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Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley St. Martin's Press (November 03, 2014)

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined...


The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette

by John Muir & Richard F. Fleck WestWinds Press (September 15, 2014)

John Muir agreed in 1881 to sail aboard the Corwin, whose fruitless mission it was to search for the missing scientific research vessel Jeannette, which itself became icebound while exploring the distant and...


State Facts for Fun! Hawaii

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (July 11, 2014)

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Hawaii is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


State Facts for Fun! Alaska

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (July 09, 2014)

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Alaska is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


1968: Eye Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press (May 15, 2014)

The first novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


The Wolves of Alaska: A Fact-based Saga

by Jim Rearden Alaska Northwest Books (January 14, 2014)

Alaska has announced that wolves are to be killed on the Tanana Flats near Fairbanks to allow a moose population to rebuild. A pretty Boston school teacher, representing an animal rights organization, arrives...


Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California

by Emily E. Straus University of Pennsylvania Press (March 10, 2014)

This sophisticated history of Compton shows how increasing poverty, violence, and public education controversies made an inner-ring suburb resemble a troubled urban center over the course of the twentieth century...


The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2014)

The Bilko Athletic Club is the story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The Angels compiled a 107-61 won-loss...


1970: "I" Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press (February 15, 2014)

The third novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


State Facts for Fun! California

by Wyatt Michaels Denise Lorenz (November 12, 2012)

State Facts for Fun! California is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


State Facts for Fun! Colorado

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (December 05, 2012)

State Facts for Fun! Colorado is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


The California and Oregon Trail

by Francis Parkman Skyhorse (February 18, 2014)

The classic account of one man's journey into the wild American frontier.

In the spring of 1846, Francis Parkman, a Harvard-educated Boston-born aristocrat, headed west to experience the untamed regions of America,...


The Octopus

by Frank Norris Dover Publications (February 05, 2013)

Based on an actual bloody dispute in 1880 between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad, this tale of greed, betrayal, and a lust for power is played out during the waning days of the western frontier....


The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

by J. W. Powell Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations.


Maxwell Land Grant: Facsimile of 1942 Edition

by William A. Keleher Sunstone Press (January 15, 2008)

When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United...


Memoirs, Episodes in New Mexico History, 1892-1969: Facsimile of 1969 Edition

by William A. Keleher Sunstone Press (April 15, 2008)

William A. Keleher always had an active curiosity and this made him an outstanding newspaperman and an indefatigable researcher of historical events. It led him into many intellectual adventures that resulted...


Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce

by Kent Nerburn HarperOne (October 13, 2009)

Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as...


The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

by John N. Maclean Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling...


Lady at the O.K. Corral

by Ann Kirschner Harper (March 05, 2013)

Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner is the definitive biography of a Jewish girl from New York who won the heart of Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years, she was the...


San Francisco's Lost Landmarks

by James R. Smith Craven Street Books (October 01, 2004)

With long-forgotten stories and evocative photographs, this collection showcases the once-familiar sites that have faded into dim memories and hazy legends. Not just a list of places, facts, and dates, this...


The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail

by Larry E. Morris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 26, 2012)

The Perilous West tells the story of seven adventurers who traveled west in 1806 and forged the Oregon Trail. Their monumental journeys, lionhearted spirit, and unique legacies are captured in this riveting...


Prisoner 1082: Escape from Crumlin Road Prison, Europe's Alcatraz

by Donal Donnelly The Collins Press (March 01, 2010)

On St Stephen's Day 1960 Dónal Donnelly made his dramatic escape from the prison known as 'Europe's Alcatraz'. Three years earlier, the teenage Dónal had been convicted of membership of the IRA in the first...


The First Strange Place: The Alchemy of Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii

by Beth Bailey & David Farber Free Press (December 04, 2012)

Just as World War I introduced Americans to Europe, making an indelible impression on thousands of farmboys who were changed forever "after they saw Paree," so World War II was the beginning of America's encounter...


The Wild, Wild West

by John Richard Stephens, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson & Washington Irving et al. Fern Canyon Press (March 06, 2013)

A town that had a man for breakfast every morning.

That's how Tombstone, Arizona was described in the late-1800s, bolstering the myth that a corpse would be found cooling in the town's dusty streets each sunrise....


Kauai

by Stormy Cozad Arcadia Publishing (August 11, 2008)

Explore the beautiful island of Kauai through this magnificent collection of photographs.

Capt. James Cook stood on his ship gazing at the coastline of Kauai and the Hawaiian village of Waimea in 1778. Kauai...


Occidental

by Bob Dougherty, Mary Pozzi & Barbara Gonnella Arcadia Publishing (September 07, 2020)

Occidental is a picturesque village in West Sonoma County nestled between the Salmon Creek and Dutch Bill Creek watersheds. William "Dutch Bill" Howard is considered the first permanent European settler in 1849,...


Wicked Virginia City

by Peter B. Mires The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Perched on the side of a mountain in the Nevada desert, Virginia City existed for one reason only: to make money. The mining frenzy of the mid-nineteenth century uncovered veins of precious metals that would...


Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country

by Ken Robison The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Withdrawal of the mighty Hudson Bay Company from present-day Alberta and Saskatchewan created a lawless environment with new economic opportunities. A cross-border trading bond arose with growing steamboat mercantile...


