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A Stillness at Appomattox

• <b>Author:</b> Bruce Catton<p>Recounting the final year of the Civil War, this classic volume by Bruce Catton won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in non-fiction.<p>In this final volume of the Army of the Potomac Trilogy, Catton, America's foremost Civil War historian, takes …

The Dead Hand

• <b>Author:</b> David Hoffman<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><p>The first full account of how the Cold War arms race finally came to a close, this riveting narrative history sheds new light on the people who struggled to end this era of massive overkill, and examines the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and …

The Explorers

• <b>Author:</b> Martin Dugard<p>Learn to unlock your inner explorer in this riveting account of a great, forbidding adventure and “a fascinating examination of the seven key traits of history’s most famous explorers…[with] infusions of insight and enthusiasm” (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review).<p>In 1856, two …

Unshackling America

• <b>Author:</b> Willard Sterne Randall<p><i>Unshackling America</i> challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an …

Clouds of Glory

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Korda<p>In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly twenty years, bringing to life one of …

5 Mexican Crockpot Recipes That Are Half the Work With Twice the Flavor

When preparing meals for the week ahead, it can be easy to get into a recipe rut. We all have our fallbacks, and when energy is low and time is …

The Admirals

• <b>Author:</b> Walter R. Borneman<p>How history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power. Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and …

Lewis and Clark

• <b>Author:</b> Ralph K. Andrist<p>On May 14, 1804, a party of explorers dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson set off up the Missouri River into America's newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Under the leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the men of the Corps of Discovery would cross the …

A Land So Strange

• <b>Author:</b> Andrés Reséndez<p>In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission …

How To Make Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole

In a pinch and in need of a quick meal that will please everyone? A one-pan, assemble-and-bake Tex-Mex casserole just might be the answer. It takes …

The Taking of K-129

• <b>Author:</b> Josh Dean<p><b>An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War—a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo—about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America’s most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet</b> …

The Easiest, Dreamiest Banana Pudding

Hello friends, and welcome back to <i>Will It Sous Vide?</i>, the column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. Given …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

The Completely Addictive Method of Making Pasta Sauce

The idea of making homemade pasta sauce might sound intimidating, but it's a lot less complicated than you'd think. And I'm not talking about a more involved project like a beef bolognese. My go-to way to prepare pasta is with a lemony, garlicky, buttery sauce that comes together in minutes — and …

The Essential Guide to San Diego Hot Dogs

San Diego is no stranger to hot dogs: the city boasts several joints serving sausage and frankfurters from carts, stalls, brick-and-mortar storefronts and inside food halls. From Tijuana to Chicago-style with plenty of artisanal sausages to boot, there’s something for every kind of meat lover—and a …

Johnstown Flood

• <b>Author:</b> David McCullough<p>The stunning story of one of America’s great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.<p>At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking …

Mr. Lincoln's Army

• <b>Author:</b> Bruce Catton<p><b>A magnificent history of the opening years of the Civil War by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Bruce Catton</b> <br>The first book in Bruce Catton’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Army of the Potomac Trilogy, <i>Mr. Lincoln’s Army</i> is a riveting history of the early years of the Civil War, when a …

Gazpacho Verde with Burrata Cheese Recipe

"This ice-cold, cucumber and herb-based gazpacho sets the stage for a scoop of creamy, gooey burrata cheese in this refreshing appetizer …

Killer Elite

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Smith<p>For the first time ever, the explosive truth behind the world's most secret Special Operations organization<p>A top-secret U.S. Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to …

Paper: Paging Through History

• <b>Author:</b> Mark Kurlansky<p>From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.<p>Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in …

Not a Good Day to Die

• <b>Author:</b> Sean Naylor<p>At dawn on March 2, 2002, over two hundred soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into the mouth of a buzz saw in Afghanistan's Shahikot Valley. Believing the war all but over, U.S. military leaders refused to commit the extra infantry, artillery, and …

Shrimp Recipes from the Thai Kitchen

All these shrimp recipes have been chosen for their wonderful taste and ease of preparation. Few cuisines can make shrimp as succulent and …

Salt

• <b>Author:</b> Mark Kurlansky<p>In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the …

Valiant Ambition

• <b>Author:</b> Nathaniel Philbrick<p><b>From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, and In the Hurricane's Eye comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.</b><p><b>"May be one of</b> …

Scars of Independence

• <b>Author:</b> Holger Hoock<p><b>A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE</b><p><b>A magisterial new work that rewrites the story of America's founding</b><br>The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It’s a …

Desert War Trilogy

• <b>Author:</b> Alan Moorehead<p>In 1940, Alan Moorehead was sent to cover the North Africa campaign by the Daily Express, and he followed its dramatic course all the way to 1943. The three books he subsequently wrote about the Desert War – later collected as his ‘ African Trilogy’ – were swiftly acclaimed as …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Company Man

• <b>Author:</b> John Rizzo<p>The “revealing” (<i>The New Yorker</i>) insider history of the CIA from a lawyer with a “front-row seat on the hidden world of intelligence” (<i>The Washington Post</i>). Former CIA director George J. Tenet called <i>Company Man</i> a “must read.”<p>Over the course of a thirty-four-year (1976-2009) …

The Imagineers of War

• <b>Author:</b> Sharon Weinberger<p><b>The definitive history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon agency that has quietly shaped war and technology for nearly sixty years.</b><p>Founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, the agency’s original mission was to create “the unimagined …

Farthest North

• <b>Author:</b> Fridtjof Nansen<p>"If Outside magazine had been around during the first turn of the century, Fridtjof Nansen would have been its No. 1 cover boy."—The Chicago Sun-Times In September of 1893, Norwegian zoologist Fridtjof Nansen and crew manned the schooner Fram, intending to drift, frozen in …