January 2020

Stanley I. Kutler, The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon

By |2020-01-06T20:23:05-05:00January 6th, 2020|Bookshelf|

The first truly comprehensive history of the political explosion that shook America in the 1970s, and whose aftereffects are still being felt in public life today. Drawing on contemporary documents, personal interviews, memoirs, and a [...]

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Martin Luther King and James M. Washinton (ed) A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

By |2020-01-01T15:15:25-05:00January 1st, 2020|Bookshelf|

These words and others are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential [...]

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November 2019

Ann Hagedorn, Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919

By |2019-11-13T05:02:19-05:00November 13th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Written with the sweep of an epic novel and grounded in extensive research into contemporary documents, Savage Peace is a striking portrait of American democracy under stress. It is the surprising story of America in [...]

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Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

By |2019-11-05T20:21:38-05:00November 5th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall. A physical manifestation of the struggle [...]

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October 2019

Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History

By |2019-10-26T18:56:41-04:00October 26th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Sernett compares the larger-than-life symbolic Tubman with the actual “historical” Tubman. He does so not to diminish Tubman’s achievements but rather to explore the interplay of history and myth in our national consciousness. Analyzing how [...]

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Ryan Swanson, The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

By |2019-10-12T11:06:34-04:00October 12th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In full and intricate detail, featuring an amazing cast of characters from the worlds of politics, athletics, entertainment and more, this is the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt helped shepherd in an American sports [...]

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David Cohen, Churchill and Attlee: The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War

By |2019-10-09T18:56:26-04:00October 9th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In 1940, Clement Attlee took Labour into the wartime coalition government and serving under Churchill, becoming Britain’s first Deputy Prime Minister. Churchill concentrated on the war effort, while Attlee was left in charge of domestic [...]

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Susan Ware, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

By |2019-10-02T14:27:28-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Bookshelf|

Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.

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September 2019

J. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

By |2019-09-24T15:26:57-04:00September 24th, 2019|Bookshelf|

This book uses primary source material and interviews with key participants to provide a comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK's administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the [...]

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Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

By |2019-09-16T15:06:50-04:00September 16th, 2019|Bookshelf|

One of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: it tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections [...]

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