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The Fall of the House of Dixie

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400067039
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

Think Lincoln had problems keeping the North united? Confederate leaders, always seeking to preserve their own wealth and power, continually made decisions that increasingly squandered middle and lower class citizen support for the war and eventually up went the cry: "Rich man's war, poor man's fight". A surprising and enlightening story. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Sarah Osborn's World

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Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America (New Directions in Narrative History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300182903
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Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2013

The Great Awakening of the early 18th century started the American evangelical movement that continues to this day. Sarah Osborn was an early evangelical whose diaries and letters provide a revelatory account of her intensely personal and public journey toward salvation. Powerful biography and penetrating colonial history that is moving but never contrived. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Sugar in the Blood

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Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307474544
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2013

Beautifully written, pitch perfect introduction to the story of English colonization of the Caribbean Sugar Islands. For several centuries the tiny islands produced immense wealth while simultaneously destroying African lives in numbers and ways that beggar description. A book that should encourage further study of a critically important time and place in the history of the western hemisphere. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Freedom National

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Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393347753
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 6th, 2014

Clearly, relentlessly, and convincingly destroys the idea that Lincoln and his anti-slavery Republicans waited until dire military necessity led them to act against slavery. James Oakes shows that the process was gathering steam even before Lincoln took office. Perfect book to enhance your viewing experience of Spielberg's Lincoln. Compelling. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Round About the Earth

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Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416596202
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 19th, 2013

A well organized smorgasbord serving up relentlessly interesting stories , a delightfully entertaining style of writing, and some carefully suggestive observations about human "mastery" over our planet. Refreshingly cheerful history with an important subtext. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Six Months in 1945

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Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307456670
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Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 2013

In 1939 an alliance between Roosevelt, Churchill, And Stalin would have seemed illogical, unlikely, and probably impossible. But it held together long enough (just over 3 years) to assure the defeat of Hitler. In early 1945 its inevitable unravelling began. Michaels Dobbs at his careful, riveting best. Filled with fascinating details. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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