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Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938; Fifth Revised Editio n, Ambrose, Stephen E.
1 Ambrose, Stephen E. Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938; Fifth Revised Editio n
Penguin 1988 0140228268 / 9780140228267 Paperback Very Good 
This complete revision looks at American foreign policy from 1938 to, rough ly, the end of the first Reagan administration in 1984. It revises the cove rage of postwar American foreign policy in the light of recent scholarship and current events - for example the Lebanon invasion by Marines in the mid -1950s receives increased coverage in the light of the American debacle the re in 1983. 
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2 Asbury, Herbert Gangs of New York
Arrow Books Ltd 2003 0099436744 / 9780099436744 Paperback Good 
The classic book about gangs in 19th-century New York, now filmed by Martin Scorsese. The story tells of the city's dire abysmal poverty and violence, researched from stories, memory and police records. 
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The White House : An Historic Guide, Association, White House Historical
3 Association, White House Historical The White House : An Historic Guide
Washington ; White House His Softcover Very Good 
Minor rubbing to covers, otherwise a crisp clean softcover, no markings thr oughout: Eds. from ed. 11 (1973)- cataloged as monographs by LC DLC. 
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Speaking American: A History of English in the United States, Bailey, Richard W.
4 Bailey, Richard W. Speaking American: A History of English in the United States
Oxford University Press 2012 019517934X / 9780195179347 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. When did English become American? What distinctive qualities made it Americ an? What role have America's democratizing impulses, and its vibrantly hete rogeneous speakers, played in shaping our language and separating it from t he mother tongue? A wide-ranging account of American English, Richard Bailey's Speaking American investigates the history and continuing evolution of our language from the sixteenth century to the present. The book is organized in half-century segments around influential centers: Chesapeake Bay (1600-1650), Boston (1650-1700), Charleston (1700-1750), Philadelphia (1750-1800), New Orleans (1800-1850), New York (1850-1900), Chicago (1900-1950), Los Angeles (1950-2000), and Cyberspace (2000-present). Each of these places has added new words, new inflections, new ways of speaking to the elusive, boisterous, ever-changing linguistic experiment that is American English. Freed from British constraints of unity and propriety, swept up in rapid social change, restless movement, and a thirst for innovation, Americans have always been eager to invent new words, from earthy frontier expressions like "catawampously" (vigorously) and "bung-nipper" (pickpocket), to West African words introduced by slaves such as "goober" (peanut) and "gumbo" (okra), to urban slang such as "tagging" (spraying graffiti) and "crew" (gang). Throughout, Bailey focuses on how people speak and how speakers change the language. The book is filled with transcripts of arresting voices, precisely situ 
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5 Barman, Roderick Brazil: The Forging of a Nation, 1798-1852 [ILLUSTRATED]
Stanford University Press 1994 0804723303 / 9780804723305 Paperback Fine 
A crisp clean softcover. 'Barman's pungent analysis of what is, by any standard, an extraordinarily complicates political and constitutional history ... is a broad synthesis t hat will necessarily inform all subsequent efforts to make sense of the ori gins of the modern Brazilian state.'Canadian Journal of History Review "The author's selection of materials from the vast stock of primary sources and his judicious reanalysis of conflicting interpretations are impressive. . . . All this is set forth shrewdly and insightfully. . . . An excellent monograph, well conceived and executed, of great value to the comparative study of the development of the nation-state in Africa and Asia as well as in Latin America." -American Historical 
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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States, Beard, Charles A.
6 Beard, Charles A. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of The United States
Free Press 1986 0029024803 / 9780029024805 Paperback Near Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: First published in 1913, Beard's iconoclastic masterwork sparked a deep historical debate that has not abated. Scrutinizing the Constitution in light of economic forces, he proposed for the first time that this politico-legal document was shaped by a group of men whose commercial interests were best served by its provisions. One hundred years later, An Economic Interpretation continues to stand the test of time, raising important questions about commercial and political power and generating radical new insights into our laws and our economy. 
