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  1. The American Slave Coast

    American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry


    The American Slave Coast offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light. Learn More
  2. The Ghosts of Ellis Island

    JR And Art Spiegelman: The Ghosts of Ellis Island


    In August 2014 the French artist JR received an unprecedented invitation to work in the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, a building on the south side of the island that has been abandoned and closed to visitors since 1954. Learn More
  3. On Paper

    On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History


    A consideration of all things paper—its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers—written by the admired cultural historian and author of the trilogy on all things book-related: A Gentle Madness; Patience and Fortitude (“How could any intelligent, literate person not just love this book?”—Simon Winchester); and A Splendor of Letters (“Elegant, wry, and humane”—André Bernard, New York Observer). Learn More
  4. Rise to Greatness

    Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year


    The electrifying story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness during the most perilous year in our nation’s history Learn More
  5. Story Of The Jews

    Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD


    In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish experience, tracing it across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492 to the modern day. Learn More
  6. The Great Big Book of Horrible Things

    The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities


    A compulsively readable and utterly original account of world history—from an atrocitologist’s point of view. Learn More
  7. The Witches

    Witches: Salem, 1692


    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. Learn More

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