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The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl Wiley (November 04, 2014)

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...

Finding, Framing, and Hanging Jefferson: A Lost Letter, a Remarkable Discovery, and Freedom of Speech in an Age of Terrorism

by Alan Dershowitz Wiley (November 01, 2007)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law School professor, and tireless defender of civil liberties unearths a little-known letter by his hero, Thomas Jefferson, and shares its secrets. The letter...

Blood of the Caesars: How the Murder of Germanicus Led to the Fall of Rome

by Stephen Dando-Collins Wiley (February 01, 2008)

Could the killing of Germanicus Julius Caesar-the grandson of Mark Antony, adopted son of the emperor Tiberius, father of Caligula, and grandfather of Nero-while the Roman Empire was still in its infancy have...

In Peace and War: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point

by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank Wiley (September 01, 2007)

Founded in 1937, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, has trained more than 20,000 professional mariners-and, in the process, has weathered many turbulent times.

In Peace and War draws on...

The Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisoned, 1600-2000

by Alex Roland Wiley (November 01, 2007)

The history of shipping in America, as traditionally recounted, is based primarily on the fortunes of the American merchant marine. This book offers a global perspective and considers oceanic shipping and domestic...

Founding Fathers: The Essential Guide to the Men Who Made America

by The Encyclopaedia Britannica & Joseph J. Ellis Wiley (August 01, 2007)

An authoritative, accessible guide to the figures who shaped a nation

How did upstart colonists solidify the ideas celebrated in the Declaration of Independence and defeat the powerful British army? How did thinkers...

Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship

by Angus Konstam Wiley (August 01, 2008)

Savor the story of the ultimate warship in Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship, which chronicles the history of Sovereign of the Seas, an immensely powerful floating...

America's Second Revolution: How George Washington Defeated Patrick Henry and Saved the Nation

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (September 01, 2007)

The Declaration of Independence liberated one continent from domination by another, but the Constitution revolutionized the world--by entrusting citizens with rights never before in history granted to ordinary...

Lincoln Center: A Promise Realized, 1979 - 2006

by Stephen Stamas Wiley (November 01, 2006)

This book chronicles the major milestones in the artistic, physical, and administrative history of Lincoln Center's last two-and-a-half decades. Filled with over sixty beautiful black-and-white photographs that...

Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America's Coming of Age as a Superpower

by Nicolaus Mills Wiley (January 01, 2008)

Politicians of every stripe frequently invoke the Marshall Plan in support of programs aimed at using American wealth to extend the nation's power and influence, solve intractable third-world economic problems,...

Israel at Sixty: An Oral History of a Nation Reborn

by Deborah Hart Strober Wiley (February 01, 2008)

Based on extensive interviews, Israel at Sixty presents a balanced, comprehensive account of this complex and amazing land. It re-creates historic events from the actions of Israel's founding visionaries through...

Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

by Greg King Wiley (June 01, 2007)

Power, pageantry, and pride

Queen Victoria ruled the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, covering one fourth of the earth's land surface, reigning over subjects on every continent, and exercising undisputed...

John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (September 01, 2000)


"Noah Webster was a truly remarkable man; shrewd, passionate, learned and energetic, God-fearing and patriotic. Mr. Unger...

The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas

by John Buchanan Wiley (July 01, 1999)

A brilliant account of the proud and ferocious American fighters who stood up to the British forces in savage battles crucial in deciding both the fate of the Carolina colonies and the outcome of the war.


Heart of the Storm: My Adventures as a Helicopter Rescue Pilot and Commander

by Col. Edward L. Fleming Wiley (April 01, 2004)

Advance praise for Heart of the Storm

"Col. Ed Fleming tells a story of true heroism about the constant dangers faced by the pilots and crews who fly the most versatile-and vulnerable-aircraft in the skies today."-John...

The Battle for Okinawa

by Colonel Hiromichi Yahara & Frank B. Gibney Wiley (March 07, 1997)

Critical acclaim for The Battle for Okinawa

"An indispensable account of the fighting and of Okinawa's role in the Japanese defense of the home islands." --The Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating, highly intelligent...

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

by Stephen Kinzer Wiley (January 01, 2008)

With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century...

Four Girls from Berlin: A True Story of a Friendship That Defied the Holocaust

by Marianne Meyerhoff Wiley (August 01, 2007)

A pair of silver Regency candlesticks.

Pieces of well-worn family jewelry.

More than a thousand documents, letters, and photographs

Lotte Meyerhoff's best friends risked their lives in Nazi Germany to safeguard...

The Red Orchestra

by V. E. Tarrant Wiley (February 01, 1996)

A fascinating account of one of the most successful spying operations of World War II

Long recognized as one of the most successful (and ruthless) spy networks in history, the Red Orchestra was a group of Soviet...

Hide and Seek: The Untold Story of Cold War Naval Espionage

by Peter A. Huchthausen & Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix Wiley (January 01, 2009)

Through dramatic incidents tells for the first time the full story of the development of Cold War naval intelligence from the end of WWII to the breakup the Soviet Union in 1991, from both sides, East and West....

Mounted Warriors: From Alexander the Great and Cromwell to Stuart, Sheridan, and Custer

by Gene Smith Wiley (April 01, 2009)

Men, Horses, and All Kinds of Weapons

It may startle some people to remember that, little more than a century ago, the horse was not only humanity's primary means of swift transportation, it was also a major...

The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado

by Karl F. Friday Wiley (November 01, 2007)

A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world

Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to...

The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be

by Michael Lux Wiley (January 14, 2009)

This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform...

The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches That Shaped History

by Wynton C. Hall Wiley (February 01, 2007)

Award-winning presidential scholar and speechwriter Wynton Hall brings together the Republican Party's greatest oratorical gems, from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Teddy Roosevelt's the Man with the Muckrake...

Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

by John C. McManus Wiley (February 01, 2007)

At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II's Battle of the Bulge-the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered ten to...

Defcon-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis

by Norman Polmar Wiley (January 01, 2006)

The closest we've ever come to the end of the world

"DEFCON-2 is the best single volume on the Cuban Missile Crisis published and is an important contribution to the history of the Cold War. Beyond the military...

The French War Against America: How a Trusted Ally Betrayed Washington and the Founding Fathers

by Harlow Giles Unger Wiley (March 01, 2005)

Acclaim for The French War Against America

"A very readable and provocative tale of early Franco-American relations that will please some and infuriate others."-John Buchanan, author of The Road to Valley Forge:...

The History Detectives Explore Lincoln's Letter, Parker's Sax, and Mark Twain's Watch: And Many More Mysteries of America's Past

by Barbara Karg Wiley (July 01, 2008)

Explore the secrets of America's past with the official companion to PBS's History Detectives

Could a Civil War POW have fashioned a working camera from a tin can, a spyglass lens, and a pine plank? What can...

A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York

by Greg King Wiley (October 01, 2008)

Journey through the splendor and the excesses of the Gilded Age

"Every aspect of life in the Gilded Age took on deeper, transcendent meaning intended to prove the greatness of America: residences beautified their...

I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation

by Bruce Chadwick Wiley (January 01, 2009)

"A good story, well told, of a sliver of life in Richmond, a small, elite-driven capital city in the young nation's most influential state."

-Publishers Weekly

George Wythe clung to the mahogany banister as he...

Rise of an Empire: How One Man United Greece to Defeat Xerxes's Persians

by Stephen Dando-Collins Wiley (July 09, 2013)

The true story behind the events in 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to Zack Snyder's 300

The action-filled movie 300 focused on Ancient Greece's epic battle of Thermopylae, in which King Leonidas led 300 Spartans...

Undercover Tales of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (March 01, 2000)

Critical acclaim for William B. Breuer

"A first-class historian." --The Wall Street Journal


"A wealth of insights."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

"Anyone interested...

Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel

by Ruth Elias & Margot Bettauer Dembo Wiley (September 01, 1999)

Triumph of Hope From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel

Now available in English, here is the award-winning and internationally acclaimed testament of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several...

Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

by Fred Kaplan Wiley (May 18, 2009)

America's power is in decline, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past few years is well known. Why it happened continues to...

