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The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail
The Gathering of Zion
The Story of the Mormon Trail
Paperback      ISBN: 0803292139
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner tells about a thousand-mile migration marked by hardship and sudden death—but unique in American history for its purpose, discipline, and solidarity. Other Bison Books by Wallace Stegner include Mormon Country, Recapitulation, Second Growth, and Women on the Wall.
American Century
American Century
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679410708
A sweeping, richly illustrated overview of the people and events of the twentieth century follows America's rise to political and cultural preeminence, from the 1880s to the present day, and America's growing power and influence abroad. 75,000 first printing. Tour.
Paíne Collected Writings: Common Sense / the Crisis / Rights of Man / the Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, & Letters
Paíne Collected Writings
Common Sense / the Crisis / Rights of Man / the Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, & Letters
Hardcover      ISBN: 1883011035
A collection of the work of Thomas Paine, the democratic voice of the Age of Revolution, includes Common Sense, The American Crisis, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason, plus letters and prophetic articles.
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of James Madison
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of James Madison
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450356
This monumental work, the second of two Library of America volumes, culminated Henry Adams’s lifelong fascination with the American past. Writing at the height of his powers, Adams understood the true subject as the consolidation of the American nation and character, and his treatment has never been surpassed. Covering the eight years spanning the presidency of James Madison, this volume chronicles “Mr. Madison’s War”—the most bungled war in American history. The President and Congress delay while the United States is bullied and insulted by both England and France; then they plunge the country into the War of 1812 without providing the troops, monies, or fleets to wage it. The incompetence of the commanders leads to a series of disasters—including the burning of the White House and Capitol while Madison and his cabinet, fleeing from an invading army, watch from the nearby hills of Maryland and Virginia. The war has its heroes, too: William Henry Harrison at Tippecanoe and Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, Commodores Perry and Decatur and the officers and crew of the Constitution. As Adams tells it, though, disgrace, is averted by other means: the ineptitude of the British, the skill of the American artillerymen and privateers, and the diplomatic brilliance of Albert Gallatin and John Quincy Adams, who negotiated the peace treaty at Ghent. The history, full of reversals and paradoxes, ends with the largest irony of all: the United States, the apparent loser of the war, emerges as a great new world power destined to eclipse its European rivals.
Brave Companions: Portraits in History
Brave Companions
Portraits in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0671792768
A collection of portraits of men and women who changed history includes discussions of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederic Remington, Louis Agassiz, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and others
On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth
On My Honor
Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226517047
A thoughtful, compelling look at the Boy Scouts highlights the key rituals and activities that shape this hallowed organization and critiques its role in turning boys into men.
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
The Bell Curve
Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0684824299
Offering a startling perspective on the social and economic problems of contemporary America, a controversial study examines the relationship between ethnicity and intelligence. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. NYT.
Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman
Where the Buck Stops
The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman
Paperback      ISBN: 0446391751
Offers the late president's candid reflections on his office and leadership, his predecessors, politics and government in America, and his ever-controversial decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan
Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
Within the Plantation Household
Black and White Women of the Old South
Paperback      ISBN: 080784232x
Discusses how class, race, and gender shaped women's experiences in the South
Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Couglin and the Great Depression
Voices of Protest
Huey Long, Father Couglin and the Great Depression
Paperback      ISBN: 0394716280
This analysis of two powerful American demogogues traces the shaping of their political ideologies and strategies and the reasons behind their ultimate failure