United States History 1800-1900
Blood on the Moon
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Hardcover ISBN: 0813122171
Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government. Booth was also aided by the Confederate leadership in Richmond. As he made his plans to strike at Lincoln, Booth was in contact with key members of the Confederate underground, and after the assassination these same forces used all of their resources to attempt his escape. Noted Lincoln authority Edward Steers Jr. introduces the cast of characters in this ill-fated drama, he explores why they were so willing to help pull the trigger, and corrects the many misconceptions surrounding this defining moment that changed American history. After completing an acclaimed career as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, Edward Steers Jr. has turned his research skills to the Lincoln assassination. He is the author of several books about the president, including The Trial. He lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
A Soldier's Life
Paperback ISBN: 0060930748
A noted military historian provides an intriguing new portrait of the Civil War general that examines in depth his life and career, from his formative years at West Point, to his controversial campaigns during the Civil War, to his role as a postwar commander. Reprint.
Those Tremendous Mountains
The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Paperback ISBN: 0393317749
In 1804 Lewis and Clark set off to explore the new lands of the Louisiana Purchase. They were acting as the eyes and ears of President Thomas Jefferson, who had an insatiable curiosity about what lay between the Mississippi and the Pacific. One contingency for which they were not prepared was the awesome geography of the Rocky Mountains. Including excerpts from Lewis and Clark's journals and putting their scientific achievements in context, David Hawke presents a riveting story of this dramatic journey.
What They Fought for 1861-1865
Paperback ISBN: 0385476345
An analysis of the Civil War, drawing on letters and diaries by more than one thousand soldiers, gives voice to the personal reasons behind the war, offering insight into the ideology that shaped both sides. Reprint. PW.
Occupational Portraits in the Age of Tintypes
Hardcover ISBN: 1588340678
Working Stiffs explores the historical significance of the tintype, a cheap, fast, easy-to-make, practically indestructible type of photograph that became enormously popular among the working class in the late nineteenth century. This collection exhibits more than eighty examples of a specific kind of tintype: occupational portraits, photographs of working people with the tools of their trade. In a detailed historical examination, Michael L. Carlebach finds that these often-dismissed photographs reveal a great deal about late nineteenth-century values.
The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-6, 1864
Hardcover ISBN: 0807118737
Recounts the first battle between Grant and Lee, when greater Union forces were stopped in dense forests near the Rapidan River in May 1864, causing heavy Confederate losses that meant the beginning of the end for the South