Recent History Gift Picks

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Marie Claire Kirkus Reviews


The Library: A Fragile History Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781541600775
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Published: Basic Books - November 9th, 2021

Perfect for book lovers, this is a fascinating exploration of the history of libraries and the people who built them, from the ancient world to the digital age.
 
Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with bean bags and chi


An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807011683
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Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021

The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America


About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393867930
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

One of Smithsonian Magazine's Ten Best History Books of 2021

A captivating, surprising history of timekeeping and how it has shaped our world.


The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World (Politics of Place #4) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982178628
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Published: Scribner - November 9th, 2021

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Prisoners of Geography, the highly anticipated follow-up that uses ten maps of crucial regions around the globe to explain the geopolitical strategies of today’s world powers and what it means for our future.

Tim Marshall’s global bestseller Prisoners of Geography offered us a “fresh way of lookin


The Family Roe: An American Story Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393247718
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

One of NPR's Best Books of 2021
A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
One of TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

A masterpiece of reporting on the Supreme Court’s most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the unknown lives at its heart.


When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631497964
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Published: Liveright - October 12th, 2021

In this game-changing revisionist history, a leading scholar of the Renaissance shows how four powerful women redefined the culture of European monarchy in the glorious sixteenth century.


The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374157357
Availability: Backordered - No Estimated Arrival Date
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.


Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328515971
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Published: Mariner Books - September 14th, 2021

The story of an uncovered voyage as colorful and momentous as any on record for the Age of Discovery—and of the Black mariner whose stunning accomplishment has been until now lost to history
 
It began with a secret mission, no expenses spared.


The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781541673809
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Published: Basic Books - October 5th, 2021

This major new history of the Ottoman dynasty reveals a diverse empire that straddled East and West.
 
The Ottoman Empire has long been depicted as the Islamic, Asian antithesis of the Christian, European West. But the reality was starkly different: the Ottomans’ multiethnic, multilingual, and mult


The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781591847335
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Published: Penguin Press - November 16th, 2021

From one of our leading historians, an important new history of the Greek War of Independence—the ultimate worldwide liberal cause célèbre of the age of Byron, Europe’s first nationalist uprising, and the beginning of the downward spiral of the Ottoman Empire—published two hundred years after its outbreak


The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky and the Gentleman Murderer Who Inspired a Masterpiece Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594206306
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Published: Penguin Press - November 16th, 2021

*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice* 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Book, the true story behind the creation of another masterpiece of world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.


A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465038909
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Published: Basic Books - November 16th, 2021

The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland

In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico.


Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich Cover Image
By Volker Ullrich, Jefferson Chase (Translated by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631498275
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Published: Liveright - September 21st, 2021

The best-selling author of Hitler: Ascent and Hitler: Downfall reconstructs the chaotic, otherworldly last days of Nazi Germany.


Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476750378
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021

A sweeping reassessment of the American Revolution, showing how the Founders were influenced by overlooked Americans—women, Native Americans, African Americans, and religious dissenters.


Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631495823
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Published: Liveright - October 12th, 2021

Revealing the central yet intentionally obliterated role of Africa in the creation of modernity, Born in Blackness vitally reframes our understanding of world history.


The Shattering: America in the 1960s Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780393355994
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 26th, 2021

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

From the National Book Award winner, a masterful history of the decade whose conflicts shattered America’s postwar order and divide us still.


Churchill's Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781324002765
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 26th, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book of 2021

A major reassessment of Winston Churchill that examines his lasting influence in politics and culture.