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One-Night Stands with American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

by Richard Shenkman & Kurt Reiger HarperCollins e-books (June 07, 2011)

Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!

This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt...


Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs

by Deborah Willis & Kevin Merida HarperCollins e-books (May 17, 2011)

Through 150 striking color photographs, Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs charts the road to Barack Obama's nomination as the first African American to lead the presidential ticket of a major party....


Presidential Ambition: Gaining Power At Any Cost

by Richard Shenkman HarperCollins e-books (May 31, 2011)

In this timely, illuminating, and often shocking book, Richard Shenkman reveals that it is not just recent presidents but all presidents who have been ambitious--and at times frighteningly so, willing to sacrifice...


The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

by Andrew Roberts HarperCollins e-books (May 17, 2011)

"Roberts'spopulist approach makes for a rollicking good read and never comes at theexpense of accuracy. His mastery of the huge variety of subjects is trulyimpressive and his ability to marshal these subjects...


American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are

by Wade Graham HarperCollins e-books (April 05, 2011)

American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose.” —Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate:...


The Myth of the Great War

by John Mosier & Literary Group International HarperCollins e-books (March 29, 2011)

Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with...


How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States

by Bill Fawcett HarperCollins e-books (March 22, 2011)

“Fawcett rivals Jim Dunnigan as a general-audience military analyst.”

Publishers Weekly

An expert on historical military incompetence, Bill Fawcett now offers an engrossing, fact-filled collection that...


Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

by Nicholas Ostler HarperCollins e-books (March 22, 2011)

Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common...


Marching Through Georgia: Story of Soldiers and Civilians During Sherman's Campaign

by Lee B. Kennett HarperCollins e-books (March 29, 2011)

In this engrossing work of history, Lee Kennett brilliantly brings General Sherman's 1864 invasion of Georgia to life by capturing the ground-level experiences of the soldiers and civilians who witnesses the...


Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II

by Michael Burleigh HarperCollins e-books (March 22, 2011)

"Magnificent. . . . Seldom has a study of the past combined such erudition with such exuberance." —The Guardian 

"No-one with an interest in the Second World War should be without this book; and indeed...


God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot

by Alice Hogge HarperCollins e-books (March 15, 2011)

One evening in 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk, England. They were Jesuit priests, Englishmen, and their aim was to achieve by force...


She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

by Helen Castor HarperCollins e-books (February 22, 2011)

“Helen Castor has an exhilarating narrative gift. . . . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding.” —Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall 

In the tradition...


Going Dutch

by Lisa Jardine HarperCollins e-books (February 22, 2011)

On November 5, 1688, William of Orange, Protestant ruler of the Dutch Republic, landed at Torbay in Devon with a force of twenty thousand men. Five months later, William and his wife, Mary, were jointly crowned...


Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

by Tom Shroder & John Konrad HarperCollins e-books (March 01, 2011)

"A phenomenal feat of journalism. . . . I tore through it like a novel but with the queasy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true." —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War

Blending exclusive...


Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff

by H. R. McMaster HarperCollins e-books (March 01, 2011)

"The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D.C."

—H. R. McMaster (from the Conclusion)

Dereliction...


To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

by Mark Lee Gardner HarperCollins e-books (February 09, 2010)

“So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”

 —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers

 

No outlaw typifies America’s mythic Wild West...


American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

by Daniel Rasmussen HarperCollins e-books (January 04, 2011)

A gripping and deeply revealing history of an infamous slave rebellion that nearly toppled New Orleans and changed the course of American history

In January 1811, five hundred slaves, dressed in military uniforms...


The Blitzkrieg Myth

by John Mosier HarperCollins e-books (February 01, 2011)

A bold reinterpretation of some of the most decisive battles of World War II, showing that the outcomes had less to do with popular new technology than old–fashioned, on–the–ground warfare.

The military...


500 Great Facts to Know About America

by Bill Adler HarperCollins e-books (February 08, 2011)

A pro-American look at history calls for a celebration of American achievement, discussing how the pilgrims staved off starvation, facts behind the song ""Yankee Doodle Dandy,"" the mystery behind Zachary Taylor's...


The Clockwork Universe

by Edward Dolnick HarperCollins e-books (February 08, 2011)

New York Times bestselling author Edward Dolnick brings to light the true story of one of the most pivotal moments in modern intellectual history—when a group of strange, tormented geniuses invented science...


Blood and Rage: History of Terrorism

by Michael Burleigh HarperCollins e-books (February 15, 2011)

In this sweeping and deeply penetrating work, distinguished historian Michael Burleigh explores the nature of terrorism from its origins in the West to the current global threat fueled by fundamentalists. Burleigh...


The Sixth Wife

by Suzannah Dunn HarperCollins e-books (February 15, 2011)

A gripping novel of love, passion, betrayal, and heartbreak in the unstable Tudor court following the death of King Henry VIII

Clever, level-headed Katherine Parr has suffered through four years of marriage to...


Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, And The Second World War

by Warren F. Kimball HarperCollins e-books (February 08, 2011)

World War II created the union between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, molding it from start to finish, while the partnership itself shaped many of the most significant moments of the war and the peace...


Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

by Barbara Mertz HarperCollins e-books (January 25, 2011)

A fascinating, erudite, and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt—this acclaimed classic work is now revised and updated for a new generation

Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring...