Haunted Creede

by Kandra Payne The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Brave men and women came to seek their fortunes in the rough-and-tumble boomtown of Creede. Miners, merchants, dance hall girls, gunslingers and gamblers still haunt its streets and halls. How many ghosts are...


Ghosts and Legends of Calico

by Brian Clune & Bob Davis The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Set against the painted hills of the Mojave Desert, this town "as purdy as a gal's calico skirt" once was California's most prolific silver mining community. Now Calico lives again as a museum and tourist attraction,...


The Queen of Denver

by Shelby Carr & Thomas J. "Dr. Colorado" Noel The History Press (September 07, 2020)

For more than four decades at the turn of the century, Louise Sneed Hill ruled over Denver's high society with her southern charm, societal tact and passion for success. Hill created a society group dubbed the...


Stories of the Humboldt Wagon Road

by Andy Mark The History Press (October 12, 2020)

Before the completion of the transcontinental railroad, there was the Chico and Humboldt Wagon Road, meant to connect California with the burgeoning mining industries of Nevada and Idaho. The ambitious plan...


San Diego's Sunset Cliffs Park

by Kathy Blavatt & Karen Scanlon The History Press (October 12, 2020)

Sunset Cliffs Park meanders along a mile and a half of San Diego's coastline, beckoning tourists and locals alike. These stunning cliffs inspired Albert Spalding, sportsman and visionary, to create a park in...


Napa Valley Lawmen and Outlaws

by Todd L. Shulman The History Press (October 12, 2020)

Law enforcement in Napa County traces its roots back to the days of Spanish rule and was formalized when California became a state in 1850. Since then, those who wear the badge have pursued the lawless in search...


The Victory Machine

by Ethan Sherwood Strauss PublicAffairs (April 13, 2020)

How money, guts, and greed built the Warriors dynasty -- and then took it apart

The Golden State Warriors dominated the NBA for the better part of a decade. Since the arrival of owner Joe Lacob, they won more...


Stealing Home

by Eric Nusbaum PublicAffairs (March 23, 2020)

A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.

Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands Basic Books (October 21, 2019)

"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold...


Desert America

by Rubén Martínez Metropolitan Books (August 06, 2012)

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the twenty-first-century West--a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of our foremost chroniclers of migration

The economic boom--and...


Butch Cassidy

by Charles Leerhsen & Pete Simonelli Simon & Schuster Audio (July 14, 2020)

Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and...


L.A. '56

by Joel Engel Thomas Dunne Books (April 09, 2012)

Los Angeles, 1956. Glamorous. Prosperous. The place to see and be seen. But beneath the shiny exterior beats a dark heart. For when the sun goes down, L.A. becomes the noir city of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential...


14 Miles

by DW Gibson & Ramón de Ocampo Simon & Schuster Audio (July 07, 2020)

An esteemed journalist delivers a compelling on-the-ground account of the construction of President Trump’s border wall in San Diego--and the impact on the lives of local residents.

In August of 2019, Donald...


Butch Cassidy

by Charles Leerhsen Simon & Schuster (July 14, 2020)

Charles Leerhsen brings the notorious Butch Cassidy to vivid life in this surprising and entertaining biography that goes beyond the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to reveal a more fascinating and...


14 Miles

by DW Gibson Simon & Schuster (July 07, 2020)

An esteemed journalist delivers a compelling on-the-ground account of the construction of President Trump’s border wall in San Diego--and the impact on the lives of local residents.

In August of 2019, Donald...


1969 and Then Some

by Robert Wintner Yucca (October 14, 2014)

The year when everything needed to be experienced and tried, when innocence was tempted, played, and lost.

1969 was that pivotal year for the baby boomers. Young and innocent, they were given the ultimate freedoms...


Doc

by R. E. Losee & Arthur L. Boland Skyhorse (September 14, 2011)

The four hundred townspeople of Ennis, Montana needed a doctor and Ronald E. Losee, MD, became "Doc." Learning from his failures and rejoicing in his triumphs, he performed appendectomies on a rickety operating-room...


Raiders

by William B. McCloskey Skyhorse (October 01, 2013)

Twenty years after his greenhorn days in William McCloskey's bestselling novel Highliners, Hank Crawford stands tall as a respected fishing captain in Kodiak, Alaska.

Set amongst the tumult of the early 1980s,...


Breakers

by William B. McCloskey Skyhorse (October 01, 2013)

William McCloskey's bestselling novel Highliners established him as an authority on the dangers and hardships of the Alaskan fishing industry. Now in an epic sequel, Breakers returns to Kodiak to chart the fortunes...


Warriors

by William B. McCloskey Skyhorse (June 20, 2017)

William McCloskey is back and better than ever in Warriors, the potent new prequel to Highliners, Breakers, and Raiders. Long before Hank Crawford arrived in the waters of Ketchikan, his partners and compatriots...


Death Valley in '49

by William Lewis Manly Skyhorse (January 26, 2016)

A survivor's true account of death, despair, and heroism in Death Valley in the heat of the California Gold Rush.

At the height of the California gold rush in 1849, a wagon train of men, women, children, and...


The Saga of Billy the Kid

by Walter Noble Burns Skyhorse (November 11, 2014)

Originally published in 1926, this biography tells the rousing tale of Billy the Kid, once of the most well known outlaws in the Old West. The Saga of Billy the Kid focuses on a period of time where two dangerous...