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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


Never Caught

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Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Cover Image
$26.00
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
$30.00
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


The Devil's Chessboard

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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062276179
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

Allen Dulles, avuncular pipe-smoking intelligence mandarin, turns out to have been a shocking figure with admiration for major Nazis,no patience with American democracy, suspiciously peripheral to the Kennedy assassination and on and on. Devil indeed!

Gary


Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062363596
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

The movie's not out until January, but you can read now about the black female engineers and mathematicians who were the unseen contributors to the space program.

Sarah


The Devil's Chessboard

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The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062276179
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

Allen Dulles, avuncular pipe-smoking intelligence mandarin, turns out to have been a shocking figure with admiration for major Nazis,no patience with American democracy, suspiciously peripheral to the Kennedy assassination and on and on. Devil indeed!

Gary


Empty Mansions

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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345534538
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 22nd, 2014

Step into the world of untold wealth and power and explore the fascinating life of Huguette Clark – heiress, artist, recluse.  This book reads like fiction, but in reality is a true life mystery.

Nathan


Commander in Chief

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Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544279117
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 7th, 2016

Commander in Chief is the second volume of Nigel Hamilton’s masterful reexamination of FDR’s crucial role in the planning and execution of the Allied war strategy during World War II. This volume centers on the decision making process after the North African invasion beginning  with Roosevelt’s summit with Churchill in Casablanca in 1943 and how it took all of Roosevelt’s diplomatic skill and resolve to set the course for ultimate victory.

Dale

 


Lafayette In the Somewhat United States

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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

Sarah Vowell is certainly not your typical historian. There's been some great colonial history published in the past few years, but hers is chatty, sassy, snarky, and hilarious and thus eminently readable. Lafayette really was as great a friend of the United States as he's chalked up to be, and this unconventional and insightful recounting of his adventures is combined with a larger view of the dysfunction of the early US government and its often inept political and military establishments.

David

 


ALEXANDER HAMILTON

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Alexander Hamilton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143034759
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2005

With megahit Hamilton taking Broadway by storm, learn about the man himself in this captivating biography. Alexander Hamilton, a biracial illegitimate child, raised in St. Croix by a single mother before becoming George Washington's aide-de-camp and eventually the first Secretary of the Treasury, is a fascinating figure, and Chernow paints a vivid picture of his astounding life.

MACKENZIE

 


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