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Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times
Front Row at the White House
My Life and Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0684868091
The author describes her many years of reporting on the White House, exploring the changing relationship between the presidency and the press.
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : The Home Front in World War II
No Ordinary Time
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : The Home Front in World War II
Paperback      ISBN: 0684804484
Examines the Roosevelts' working partnership during the war years
John Adams
John Adams
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684813637
Chronicles the life of America's second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States.
An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood
An Hour Before Daylight
Memories of a Rural Boyhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0743211995
The former president offers an account of growing up on a Georgia farm during the Depression and provides profiles of the people who shaped his life.
Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad
Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad
Hardcover      ISBN: 1579651232
Complemented by an introduction by John Kenneth Galbraith, the author's illustrated journal of her travels beside First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy features whimsical paintings in a folk art style, anecdotes, and historic photographs. 20,000 first printing.
The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: June 1-August 15, 1864
The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant
June 1-August 15, 1864
Hardcover      ISBN: 0809311178
On June 2, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant post­poned until the following morning an assault on Confederate lines near Cold Harbor planned for that afternoon be­cause of delays in positioning troops. In the meantime, Confederate forces strengthened their lines, and the assault became a slaughter that haunted Grant for the rest of his life. Thus began a summer of frustration for the general-in-chief of the U.S. Army. By failing to press their advantage, Major General William F. “Baldy

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Truman
Truman
Paperback      ISBN: 0671869205
A biography of the U.S. president explores Truman's brutal frontier childhood, his education, his dogged optimism, and his rise through the ranks of the Pendergast machine that controlled Missouri politics
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
American Sphinx
The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679444904
Offers a reassessment of the life, image, and career of Thomas Jefferson, examining his complex personality, controversies about the man and his beliefs, and his accomplishments
Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
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.
Henry Adams: History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Henry Adams
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450348
One of the greatest histories ever written in English, Henry Adams’s History of the United States is remarkable for its fullness of detail, its penetrating insight, and above all its strong, lively, and ironic style. First published in nine volumes from 1889 to 1891, this classic work was out of print for several decades until The Library of America reissued it in two volumes: the first volume on the years of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency and the second devoted to those of James Madison. With a cast of characters including Aaron Burr, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Gallatin, John Randolph, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and the complex, brilliantly delineated character of Thomas Jefferson, the first volume is unrivaled in its handling of diplomatic intrigue and political factionalism. Upon assuming office, Jefferson discovers that his optimistic laissez-faire principles—designed to prevent American government from becoming a militaristic European "tyranny"—clash with the realities of European war and American security. The party of small government presides over the Louisiana Purchase, the most extensive use of executive power the country has yet seen. Jefferson’s embargo—a high-minded effort at peaceable coercion—breeds corruption and smuggling, and the former defender of states’ rights is forced to use federal power to suppress them. The passion for peace and liberty pushes the country toward war. In the center of these ironic reversals, played out in a Washington full of diplomatic intrigue, is the complex figure of Jefferson himself, part tragic visionary, part comic mock-hero. Like his contemporary Napoleon Bonaparte, he is swept into power by the rising tide of democratic nationalism; unlike Bonaparte, he tries to avert the consequences of the wolfish struggle for power among nation-states. The grandson of one president and the great-grandson of another, Adams gained access to hitherto secret archives in Europe. The diplomatic documents that lace the history lend a novelistic intimacy to scenes such as Jefferson’s conscientious introduction of democratic table manners into stuffily aristocratic state dinner parties. Written in a strong, lively style pointed with Adams’s wit, the History chronicles the consolidation of American character, and poses questions about the future course of democracy.