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LBJ: The White House Years
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LBJ: The White House Years

By Harry Joseph Middleton

Sealed. A pictorial history of the Johnson administration, from his inauguration to the end of his presidency in January, 1969, also covers life at the the LBJ Ranch and the activities of Lady Bird Johnson

$30.00

Eisenhower Vs. Warren:  The Battle For Civil Rights And Liberitie
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Eisenhower Vs. Warren: The Battle For Civil Rights And Liberitie

By James Simon

Advanced Copy. The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court's historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Times Notable Book author James F. Simon examines the years of strife between them that led Eisenhower to say that his biggest mistake as president was appointing that "dumb son of a bitch Earl Warren." This momentous, poisonous relationship is presented here at last in one volume. Compellingly written, Eisenhower vs. Warren brings to vivid life the clash that continues to reverberate in political and constitutional debates today. 8 pages of photographs

$15.00

Ike and McCarthy
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Ike and McCarthy

By David A. Nichols

2017. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New. In January 1954, Joseph McCarthy was one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate. By the end of that year he had been censured by his colleagues, and his power was shattered. Ike and McCarthy is the dramatic story of how President Dwight Eisenhower worked behind the scenes to make this happen. When Eisenhower took office in January 1953, anticommunist fervor was at a fever pitch. The loudest voice was McCarthy's, charging that the government was riddled with communist spies. Ike thought that McCarthy's accusations were dangerously irresponsible, but in 1953 he had other priorities, including ending the Korean War. Commentators and pundits blasted Eisenhower for not confronting McCarthy, but the president believed that challenging McCarthy directly would only enhance the senator's reputation. However, when McCarthy launched an investigation into communists in the Army, Eisenhower, who had spent most of his life as a soldier, knew he would not be exempt from McCarthy's attacks. David A. Nichols tells the riveting and little-known story of how Eisenhower and his advisers carefully plotted their successful effort to diminish McCarthy's influence. Eisenhower was not above exploiting personal information about McCarthy's chief counsel Roy Cohn's relationship with Army private G. David Schine. When Ike learned that Cohn had repeatedly sought special privileges for Schine, the White House instigated an investigation into whether McCarthy had exercised improper influence on Schine's behalf. The resulting report by the Army, which concealed the White House's role, ignited a political firestorm that resulted in the Army-McCarthy hearings. Those hearings, lasting two months, exposed McCarthy's tactics to the public through the new medium of television. That was McCarthy's downfall, covertly manipulated by Eisenhower and his closest advisers. While others played a part, Dwight Eisenhower's secret role in McCarthy's destruction is a seminal story in American political history. Nichols has drawn on thousands of McCarthy-related documents in the Eisenhower Presidential Library archives that Ike ordered a subordinate to collect, as well as other declassified documents, to tell this story of a classic Washington power struggle.

$14.00

Truman in the white house
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Truman in the white house

By Robert H. Ferrel

1991. Hardcover. New. As assistant press secretary to President Harry S. Truman, Eben A. Ayers brought with him twenty-six years of experience as a newspaperman. He knew when he had a good story and knew how to record it. His private diary, which he kept unbeknownst to his associates, tells the inside story of the Truman White House clearly, colorfully, and with an acute sense of history.

$12.00

Lincoln\'s Men
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Lincoln's Men

By William C. Davis

1999. Hardcover, Dust Jacket. Like New. Minor wear on dust jacket. Lincoln inspired feelings unlike those instilled by any previous commander-in-chief in America. In Lincoln's Men, William C. Davis draws on thousands of unpublished letters and diaries to tell the hidden story of how a new and untested president could become 'Father Abraham' throughout both the army and the North as a whole. How did the Army of the Potomac, yearning for the grandeur of McClellan, turn instead to the comfort of Old Abe, and how was this change of loyalty crucial to final victory?

$8.00

Most Evil Men and Women in History, The
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Most Evil Men and Women in History, The

By Miranda Twiss

2002. Hardcover. Like New. 1this book contains 16 essays on the most evil men and women of all time. Included are: Nero; Vlad the Impaler; King John; Ivan the Terrible; Attila the Hun; Rasputin; Hitler; Pol Pot; and Idi Amin.

$10.00

The Triumph Of William Mckinley
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The Triumph Of William Mckinley

By Karl Rove

2015. Paperback. New.

$15.00

The Illustrated Gettysburg  Reader
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The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader

By Rod Gragg

2013. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New. Examines the Battle of Gettysburg through letters, journals, articles, and speeches from the people who lived through those days.

$15.00

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

There Is No Alternative

By Claire Berlinski

2010. Paperback. Very Good. Shows signs of reading. Berlinski offers this smart, opinionated appreciation of the woman who rescued Great Britain from socialism and proved that American-style conservatism could work around the world. Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline—ungovernable, an economic train wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britain's Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nation's postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global free-market revolution. Simultaneously exploiting every politically useful aspect of her femininity and defying every conventional expectation of women in power, Thatcher crushed her enemies with a calculated ruthlessness that stunned the British public and without doubt caused immense collateral damage.Ultimately, however, Claire Berlinski agrees with Thatcher: There was no alternative. Berlinski explains what Thatcher did, why it matters, and how she got away with it in this vivid and immensely readable portrait of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century.

