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Christopher Columbus
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Christopher Columbus

By Mike Evans

2014. Hardback. New. Most people learn about Christopher Columbus at a young age, being told of his legendary travels across the Atlantic and his discovery of a New World-'in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.' But what most people don't know is that Columbus' voyage to find new lands had an even deeper purpose than the ostensible motives of expanding upon trade opportunities and building wealth. The personal logs that Columbus kept reveal a more heroic and inspired mission of finding a vast land where both Christianity and Judaism could dwell together, and where those of the Jewish religion could escape the horrors brought on by the Spanish Inquisition. In Mike Evans' latest book, Columbus, Secret Jew, you'll delve into the dreams and plans of a man determined to find a refuge for the Jewish people and whose mission was even being funded by those he was trying to protect.

$22.00

Crossing the Continent 1527-1540
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Crossing the Continent 1527-1540

By Robert Goodwin

2008. Hardcover. New. The true story of America's first great explorer and adventurer—an African slave named Esteban Dorantes Crossing the Continent takes us on an epic journey from Africa to Europe and America as Dr. Robert Goodwin chronicles the incredible adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history—one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Nearly three centuries before Lewis and Clark's epic trek to the Pacific coast, Esteban and three Spanish noblemen survived shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American hostility to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history. Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Goodwin recounts the extraordinary story of Esteban's sixteenth-century odyssey, which began in Florida and wound through what is now Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, as far as the Gulf of California. Born in Africa and captured at a young age by slave traders, Esteban was serving his owner, a Spanish captain, when their disastrous sea voyage to the New World nearly claimed his life. Eventually he emerged as the leader of the few survivors of this expedition, guiding them on an extraordinary eight-year march westward to safety. On the group's return to the Spanish imperial capital at Mexico City, the viceroy appointed Esteban as the military commander of a religious expedition sent to establish a permanent Spanish route into Arizona and New Mexico. But during this new adventure, as Esteban pushed deeper and deeper into the unknown north, Spaniards far to the south began to hear strange rumors of his death at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. Filled with tales of physical endurance, natural calamities, geographical wonders, strange discoveries, and Esteban's almost mystical dealings with Native Americans, Crossing the Continent challenges the traditional telling of our nation's early history, placing an African and his relationship with the Indians he encountered at the heart of a new historical record.

$22.00

Washington\'s Circle
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Washington's Circle

By David S. Heidler; Jeanne T. Heidler

2015. Hardcover. New. History enthusiasts and admirers of Team of Rivals will rejoice in this magisterial account of the extraordinary Americans who served the nation's first chief executive: Together, they created the presidency for a country disgusted by crowns and the people who would wear them. In 1789, as George Washington became the first president of the United States, the world was all but certain that the American experiment in liberty and representative government would founder. More than a few Americans feared that the world was right. In Washington's Circle, we see how Washington and his trusted advisers, close friends, and devoted family defied the doomsayers to lay the foundation for an enduring constitutional republic. This is a fresh look at an aloof man whose service in the Revolutionary War had already earned him the acclaim of fellow citizens. Washington was easy to revere, if difficult to know. David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler reveal Washington's character through his relationship with his inner circle, showing how this unlikely group created the office of the presidency. Here is a story of cooperation, confrontation, triumph, and disappointment, as the president, Congress, and the courts sorted out the limits of executive power, quarreled over funding the government, coped with domestic strife, and faced a world at war while trying to keep their country at peace. Even more, it is a story of remarkable people striving for extraordinary achievements. Many of these characters are familiar as historic icons, but in these pages they act and speak as living individuals: the often irked and frequently irksome John Adams, in the vice presidency; the mercurial Alexander Hamilton, leading the Treasury Department; the brilliant, deceptively cunning Thomas Jefferson, as secretary of state; James Madison, who was Washington's advocate--and his eyes and ears--in Congress; and Washington's old friend and former brother-in-arms Henry Knox, at the administration's beleaguered War Department. Their stories mingle with those of Edmund Randolph, John Jay, Gouverneur Morris, and the others who stood with a self-educated Virginia farmer to forge the presidency into an institution protective of its privileges but respectful of congressional prerogatives. Written with energy, wit, and an eye for vivid detail, Washington's Circle is the fascinating account of the people who met the most formidable challenges of the government's earliest hours with pluck, ability, and enviable resourcefulness. When the world said they would fail, they rolled up their sleeves. This is their story. Praise for Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler '[A] splendid biography . . . Between Washington's time and Lincoln's, it is probable that no American was more influential than Clay.'--The Washington Post 'A revealing portrait of Henry Clay, a man who was critical to the life of the nation in the tumultuous nineteenth century. Never president but always in the arena, Clay is a remarkable architect of the Union, and we owe the Heidlers a debt for bringing him to life in these pages.'--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion 'Henry Clay's unparalleled combination of skill, charisma, and energy are on display in this biography.'--James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom '[A] useful and clarifying account that is a pleasure to read.'--Foreign Affairs From the Hardcover edition.