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7 Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civ il War to World War II
Doubleday 2008 0385506252 / 9780385506250 Hardcover Near Fine/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In this groundbreaking historical exposť, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to lig ht one of the most shameful chapters in American history-an "Age of Neoslav ery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of W orld War II. Under laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks, tens of thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests. With no means to pay these ost ensible "debts," prisoners were sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumb er camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries, and farm plantations. Thousands of other African Americans were simply seized by southern landowners and co mpelled into years of involuntary servitude. Government officials leased fa lsely imprisoned blacks to small-town entrepreneurs, provincial farmers, an d dozens of corporations-including U.S. Steel-looking for cheap and abundan t labor. Armies of "free" black men labored without compensation, were repe atedly bought and sold, and were forced through beatings and physical tortu re to do the bidding of white masters for decades after the official abolit ion of American slavery. The neoslavery system exploited legal loopholes and federal policies that discouraged prosecution of whites for continuing to hold black workers against their wills. As it poured millions of dollars into southern government treasuries, the new slavery also became a key instrument in the terrorization of African Americans seeking full part 
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8 Bradley, Patricia Slavery, Propaganda, and the American Revolution
Univ Pr of Mississippi (Txt) 1998 1578060524 / 9781578060528 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Under the leadership of Samuel Adams, patriot propagandists deliberately an d conscientiously kept the issue of slavery off the agenda as goals for fre edom were set for the American Revolution. By comparing coverage in the publications of the patriot press with those o f the moderate colonial press, this book finds that the patriots avoided, m isinterpreted, or distorted news reports on blacks and slaves, even in the face of a vigorous antislavery movement. The Boston Gazette, the most impor tant newspaper of the Revolution, was chief among the periodicals that dodg ed or excluded abolition. The author of this study shows that The Gazette m isled its readers about the notable Somerset decision that led to abolition in Great Britain. She notes also that The Gazette excluded anti-slavery es says, even from patriots who supported abolition. No petitions written by B oston slaves were published, nor were any writings by the black poet Philli s Wheatley. The Gazette also manipulated the racial identity of Crispus Att ucks, the first casualty in the Revolution. When using the word slavery, Th e Gazette took care to focus it not upon abolition but upon Great Britain's enslavement of its American colonies. Since propaganda on behalf of the Revolution reached a high level of sophis tication, and since Boston can be considered the foundry of Revolutionary p ropaganda, the author writes that the omission of abolition from its agenda cannot be considered as accidental but as intentional. By the time t 
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American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900, Brands, H. W.
9 Brands, H. W. American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
Knopf Doubleday Publishing G 2010 0385523335 / 9780385523332 Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, o f a recognizably modern America. American Colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United States from an agrarian economy to a world power. From the first Pennsylvania oil gushers to the rise of Chicago skyscrapers, this spellbinding narrative shows how men like Morgan, Carnegie, and Rockefeller ushered in a new era of unbridled capitalism. In the end America achieved unimaginable wealth, but not without cost to its traditional democratic values. 
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Age of Revolution and Reaction 1789-1850, Breunig, Charles
10 Breunig, Charles Age of Revolution and Reaction 1789-1850
W. W. Norton & Company 1977 0393091430 / 9780393091434 Paperback Very Good+ 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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The Greatest Generation Speaks : Letters and Reflections, Brokaw, Tom
11 Brokaw, Tom The Greatest Generation Speaks : Letters and Reflections
Random House 1999 0375503943 / 9780375503948 1st Edition Hardcover Very GoodVery Good 
The popularity and credibility of charismatic news anchor Tom Brokaw ensure d bestseller status for The Greatest Generation, Brokaw's homage to the Ame ricans who survived and overcame the depression and World War II. The Great est Generation Speaks expands his thesis that we owe a huge debt of gratitu de to those tough and courageous men and women for ensuring the freedoms an d comforts that Americans enjoy today. Their stories, culled from letters, interviews, and personal histories of the Greatest Generation and their fam ily members, are anecdotal but extremely powerful, showing how men and wome n were sustained by simple ideals of patriotism, family, and fair play. Thi s individualistic portrait is exactly how Americans saw themselves: Brokaw' s book is a valid reflection of the times. 
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Jefferson at Monticello : Recollections of a Monticello Slave and of a Mont icello Overseer, Campbell, Charles
12 Campbell, Charles Jefferson at Monticello : Recollections of a Monticello Slave and of a Mont icello Overseer
University of Virginia Press 1976 0813900220 / 9780813900223 Paperback Very Good 
Covering the years from 1781 into the 1820s, these valuable accounts remain the chief source of information about Thomas Jefferson's domestic and pers onal life, interests, habits, appearance, and day-to-day activities at Mont icello. 
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The American Century: Varieties of Culture in Modern Times, Cantor, Norman F.
13 Cantor, Norman F. The American Century: Varieties of Culture in Modern Times
HarperCollins 1997 006017451X / 9780060174514 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Distinguished scholar Norman Cantor presents an absorbing, readable, and op inionated overview of 20th-century culture which covers the arts, philosoph y, science, and political movements. Featuring 35 percent new material, The American Century is the magnum opus of a historian, teacher, and author of great distinction. of photos. 
