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My Grandfather's Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War Cover Image
By Anne Sinclair, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074775
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Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

Author and French television host Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, Paul Rosenberg, the celebrated French art dealer, who fled the Nazis during World War II. Part of the legendary Paris art scene, Rosenberg knew intimately Picasso, Matisse, Braque and others and his story paints a fascinating tale of war, betrayal, and ultimately, triumph.

Nathan


Democracy in America

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ISBN: 9780226805368
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 2002

Probably the best comprehensive analysis of American political thought, as observed by a foreigner documenting the socio-political climate of our country in its early years. Despite being written in the early 19th century, Tocqueville remains one of the most insightful and riveting thinkers on the subjects of both democracy and the United States. After the Constitution, probably the most useful text to understanding American politics.

Matthew


Hamlet Globe to Globe

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Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802125620
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Published: Grove Press - April 26th, 2017

London's Globe Theater embarked on an ambitious project of bringing Hamlet to every country in the world, in honor of the Bard's 450th birthday (they made it to almost every one). This book is not just a rich evocation of many of the high points of those travels, but a series of brilliant meditations about the play itself and its continuing relevance in world in which we now live.

David


Blitzed

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Astonishing, history-making jaw-dropper answers many curious questions about the 3rd Reich - for instance, how do you stop a blitzkrieg wherein the attacking army (including Rommel) doesn't sleep for 5 days straight and thinks itself invincible?

 

Gary


Command and Control

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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125785
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2014

Schlosser weaves together the history of WMDs along side the story of a real life nuclear incident (Code named a"Broken Arrow"). Equal parts engaging and terrifying, especially for a work of historical non-fiction.

John


Never Caught

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Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126390
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Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

Dunbar tells the compelling story of Ona Judge, a dower slave of George and Martha Washington, who courageously escapes Philadelphia to Portsmouth, NH near the end of Washington’s second term as President, successfully evading Washington’s continued attempts to recapture her. A fascinating portrait of Washington as slaveholder and the lives of those he enslaved.

Dale


City of Sedition

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City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455584185
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Published: Twelve - August 2nd, 2016

Lincoln! Walt Whitman! Boss Tweed! John Wilkes Booth!  Riots! Political shenanigans!  All sorts of shenanigans! A fascinating, roiling period, beautifully documented.  (Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York covers some of the same era.)

Gary


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