$8.00

Ike
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Ike

By Michael Korda

2007. Hardcover. New. 'In this first major single-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower to appear in many years, Michael Korda, the author of Ulysses S. Grant, paints a full-length portrait of not the smiling, amiable Ike of legend but the real man: a daring, gifted, courageous, superlatively trained, and tough-minded soldier, a perfectionist with a hair-trigger temper (mostly held under precarious control) who was perhaps the most successful leader of a multinational coalition in all history. Ike waged war in some of our darkest hours and brought the Allied nations to a triumphant victory. He went on to become president of Columbia University, the first commander of NATO, and later a wise, wildly popular two-term president who 'waged peace' at the height of the Cold War.' 'Ike is narrative history on an epic scale, and demonstrates Ike's role in the great events and with the major historical figures of the twentieth century. Korda confronts squarely such difficult, controversial issues as Ike's relationship with his wartime aide and driver, Kay Summersby; and his struggles with his most infuriating subordinate and rival, Bernard Montgomery, who clashed with Ike over strategy from 1943 to the end of the war (and long afterward) and cuttingly dismissed him as, 'Nice chap. No soldier.' He discusses Ike's dispute with the 'bomber barons' of the USAAF and the RAF, which forced him to threaten to resign his command and go home if he didn't have control of their heavy bombers before D-day. Further, he addresses Ike's determination to win the war in Europe with his own strategy; the reasons for his firm decision not to take Berlin or Prague before the Russians; the story of his by no means inevitable rise to the presidency; and the many crises he confronted as president, from McCarthyism to the perils of nuclear war.' 'Within the context of history and against the backdrop of two world wars and the Cold War, Ike's life and career are central to understanding America's involvement with global affairs in the postwar era.'--BOOK JACKET.

$20.00

Roosevelt\'s Centurions
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Roosevelt's Centurions

By Joseph E. Persico

2012. Hardcover. New. Explains how Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed the role of a hands-on wartime leader, discussing his contributions to military strategy and analyzing how his decisions may have helped end or prolonged the war.

$20.00

Lincoln, Life-Size
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Lincoln, Life-Size

By Philip B. Kunhardt III; Peter W. Kunhardt; Peter W. Kunhardt Jr.

2009. Hardcover. Good. Dust jacket has major wear but book intact. This unique and beautiful book captures an overlooked but vital aspect of Lincoln: his face. While he was known as an ugly man, and he even joked about that reputation, Lincoln's contemporaries often commented on his striking features on how animated he became while telling stories, or how at more serious moments his face seemed to reflect his wisdom.Taken across a span of nearly twenty years, from 1846 to 1865, these images provide us with a visual account of Lincoln's intertwined political and personal lives as we watch him age and observe the toll taken by the Civil War in the final four years of his life. Here are a wide range of Lincolns - wise, bemused, melancholic, ruggedly handsome, downright homely - is complex character clearly evident in the changes in expression and affect these portraits capture. Each portrait is presented in both a standard size and in life-size, and is accompanied by a contemporaneous quote by or about Lincoln, enriching the story of his life as told through his continuously evolving image.Offering an unprecedented window into Lincoln's soul, Lincoln, Life-Size grants us a new appreciation of this extraordinary man and a glimpse of the force of character that made him great. It is a must for all Lincoln enthusiasts - and for anyone fascinated by our finest president.

$5.00

Ronald Reagan treasures
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Ronald Reagan treasures

By Roberts Randy

Hardcover. New. '...[C]hronicles the life story of one of America's most memorable figures. Reagan's life and work--from his humble Midwestern beginnings to his Hollywood movie career, from the California governor's mansion to the White House--is documented through in-depth commentary, historic photos, and removable memorabilia...'--Page 4 of cover.

$25.00

Lincoln\'s Loyalists
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Lincoln's Loyalists

By Richard Nelson Current

1992. Hardcover. Very Good. Major wear on dust Jacket. With this path-breaking book, Richard Nelson Current closes a major gap in our understanding of the important role of white southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The ranks of the Union forces swelled by more than 100,000 of these men known to their friends as ""loyalists"" and to their enemies as ""tories"". They substantially strengthened the Union, weakened the Confederacy, and affected the outcome of the Civil War. Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops from the South to preserve the Union, every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at least a battalion of white troops for the Union Army. The role of black soldiers (including those from the South) continues to receive deserved attention. Curiously, little heed has been paid to the white southern supporters of the Union cause, and nothing has been published about the group as a whole. Relying almost entirely on primary sources, Current here opens the long-overdue investigation of these many Americans who, at great risk to themselves and their families, made a significant contribution to the Union's war effort. Current meticulously explores the history of the loyalists in each Confederate state during the war. Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia provided over 70 percent of the loyalist troops, but 10,000 from Arkansas, 7,000 from Louisiana, and thousands from North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama volunteered as well. The author weaves the separate state stories into an intriguing and detailed tapestry. The loyalists served in a variety of capacities--some performing mundane tasks, some fighting with valor. Whatever his individual role, each southerner joining the Unionconstituted a double loss to the Confederacy: a subtraction from its own ranks and an addition to the Union's. Undoubtedly, this played an important role in the Confederate defeat.

$10.00

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