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The Best History Book Deals of the Month

Biographies, war histories, and more!

History can take many forms—from personal histories to those researched by authors. This month, we're offering great deals on a wide variety of stories—Get your hands on these discounted books today! 

Note: These deals were last updated on 1/2/20. Check back soon for more history books on sale! 

Buy The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin at Amazon

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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The memoirs of a brilliant and beloved Founding Father

Penned between 1771 and 1790 and published after his death, the unfinished Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is one of the most acclaimed and widely read personal histories ever written. From his youth as a printer’s assistant working for his brother’s Boston newspaper through his own publishing, writing, and military careers, his scientific experiments and worldwide travels, his grand triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies, Franklin tells his story with aplomb, bringing to life the flesh-and-blood man behind the American icon.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

Buy All Honorable Men at Amazon

All Honorable Men

By James Stewart Martin

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A scathing attack on Wall Street’s illegal ties to Nazi Germany before WWII—and the postwar whitewashing of Nazi business leaders by the US government.

This exposé on economic warfare, Wall Street, and America’s military industrial complex includes a new introduction by Christopher Simpson, author of Blowback:America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy, and a new foreword from investigative journalist Hank Albarelli.

All Honorable Men

By James Stewart Martin

Buy Reflections at Amazon

Reflections

By Paul Monette

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From an acclaimed memoirist and National Book Award winner: Three groundbreaking works of nonfiction put a human face on the AIDS epidemic.

Paul Monette’s searing memoirs of growing up, coming out, and losing his beloved partner to AIDS are now available in a single volume. Brutal, funny, and startlingly honest, this comprehensive volume brings together some of the most important stories of the AIDS era.

Reflections

By Paul Monette

Buy Feeding on Dreams at Amazon

Feeding on Dreams

By Ariel Dorfman

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In September 1973, the Chilean Armed Forces overthrew Socialist President Salvador Allende, ushering in the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Ariel Dorfman, a young leftist loyal to Allende, was forced to flee for his life. In Feeding on Dreams, Dorfman portrays, through visceral scenes and startling honesty, the personal and political maelstroms that have defined his life since the coup.

Feeding on Dreams

By Ariel Dorfman

Buy Twelve Years a Slave at Amazon

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

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The son of a freed slave, Solomon Northup lived the first thirty years of his life as a free man in upstate New York. In the spring of 1841, he was offered a job: a short-term, lucrative engagement as a violinist in a traveling circus. It was a trap. In Washington, DC, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years on plantations in Louisiana, enduring backbreaking labor, unimaginable violence, and inhumane treatment at the hands of cruel masters, until a kind stranger helped to win his release. His account of those years is a shocking, unforgettable portrait of America’s most insidious historical institution as told by a man who experienced it firsthand.

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

Buy The Brass Check at Amazon

The Brass Check

By Upton Sinclair

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Upton Sinclair dedicated his life to documenting the destructive force of unbridled capitalism. In this influential study, he takes on the effect of money and power on mass media, arguing that the newspapers, magazines, and wire services of the Progressive era formed “a class institution serving the rich and spurning the poor.”

In the early twentieth century, a “brass check” was a token purchased by brothel patrons. By drawing a comparison between journalists and prostitutes, Sinclair highlights the total control publishers such as William Randolph Hearst exerted over their empires. Reporters and editors were paid to service the financial and political interests of their bosses, even if that meant misrepresenting the facts or outright lying. Sinclair documents specific cases, including the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 and the Red Scare whipped up by Hearst’s New York Journal and other newspapers, in which major news outlets ignored the truth in favor of tabloid sensationalism.

The Brass Check

By Upton Sinclair

Buy Mary Gilliatt's Fabulous Food and Friends at Amazon

Mary Gilliatt's Fabulous Food and Friends

By Mary Gilliatt

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A memoir of glamorous 1960s London—with bonus dinner party recipes.

In this book, famed interior designer Mary Gilliatt recounts some of the dinner parties she enjoyed with her husband, who was the best man at Princess Margaret’s wedding. The political, royal, publishing, and entertainment worlds collided at these elegant tables, and Gilliatt shares reminiscences of Peggy Guggenheim, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Koestler, Oliver Sacks, and many more.

In addition, she includes some of the recipes used—a mixture of the indulgent and the doable—so you can create some memorable dinner parties of your own.

Mary Gilliatt's Fabulous Food and Friends

By Mary Gilliatt

Buy The Fourth of July and the Founding of America at Amazon

The Fourth of July and the Founding of America

By Peter De Bolla

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Holidays of all sorts are celebrated in the United States, many rooted in the country’s great diversity of ethnicities, religions, and cultures. But one day unites all Americans: the Fourth of July. Every year, Independence Day revelers mark the founding of the nation with picnics and parades, flag-waving and fireworks displays. But in fact, much of the inherited lore that surrounds the Fourth is myth and legend, not history.

Even the date of the holiday is misleading, as the Declaration of Independence was in fact penned on the second of July. Jefferson did not write it himself, nor was it intended to mark the birth of a new nation. In this remarkable work of research and narrative, Peter de Bolla teases out the true story of the Fourth of July—and traces the holiday’s history from 1776 through the Civil War, the Cold War, and the present.

The Fourth of July and the Founding of America

By Peter De Bolla

Buy Test Pilot at Amazon

Test Pilot

By Neville Duke

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The renowned WWII RAF fighter pilot who went on to set an air speed record tells his story—now with an updated chapter and new photos.

Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, young Neville Duke became a fighter pilot with the crack 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941. Toward the end of the war, he became an RAF test pilot—and later a member of the RAF High Speed Flight. An in-depth look at his daring exploits covering both his combat career and his postwar accomplishments, Test Pilot is now updated with an additional chapter, appendices and index, and a completely new selection of photographs.

Test Pilot

By Neville Duke

Buy Lights, Camera, Lions at Amazon

Lights, Camera, Lions

By Hubert Geza Wells

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Lights, Camera, Lions tells the remarkable story of Hungarian Hubert Geza Wells, who defects to America during the communist era and goes on to make a name for himself as one of the most sought-after animal trainers in Hollywood.

With tales from his long career, which included filming on five continents and working on over a hundred films including Out of Africa and Born Free, his hair-raising memoir (pun intended) also provides insight into training animals that has never been revealed before.

Lights, Camera, Lions

By Hubert Geza Wells

Buy From Cairo to Wall Street at Amazon

From Cairo to Wall Street

By Anya Schiffrin and Eamon Kircher-Allen

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Something was in the air in 2011, as protest movements swept through the world—from the Arab Spring, to Spain’s Indignados, to the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread from Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan across the United States in the wake of the global financial collapse.

This volume collects firsthand accounts and essays about this extraordinary period—providing not only an overview of recent historical events and personal insights about what motivates people to take a stand, but also food for thought on how these events marked a turning point that shaped our current world.

From Cairo to Wall Street

By Anya Schiffrin and Eamon Kircher-Allen

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Published on 01 May 2019

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