History

no beast so fierce: The True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History

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"A superb work of natural history."

Booklist, starred review

the secret history of magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art

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"Steinmeyer's combination of enthusiasm and erudition is a joy."

Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods

the best land under heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

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"Not only a definitive account of the Donner tragedy, but also a book so gripping it can scarcely be put down."

Douglas Preston, New York Times

The United States of beer: A Freewheeling History of the All-American Drink

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"Display[s] an enormous understanding of American history as well as a fine wit."

Publishers Weekly

sin, sex & subversion: 1950s New York Outsiders & the Making of America’s 21st-Century Moral Order

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"A grand and entertaining tour of New York’s underbelly in the 1950s."

James F. Wilson, author of Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies

A Stranger Among Saints: Stephen Hopkins, the Man Who Survived Jamestown and Saved Plymouth

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In 1611, William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest, which features the survivors of a shipwreck cast upon a remote island. The idea came from the real-life shipwreck of the Sea Venture, which was caught in a hurricane and grounded on the coast of Bermuda during a voyage to resupply Jamestown.


History

bourbon: A History of the American Spirit

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 “A witty and informative account of America’s much-loved national beverage. Dane Huckelbridge is the sage of sour-mash.”
John Baxter, author of The Perfect Meal

oklahoma: A Sense of Place

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 In Wallis's compelling story of early adventurers, wisdom seekers, outlaws, and risk takers are lessons for everyone, whether they reside in Oklahoma or not. 

david crockett: The Lion of the West

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"Michael Wallis is the master frontier story teller."
Jim Lehrer, former PBS NewsHour anchor

to die for the people

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"This book will greatly appeal to both political activists and readers interested in the history of social movements." 

Book News 

The Wild West: 365 days

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 The Wild West 365 is a day-by-day adventure that tells the stories of pioneers’ and cow boys, gold rushes and saloon shoot-outs in America’s Frontier.

the life and death of john henry tunstall

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Nolan's acclaimed debut is recognized today as a breakthrough work which completely revolutionized historical understanding ofNew Mexico's Lincoln County War.


History

way down yonder in the indian nation: Writings from America’s Heartland

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"In the style of Will Rogers, Wallis gives a moving tribute to Oklahoma--its colorful history and inhabitants.”
Library Journal 

the cuba project: Castro, Kennedy, and the FBI's Tamale Squad

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 "A streetcorner poet patriot, Pete Pavia, in a voice of the Rat Pack reborn, tells a story from America's past that illuminates the present."

Andrew Huebner, author of We Pierce

the lincoln highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate

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"This book will delight those looking to uncover their local roots as well as adventurers yearning for that American rite of passage-a cross-country road trip.”
Publishers Weekly 

sea venture: Shipwreck, Survival, & the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World

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"Doherty's well-told yarn reveals the impulses both noble and base underlying any colonial enterprise."

Kirkus Reviews 

allies of the earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation

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"Runte’s railroad world is pumped full of life, and his style of writing breathes authenticity and empathy into each page.”
The Pacific Northwest Inlander 

in defense of thomas jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

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 "Well researched…a powerful insight."
Herbert Barger, Jefferson family historian 


History

simeon's story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of emmett till

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"Unlike any other book on Emmett Till, Simeon's Story gets to the heart of the tragedy and, more importantly, dispels the lies, myths, and distortions that have obscured the truth."
Keith Beauchamp, director of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till 

lincoln county war: A Documentary History

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"Nolan provides a very readable and careful analysis of the conflict, adding significantly to the documentation available and to our knowledge of events."
Library Journal 

billy the kid: The Endless Ride

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 "Over the decades, countless books have been written about the infamous outlaw, and this is surely one of the best.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) 

umbrella mike: The True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500

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Noted sports analyst Brock Yates remarkably chronicles the dramatic, true story of the Chicago gangster behind the Indy 500.

soul on bikes: the East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set

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"A slice of underground American and African-American history you're unlikely to read in any history book... recounts the club's adventures with humor, attitude, and most important, soul." 

Motorbooks 

art & artifice and Other Essays of Illusion

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"Inspiring combination of magical, theatrical and social history, performance and illusion theory and know-how, ingenious methodology and affection."

