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June 2018

James Allen, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (2000).

By | June 5th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Lynching images are some of photography's most brutal, surviving to this day so that we may now look back on the terrorism unleashed on America's African-American community and perhaps know our history and ourselves better. [...]

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May 2018

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game (2017).

By | May 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to [...]

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Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction (2015).

By | May 23rd, 2018|Bookshelf|

This masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.

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Jack Copeland, Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park’s Codebreaking Computers (2006).

By | May 9th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Colossus: The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers A must read for anyone curious about code-breaking or World War II espionage, Colossus offers a fascinating insider's account of the world's first giant computer.

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Poetical Works of John Godfrey Saxe (Classic Reprint, 2018).

By | May 2nd, 2018|Bookshelf|

A collection of Saxe’s poems, including “The Blind Men and the Elephant.” Saxe was one of America’s most widely-read and quoted poet of the 19th century. This volume helps bring his talent back to light.

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April 2018

Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It (2017).

By | April 20th, 2018|Bookshelf|

The remarkable story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in [...]

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Alice Hamilton M.D., Exploring the Dangerous Trades: the Autobiography of Alice Hamilton (1943).

By | April 4th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Alice Hamilton’s memoir gives a direct and personal view of the difficulties in finding the effects of industrial toxic materials on workers’ health. One of the most important public health officials of the 20th century, [...]

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March 2018