$25.00

1607: Jamestown and the New World
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1607: Jamestown and the New World

By Dennis Montgomery

2007. Paperback. New. 1607 vividly tells the story of the founding of Jamestown, recounting the situation of the original Indian inhabitants, the arrival of British settlers 400 years ago, the building of the town-and modern excavations at the site. Along the way, we meet such familiar figures as King James, John Smith, and Pocahontas, but we also come across strange episodes of cannibalism and skullduggery, heroism, and romantic love.

$15.00

The First American
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The First American

By H.W. Brands

2002. Paperback. Very Good. Book shows signs of reading. The first major biography of Benjamin Franklin in more than sixty years, The First American is history on a grand scale -- a work of meticulous scholarship and a thoroughly engaging portrait of the foremost American of his day. Diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, wit, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America's first Renaissance man. The eighteenth-century genius comes to life in this masterwork by acclaimed historian H. W. Brands, whose access to previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources makes this the definitive biography. A much-needed reminder of Franklin's greatness and humanity, The First American provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy, and a pivotal era in American life.

$6.00

Washington Burning: How a Frenchman\'s Vision for Our Nation\'s Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army
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Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision for Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army

By Les Standiford

2008. Hardcover. Like New. Minor curling on dust jacket. An early history of Washington, D.C., describes how the city became the nation's capital, the design of eccentric French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Washington's efforts to balance the design with opposition from fiscal conservatives--which mirrored the struggles of a fledgling nation--and the 1814 burning of the city by British troops. 50,000 first printing.

$12.00

The Quartet
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The Quartet

By Joseph J. Ellis

2015. Hardcover. New. 'The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement'--

$25.00

The Founding Fathers Reconsidered
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The Founding Fathers Reconsidered

By R.B. Bernstein

2009. Hardcover. New. Here is a concise, scholarly, yet accessible overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as ""the Founding Fathers""--who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic ""philosopher-kings"" as American or world history has ever seen. In The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, R. B. Bernstein reveals Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and the other founders not as shining demigods but as imperfect human beings--people much like us--who nevertheless achieved political greatness. They emerge here as men who sought to transcend their intellectual world even as they were bound by its limits, men who strove to lead the new nation even as they had to defer to the great body of the people and learn with them the possibilities and limitations of politics. Bernstein deftly traces the dynamic forces that molded these men and their contemporaries as British colonists in North America and as intellectual citizens of the Atlantic civilization's Age of Enlightenment. He analyzes the American Revolution, the framing and adoption of state and federal constitutions, and the key concepts and problems--among them independence, federalism, equality, slavery, and the separation of church and state--that both shaped and circumscribed the founders' achievements as the United States sought its place in the world. Finally, he charts the shifting reputations of the founders, both as a group and as individuals, and examining the specific uses to which interpreters of the Constitution have put the Founding Fathers, along with the problems besetting this ""jurisprudence of original intent."" A masterly blend of old and new scholarship, brimming with apt description and insightful analysis, this book offers a persuasive account of how the Founding Fathers were formed, what they did, and how generations of Americans have viewed them.

$17.00