Anthony Owen, MagicWeek


History

hiding the elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible & Learned to Disappear

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"If you want to keep your illusions, go to Las Vegas. But for magic lovers who revel in learning the magician's art, this book—part research study, part salute—is a find."

Publishers Weekly

scan artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked

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"A riveting portrait of an underrepresented archetype: the female con artist."

Elizabeth Greenwood, author of Playing Dead

broken glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy

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"[Sanders] performs a mesmerizing feat of documentary artistry... a book of epic verse seamless and supple in its cadence, vivid in its language, sharp in its critique, and deeply moving in its elegiac feelings.”

Booklist, starred review 

hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

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"Offers a feast of juicy anecdotes and sharp analysis that should satisfy devotees and attract newcomers to the fold."

Eddie Dean, Wall Street Journal

sharon tate: a life

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"A fascinating look at chaotic times and a fitting tribute to a life cut brutally short.” 

Chronogram

whiskey bottles & brand-new cards: The Fast Life & Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd

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“An excellent look at a band whose creative evolution was tragically cut short.” Booklist 


History

the family

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"The first complete, authoritative account of the career of Charles Manson. A terrifying book."

New York Times Book Review 

oil man: The Story Of Frank Phillips & The Birth Of Phillips Petroleum

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A rich, rousing gusher of a biography that captures the life and times of an American hero and the birth of the modern oil empire he created. 

dreams to remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, & the Transformation of Southern Soul

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“Evokes the fire of Redding.... Ribowsky tells the story with nonstop energy, while always probing for the larger social and musical pictures.” 

New York Times Book Review 

hopper: A Journey into the American Dream

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“Folsom does an admirable job capturing Hopper’s manic and spirited personality in prose.” 

Publishers Weekly

who was dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

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“[A] well-researched and entertaining take on Dracula’s origin story.” 

Publishers Weekly

mickey cohen: the life and crimes of l.a.'s notorious mobster

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"For readers who revel in old movies, stories about gangsters in double-breasted suits, and mid-century Los Angeles. Recommended." 

Library Journal 


History

pretty boy: the life & times of charles arthur floyd

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"Delivering more than an outstanding biography of Public Enemy No. 1 during the 1930s, Wallis offers exceptional social and regional history as well."

Publishers Weekly

willie nelson: an epic life

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"Based on scores of interviews (including with Nelson himself), it's a lively, substantive account, closer to the treatment given a world-historical figure than a laid-back guitar picker... Patoski has written a fine book worthy of Willie."

Houston Chronicle 

honky tonk angel: the intimate story of patsy cline

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"Gazes unflinchingly at its subject... Filled with poignant memories and amazing detail."  ­­

Nashville Tennessean 

captain beefheart: the biography

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"Barnes reconstructs and explains the Captain's creative processes, …deftly balancing insightful critical analysis with biography."

Library Journal

buck owens: the biography

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"Detailed and passionate... [Sisk] uncovered so many fascinating facts that most writers would simply pass by or not even try to get because it takes work."  

Robert Hilburn, pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times

johnny cash: the biography

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"An admirable attempt at capturing the excitement and power of Cash’s life and work, and the fact that [the book] maintains an objective and reliable tone should make it more and more indispensable as the years pass."

Douglas Heselgrave, The Music Box


History

huey: spirit of the panther

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Huey P. Newton remains one of the most misunderstood political figures of the twentieth century. This book intends to change that.

charles fort: the man who invented the supernatural

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 "Steinmeyer is a gifted biographer, an elegant and unobtrusive author who shows us an entirely fascinating, shy, and witty man, a 20th-century original. This book is not to be missed." 

Library Journal 

baldwin's harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin

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Baldwin's Harlem is an intimate portrait of the life and genius of one of our most brilliant literary minds: James Baldwin 

bad moon rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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"If Hank Bordowitz’s Bad Moon Rising isn't the saddest story in rock'n'roll... it certainly comes within kissing distance."  

USA Today 

black tooth grin: The High Life, Good Times, & Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

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“This long-awaited account of a hard rocking life cut short has real cult sleeper potential.” 

The Bookseller

bowie: A Biography

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 “Spitz concentrates on the complex evolution of Bowie’s music to deliver an evenhanded, critically thorough, while still reverential, life of the Thin White Duke.” 