Devil at My Heels

by Louis Zamperini & David Rensin HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

The bestselling autobiography of the legendary Louis Zamperini, hero of the blockbuster Unbroken.

A modern classic by an American legend, Devil at My Heels is the riveting and deeply personal memoir by U.S....


The American Reader

by Diane Ravitch HarperCollins e-books (December 07, 2010)

The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse.  The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were...


Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward

by Paul Johnson HarperCollins e-books (November 30, 2010)

“It is Johnson’s gift that he can make his subjects human and fallible enough that we would…recognize them instantly, while also illuminating what made them heroes.” —Washington Post Book World on...


Letters on the Wall: Offerings and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

by Michael Sofarelli HarperCollins e-books (November 30, 2010)

Since its creation in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become the most visited National Park Services site. Each year, 4.5 million people come to the Wall. Many of them leave letters or other special...


The Complete Angler

by James Prosek HarperCollins e-books (November 16, 2010)

James Prosek has been called "the Audubon of the fishing world" by the New York Times. A passionate fisherman and talented artist from a young age, he published two illustrated books on fish and fishing while...


April 1865

by Jay Winik HarperCollins e-books (November 16, 2010)

One month in 1865 witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond, a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare, Lee's harrowing retreat, and then, Appomattox. It saw Lincoln's assassination just five days...


Morning of Fire: John Kendrick's Daring American Odyssey in the Pacific

by Scott Ridley HarperCollins e-books (November 02, 2010)

Morning of Fire by Scott Ridley is the thrilling story of 18th century American explorer and expeditioner John Kedrick as he journeyed  for land and trade in the Pacific. Set against the backdrop of one...


Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

by Mr. Thomas B. Allen HarperCollins e-books (November 09, 2010)

From historian Thomas B. Allen, author of Remember Pearl Harbor and George Washington, Spy Master comes a sweeping, dramatic history of the Americans who fought alongside the British on the losing side of the...


Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

by Simon Winchester HarperCollins e-books (November 02, 2010)

"Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring…A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." —Kirkus Reviews (starred...


The Secret of Chanel No. 5

by Tilar J. Mazzeo HarperCollins e-books (November 09, 2010)

“Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” —Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best...


The Women Jefferson Loved

by Virginia Scharff HarperCollins e-books (October 26, 2010)

“A focused, fresh spin on Jeffersonian biography.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello and David McCullough’s John Adams, historian Virginia Scharff...


A Short History of Reconstruction

by Eric Foner HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award,...


The Lost Peace

by Robert Dallek HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

"Robert Dallek brings to this majestic work a profound understanding of history, a deep engagement in foreign policy, and a lifetime of studying leadership. The story of what went wrong during the postwar period…has...


The Making of the President 1968

by Theodore H. White HarperCollins e-books (October 05, 2010)

“White unites a novelist's knack of dramatization and a historian's sense of significance with a synthesizing skill that grasps the reader by the lapels.” —Newsweek

The third book in Theodore H. White's...


The Making of the President 1972

by Theodore H. White HarperCollins e-books (October 05, 2010)

“[White] revolutionized the art of political reporting.” —William F. Buckley

The Making of the President 1972 is the fourth book in Theodore H. White’s landmark series, a riveting account of the 1972...


Bloody Crimes

by James L. Swanson HarperCollins e-books (September 28, 2010)

In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson—the Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt—brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate...


Cathedral, Forge, and  Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (September 21, 2010)

An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.


A Medieval Family

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (September 21, 2010)

The fascinating story of the fortunes of one medieval family over the course of a century, from bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies.

The Pastons were members of the English gentry—a tiny group of...


Gettysburg

by Noah Andre Trudeau HarperCollins e-books (September 14, 2010)

America's Civil War raged for more than four years, but it is the three days of fighting in the Pennsylvania countryside in July 1863 that continues to fascinate, appall, and inspire new generations with its...


The Reshaping of Everyday Life

by Jack Larkin HarperCollins e-books (September 07, 2010)

"Compact and insightful. "--New York Times Book Review "Jack Larkin has retrieved the irretrievable; the intimate facts of everyday life that defined what people were really like."--American Heritage


Life in a Medieval Village

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (September 07, 2010)

The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.

This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing...


Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory

by Edward G. Lengel HarperCollins e-books (January 18, 2011)

“Lengel’s Washington is the archetypal American soldier—an amateur citizen in arms who struggles to learn an unfamiliar and demanding craft on the job....Outstanding.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)...


How to Lose WWII: Bad Mistakes of the Good War

by Bill Fawcett HarperCollins e-books (August 10, 2010)

How to Lose WWII is an engrossing, fact-filled collection from Bill Fawcett that sheds light on the biggest, and dumbest, screw-ups of the Great War. In the vein of his other phenomenal compendiums of amazing...


The Confederate Nation

by Emory M. Thomas HarperCollins e-books (February 01, 2011)

The Confederate Nation has yet to be superseded as the standard title on the subject. ” —Journal of Southern History, 2007

“Incisive and insightful…. As good a short history of the Southern war effort...


Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages

by Frances Gies HarperCollins e-books (August 03, 2010)

A compelling, lucid, and highly readable chronicle of medieval life written by the authors of the bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City

Historians have only recently awakened to the...


Life in a Medieval City

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (August 03, 2010)

From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Evoking every...