20th Century

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Historians, like archeologists, play an invaluable role uncovering all-but-forgotten people of the past, thus helping provide a better picture of the present.

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“provides a fresh perspective on the strategic options each combatant faced as the once European war became truly global in 1941 . . .”

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“books like this remind us of the human cost of war and the sacrifices made by soldiers who answered their country’s call . . .”

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“a great resource, but sadly, offers little understanding of how modern 20th century political culture was forged and the role radical women and men played in this critical development.”

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“a solid introductory volume to anyone wishing to learn about America’s airborne forces in World War II . . .”

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In case the nonstop celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt.

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A Mind to Stay is a revealing history of much of the otherwise lost reality of thousands of plantations that lack documentation.”

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We elect our leaders with a hope and a prayer. We generally do not know much about these men and women, except as they reveal themselves during a campaign.

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In this nonfiction work, the granddaughter of the late Abraham Zapruder relates the circumstances surrounding the filming of President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX.

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“Al Capone was a son, husband, and father who was looking for the best way to become a good provider for everyone.”

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This is not one Till tale but three. When young Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi, in 1955, his death changed the Civil Rights Movement and American history.

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Local history can be rich, exotic, complicated, personal, and dark but especially when an incident like the Scopes Monkey Trial serves as an “island” in regional and national social currents.

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In the opening pages of March: Book Three, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama has just ended its Sunday school lessons when a bomb explodes.

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The War on Alcohol retells the story of Prohibition with a cocktail of case studies, legal analysis, and a broad scope.”

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New York City was the center of the world in the 1940s, according to author David Reid. He builds his case looking at the political and social scene of the decade.

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Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn’t Supposed To by Paul Dickson is a slim volume of cocktail history and recipes.

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And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK is a companion to a PBS series of the same name and chronicles the last 50 years of black history and culture in an illustrated timeline featuring

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“David McCullough does his usual excellent job of bringing his subjects to life, delving into their motivations and their impact on history.

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“An important and poetic look at life in WWII U.S. Japanese-American internment camps but one that fails to engage young readers with an empathetic main character.”

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The Burglary shows how a small group of committed individuals performed the bravest act of all, exposing Hoover . . .”

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“. . . fascinating . . .”

“. . . an interesting and accessible take on comics’ place in literature, popular culture, and women’s history.”

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“. . . does an excellent job of telling the story of one of America’s finest and darkest episodes in World War II . . .”

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“Mr. Burgin insists that the free-market era has still not ended, despite the market meltdown . . . Capitalism survives.”

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