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A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

by Louis J. Parascandola & John Parascandola Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis...


Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office

by Frederick Douglass Opie Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Upsetting the Apple Cart looks at the history of black-Latino coalitions in New York City from 1959 to 1989. In those years, African American and Latino Progressives organized, mobilized, and transformed neighborhoods,...


The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings

by Perry Miller & Thomas H. Johnson Dover Publications (September 22, 2014)

Critically acclaimed classic lets Puritans speak for themselves in crucial documents covering history, theory of state and society, religion, customs, behavior, biographies and letters, poetry, literary theory,...


Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park

by Paul Marion Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

Mill Power documents the making of a national park that changed the concept of what a national historical park could be.

For a time in the 1800s, Lowell was Massachusetts’s cosmopolitan, must-see second city....


A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864

by Robert McCaughey Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

In this comprehensive social history of Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival research with oral testimony and contemporary interviews to...


The King's Best Highway

by Eric Jaffe Scribner (June 22, 2010)

A VIVID AND FASCINATING LOOK AT AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST STORIED HIGHWAY, THE BOSTON POST ROAD

 

During its evolution from Indian trails to modern interstates, the Boston Post...


Dogtown

by Elyssa East Free Press (December 01, 2009)

The area known as Dogtown -- an isolated colonial ruin and surrounding 3,000-acre woodland in storied seaside Gloucester, Massachusetts -- has long exerted a powerful influence over artists, writers, eccentrics,...


Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era

by Lawrence S. DiCara & Chris Black Hamilton Books (August 15, 2013)

This book tells the personal and political story of Larry DiCara, the youngest person ever elected to the Boston City Council. In this memoir, he offers an insider’s perspective on the decade of turmoil of...


Ghosts of Acadia

by Marcus LiBrizzi Down East Books (May 01, 2011)

Following in the tradition of his first collection of ghost stories, Dark Woods, Chill Waters, Marcus LiBrizzi has researched and written a collection of 21 true ghost stories from the Acadia/Mount Desert Island...


Bar Harbor's Gilded Century: Opulence to Ashes

by Lydia Vandenberg & Earle G. Shettleworth Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

Maine's premier tourist destination, Bar Harbor has many historic buildings. The area was once a shipbuilding and farming hamlet that became a Gilded Age resort of the highest order-until a fire in 1947 destroyed...


The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names

by Steve Pinkham Down East Books (June 01, 2009)

How did a mountain get the name Moose's Bosom? And what's afoot with the name Toenail Ridge? Avid hiker Steve Pinkham provides informative, quirky, and sometimes downright hilarious answers to these questions....


Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt. Desert Island

by Bunny McBride & Harald Prins Down East Books (April 01, 2010)

When the Wabanaki were moved to reservations, they proved their resourcefulness by catering to the burgeoning tourist market during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Bar Harbor was called Eden. This engaging,...


Mr. Rockefeller's Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia's Carriage Roads

by Ann Rockefeller Roberts Down East Books (June 01, 2012)

The beautiful carriage roads of Mount Desert Island fit so perfectly into the land it seems as though they have always been there. Actually, they are the result of decades of planning and painstaking effort...


Looking Astern: An Artist's View of Maine's Historic Working Waterfronts

by Loretta Krupinski Down East Books (April 01, 2010)

Loretta Krupinski depicts coastal towns 70 to 150 years ago in their heyday. Each beautifully rendered image captures Maine when fishing, quarrying, and the cargo trade were the backbone of Maine's economy....


War Fever

by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith & Craig A. Hart Basic Books (March 24, 2020)

A vivid portrait of Boston in the throes of World War I, and three men whose lives were forever changed by it

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish...


American Spring

by Walter R. Borneman & Tom Taylorson Hachette Book Group (May 06, 2014)

When we look back on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks of the war were much more tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group...


New World, Inc.

by John Butman & Simon Targett Little, Brown and Company (March 19, 2018)

Three generations of English merchant adventurers-not the Pilgrims, as we have so long believed-were the earliest founders of America. Profit-not piety-was their primary motive.

Some seventy years before the...


Vote First or Die

by Scott Conroy PublicAffairs (April 17, 2017)

New Hampshire-a small state with a small, distinct population-is nevertheless the beacon of American democracy. Since 1920, its residents have been the first in the nation to cast their votes in the presidential...


Master Thieves

by Stephen Kurkjian PublicAffairs (March 09, 2015)

As featured on the "Last Seen" podcast, the thrilling, definitive story of the $500m Gardner Museum art heist, full of "characters that would make Martin Scorsese swoon" (Boston Globe)

In a secret meeting in...


American Rebels

by Nina Sankovitch St. Martin's Press (March 23, 2020)

Nina Sankovitch's American Rebels explores, for the first time, the intertwined lives of the Hancock, Quincy, and Adams families, and the role each person played in sparking the American Revolution.

Before they...


American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, A Man Who Turned Disaster Into Destiny

by Sarah S. Kilborne Free Press (October 16, 2012)

The incredible story of nineteenth-century millionaire William Skinner, a leading founder of the American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood--and his improbable, inspiring comeback to...


Skulls and Keys

by David Alan Richards Pegasus Books (September 05, 2017)

The mysterious, highly influential hidden world of Yale’s secret societies is revealed in a definitive and scholarly history.

Secret societies have fundamentally shaped America’s cultural and political landscapes....


From Darkness to Dynasty

by Jerry Thornton, Chris Andrew Ciulla & Michael Holley Blackstone Publishing (September 06, 2016)

Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the...


American Tempest

by Harlow Giles Unger & William Hughes Blackstone Publishing (March 08, 2011)

On Thursday, December 16, 1773, an estimated seven dozen men, many amateurishly disguised as Indians--then a symbol of freedom--dumped about £10,000 worth of tea in the harbor. Whatever their motives at the...


The Heathen School

by John Demos & Tom Weiner Blackstone Publishing (March 18, 2014)

The astonishing story of a unique missionary project--and theAmerica it embodied--from award-winning historian John Demos

Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newlyestablished United States looked...


The Life of William Apess, Pequot

by Philip F. Gura & Traber Burns Blackstone Publishing (March 02, 2015)

The Pequot Indian intellectual, author, anditinerant preacher William Apess was one the most important voices of thenineteenth century. Here, Philip F. Gura offers the first book-length chronicleof Apess' fascinating...


The Finest Hours

by Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman & Malcolm Hillgartner Blackstone Publishing (March 21, 2012)

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for...


Boston Strong

by Dave Wedge, Casey Sherman, Joe Barrett & Martin J. Walsh Blackstone Publishing (February 22, 2015)

Veteran journalists CaseySherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the BostonMarathon bombing with a unique, Boston-based account of the events thatriveted the world. From the Tsarnaev...


Fatal Forecast

by Michael J. Tougias & Jeff Cummings Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Fatal Forecast chronicles a dramatic fight for survival aboard two small fishing boats that were caught in a horrific surprise storm off of Cape Cod. Soon after the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever reached the fishing...


Ten Hours until Dawn

by Michael J. Tougias & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

During the height of the blizzard of 1978, a tanker foundered on the shoals off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat that was soon in trouble, too. A pilot-boat captain, Frank Quirk,...


Vote First or Die

by Scott Conroy & Jeremy Arthur PublicAffairs (April 18, 2017)

New Hampshire-a small state with a small, distinct population-is nevertheless the beacon of American democracy. Since 1920, its residents have been the first in the nation to cast their votes in the presidential...


The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast

by Kathleen J. Bragdon Columbia University Press (February 05, 2002)

Descriptions of Indian peoples of the Northeast date to the Norse sagas, centuries before permanent European settlement, and the region has been the setting for a long history of contact, conflict, and accommodation...


Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk's Public Schools

by Jeffrey L. Littlejohn & Charles H. Ford University of Virginia Press (August 13, 2012)

In Elusive Equality, Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford place Norfolk, Virginia, at the center of the South's school desegregation debates, tracing the crucial role that Norfolk's African Americans played...


New England Myths and Legends

by Diana Ross Mccain Globe Pequot Press (April 01, 2019)

New EnglandMyths and Legends explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. From vampires to an angel, a ghost rapper...


