"An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century"—
Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade — abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.
Tells the story of an unforgettable group of young athletes who battled in the legendary Harvard-Yale football game of 1968 amidst the sweeping currents of one of the most transformative years in American history.
An account of four centuries of food production in New York explores how the city's food commerce and culture also influenced new developments in machinery, trade and transportation.
The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
"From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how America's second generation of political giants—Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun—battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the shape of our democracy. In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together this second generation of American founders took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and tasked themselves with finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Above all, they sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its fudge on where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation; and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the union as a free state, "the three great men of America" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But by then they were never further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy"—
Adapted from Jon Lee Anderson's original biography, Che vividly transports us from young Ernesto's medical school days as a sensitive asthmatic to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution. Renowned Mexican artist José Hernández's drawings bring to life the bullets winging past the young rebel's head, the thick smoke of his and Fidel Castro's cigars, and his proud face as he's called "Comandante" for the first time.
An award-winning memoirist describes her experience with insomnia and the lows and highs brought about by sleeplessness and illuminates the condition with material from literature, art, philosophy, psychology, pop culture and more.
The You Must Remember This podcaster and author of Hollywood Frame by Frame draws on the stories of iconic actresses to reveal how Howard Hughes' obsessions with sex, power and publicity made and destroyed Hollywood careers. 60,000 first printing.
Delves into the 1922 case of the Ilford murder, which resulted in the hanging death of the perpetrator, Freddy Bywaters, as well as the victim's wife, who was guilty only of having a romantic relationship with the suspect.
The author of The Maximum Security Book Club presents an investigation into the suspicious death of Rey Rivera at the once-grand Belvedere hotel, sharing insights into the victim's probable murder and the unsettling roles of fellow patrons.
The author of The Gnostic Gospels draws on personal experiences and the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists and historians to illuminate the enduring capacity of faith in explaining and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. 200,000 first printing.
Argues that issues surrounding fugitive slaves is what truly drove the North and South to Civil War and explains the history behind how this happened.