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History & Politics from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


The Other Slavery by Andrés Reséndez

“Every now and then a new book comes along that throws a switch on our historical valences and makes us see ourselves anew. The Other Slavery is one such book. Much as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee did when it first appeared in the early 1970s, Andrés Reséndez’s carefully sifted work fundamentally reshapes our understanding of a great enduring mystery: What really accounts for the swift and tragic demise of our continent’s indigenous peoples?” —Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder


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The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547640983
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub

No Better Friend is the story of a kick-ass canine who saved countless lives, boosted morale across the globe, and walked away from World War II with medals, accolades, and a best friend for life. She accepted everything life threw at her with a smile and wag of her tail, and her story is perfect for military buffs and dog lovers alike. Judy may have started out as a mascot, but her bravery propelled her upward through the ranks.



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No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316337069
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" by Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf

History is cyclical. Jefferson in one era is different in the next. Our modern sense of Jefferson, especially with the redemption of Sally Hemings, is of him as a divisive man fraught with contradictions. This book strives very hard to find the middle ground between demon and saint. Before I began reading it, I believed in Alexander Hamilton’s characterization of Jefferson as a villain, but “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” paints a more nuanced picture of a man who strove to serve his country well.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780871404428
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 13th, 2016

The Mathews Men by William Geroux

Mathews County is a small peninsula on the coast of Virgina, and as it’s surrounded by water on three sides, it has produced an exceptional number of mariners. This engrossing book tells the story of merchant marines who risked attack by U-boat to keep the European front supplied. I love World War II books, and The Mathews Men offered a perspective I hadn’t heard before. If you are interested in seafaring or World War II, don’t miss this—it’s really good.  —Flannery

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The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525428152
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Published: Viking - April 19th, 2016

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