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The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II by Alex Kershaw
The true story of how Raoul Wallenberg did what no other individual or nation managed to do: He saved more than 100,000 Jewish men, women, and children from extermination.

Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963 by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis
New insight into the American and world reaction to JFK's assassination–as expressed in heartfelt letters to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy from world leaders, artists, celebrities, friends, political acquaintances, school children and many others.

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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse by James Swanson
The true crime saga that began with Swanson's best-selling Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer now continues with the stories of the two fallen leaders as they make their final journeys through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

Churchill's Empire by Richard Toye
The first comprehensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the British Empire, drawing on newly released documents to separate the facts from the "overblown" reputation. Toye, an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, reveals how Churchill the statesman evolved while struggling to reconcile the demands of conscience with those of political conformity.

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The human impact of the 2007 "Surge" in Iraq as seen from the front lines, by Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post writer David Finkel, who accompanied a battalion of optimistic Americans into one of the most violent parts of Baghdad.

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath
Reveals the extraordinary ordeal that happened to mostly ordinary American soldiers during World War II in the Pacific when 76,000 Filipinos and Americans surrendered to the Japanese on the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. Written by the husband-wife team of Michael Norman, a former reporter for The New York Times, and Elizabeth M. Norman, the author of two war books.

Al-Qaeda Goes to College: Impact of the War on Terror on American Higher Education
The first book-length treatment of how the 9/11 attacks affected American higher education by noted legal author James Castagnera. Topics include: universities' roles in training counter-terrorism experts; lawsuits against universities by terror victims; accused Islamists teaching at American colleges; conspiracy theories advocated by some academics; and more.

The Night I Freed John Brown (Historical Fiction)
In this first novel by John Michael Cummings, the historic village of Harpers Ferry comes alive as a young boy searches for answers and a place of his own.

Ned McAdoo and the Molly Maguires (Historical Fiction)
Enjoy the first three chapters of a new novel by Claire and Jim Castagnera that weaves historical events and present day America into a tapestry that explores the early days of the labor rights movement and also examines how perspectives on past events change over time.

Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans
Following the war crimes trial of high-ranking Nazi leaders such as Hermann Goering, twelve subsequent trials were held in Nuremberg targeting an array of Nazis. The medical trial is examined here by Vivien Spitz, who was the youngest court reporter on the scene, and today is a lecturer on lessons of the Holocaust.

King Philip's War
A look at the bloody conflict between English Settlers and Native Americans in 1675 by noted nature guide Michael Tougias.

Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Insights from Heather Dune Macadam, co-author of this remarkable book.

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