Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War

The Civil War was the first "modern war." Because of the rapid changes in American society, Abraham Lincoln became president of a divided United States during a period of...

The Lives of Isaac Stern

No single American could personify what Henry Luce called the American Century. But over his eighty-one years, Isaac Stern came closer than most. Russian-Jewish parents brought...

Tin Cans and Greyhounds The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars

This action-packed narrative history of destroyer-class ships begins with destroyers' first incarnation as torpedo boats in 1898 through the last true combat service of the ships...

Tidal Wave From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that, had the navy faced a different enemy, the war would have been over at the conclusion of the Battle of Leyte...

The Gulf The Making of An American Sea

Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction—the tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental...

Pacific Thunder The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943-October 1944

On 27 October 1942, four "Long Lance" torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes...

Benjamin Franklin The Religious Life of a Founding Father

Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to...

From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Evolution of Minds

What is human consciousness and how is it possible? This question fascinates thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. From Bacteria...

Fueling Freedom Exposing the Mad War on Energy

Fossil fuel energy is the lifeblood of the modern world. Before the Industrial Revolution, humanity depended on burning wood and candle wax. But with the ability to harness the...

Strange Tools Art and Human Nature

In Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë raises a number of profound questions: What is art? Why do we value art as we do? What does...

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