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History & Politics from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-winter-newsletter">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson has written an autobiography of a year: 1927. Always a master of narration, Bryson makes this year alive and fascinating—Lindbergh flies the Atlantic, Babe Ruth hits 60 homers, and the United States takes its place as a power in the world. Filled with rich details of many iconic events, Bryson has delivered an entertaining and worthwhile read. -Neal

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ISBN: 9780767919401
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Published: Doubleday - October 1st, 2013

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

David Finkel’s profound look at life after war has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and more. “Thank You for Your Service is one of the best and truest books I have ever read. Finkel cuts through all the spin, the excuses, the blowhard politics and mind-deadening metrics to discover the cost of war for the soldiers who fight it and the families they come home to. This extraordinary book will piss you off and break your heart. It will shame you and lift you up. It will bend your mind to the reality of an American war that is now well into its second decade.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award

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ISBN: 9780374180669
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 1st, 2013

The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin

The task of choosing 101 objects that tell the history of the United States must have been daunting, but Richard Kurin more than succeeded. This book showcases the collection, pairing the objects—from Lincoln’s hat to the polio vaccine—with Kurin’s essays on why each was chosen, as well as tidbits about the ones that almost made the cut. This is an exceptional, moving collection that truly captures and celebrates our nation’s history.

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ISBN: 9781594205293
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Published: Penguin Press - October 29th, 2013

Detroit City Is the Place to Be by Mark Binelli

Once America’s capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country’s greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest—and now into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. But can the city’s crisis lead to the boldest reimagining of a postindustrial city in our new century? “As fascinating as Detroit’s current, tentative renaissance is, Binelli masterfully provides a broader story, a 300-year tour through the formerly wondrous and now wondrously devastated metropolis... A wildly compelling biography of a city as well as a profound commentary on postindustrial America.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9781250039231
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Published: Picador - November 5th, 2013

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin (No Ordinary Time, Team of Rivals) returns with another eye-opening, meticulous presidential examination—this time looking at Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Through the lens of the bitter 1912 presidential race against William Howard Taft, and the glittering weapon of the burgeoning press, this is not just a unique perspective on an icon. Goodwin illuminates the beginnings and early transition of the Progressive Era, the roots of the political and social wars that continue to this day.

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ISBN: 9781416547860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013

The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, the best-selling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the United States from its beginnings. “Using a nifty structure around the five classic elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal, Winchester celebrates the brains and brawn that forged America’s Manifest Destiny.” —Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 9780062079602
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Published: Harper - October 15th, 2013

Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II by Wil S. Hylton

Two-thirds of those missing in action from our armed forces disappeared during World War II, many vanishing beneath the waves of the South Pacific. Here, Hylton balances the story of one lost flight crew and the crew’s families against that of the military and civilian personnel committed to finding the missing men and giving their families closure. This is a fascinating glimpse both into history and into the incredible task of recovering a missing plane.

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ISBN: 9781594487279
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2013

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine

“The Sea and Civilization presents a fresh look at the global past. Bringing to bear a formidable knowledge of ships and sails, winds and currents, navigation techniques and maritime law, Lincoln Paine offers a lively tour of world history as seen from the waterline. The result is a fascinating account, full of little-known episodes and novel insights.” —Kären Wigen, Stanford University

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ISBN: 9781400044092
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 29th, 2013

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