Vendetta!: Fidel Castro and the Kennedy Brothers

by William B. Breuer Wiley (April 21, 2008)

1960. As the Cold War reaches its height, so does postwar prosperity, and the American people celebrate their optimism by electing as president the young, charismatic John F. Kennedy. Just 90 miles from the...

The Knight: A Portrait of Europe's Warrior Elite

by Alan Baker Wiley (April 21, 2008)

An up-close introduction to the most admired warriors in history

"They mounted their horses, grasped the lances made of fine Bordeaux Steel, closed the visors of their helmets, and made their way to their stations...

Secret Weapons of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (August 24, 2007)

Critical Acclaim for Secret Weapons of World War II

"Breuer has produced yet another collection of rip-roaring tales. . . . A delightful addition to the niche that Breuer has so successfully carved out."


Grant Wins the War: Decision at Vicksburg

by James R. Arnold Wiley (August 24, 2007)

Vicksburg is the key. . . . Let us get Vicksburg, and all that country is ours.--President Abraham Lincoln, 1862

In a brilliantly constructed and powerfully rendered new account, James R. Arnold offers a penetrating...

Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (August 24, 2007)

"As combat veterans and high commanders know, logic is often a stranger in wartime." --William B. Breuer, in

The annals of World War II are mined with captivating cases of strange coincidences, ominous premonitions,...

Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture

by David Bollier Wiley (April 21, 2008)

An impassioned, darkly amusing look at how corporations misuse copyright law to stifle creativity and free speech

If you want to make fun of Mickey or Barbie on your Web site, you may be hearing from some corporate...

Mysteries of My Father

by Thomas Fleming Wiley (April 21, 2008)

A son comes of age in a fiercely political world

"Thomas Fleming gives us an unforgettable story about an immigrant family—his family—as it struggles to find a place in the American century. He shares with...

Jackson's Way: Andrew Jackson and the People of the Western Waters

by John Buchanan Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Praise for Jackson's Way

"A compelling account of Jackson's Indian-fighting days . . . as well a grand sweep of the conquest of the trans-Appalachian West, a more complex, bloody, and intrigue-filled episode...

The Black Washingtonians: The Anacostia Museum Illustrated Chronology

by Eleanor Holmes Norton & The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture Wiley (April 21, 2008)

The Black Washingtonians


A history of African American life in our nation's capital, in words and pictures

From the Smithsonian Institution's renowned Anacostia Museum...

Unrestricted Warfare: How a New Breed of Officers Led the Submarine Force to Victory in World War II

by James F. DeRose Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Unrestricted Warfare reveals the dramatic story of the harsh baptism by fire faced by U.S. submarine commanders in World War II. The first skippers went to battle hamstrung by conservative peacetime training...

Top Secret Tales of World War II

by William B. Breuer Wiley (April 21, 2008)

Critical Acclaim for TOP SECRET TALES of World War II

"A book for rainy days and long solitary nights by the fire. If there were a genre for cozy nonfiction, this would be the template."-Publishers Weekly


The Sancy Blood Diamond: Power, Greed, and the Cursed History of One of the World's Most Coveted Gems

by Susan Ronald Wiley (May 02, 2008)

The fascinating six-hundred-year history of one of the world's most coveted gems and the royal feuds, intrigues, and betrayals it engendered

The Sancy Diamond first came to Europe from India in the fourteenth...

Scientific American Science Desk Reference

by The Editors of Scientific American Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Who names newly discovered planets? What exactly are black holes? Where are there the most earthquakes? When did the first Homo sapiens walk the earth? Why is the night sky dark? How does the fluoride in toothpaste...

Into the House of the Ancestors: Inside the New Africa

by Karl Maier Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Experience Africa's vibrant and volatile struggle at the crossroads between tradition and modernity . . .


"Rich . . . fascinating." --The New York Times Book Review

"A master of...

War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II

by Peter Padfield Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Praise for War Beneath the Sea

"I am truly filled with awe and admiration...fascinating and a great contribution to the entire lore of submarines.... I wish I had written the book." ?Capt. Edward L. Beach, USN...

Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815

by Nathan Miller Wiley (May 02, 2008)


"Pace the pitching black deck with a sleepless Admiral Nelson the night before battle bestows eternal rest and peerless immortality upon him; envision with Mahan the storm-tossed and ever-watchful...