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    • Searching for golden empires : epic cultural collisions in sixteenth-century America
    • Between two worlds : how the English became Americans
      Between two worlds : how the English became Americans
      Malcolm Gaskill.
      "In Between two worlds, historian Malcolm Gaskill tells the sweeping story of the English experience in America during the first century of colonization. Following a large and varied cast of visionaries and heretics, merchants and warriors, and slaves and rebels, Gaskill illuminates the often traumatic challenges the settlers faced. The first waves sought to re-create the English way of life, even to recover a society that was vanishing at home. But they were thwarted at every turn by the perils of a strange continent, unaided by monarchs who first ignored and then exploited them. As these colonists strove to leave their mark on the New World, they were forced -- by hardship and hunger, by illness and infighting, and by bloody and desperate battles with Indians -- to innovate and adapt, or perish. As later generations acclimated to the wilderness, they recognized that they had evolved into something distinct: no longer just English in America, they were perhaps not even English at all" -- Publisher's description.
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    • Mint juleps with Teddy Roosevelt : the complete history of presidential drinking
      Mint juleps with Teddy Roosevelt : the complete history of presidential drinking
      Mark Will-Weber.
      "As America transformed from fledgling nation to world power, one element remained constant: alcohol. The eighteenth century saw the Father of His Country distilling whiskey in his backyard. The nineteenth century witnessed the lavish expenses on wine by the Sage of Monticello, Honest Abe's inclination toward temperance, and the slurred speech of the first president to be impeached. Fast forward to the twentieth century and acquaint yourself with Woodrow Wilson's namesake whisky, FDR's affinity for rum swizzles, and Ike's bathtub gin. What concoctions can be found in the White House today?"--Amazon.com.
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    • What we won : America's secret war in Afghanistan, 1979-89
    • Who we be : the colorization of America
    • A backpack, a bear, and eight crates of vodka : a memoir
    • Seizing freedom : slave emancipation and liberty for all
      Seizing freedom : slave emancipation and liberty for all
      David Roediger.
      How did America recover after its years of civil war? How did freed men and women, former slaves, respond to their newly won freedom? David Roediger's radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reinstating ex-slaves' own "freedom dreams" in constructing these histories, Roediger creates a masterful account of the emancipation and its ramifications on a whole host of day-to-day concerns for Whites and Blacks alike, such as property relations, gender roles, and labor.
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    • A chosen exile : a history of racial passing in American life
    • Collective courage : a history of African American cooperative economic thought and practice
      Collective courage : a history of African American cooperative economic thought and practice
      Jessica Gordon Nembhard.
      "Chronicles the achievements and challenges of African American collective economic action and social entrepreneurship in the struggle for civil rights and economic equality"--Provided by publisher.
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    • Parading patriotism : Independence Day celebrations in the urban Midwest, 1826-1876
      Parading patriotism : Independence Day celebrations in the urban Midwest, 1826-1876
      Adam Criblez.
      "Parading Patriotism breaks new ground in revealing how Fourth of July celebrations in the urban Midwest between 1826 and 1876 helped define patriotic nationalism, bringing celebratory actions to life by demonstrating the importance of Independence Day commemorations in defining changing conceptions of what it meant to be an American. The book links two important historical genres by considering how historical memory and American nationalism coalesced on the Fourth of July as Midwesterners used the holiday as a time both to reflect on the past and forge ahead in constructing a unique national identity. Historian Adam Criblez uses the Midwest as a backdrop, but necessarily considers cultural developments transplanted from outside the region, both from Europe, transmitted by immigrants, and eastern states like New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts, brought by westward migrants. Readers, therefore, can expect a multitude of topics to be covered in this work. Ethnic conflict, racial turmoil, class struggle, and, perhaps most importantly, changing conceptions of American nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century all compose aspects of Parading Patriotism." -- Publisher website.
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    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
    • Rebel yell : the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson
      Rebel yell : the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson
      S.C. Gwynne.
      Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged. He was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862, Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked -- hope -- and struck fear into the hearts of the Union. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
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    • American general : the life and times of William Tecumseh Sherman
    • The West Point history of the Civil War
      The West Point history of the Civil War
      The United States Military Academy
      The definitive military history of the Civil War, featuring the same exclusive images, tactical maps, and expert analysis commissioned by The United States Military Academy to teach the history of the art of war to West Point cadets.
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    • The 1864 Franklin-Nashville Campaign : the finishing stroke
    • The Irish in the American Civil War
    • On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller
      Richard Norton Smith.
      The definitive life of one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century, this biography draws on thousands of newly available documents and interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At 32 he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator for Latin America. As New York's four-term governor he set national standards in education, the environment, and urban policy. The charismatic face of liberal Republicanism, Rockefeller championed civil rights and health insurance for all. Three times he sought the presidency--arguably in the wrong party. At the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964, locked in an epic battle with Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller denounced extremist elements in the GOP, a moment that changed the party forever. But he could not wrest the nomination from the Arizona conservative, or from Richard Nixon four years later. In the end, he had to settle for two dispiriting years as vice president under Gerald Ford. Here, historian Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller's improbable rise to the governor's mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. From the deadly 1971 prison uprising at Attica and unceasing battles with New York City mayor John Lindsay to his son's unsolved disappearance, the punitive drug laws that bear his name, and the much-gossiped-about circumstances of his death, Nelson Rockefeller's was a life of astonishing color, range, and relevance.--From publisher description.
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    • All the truth is out : the week politics went tabloid
    • Worthy fights : a memoir of leadership in war and peace
      Worthy fights : a memoir of leadership in war and peace
      Leon Panetta
      Leon Panetta's first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including 16 years in the House of Representatives, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his role as Clinton's budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then "retired" to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America's war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden's death, Panetta became the U.S. Secretary of Defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices. Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta's values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family's walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011. Throughout his career, Panetta's polestar has been his belief that a public servant's real choice is between leadership or crisis. Troubles always come about through no fault of one's own, but most can be prevented with courage and foresight.
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    • Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power
    • George H. W. Bush : character at the core
    • The invisible front : love and loss in an era of endless war
    • Good grief! : life in a tiny Vermont village
    • Mayor for a new America
      Mayor for a new America
      Thomas M. Menino, former five-term mayor of Boston
      "A revealing memoir by Boston's beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Boston's success and lessons for Washington power brokers After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history--and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city's extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Menino tells exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of urban politics and provides inspiration for Washington with his proven, people-focused method: "Do the small stuff so you can win the credibility to do the big stuff." He's not known as a fancy talker, but he gets things done. Under his wing, the city has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth while fostering a new attitude of acceptance. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • All things possible : setbacks and success in politics and life
      All things possible : setbacks and success in politics and life
      Andrew M. Cuomo.
      The governor of New York discusses both his personal life and his career in politics.
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    • New York City
      New York City
      text by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Dmitriy Rapoport, and Frankie Johnson .

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    • The Georgetown set : friends and rivals in Cold War Washington
      The Georgetown set : friends and rivals in Cold War Washington
      by Gregg Herken.
      In the years after World War II, Georgetown's leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country's premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America's response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan. This was a smaller, cozier Washington--utterly unlike today's capital--where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d'oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day's newspapers. Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs--and tragedies--with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.--From publisher description.
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    • Confederate visions : nationalism, symbolism, and the imagined South in the Civil War
    • Slavery and freedom in Savannah
      Slavery and freedom in Savannah
      edited by Leslie M. Harris and Daina Ramey Berry.

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    • Conservative hurricane : how Jeb Bush remade Florida
    • Miami for families : a vacation guide for parents and kids
      Miami for families : a vacation guide for parents and kids
      Laura Albritton.
      A guidebook for families seeking age-appropriate and group activities for visitors to Miami.
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    • The Lake View Cemetery : photographs from Cleveland's historic landmark
    • Shoot-out in Cleveland : black militants and the police; a report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence
      Shoot-out in Cleveland : black militants and the police; a report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence
      Louis H. Masotti, Jerome R., Corsi, [and United States National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence]

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    • Mackinac Island : inside, up close, and personal
    • Badluck Way : a year on the ragged edge of the West
      Badluck Way : a year on the ragged edge of the West
      Bryce Andrews.
      A narrative of a year on a southwest Montana ranch describes the author's time building fences, riding, roping, and caring for cattle while confronting a brutal pack of wolves in ways that challenged his views about conservation.
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    • Chronicles of old San Francisco : exploring the historic city by the bay
      Chronicles of old San Francisco : exploring the historic city by the bay
      Gael Chandler.
      "Discover one of the world's most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco. Author Gael Chandler takes readers through more than 250 years of American history with exciting essays on topics such as the city's origins to the founding of the Presidio of San Francisco and the Mission San Francisco de Asis to its modern role as the progressive and innovative heart of a nation. Along the way you'll meet characters like the city's foremother Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, gangster Al Capone, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, the pioneers of today's techno boom, and many others who changed the face of the city -- plus lesser-known tales, like those of the children of Alcatraz and the story of John McLaren, the architect of Golden Gate Park. In addition, guided walking tours of San Francisco's historic neighborhoods by the bay and beyond, illustrated with color photographs and period maps, take readers to the places where history really happened." -- Amazon.com
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