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The British Are Coming

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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

 

Atkinson brings the same engaging narrative style and excellent researcher's eye for the telling detail to the American Revolution as he did for his masterly WW2/Europe trilogy. (And as a longtime citizen of Concord and history fan I'm a demanding audience!)

Gary


The Atlas of Boston History

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By Nancy S. Seasholes (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780226631158
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2019

 

Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this comprehensive history of the city begins with its geological origins (under 4,000 feet of ice in the last Ice Age), through the periods before European colonization, 250 years as the most important city in North America, through the present day.  Many of the maps and illustrations are original for this volume, and the text represents the contributions of 40 historians, scholars and experts. It is that rare item, an indispensable reference book that is informative and gorgeous at the same time.

David


Stamped from the Beginning

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

 

So much of what seemed chaotic about American history and especially contemporary American politics snapped into clarity for me when I read this book. Kendi’s ideas absolutely changed the way I understand our current crisis, as well as the forces of racism and antiracism that have shaped our culture and society.

Josh


War and Peace

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War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945 (FDR at War #3) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544876804
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The final title of Hamilton’s 3-volume biography of FDR as commander-in-chief is a triumph. Compulsively readable yet with a masterful command of his source material, Hamilton gives us a fresh and detailed view of the last two dramatic years of FDR’s life from the wartime summit in Tehran, through the landings at D-Day, his election to a fourth term and the dying president’s  final Big Three conference at Yalta.

 

Dale


Last Hope Island

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Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812987164
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

 

From the queen of The Netherlands to the Earl of Suffolk, Paratroopers to civilians turned underground rebels, traitors to double agents, the victories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies of the resistance during WW2.

 

John


Sea People

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ISBN: 9780062060877
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Published: Harper - March 12th, 2019

 

Sea People is a fascinating historical and anthropological detective story about the peoples that settled the wide expanse of Pacific islands we today call Polynesia. It’s a book as much about how we’ve learned their story as well as the epic itself of how these lands were populated.

Dale


Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780393285673
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 19th, 2019

 

A stunning, intimate examination of lives led by black women during the early 20th century who dared to strive for more than white society allowed them to be. Between the stark history, beauty of the prose, and determination of the subjects, this book left me speechless.

Stacey


Say Nothing

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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

 

A deep dive into the unsolved murders of the Irish Troubles, with detailed portraits of both the killers and their victims. It was the oral history archive at Boston College that provided much of the evidence to bring all the threads of the story together.

Sarah


The Life of Frederick Douglass

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The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom Cover Image
By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 8th, 2019

 

A bullseye that is more than worth your time. This carefully crafted book nails the astonishing personal story and clearly explains layers of U.S. history and movements. For ages 12 to 112.

 

Molly


PARIS ON THE BRINK

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781538112373
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 6th, 2018

 

Such was the ongoing intellectual ferment of the City of Light that even in the squalid Depression decade an extraordinary cast of characters lived singular lives and created exciting things, in spite of  - or perhaps stimulated by - the gathering geopolitical dread...

Gary


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