Home Now

by Cynthia Anderson PublicAffairs (October 29, 2019)

An intimately reported account of an economically depressed and overwhelmingly white town in Maine that was both thrown into upheaval and revitalized by Islamic immigrants-and a larger story of immigration and...


Sailing Ships of New England 1606-1907

by George Francis Dow & John Robinson Skyhorse (March 17, 2007)

Gathered from museums and private collections, the hundreds of images here are a reminder of a time when sailing was central to the life and growth of New England. Including paintings and photographs of vessels...


Impact Statement

by Bob Halloran Skyhorse (September 17, 2013)

As the biggest criminal trial since the Boston Strangler draws nearer, the public's fascination with the life and crimes of mob boss Whitey Bulger continues to heat up. Many stories have been told about the...


New England's Colonial Inns & Taverns

by Maria Olia Globe Pequot Press (June 30, 2016)

New England’s Colonial Inns and Taverns explores the history of these institutions and visits those that are still around. Today, there’s no better remedy for the winter blues than a visit to a Colonial...


Wildfire Loose

by Joyce Butler Down East Books (July 17, 2014)

In October 1947, Maine experienced the worst fire disaster in its history. Climaxing months of drought, fires raged across more than 200,000 acres. Nine communities were practically leveled and four others severely...


New England Nightmares

by Keven McQueen Quarry Books (September 01, 2018)

New England is renowned for its quaint towns, beautiful landscapes, and busy ports. But it is also infamous as the setting for unexplained deaths, ghost stories, bizarre murders, and peculiar wills and epitaphs....


Death on Katahdin

by Randi Minetor Down East Books (September 01, 2018)

Mount Katahdin, in Baxter State Park, is Maine's highest mountain. It is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Tucked away in the remote North Woods, it is an adventure seeker's paradise. Hiking,...


The Ninth State

by Lynn Warren Turner The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Turner's work documents New Hampshire's transition from colony to state, including the development of the state constitution, the contests between constantly mutating political parties, and the conquering of...


William Plumer of New Hampshire, 1759–1850

by Lynn Warren Turner Omohundro Institute and University of North Caroli (June 15, 2018)

This biography of William Plumer--New Hampshire lawyer, politician, senator, and governor--furnishes unique insight into state, local, and national politics in the formative period of party development. Plumer...


William Plumer of New Hampshire, 1759–1850

by Lynn Warren Turner Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

This biography of William Plumer--New Hampshire lawyer, politician, senator, and governor--furnishes unique insight into state, local, and national politics in the formative period of party development. Plumer...


Captain John Gallop

by Williams Haynes Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

Capt. John Gallop; Master Mariner and Indian Trader, and his son, John, Jr.—the colorful careers of pioneers in our coastal-West Indian trader by Williams Haynes.

Sponsored by the Gallup Family Association,...


The History of Plainville Connecticut, 1640-1918

by Henry Allen Castle Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

This is a comprehensive history of the beginnings, trials, and flourishing of Plainville Connecticut. As Gertrude Castle Nystrom wrote in the preface to her father’s book, “This history of the beginnings...


The Wethersfield Story

by Lois M. Wieder Globe Pequot Press (March 30, 2018)

Wethersfield, the oldest permanent English settlement in Connecticut, enjoys a rich historic heritage. From the small group of people who came in 1634, the Town has grown to an estimated population of 23,000....


Urban Archaeology Boston

by Dan Tobyne Down East Books (August 01, 2018)

Cities are constantly changing, constantly under construction, constantly moving forward. But if you know how and where to look, and if you look carefully, much of the past is waiting to be rediscovered beneath...


Cursed in New England

by Joseph A. Citro Globe Pequot Press (August 01, 2018)

New Englanders are always cursing. But a colorful profanity uttered by some stero-typically taciturn old Yankee is usually more humorous than menacing. Yet, true maledictions (the opposite of benedictions) have...


Rivers of Fortune

by Bill Caldwell Down East Books (January 01, 2002)

This fast-paced and fascinating story, originally published in 1983, covers a vital part of coastal Maine's history too long overlooked: the cultural history of the Penobscot, Kennebec, Saco, and Damariscotta...