Publishers Weekly 


History

the glorious deception: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF WILLIAM ROBINSON, AKA CHUNG LING SOO

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"Fans of the magic arts will appreciate Steinmeyer's intimate and colorful portraits of craft."

Publishers Weekly

the last greatest magician in the world: Howard Thurston versus Houdini

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 “There is no greater expert on the history of stage magicians than Jim Steinmeyer. His deep knowledge of the subject, combined with a remarkable mastery of magical know-how, makes this book a smart, fantastic read. I can't recommend it enough!”

Neil Patrick Harris

the black panther: intercommunal news service 1967-1980

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Published in time to mark the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther party, this book is an invaluable document of a little-known aspect of American history.

The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

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Epic, hilarious, and moving, The Other Hollywood contributes to the porn industry the one thing missing in all previous accounts: a vivid, tragicomic, irresistible humanity. 

from sun tzu to xbox: War and Video Games

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"An extremely engaging, well researched and fascinating treatise bursting with intriguing ideas about war and gaming." 

BadLit 

fallen land: a novel

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 "Like McCarthy's Border Trilogy or Frazier's Cold Mountain, this is American literature at its best, full of art and beauty and the exploration of all that is good and bad in the human spirit." 

Kirkus (starred review)


History

the savage breed: a novel

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"Unfolds with a rush in a time and place rarely visited by the average Western writer... Denmon takes the reader down a suspenseful trail to a near forgotten period in this rousing story of war, love and revenge." 

True West Magazine 

the lawless frontier: a novel

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" The spirit of old John Wayne movies is alive and well in this rough-and-tumble western." 

 Kirkus Discoveries 

buy the chief a cadillac: a novel

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"Like Momaday’s THE WAY TO RAINY MOUNTAIN, this book should be added to reading lists for students of American history."

Tony Hillerman 

tales of beatnik glory: a novel

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"Tales of Beatnik Glory is a history lesson, activist primer, and an innovative hybrid of both prose and poetry and fiction and memoir."

Brenda Coultas, Rain Taxi

sonic cool: The Life & Death of Rock'n'roll

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"The author's quirky and manic style always engages... the reader."

Library Journal

the stephen sprouse book

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 "A collectible work of art." 

Nylon 


History

how to talk dirty and influence people: An Autobiography

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"I read this book for the first time when I was twelve years old. It made me want to be in showbiz, have a lot of sex, and be Jewish. I've rethought that last one."

Penn Jillette, half of team Teller and Penn

poseur: a memoir of downtown new york in the '90s

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“Think of Spitz’s Poseur as the Life of rock memoirs, with less Stones and more typewriters. Spitz is a rare find: the self-aware bad boy, the articulate addict, the earnest punk, the wastoid with an excellent memory.” 

PopMatters

Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale

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“If you've ever dreamed of being an outlaw, you might think each chapter of Riding on the Edge is a badass bedtime story for adults. But if anecdotes of beer drinking and womanizing don't appeal to your inner rebel, then the thought-provoking reflections of author John Hall might interest you.”

RoadRUNNER magazine 

the kill bill diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend

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"By turns engrossing, funny and surprisingly moving ... The emotional power here emanates from Carradine’s joy in finally being given the opportunity to work at the top of his abilities with quality collaborators in an atmosphere of mutual respect."

Kirkus Reviews

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

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 “Not your ordinary book… A peek at another side of America.”
Tulsa World 

Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, & the Fugs

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“Sanders tells the story in a series of vignettes that are sometimes funny, occasionally frightening, and typically littered with the names of The Famous and The Dead… a work that recalls with vivid and loving detail the haphazard glory of those wild, wild bygone times.”

PopMatters magazine


History

under their thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones

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 “Impossible to put down ... filled with priceless, often laugh-out-loud anecdotes... [Here's] what makes the book so compelling: German is one of us... We identify with his every small victory... and feel some kind of personal rejection over his setbacks... a cautionary tale, but a hugely entertaining one.”

Montreal Gazette 

revolutionary suicide

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"Revolutionary Suicide, the autobiography of Huey P Newton, is a fitting testament to the Black Panther Party for Self Defence."

Brian Richardson, International Socialis

bluegrass, newgrass, old-time, and americana music

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"Harris follows the perspectives of a broad array of characters as they weave together over the decades, revealing a panoramic view of what bluegrass is all about.”
Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick 

lighters in the sky: the all time greatest concerts 1960-2016

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"Passionate, personal, and articulated from the lens of a masterful historian with a sharp interest in the topic... A book that feels immersive without being stuffy, authoritative without being dismissive, and historical without being boring.” 

UPROXX 

new york rock: from the rise of the velvet underground to the fall of the cbgb

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“Steven Blush’s new book provides a much-needed service, creating a forum for telling the story of New York Rock by those who made it happen.” 

Richard Barone, The Bongos 

lost rockers: Broken Dreams and Crashed Careers

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"Having dedicated his life to chronicling the lives of some of the greatest musicians in the world, [Blush] has now turned his attention to commemorating those for whom the stars never quite aligned, and in doing so deconstructs the very meaning of fame." 

i-D magazine


History

Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music

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 “This book doesn’t miss a beat. It’s the most authentic study of the ongoing Spirit of our music in recent memory.”

Rev. Goat Carson, American Indian elder and Grammy Award winner 

noises of the world: non-western musicians in their own words

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" the meat of the collection--the artists' conceptions of their work--remains fresh. Great stuff for what the Rastas might call conscious music collections."

Booklist

Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

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"Often hilarious, occasionally, ‘God, I wish I hadn’t read that!’, sometimes profound, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes infuriating... no one holds back on any subject... you come away from this book with a crystal-clear vision of this world."

The Huffington Post

spin: greatest hits

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"From the early years of my career, and through everything I'm working on today, SPIN has been supportive of my music. Congratulations on 25 years as an important and unique publication."
Joan Jett of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, & Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk

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 “A sweeping oral history likely to remain the definitive tome on the topic.” 

SF Chronicle

Turning Points In Rock And Roll

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 From Elvis’s swiveling hips to Mick Jagger’s pouting lips, it’s all here—the people and events that have kept rock and roll vibrant, vital, and constantly evolving.  


History

Accidental Revolution: The Story of Grunge

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"Anderson’s book does a solid job of navigating the details of grunge’s brief lifespan... [and] correctly argues that the grunge explosion paved the way for the greater phenomenon of 1990s alternative music."

Paste magazine

The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience

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"Manning does a great job of collecting a diverse range of writers and musicians... his sequencing has the intuitive logic of a well considered set list. Though the book is chronological, the parallel movements of different musical eras are allowed to bump up against each other in fascinating ways."

Publishers Weekly

Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo

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"A valuable resource for young listeners and adults who want to know their music; get it before emo goes the corporate way of "alternative" rock."

Booklist

Spin: 20 Years of Alternative Music

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This twentieth-anniversary tribute celebrates the passion and fury of alternative music, with original essays, quotes, and photographs by contributors who are as hopelessly obsessed as you are. 

Outlaw: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and the Renegades of Nashville

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"Streissguth goes widescreen with this look at the social and musical ferment that produced the Seventies outlaw-country movement... He skillfully portrays Sixties Nashville's studio politics and their gradual loosening up, alongside a city where post-Sixties social change took its time arriving."

Rolling Stone 

martha jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

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 A revealing and insightful look at an often overlooked American woman.


History

The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs: Recrowning Baseball's Greatest Slugger

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"Current conventional sports wisdom holds modern athletes are bigger, faster, stronger, and therefore better. Here we have the carefully researched, imaginatively argued contrary position. Great reading for any baseball fan, but especially those whose passions are ignited by comparisons of players from different eras."

Booklist

Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's Glory Years

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"It may well be Yates's best writing—forceful, colorful, opinionated, often funny, a history book that brings history alive through multiple deaths. Which is quite a trick. Against Death and Time is a must-have in any car enthusiast's library."

John Phillips, Car and Driver

BASEBALL'S STARRY NIGHT: RELIVING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S 2011 WILD CARD NIGHT OF SHOCK AND AWE

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 "With Baseball's Starry Night, Paul Kocak captures an unforgettable moment in time in powerful, passionate prose that will bring fans to their feet all over again." Greg Tobin, former editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc.