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Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh By Thomas S. Kidd Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300250060
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Published: Yale University Press - May 10th, 2022

A revelatory new biography of Thomas Jefferson, focusing on his ethical and spiritual life
 
“Kidd’s biography may well be the best treatment of Jefferson’s religious and moral life available, and certainly it is among the few to take those two subjects seriously while carefully avoiding hagiography or anachronism.


The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler By Kathryn S. Olmsted Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300256420
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Published: Yale University Press - March 22nd, 2022

How six conservative media moguls hindered America and Britain from entering World War II
 
“A damning indictment. . . .


Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past By Richard Cohen Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781982195786
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

A “supremely entertaining” (The New Yorker) exploration of who gets to record the world’s history—from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns—and how their biases influence our understanding about the past.

There are many stories we can spin about previous ages, but which accounts get told? And by whom?


His Greatest Speeches: How Lincoln Moved the Nation By Diana Schaub Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250763457
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 23rd, 2021

An expert analysis of Abraham Lincoln's three most powerful speeches reveals his rhetorical genius and his thoughts on our national character.


Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath By Bill Browder Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982153281
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 12th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Following his explosive New York Times bestseller Red Notice, Bill Browder returns with another gripping thriller chronicling how he became Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy by exposing Putin’s campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stands in his way.

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The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity By David Graeber, David Wengrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374157357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.


Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova By Leo Damrosch Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300248289
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Published: Yale University Press - May 24th, 2022

A fast-paced narrative about the world-famous libertine Giacomo Casanova, from celebrated biographer Leo Damrosch
 
“Fully succeeds in communicating that ‘vivid presentness,’ that ‘joyful eagerness’ for life, which is what keeps us reading Casanova—and reading about him.”—Gregory Dowling, Wall Street Journal


Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II By Tracy Borman Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780802159106
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 22nd, 2022

On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II's historic 70th anniversary on the throne, Tracy Borman's sweeping narrative of the British monarchy illuminates one of history's most iconic and enduring legacies

Since William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, crossed the English Channel in 1066 to defeat King Harold II and unite England's various kingdoms, forty-one kings and queens have sat on Britain's


How the Mountains Grew: A New Geological History of North America By John Dvorak Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781643135748
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 3rd, 2021

The incredible story of the creation of a continent—our continent— from the acclaimed author of The Last Volcano and Mask of the Sun.

The immense scale of geologic time is difficult to comprehend.


The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty By Neal Thompson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358437697
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Published: Mariner Books - February 22nd, 2022

“Here is that rare thing: an untold chapter in the Kennedy saga. . .Compelling and illuminating.”—Jon Meacham


After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War By Helen Rappaport Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250273109
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 8th, 2022

From Helen Rappaport, the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters comes After the Romanovs, the story of the Russian aristocrats, artists, and intellectuals who sought freedom and refuge in the City of Light.


Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places By Julian Hoffman Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780820357683
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Published: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books - March 15th, 2020

All across the world, irreplaceable habitats are under threat. Unique ecosystems of plants and animals are being destroyed by human intervention. From the tiny to the vast, from marshland to meadow, and from America to England, Greece, and India, they are disappearing.


Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest By Suzanne Simard Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525565994
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Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery


Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World By Wil Haygood Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525656876
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Published: Knopf - October 19th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' TOP BOOK OF THE YEAR • BOOKLISTS' EDITOR'S CHOICE ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


Watergate: A New History By Garrett M. Graff Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982139162
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 15th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * “Do we need still another Watergate book?


South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062977403
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Published: Ecco - January 25th, 2022

WINNER OF THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern By Mary Beard Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780691222363
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 12th, 2021

From the bestselling author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, the fascinating story of how images of Roman autocrats have influenced art, culture, and the representation of power for more than 2,000 years


Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln's Vital Rival By Walter Stahr Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501199233
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 22nd, 2022

An NPR Best Book of 2022

From an acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographer, an “eloquently written, impeccably researched, and intensely moving” (The Wall Street Journal) reassessment of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of the Treasury: a leading proponent for black rights during his years in cabinet and later as Chief Justice of


The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953 By Jeffrey Frank Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501102899
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 8th, 2022

A New Yorker Best Book of the Year

Jeffrey Frank, author of the bestselling Ike and Dick, returns with the first full account of the Truman presidency in nearly thirty years, recounting how so ordinary a man met the extraordinary challenge of leading America through the pivotal years of the mid-20th century.

The nearly eight years of Harry Truman’s


The Rule of Laws: A 4,000-Year Quest to Order the World By Fernanda Pirie Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781541617940
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Published: Basic Books - November 9th, 2021

From ancient Mesopotamia to today, the epic story of how humans have used laws to forge civilizations  
 
Rulers throughout history have used laws to impose order. But laws were not simply instruments of power and social control.


Magritte: A Life By Alex Danchev Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307908193
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Published: Pantheon - November 30th, 2021

The first major biography of the pathbreaking, perpetually influential surrealist artist and iconoclast whose inspiration can be seen in everyone from Jasper Johns to Beyoncé—by the celebrated biographer of Cézanne and Braque


His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855046
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America 


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780385348737
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Published: Crown - February 15th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis