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Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
by S. C. Gwynne

From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.



Stories in Uniform: A look at the Heroics, Laughs, and Sacrifices of Our Soldiers Stories in Uniform: A look at the Heroics, Laughs, and Sacrifices of Our Soldiers
by Reader's Digest Editors

From boot camp to combat, a collection of Reader’s Digest’s unique, emotional, and wide-ranging coverage of military life. Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader's Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh.



Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By
by Lesley M.M. Blume

Whimsical and witty, this beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of nostalgia celebrates the elegant, mysterious, and delightful trappings of bygone ages.



Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy
by Saul Austerlitz

Running the gamut of film history from City Lights to Knocked Up, Another Fine Mess retells the story of American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother -- the comedy.



Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush
by Bernard von Bothmer

This book tells how presidents and other prominent figures have shaped public memory of the turbulent 1960s. Over the past quarter century, American liberals and conservatives alike have invoked memories of the 1960s to define their respective ideological positions and to influence voters.



Decoding the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction Decoding the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction
by Simon Cox

Dan Brown's new novel once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, this time in the United States, racing to uncover clues and crack codes involving secrets that are perpetuated to this day. But how much of the novel is true and what is pure fiction?



The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry
by Jay Kinney

Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings.



Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
by Doug Stanton

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.



Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans
by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird, Illustrations by Elihu "Adofo" Bey

Still I Rise is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form.



Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations?



American Rifle: A Biography American Rifle: A Biography
by Alexander Rose

In this first-of-its kind book, historian Alexander Rose delivers a colorful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle. Drawing on the words of foot soldiers, inventors, and presidents, based on extensive new research, and spanning from the Revolution to the present day, American Rifle is a balanced, wonderfully entertaining history of the rifle and its place in American culture.



Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq
by Thomas J. Craughwell and M. William Phelps

Stories of the disastrous blunders of American presidents will show readers the inner workings of the White House and how some of our greatest leaders could make decisions that were terribly wrong. The fascinating stories are recounted as narratives and are as entertaining as they are shocking. The 23 stories, each about 10 pages in length, retell the histories behind bad presidential decisions. They are told in a real time narrative style, bringing readers inside the White House, introducing them to the main characters, exposing why these decisions were made, and describing the ill-fated aftermaths.