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The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

Lincoln on War

Lincoln on War

by Harold Holzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Holzer turns to Lincoln's own writings and speeches for this illuminating collection of the great president' thoughts on war. (WAR153, $24.95)

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

An on-the-ground guide to Washington D.C., featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, comprehensive and superb. (WDC07, $23.00)

Washington, DC Map

Washington, DC Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the capital at a scale of 1:15,000. (WDC06, $8.95)

 

Manassas Battlefield Map


by McElfresh Map Company

  • 1996
  • MAP

A watercolor map of the battlefield at Manassas in Virginia. (WAR73, $9.95)

Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best

Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best


by Fodors

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide with an excellent pull-out map and essential information on museums, sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, hotels and nightlife. (USS39, $13.99)

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery


by Charles Johnson | Patricia Smith | WBGH Series Research Team

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships. (USS53, $38.95)

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era

Battle Cry of Freedom, The Civil War Era


by James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 904 PAGES

A comprehensive, vivid history of the Civil War, its genesis, battles, politics and personalities from the war with Mexico to Appomattox. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book may be 900 pages long but it reads like a good novel. (USS37, $19.95)

Forged in Battle, The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers

Forged in Battle, The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers


by Joseph T. Glatthaar

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A revealing portrait of the 180,000 black soldiers who served the Union during the Civil War. (USS117, $24.95)

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863


by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • HARD COVER
  • 290 PAGES

Shelby Foote's gift for prose makes this military history a page-turning narrative, deftly capturing the monumental battle in a concise, informative text. (USE191, $23.00)

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals


by Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

Goodwin explores how Lincoln transformed three former political opponents into essential members of his cabinet. (USA128, $21.00)

Jazz, A History of America's Music

Jazz, A History of America's Music


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • MUSIC
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music -- jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans and quickly embraced in urban centers throughout the nation, jazz celebrates American individualism and creativity at its best. (MUS79, $45.00)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

An elegant, brief biography of the Kentucky-born political hero. (USA147, $14.00)

American Sphinx

American Sphinx


by Joseph J. Ellis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

More character study than strict biography, this celebrated book describes and defines Thomas Jefferson's beliefs, influences and aspirations. (USA51, $16.95)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave


by Frederick Douglass

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A slave for 21 years before escaping to the north, Douglass conveys the horrors of slavery and force behind the antislavery movement in this landmark memoir. This Harvard edition, with an introduction by Robert Septo, is a facsimile of the original 1845 edition, published in Boston. (USS487, $9.50)

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee


by Roy Blount, Jr.

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

A lively short biographical essay in the excellent Penguin Lives series, matching writers and subjects. (USS377, $19.95)

The Mind of Thomas Jefferson

The Mind of Thomas Jefferson


by Peter S. Onuf

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

This collection of essays provides an intimate look into the political and personal concerns and motivations of Jefferson, and an assessment of his significance in American culture. (USA371, $25.00)

Cloudsplitter

Cloudsplitter


by Russell Banks

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 758 PAGES

The incomparable Russell Banks tries his hand at historical fiction. Owen Brown, son of John Brown, is the narrator, telling the story of his father and how the events of the great abolitionist's life have ultimately shaped his own. Epic, well researched and powerful. (USS196, $16.99)

Roots

Roots


by Alex Haley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 912 PAGES

Haley's epic story of Kunta Kinte and his descendents opens in Jufureh The Gambia, in 1750, going on to traces seven generations of one family and tell the story of Africans in America. Thirtieth anniversary edition. (WAF21, $18.99)

The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels


by Michael Shaara

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

It's the summer of 1863. Fresh from a victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee heads north in a daring attempt to draw Union forces away from the Potomac. He is met by Union regiments at Gettysburg for the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. (USS36, $16.00)

The Lincoln Anthology

The Lincoln Anthology


by Harold Holzer

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 964 PAGES

Walt Whitman, W.B Dubois, Carl Sandburg, Winston Churchill, Marianne Moore and Garry Wills are all included in this diverse collection. (GEN489, $40.00)

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.


by Gore Vidal

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 422 PAGES

The sixth installation in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire" historical novel series. This tale of corruption follows the lives of a conservative senator and a newspaper publisher in Washington D.C. (USE130, $18.00)

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

The National Parks, America's Best Idea


by Ken Burns | Dayton Duncan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system. (USA356, $35.00)

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