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The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth-Century Conspiracy Along the Black River Canal

This is the untold story of a struggling, rural New York town whose residents plotted to destroy Erie Canal levees in an attempt to buoy the town back into economic success. The ensuing investigation, prompted by Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, led to the imprisonment of 13 men in what was considered among the biggest conspiracies in the state. While researching the book, Doyle, a reporter with the Washington bureau of McClatchy newspapers, was following the role of his own ancestors in the scandal.

Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa

Two young Iowa farm girls were brief pen pals with Anne Frank in 1939, leading to this true account of lives torn apart by war. Using firsthand reports, photographs, and intriguing new information, Rubin contrasts Anne’s horrific wartime experience in Europe with the war years in Iowa, where children were safe, busy, and unaware of genocide. Rubin is the author of several books for young adults.

When States Fail: Causes and Consequences

Since 1990, 10 million people have been killed in the civil wars of failed states, and millions more deprived of basic rights. Here, 14 essays examine why states decay and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it. Rotberg, director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict at the Kennedy School of Government, is president of the World Peace Foundation.

Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860

Homespun cloth, once seen as a reflection of American values, began to disappear in the early 19th century, when more modern methods of commercial industry took hold. Zakim uses the history of men’s dress—in particular, the evolution of the “ready-made” business suit—to demonstrate the emergence of capitalism and democracy in American culture. Zakim teaches history at Tel Aviv University.

The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China

Born in Hunan and raised in China during WWII, Elder’s childhood included Chinese friends, hiding from Japanese bombs, and struggling with multiple languages. In 1951, her father, a Yale-in-China representative, was denounced as an imperial spy; 23 years later, Elder was among the first Americans to enter China after it reopened to the West. Her evocative memoir has been described as a “love story of family, intertwined cultures, and life itself during and after the turmoil of war.” Elder lives in Philadelphia with her husband, David Elder ’54.

Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora

Wright, an associate professor at Macalaster College, compares the similarities and differences of how Black writers and thinkers around the world have responded to the ways in which European and American writers shaped modern ideas of Black identity. Wright teaches African diasporic literature and theory.

You Know He's a Keeper... You Know He's a Loser...

Girl talk at its greatest, these 200 firsthand accounts of romantic relationships include a “sentimental lug” who laminated ticket stubs from his first date to the “Amtrak Gigolo” who had girlfriends in every city. Funny, heartwarming, and horrifying, these men serve as warnings—or as good examples—for any woman who loves a good laugh. Dworkin, who lives in Las Vegas, is a writer and editor for several newsstand magazines.

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American Vanguard: The United Auto Workers during the Reuther Years, 1935-1970

She Took Off Her Wings and Shoes

Santería Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban Religion

The Origins of the Final Solution

Who Invented the Computer?: The Legal Battle that Changed Computing History

A History of Russia: Peoples, Legends, Events, Forces

A Toss of the Dice: Child Development from a Pediatrician’s Perspective

The Complete Guide to Starting a Record Company

Sea of Time

Forest Communities, Community Forests

Soft Hay Will Catch You: Poems by Young People

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

Exploitation: What It Is and Why It’s Wrong

Grass Angel

Public Workers: Government Employee Unions, the Law, and the State, 1900-1962

Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara