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Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 240 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, $25.00)

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)

Tried by War, Abraham Lincoln as Commander In Chief

by James M. McPherson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian looks at the Lincoln's military effectiveness. (USA346, $17.00)

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)

 
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)

Official Guide to the Smithsonian

Official Guide to the Smithsonian


by Sharon L. Barry | Robin A. Faitoute | Sarah Grusin | Elizabeth Jones

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A brief illustrated guide to the Smithsonian's many museums and the National Zoo. (USE129, $13.99)

Fields of Honor, Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

Fields of Honor, Pivotal Battles of the Civil War


by Edwin C. Bearss | James McPherson

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

A former chief historian of the National Parks Service and a renowned Civil War historian, Bearss details 14 of the war's major battles, including Gettysburg and Vicksburg. (WAR124, $15.95)

Following in Lincoln's Footsteps, A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln

Following in Lincoln's Footsteps, A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln


by Ralph Gary

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 484 PAGES

A thoroughly researched guide to the sites where Lincoln lived, worked, and visited -- from his birthplace in rural Kentucky to the Oval Office. (USA126, $18.95)

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)

Lincoln's Men, How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation

Lincoln's Men, How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation


by William Davis

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

A portrait of Lincoln as a wise and strong military leader using letters written by Civil War soldiers. (USS106, $20.99)

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

The Americans, the Colonial Experience


by Daniel Boorstin

  • HISTORY
  • 1964
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions. (USA05, $17.95)

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)

The Rise of American Democracy, Jefferson to Lincoln

The Rise of American Democracy, Jefferson to Lincoln


by Sean Wilentz

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 992 PAGES

A magisterial history of the development of America from republic to democracy in the years between independence and the Civil War. (USA130, $35.00)

With Malice Toward None, A Life of Abraham Lincoln


by Stephen B. Oates

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 492 PAGES

A humanistic portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, illuminating the many sides of the man-behind-the-myth. (USS120, $17.99)

Paris on the Potomac, The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C.

Paris on the Potomac, The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C.


by Cynt Field

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 164 PAGES

This history explores the French influence on Washington, D.C.'s art and architecture. (WDC22, $26.95)

Temple of Invention, History of a National Landmark

Temple of Invention, History of a National Landmark


by Charles Robertson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Essential for visitors to the Smithsonian and American architecture buffs, this book details the history and many uses of the Patent Office Building, which now houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (USA343, $19.95)

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)

Assassination Vacation


by Sarah Vowell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

An irreverent tour of American history by way of its presidential assassinations by a popular NPR commentator and essayist. Informative and thoroughly enjoyable. (USA119, $16.00)

Front Row at the White House, My Life and Times

Front Row at the White House, My Life and Times


by Helen Thomas

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

From the woman who has reported on every president from Kennedy to Clinton comes a unique memoir of White House history and a telling record of the ever-changing relationship between the presidency and the press. (WDC20, $24.99)

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)

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)

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