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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


Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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ISBN: 9780812993349
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Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

With access to many key figures and documents as well as members of the Kennedy family, Larry Tye has brilliantly captured the complex personality of one of the most charismatic public figures of the 1960’s. Tye explores the seeming contradictions in Kennedy’s life, a man who first came to Washington as an ardent anti-communist staffer for McCarthy and who became a generation’s best hope for creating a more just, more compassionate, more peaceful world.

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The History of White People

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ISBN: 9780393339741
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2011

A wide-ranging look at how whiteness has been defined throughout history, from the marble statues of ancient Greece and Rome (back in the day, they were colorful) to how "Caucasian" became part of the language (you can thank Ottoman harems for that).

Sarah


Commander in Chief

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Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943 (FDR at War #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544279117
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 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.

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1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802125118
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

For the Glory

Remember Chariots of Fire? Eric Liddell was even more driven and amazing than the movie version. After the Olympics, he went back to China as a missionary, but ended up in a prison camp during World War II.

For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206207
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Published: Penguin Press - May 10th, 2016

West of Eden: An American Place

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ISBN: 9780812998405
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2016

This oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles, looks at five different  families/individuals who lived, struggled, worked, and played there - the actress Jennifer Jones, movie mogul Jack Warner, tycoon Edward Doheny, troubled Jane Garland and Stein's own fascinating family.  Their stories are woven into an intense, illuminating and sometimes tragic tapestry.

 

Nathan

 


A History of the Twentieth Century In 100 Maps

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ISBN: 9780226202471
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2014

Whether or not you're a map geek, you will want to buy this book as a gift and then keep it for yourself and not give it away.  Maps are much more than geography - 20th century history and culture can be viewed through its maps, and this is an eclectic, diverse and beautiful collection.  A 1901 map of Jewish East London, the world map of Orwell's 1984, a trench map used by soldiers

in the Somme offensive - and 97 more.    

David

 


SPQR

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ISBN: 9780871404237
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Published: Liveright - November 9th, 2015

Informed by the many new discoveries and interpretations of contemporary scholarship, yet eminently readable and conversational in tone, Beard engagingly reexamines what we know of ancient Roman history, in process revising many myths of its thousand year span.

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Map: Exploring the World

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ISBN: 9780714869445
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 28th, 2015

More than just a collection of beautiful maps from around the world and throughout history, this book uses critical juxtaposition to create new perspectives on history, politics, and geography. Easily the most interesting coffee table book this year.

Josh

 


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