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Book Review: The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer

April 26th, 2015
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Author Thom Hatch promises mind-blowing new revelations in his book on the Battle of Little Bighorn. And in other news, Rutherford B. Hayes is rumored to be contemplating a run for president.

Book Review: Washington’s Circle

March 30th, 2015
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A fantastic new book tells the story of President Washington and the extraordinary team he assembled to form the new nation’s first administration

Book Review: Hissing Cousins

March 14th, 2015
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The daughter of the first President Roosevelt and the wife of the second President Roosevelt had a long and sometimes cross-purposed relationship. A new book dishes the old dirt.

Book Review: Cold War Modernists

February 19th, 2015

The clashes of the Cold War weren’t just matters of missiles and border guards; they also enlisted honey-voiced broadcasters, drunken novelists, and bookish magazine editors, as a fascinating new book makes clear

Book Review: The Strategist

February 14th, 2015
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Two-time National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft kept a low profile (and a negligible paper trail) throughout a lifetime in Washington power-dealing; a compelling new book profiles the ultimate Oval Office insider

Book Review: Thieves’ Road

February 6th, 2015
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Two years before he gained fame in the most painful way imaginable at the Battle of Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer led a large expedition into the Black Hills sacred to the Sioux – in search of gold

Book Review: A Superpower Transformed

February 1st, 2015
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A paradigm-shifting new book looks at the turbulent decade of the 1970s in United States politics and the re-shaping of the world

Book Review: One Nation, Under Gods

January 30th, 2015
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From the Puritans and their city on a hill to the Mormons to modern-day charlatans, the story of the United States is the story of competing faiths; a lively new book looks at that complicated tapestry

Book Review: American Passage

January 23rd, 2015
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For the earliest New England settlers, there were no roads through the wilderness – only the pathways used by suspicious and distrustful natives. And yet, the desire to share news was as strong as ever – a fascinating new book looks at the ways gossip travels in the woods.

Book Review: Taking on Theodore Roosevelt

January 13th, 2015
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A lively, authoritative new book examines one of the darkest stains on the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt

Book Review: The Last Warrior

January 8th, 2015
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Decade after decade, one man has worked at the heart of the Pentagon, advising a long string of presidents and cabinet ministers about the role of American power in the world. A new book brings his story out of the shadows.

Book Review: American Apocalypse

December 26th, 2014
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A new history presents a history of 20th-Century American radical evangelism that will go down very well on the Liberty University campus

Book Review: The War of 1812

November 24th, 2014
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A fiery new history seeks to reclaim the lost honor of both Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans

Book Review: Founders as Fathers

September 21st, 2014
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A new book looks at the family lives of five Virginian grandees during the American Revolution era

Book Review: To Make Men Free

September 21st, 2014
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From Lincoln to Roosevelt to Eisenhower to Reagan and beyond – a new book tells the raucous and problematic history of the American Republican Party

Book Review: An Empire on the Edge

September 21st, 2014
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A spry new history re-examines all the forces that converged to compel the separation between the British Empire and the American colonies

Book Review: Independence

June 21st, 2014
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The complicated history of the American Revolution gets its best examination in a generation in Thomas Slaughter’s new book

Book Review: The Fights on the Little Horn

April 30th, 2014
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The darkly iconic Last Stand of George Armstrong Custer receives an exuberantly detailed new account

Book Review: James & Dolley Madison

February 8th, 2014
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A new dual-biography of James Madison and his wife Dolley sees them through some of fledgling America’s most trying times

Book Review: Lincoln’s Boys

February 4th, 2014
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The image of Abraham Lincoln – the saintly, martyred Great Emancipator – is a permanent fixture of human culture … but a fascinating new book takes a detailed look at the men who carefully crafted that image

Book Review: Heir to the Empire City

December 1st, 2013
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Fresh from chasing horse-thieves in wild Dakota territories, a rail-tough Theodore Roosevelt returned to New York City to face bandits of quite another sort – the Tammany Hall sort. A lean new history tells the great story.

Book Review: American Statecraft

November 16th, 2013
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American diplomats and Foreign Service workers travel for America, negotiate for America, cheerlead for America, and sometimes die for America – a magnificent new book gives them the sweeping historical account they’ve always deserved.

JFK in the Senate

October 5th, 2013
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Before he became one of America’s most famous presidents, John Kennedy was a hot-shot senator and a photogenic winner of the Pulitzer Prize. But did the Senate years help to form the Oval Office years?

Book Review: Jefferson and Hamilton

October 4th, 2013
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A master historian analyzes the tempestuous relationship between two titans of the newborn United States

From the Archives: In the Pocket of Satan

October 1st, 2013
Six Women of Salem

A girl, a widow, a matriarch, a mother, a businesswoman, and a minister’s slave: a new history traces the Salem Witch Trials through the lives of six women who paid dearly for their proximity to one of the most mysterious incidents in American history

Book Review: Ecstatic Nation

September 15th, 2013
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A big, riveting new history looks at the unforgettable men and women who filled the history of the most tumultuous three-decade span in American history

Book Review: The Men Who Lost America

July 31st, 2013
Book Review: The Men Who Lost America

Clinton, Gage, Burgoyne, the Howe brothers – and of course Lord Cornwallis: their names are synonymous in the United States with bumbling defeat, but a rousing new book takes a fresh look at all these formerly infamous figures

Book Review: 1940

July 13th, 2013

A spirited new account of the divisive American presidential election race that was held amidst the growing clamor of European war

Book Review: Gettysburg – The Last Invasion

July 6th, 2013
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In a magnificent new history, the cataclysmic turning-point battle of the American Civil War is studied in meticulous detail

Book Review: Our Lives, Our Fortunes & Our Sacred Honor

July 5th, 2013
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Richard Beeman’s new book covers some familiar – sacred? – ground

In Paperback: The Long Road to Antietam

June 30th, 2013
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The bloodiest day in United States history is the subject of Richard Slotkin’s riveting book, now out in paperback

Book Review: The Girls of Atomic City

April 26th, 2013
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At the heigh of the Second World War, they traveled to a custom-made town in the middle of nowhere and worked jobs they didn’t understand and were forbidden to question – and a year later, the U.S. had a working atom bomb. They were the girls of Atomic City, and their story finally gets told.

Back in Paperback: The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy

March 22nd, 2013
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David Halberstam’s 1968 profile of candidate Robert Kennedy gets a new reprint for a new generation

Book Review: Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

December 13th, 2012
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In a rip-snorting new blood-and-swash history of the War of 1812, the men and their fighting ships take center stage

Book Review: Rise to Greatness

November 1st, 2012
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“It was the year in which the Civil War became a cataclysm, the federal government became a colossus, and the Confederacy came nearest to winning its independence …”

Book Review: The Founders and Finance

October 20th, 2012
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The newly-born United States was a disorganized and largely bucolic hodge-podge until three clear-eyed financiers – all of them immigrants – worked to create a new and more monetized system

Book Review: Listening In

October 11th, 2012
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A new book authorized by the Kennedy Library provides some slices of living history: tapes and transcripts of President John F. Kennedy at work in the White House.

Book Review: Beyond Rosie the Riveter

September 22nd, 2012
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During World War Two, thousands of men left U.S. jobs in order to join the military – and thousands of women stepped in to fill those jobs … and in some cases join the military too. A fascinating new book looks at what magazine cartoons had to say about all this.

Book Review: The Weight of Vengeance

June 10th, 2012
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A fine and fact-filled new account of the War of 1812

Book Review: Elusive Victories

June 9th, 2012
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A stunning and insightful new book about the ways modern American presidents go to war, stay at war, and exit war.

Book Review: Empire of Shadows

April 1st, 2012
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A new book dramatizes the adventurous – and bloody – opening of the American West.

Now in Paperback: From Colony to Superpower

December 12th, 2011
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An epic history of America’s foreign policy-making, from a defeated King George III to a defeated Saddam Hussein, with every dictator, diplomat, and sometimes befuddled President in between.

Book Review: 1781

November 27th, 2011
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A flinty new account of a pivotal year in the American Revolution

Book Review: Exodus from the Alamo

October 9th, 2011
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A revisionary new account takes a hammer to every cherished myth about the heroic last stand at the Alamo.

The Civil War: A Narrative

July 1st, 2011
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Shelby Foote’s massive three-volume military history of the Civil War is re-issued for the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning.