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    • The American boomerang : how the world's greatest 'turnaround' nation will do it again
    • Pioneering history on two continents : an autobiography
    • Give me liberty! : an American history
    • Explorers emigrants citizens : a visual history of the Italian American experience from the collections of the Library of Congress
    • Between slavery and freedom : free people of color in America from settlement to the Civil War
    • Black love is a revolutionary act
      Black love is a revolutionary act
      by Umoja.
      "The biggest problem in Black America isn't crime, drugs, poverty, or inferior schools; it's the Black gender war between the Black male and female. Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act exposes the secret war that has been waged against the Black man and woman for over 500 years by America's power-elite-- and how they benefit from our destruction. The 13 Recipes for Black Gender Wars lays bare the manufactured confusion, conflicts, myths, and deceptions that are ripping black male and female relationships apart - and what we must do to neutralize them."-- p. [4] of cover.
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    • Our Declaration : a reading of the Declaration of Independence in defense of equality
      Our Declaration : a reading of the Declaration of Independence in defense of equality
      Danielle Allen.
      Allen makes the case that we cannot have freedom as individuals without equality among us as a people. Evoking the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen describes the challenges faced by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston--the "Committee of Five" who had to write a document that reflected the aspirations of a restive population and forge an unprecedented social contract. Although the focus is usually on Jefferson, Allen restores credit not only to John Adams and Richard Henry Lee but also to clerk Timothy Matlack and printer Mary Katherine Goddard. Allen also restores the text of the Declaration itself. Its list of self-evident truths does not end with our individual right to the "pursuit of happiness" but with the collective right of the people to reform government so that it will "effect their Safety and Happiness." The sentence laying out the self-evident truths leads us from the individual to the community--from our individual rights to what we can achieve only together, as a community constituted by bonds of equality.
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    • 1812 : a nation emerges
      1812 : a nation emerges
      Sidney Hart, Rachael Penman
      The War of 1812 completed the struggle for American independence that began in 1776 and propelled a new nation forward. This book accompanies the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name and features 115 color images, an introduction by one of the exhibition's curators, and two essays by leading historians. Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the conflict, this book explores how the United States was transformed and unified by the individuals who took part in that seminal event. It provides an overview of the battles, the negotiations for peace, the aftermath, known as "the era of good feelings", and the great commercial, industrial, and cultural expansion that followed, which to some marked the birth of the United States as a world power.
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    • Abraham Lincoln's path to reelection in 1864 : our greatest victory
    • Winnie Davis : daughter of the lost cause
      Winnie Davis : daughter of the lost cause
      Heath Hardage Lee
      Chronicles the life of the daughter of Jefferson Davis who was christened the "Daughter of the Confederacy" and provided hope to a war-weary South, until a series of controversies placed her at odds with her supporters.
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    • Fierce patriot : the tangled lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
      Fierce patriot : the tangled lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
      Robert L. O'Connell.
      A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his character to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist, his contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, and his tempestuous family relationships.
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    • Tillie Pierce : teen eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg
    • The Nixon tapes, 1971-1972
      The Nixon tapes, 1971-1972
      edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter.
      "The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words. [His] voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read [more printed versions of the conversations of] one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it
      The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it
      John W. Dean.
      A former White House Counsel and one of the last surviving major figures from Watergate uses his own transcripts from hundreds of conversations as well as documents in the archives to definitively determine what Nixon knew and when he knew it.
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    • Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine
      Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine
      Daniel Halper.
      In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.
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    • Hard choices
      Hard choices
      Hillary Rodham Clinton.
      Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
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    • The Maine woods
      The Maine woods
      Henry David Thoreau
      " Posthumously published in 1864, The Maine Woods depicts Henry David Thoreau's experiences in the forests of Maine, and expands on the author's transcendental theories on the relation of humanity to Nature. On Mount Katahdin, he faces a primal, untamed Nature. Katahdin is a place "not even scarred by man, but it was a specimen of what God saw fit to make this world." In Maine he comes in contact with "rocks, trees, wind and solid earth" as though he were witness to the creation itself. Of equal importance, The Maine Woods depicts Thoreau's contact with the American Indians and depicts his tribal education of learning the language, customs, and mores of the Penobscot people. Thoreau attempts to learn and speak the Abenaki language and becomes fascinated with its direct translation of natural phenomena as in the word sebamook--a river estuary that never loses is water despite having an outlet because it also has an inlet. The Maine Woods illustrates the author's deeper understanding of the complexities of the primal wilderness of uplifted rocky summits in Maine and provides the reader with the pungent aroma of balsam firs, black spruce, mosses, and ferns as only Thoreau could. This new, redesigned edition features an insightful foreword by Thoreau scholar Richard Francis Fleck. Redesigned edition featuring an insightful foreword by Thoreau scholar Richard Francis Fleck. Fleck is a well-respected authority on Thoreau and the author of many books including Henry Thoreau and John Muir Among the Indians. Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. This book was first published in 1864 (composed partly of articles he had written earlier for periodicals) and still in print, is an insightful reporter's picture of a rugged wilderness the moment before being irrevocably altered by armies of loggers. Today the virgin forest seen by Thoreau is gone; trees have been cut, regrown, and harvested again. But modern travelers -- hikers, campers, hunters, fishers, canoeists or back road wanderers -- will still find, as Thoreau did, a land "more grim and wild than you had anticipated." It's also pin-drop tranquil, teeming with wildlife and, in places, challenging to reach. (NYTimes) Following Thoreau into the Maine Woods is hardly a new idea, but it is becoming easier. The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail was inaugurated, delineating and celebrating Thoreau's passage on routes that Penobscot Indians had used for thousands of years. (NYTimes) Nature tourism is a $37 billion annual industry in the United States (Outdoor Industry Association). "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The history of the Hudson River Valley : from wilderness to the Civil War
    • New York is...
      New York is...
      The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
      New York Is... offers answers to the question: What is New York in the eyes of artists? The Flatiron Building is shape; the Empire State Building is line. Washington Square Park is joyous; Times Square is spectacle. Among the enduring illustrations are paintings by Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, and Charles Demuth; photographs by Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Alfred Stieglitz, Garry Winogrand, and Cindy Sherman; and drawings, lithographs, and posters, all celebrating this endlessly fascinating metropolis.
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    • A chronicle of Civil War Hampton, Virginia : struggle and rebirth on the homefront
      A chronicle of Civil War Hampton, Virginia : struggle and rebirth on the homefront
      Alice Matthews Erickson.
      "Explore the history of the home front in Hampton, Virginia, during the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The chairman : the rise and betrayal of Jim Greer
      The chairman : the rise and betrayal of Jim Greer
      Peter Golenbock.
      Chronicles the scandal-ridden career of the former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, who found himself on trial after controversies arose over party finances and his benefactor, Florida governor Charlie Crist, failed to help him avoid prison.
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    • Hope & New Orleans : a history of Crescent City street names
      Hope & New Orleans : a history of Crescent City street names
      Sally Asher.
      "Discover the history behind some of the most fascinating street names in New Orleans"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Lone star America : how Texas can save our country
      Lone star America : how Texas can save our country
      Mark Davis
      "Throughout America and around the world, the United States has been known as a beacon of hope and opportunity, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sadly, from the crumbling urban ghetto of Detroit to the cash-strapped shores of California to the rust belt of the Midwest, America is not living up to that promise. Except in Texas. While unemployment soars elsewhere, Texans are hard at work. While small businesses across the country are going under, Texas entrepreneurs are thriving. While large companies are being squeezed by taxes, regulations and unions, more and more corporations are moving to Texas to grow and expand. While people of faith are ridiculed and marginalized in most cities on both coasts, in Texas churches and synagogues are bursting at the seams. How did Texas embrace what the rest of America seems to have forgotten? In Lonestar America, popular talk radio show host Mark Davis presents a powerful case for economic prosperity, individual freedom, strong families, and even stronger pride of place - alive and kicking in Texas, and easily exportable to the rest of America. Davis shows how Texas has done it, how some "honorary Texans" in other states (governors and even local communities) have adopted some of the same policies and approaches, and how states across the country can reclaim the promise of the American dream. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black
      Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black
      Chris Tomlinson
      "Foreign correspondent Chris Tomlinson returns to Texas to discover the truth about his family's slave owning history, [telling] the story of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Central Texas slave plantation. Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Legendary locals of North Ridgeville, Ohio
    • On this day in Chicago history
    • Chicago
      Chicago
      text by Tanya Lloyd Kyi.

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    • The way west
    • In the spirit of Beverly Hills : 100th anniversary edition
    • Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival
      Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival
      Wayne Pharr, with Karin L. Stanford.
      "In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, hundreds of SWAT officers engaged in a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory, and a key reason for that victory was the actions of a 19-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP: Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Pharr's riveting story of life in the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive attack. He illuminates the history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP, filling in a missing piece of Black Panther history and, in the process, creating an engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir about a time and place that holds tremendous fascination for readers interested in African American militancy"-- Provided by publisher.
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