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Pearl Harbor Extra: A Newspaper Account of the United States' Entry Into Wo rld War II, Caren, Eric C.
14 Caren, Eric C. Pearl Harbor Extra: A Newspaper Account of the United States' Entry Into Wo rld War II
Castle Books 2001 0785813411 / 9780785813415 Hardcover Very Good 
The catastrophic events in the Pacific leading up to the US entering World War II are reported as they happened in the local and national newspapers. Read about the attack in the December 7, 1941 edition of Honolulu Star Bull etin for a bird's eye view of the events. Both the US and Japanese papers a re represented, accentuating the vast difference of perspective of both sid es. 
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The American Heritage Short History of the Civil War, Catton, Bruce
15 Catton, Bruce The American Heritage Short History of the Civil War
Laurel 1982 0440301238 / 9780440301233 Paperback Good 

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The Civil War (American Heritage Books), Catton, Bruce
16 Catton, Bruce The Civil War (American Heritage Books)
Mariner Books 2004 0618001875 / 9780618001873 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton's The Civil War is one of t he most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volu me. Introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is a must-read for anyone interested in the war that divided America, carefully weaving details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas. 
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Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed Am erica, Clarke, Thurston
17 Clarke, Thurston Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed Am erica
Henry Holt and Co. 2004 0805072136 / 9780805072136 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A close-up on one of American history's most magical events, JFK's inaugura l week, and the creation of the speech that inspired a generation and broug ht hope to a nation "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your cou ntry." On the January morning when John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency a nd stood to speak those words, America was divided, its citizens torn by fe ars of war. Kennedy's speech-called the finest since Lincoln at Gettysburg and the most memorable of any twentieth-century American politician-did mor e than reassure: it changed lives, marking the start of a brief, optimistic era of struggle against "tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." Ask Not is a beautifully detailed account of the week leading up to the inaugural which stands as one of the most moving spectacles in the history of American politics. At the heart of the narrative is Kennedy's quest to create a speech that would distill American dreams and empower a new generation. Thurston Clarke's portrait of JFK during what intimates called his happiest days is balanced, revealing the President at his most dazzlingly charismatic-and cunningly pragmatic. As the snow covers Washington in a blanket of white, as statesmen and celebrities arrive for candlelit festivities, the perfectionist Kennedy pushes himself to the limit, to find the words that would capture what he most truly believed and which would far outlast his own life. For everyone who seeks to understand the fascination w 
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18 Commerce, Concord Chamber of THE LEXINGTON-CONCORD BATTLE ROAD
Concord Chamber of Commerce Softcover Very Good+ 

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Son of the Morning Star, Connell, Evan S.
19 Connell, Evan S. Son of the Morning Star
Harper Perennial 1991 0060971614 / 9780060971618 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Part anthropological study of Plains Indian life, part military history, and part character study of the principal actors in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Evan Connell's justly well-known book presents a balanced and critical account of George Armstrong Custer's career. ("Why he was esteemed as an Indian fighter is puzzling," Connell remarks. "None of his frontier campaigns demonstrated particular skill or insight.") Connell also examines the lives of Captain Frederick Benteen and Major Marcus Reno, the admirable General George Crook, and their foes Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Rain in the Face. Reno comes out worst: he held the dubious distinction of having the worst record before or since in the history of the United States Military Academy, and he was dishonorably discharged for incompetence after failing to get his column into battle in time to save Custer's command. Connell's thrilling story has all the inevitability of a tragedy, but there are no tragic heroes to which to point. 
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The American Home Front: 1941-1942, Cooke, Alistair
20 Cooke, Alistair The American Home Front: 1941-1942
Atlantic Monthly Press 2006 0871139391 / 9780871139399 Hardcover Good/Good 
From the famous BBC correspondent and television host comes a remarkably in sightful and detailed firsthand portrait of America during the early days o f World War II. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Alistair Cooke, a newly naturalized American citizen, set out to see his country as it was undergoing monumental change. Cooke traveled small highways, with t heir advertising signs and their local topography, in an age before the int erstate highway system. In The American Home Front - a fascinating artifact, a charming travelogue, and a sharp portrait of America - Cooke chronicles the regional glories he encounters and the reactions of the citizens to war, from indifference to grief, from opportunism to resilience under military threat. Filled with touching personal stories of the effects of war, from a Japanese family facing internment that tries to sell Cooke their car, to the experiences of the unemployed relocating in hopes of jobs in a gunpowder factory, The American Home Front is the work of an experienced, talented journalist; it is intelligent, touching, and funny. 
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