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Junipero Serra

by Steven W. Hackel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 03, 2013)

A portrait of the priest and colonialist who is one of the most important figures in California's history

In the 1770s, just as Britain's American subjects were freeing themselves from the burdens of colonial...

Strom Thurmond's America

by Joseph Crespino Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2012)

"Do not forget that ‘skill and integrity' are the keys to success." This was the last piece of advice on a list Will Thurmond gave his son Strom in 1923. The younger Thurmond would keep the words in mind throughout...

All But My Life

by Gerda Weissmann Klein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 1995)

All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival...


by Elie Wiesel & Marion Wiesel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 07, 2012)

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This...

The Essential Lincoln

by Orville Vernon Burton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2009)

Eloquent, humble, and shrewd, Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest presidents, and The Essential Lincoln brings together his most defining speeches, public and private correspondence, and personal notations...

To Tell the Truth Freely

by Mia Bay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 02, 2010)

Born to slaves in 1862, Ida B. Wells became a fearless antilynching crusader, women's rights advocate, and journalist. Wells's refusal to accept any compromise on racial inequality caused her to be labeled a...

Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas

by Alan Trachtenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2008)

A new assemblage of masterly essays from a foremost scholar of American history and culture

Alan Trachtenberg has always been interested in cultural artifacts that register meanings and feelings that Americans...

Fortunate Son

by Charles L. Ponce de Leon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 07, 2007)

Elvis Presley was celebrity's perfect storm. His sole but substantial contribution was talent, a fact Charles L. Ponce de Leon is careful to demonstrate throughout his wonderfully contextual Fortunate Son. Even...

Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

by Paul E. Johnson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 16, 2004)

The true history of a legendary American folk hero

In the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, working there (when he wasn't drinking) as a mill hand for one of America's new textile...

A Season in Mecca

by Abdellah Hammoudi & Pascale Ghazaleh Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 10, 2006)

An unforgettable report on one man's hajj--the sacred rite that brings millions of Muslims to Mecca every year

In 1999, the Moroccan scholar Abdellah Hammoudi, trained in Paris and teaching in America, decided...

Margaret Sanger

by Jean H. Baker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2011)

Undoubtedly the most influential advocate for birth control even before the term existed, Margaret Sanger ignited a movement that has shaped our society to this day. Her views on reproductive rights have made...


by Harvard Sitkoff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 06, 2009)

A Stunning Reappraisal of King and His Increased Relevance

Might Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest accomplishments have been ahead of him? His murder in April 1968 did far more than cut tragically short the life...

The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman, Apostle of Abolition

by Thomas P. Slaughter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 13, 2009)

A biography of the famous eighteenth-century Quaker whose abolitionist fervor and spiritual practice made him a model for generations of Americans

John Woolman (1720–72) was perhaps the most significant American...

Thomas Paine and the Promise of America

by Harvey J. Kaye Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2007)

Thomas Paine was one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world and the greatest radical of a radical age. Through writings like Common Sense—and words such as "The sun never shined on a...

Cuban Star

by Adrian Burgos, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011)

A proud and boisterous Negro League team owner, Alex Pompez rose to prominence during Latino baseball's earliest glory days. As a passionate and steadfast advocate for Latino players, he helped bring baseball...

Clarence Darrow

by Andrew E. Kersten Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011)

Clarence Darrow is best remembered for his individual cases, whether defending the thrill killers Leopold and Loeb or John Scopes's right to teach evolution in the classroom. In the first full-length biography...

Mourning Diary

by Roland Barthes & Richard Howard Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 12, 2010)

A major discovery: The lost diary of a great mind—and an intimate, deeply moving study of grief

The day after his mother's death in October 1977, the influential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of...

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

by Lori D. Ginzberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 31, 2010)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That nearly all of her ideas—that women are entitled to seek an education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote—are now commonplace...

The Age of Lincoln

by Orville Vernon Burton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 08, 2008)

Stunning in its breadth and conclusions, The Age of Lincoln is a fiercely original history of the five decades that pivoted around the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Abolishing slavery, the age's most extraordinary...

Stephen Crane

by John Berryman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 1982)

This is the only biography by a leading American poet of the great American writer, Stephen Crane. John Berryman originally wrote this book in 1950 for the distinguished "American Men of Letters" series, and...


by George Martin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2005)

The exemplary life of an extraordinary politician and reformer.

"A meticulously researched, substantial contribution to New York history." - Kirkus Reviews

Though he held no elected or appointed office, the New...

The Big Sea

by Langston Hughes & Arnold Rampersad Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 02, 2015)

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade--Harlem and Paris....

The Soldier's Pen

by Robert E. Bonner & James G. Basker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 2007)

They are all infantrymen; none were commissioned officers. One is a German-speaking artist whose sole record is nineteen stunning watercolors that cover a year's enlistment. Another is a free black from Syracuse,...

Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson

by Darren Staloff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 06, 2007)

Where The Ideas for which We Stand came from.

In this incisively drawn book, Darren Staloff forcefully reminds us that America owes its guiding political traditions to three Founding Fathers whose lives embodied...

William Clark and the Shaping of the West

by Landon Y. Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 12, 2005)

Between 1803 and 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark co-captained the most famous expedition in American history. But while Lewis ended his life just three years later, Clark, as the highest-ranking Federal...

Murdering McKinley

by Eric Rauchway Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2007)

When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist...