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The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette

by John Muir & Richard F. Fleck WestWinds Press (September 15, 2014)

John Muir agreed in 1881 to sail aboard the Corwin, whose fruitless mission it was to search for the missing scientific research vessel Jeannette, which itself became icebound while exploring the distant and...


State Facts for Fun! Hawaii

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (July 11, 2014)

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Hawaii is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


State Facts for Fun! Alaska

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (July 09, 2014)

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Alaska is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


1968: Eye Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press (May 15, 2014)

The first novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


The Wolves of Alaska: A Fact-based Saga

by Jim Rearden Alaska Northwest Books (January 14, 2014)

Alaska has announced that wolves are to be killed on the Tanana Flats near Fairbanks to allow a moose population to rebuild. A pretty Boston school teacher, representing an animal rights organization, arrives...


Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California

by Emily E. Straus University of Pennsylvania Press (March 10, 2014)

This sophisticated history of Compton shows how increasing poverty, violence, and public education controversies made an inner-ring suburb resemble a troubled urban center over the course of the twentieth century...


The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2014)

The Bilko Athletic Club is the story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The Angels compiled a 107-61 won-loss...


1970: "I" Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press (February 15, 2014)

The third novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


State Facts for Fun! California

by Wyatt Michaels Denise Lorenz (November 12, 2012)

State Facts for Fun! California is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


State Facts for Fun! Colorado

by Wyatt Michaels Life Changer Press (December 05, 2012)

State Facts for Fun! Colorado is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


The California and Oregon Trail

by Francis Parkman Skyhorse (February 18, 2014)

The classic account of one man’s journey into the wild American frontier.

In the spring of 1846, Francis Parkman, a Harvard-educated Boston-born aristocrat, headed west to experience the untamed regions of...


The Octopus

by Frank Norris Dover Publications (February 05, 2013)

Based on an actual bloody dispute in 1880 between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad, this tale of greed, betrayal, and a lust for power is played out during the waning days of the western frontier....


The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

by J. W. Powell Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations.


Maxwell Land Grant: Facsimile of 1942 Edition

by William A. Keleher Sunstone Press (January 15, 2008)

When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United...


Memoirs, Episodes in New Mexico History, 1892-1969: Facsimile of 1969 Edition

by William A. Keleher Sunstone Press (April 15, 2008)

William A. Keleher always had an active curiosity and this made him an outstanding newspaperman and an indefatigable researcher of historical events. It led him into many intellectual adventures that resulted...


Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce

by Kent Nerburn HarperOne (October 13, 2009)

Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as...


The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

by John N. Maclean Counterpoint (February 01, 2013)

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling...


Lady at the O.K. Corral

by Ann Kirschner Harper (March 05, 2013)

Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp by Ann Kirschner is the definitive biography of a Jewish girl from New York who won the heart of Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years, she was the...


San Francisco's Lost Landmarks

by James R. Smith Craven Street Books (October 01, 2004)

With long-forgotten stories and evocative photographs, this collection showcases the once-familiar sites that have faded into dim memories and hazy legends. Not just a list of places, facts, and dates, this...


The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail

by Larry E. Morris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 26, 2012)

The Perilous West tells the story of seven adventurers who traveled west in 1806 and forged the Oregon Trail. Their monumental journeys, lionhearted spirit, and unique legacies are captured in this riveting...


Prisoner 1082: Escape from Crumlin Road Prison, Europe's Alcatraz

by Donal Donnelly The Collins Press (March 01, 2010)

On St Stephen's Day 1960 Dónal Donnelly made his dramatic escape from the prison known as 'Europe's Alcatraz'. Three years earlier, the teenage Dónal had been convicted of membership of the IRA in the first...


The First Strange Place: The Alchemy of Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii

by Beth Bailey & David Farber Free Press (December 04, 2012)

Just as World War I introduced Americans to Europe, making an indelible impression on thousands of farmboys who were changed forever “after they saw Paree,” so World War II was the beginning of America’s...


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Travels in Alaska

by John Muir & Noah Waterman Blackstone Publishing (April 12, 2012)

In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves,...


Frontier Grit

by Marianne Monson & Caroline Shaffer Shadow Mountain (September 06, 2016)

Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey.

As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only...


The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

by Pat F. Garrett & Daniel Luna Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Of all firsthand accounts of lawlessness in the old Southwest, none is more fascinating than Pat F. Garrett's The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. It was first published in 1882, a year after Sheriff Garrett...


Katrina

by Gary Rivlin & Johnny Heller Blackstone Publishing (May 10, 2016)

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans' efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting...


The Missile Next Door

by Gretchen Heefner & Susan Boyce Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2014)

Between 1961 and 1967 the United States Air Force buried onethousand Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles in pastures across theGreat Plains. The Missile Next Door tells the story of how ruralAmericans...


Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (December 30, 2014)

In the tradition ofNathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough comes the first full-scale narrativehistory of Hawaii, an epic tale of empire, industry, war, and culture.

The most recent state to join the union,...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands & Matt Kugler Basic Books (October 22, 2019)

"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps...


The Oregon Trail

by Francis Parkman & Robert Morris Blackstone Publishing (April 04, 2012)

This is the classic account of Francis Parkman’s rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and...


The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War

by Leonard L. Richards & Jeff Riggenbach Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In this revelatory study, award-winning historian Leonard L. Richards outlines the links between the Gold Rush and the Civil War.

Richards explains how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves...


Red Star over Hollywood

by Ronald Radosh, Allis Radosh & Jeff Riggenbach Blackstone Publishing (June 17, 2010)

Until now, Hollywood’s political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare and how it victimized political innocents. But Ronald and Allis Radosh...


Across God's Frontiers

by Anne M. Butler & Pam Ward Blackstone Publishing (September 17, 2012)

Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. In Across God's Frontiers, Anne M. Butler traces the ways in which sisters challenged...


Denali's Howl

by Andy Hall & Jim Manchester Blackstone Publishing (June 12, 2014)

Denali's Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of themost deadly climbing disasters of all time.

In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's MountMcKinley--known to the locals as Denali--one of the...


Escape from Alcatraz

by J. Campbell Bruce & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Mobster Al "Scarface" Capone; "Machine Gun" Kelly; Robert Stroud, a.k.a. the Birdman: only the most violent, desperate criminals went to Alcatraz Island, often referred to simply as "The Rock." This federal...


The Fair Chase

by Philip Dray & Will Collyer Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity.

From Daniel Boone to Teddy Roosevelt, hunting is one of America's most sacred-but also...


The Rush

by Edward Dolnick & Bernard Setaro Clark Little, Brown & Company (August 12, 2014)

A riveting portrait of the Gold Rush, by the award-winning author of Down the Great Unknown and The Forger's Spell.

In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot...


Smogtown

by Chip Jacobs & WilliamJ Kelly Abrams Press (October 01, 2008)

The smog beast wafted into downtown Los Angeles on July 26, 1943. Nobody knew what it was. Secretaries rubbed their eyes. Traffic cops seemed to disappear in the mysterious haze. Were Japanese saboteurs responsible?...


LAPD '53

by James Ellroy & Glynn Martin for the Los Angeles Police Museum Abrams Image (May 18, 2015)

James Ellroy, the undisputed master of crime writing, has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Museum to present a stunning text on 1953 LA. While combing the museum’s photo archives, Ellroy discovered that...


History of Social Changes in California

by Charles Howard Shinn Lm Publishers (October 09, 2019)

This book presents a brief History of Social Changes in California.

“When the Central Pacific Railroad crossed the high Sierras, and the Crockers, Stanfords, and Huntingtons, till then obscure Sacramento...


Collisions at the Crossroads

by Genevieve Carpio University of California Press (April 16, 2019)

There are few places where mobility has shaped identity as widely as the American West, but some locations and populations sit at its major crossroads, maintaining control over place and mobility, labor and...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands Basic Books (October 22, 2019)

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a sweeping history of the American West

In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from...


The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace

by John C. Duval Skyhorse (February 03, 2015)

The thrilling adventures of traveler, rancher, and fighter “Big-Foot” Wallace in a bygone era of the American frontier.

Amid the embroiling conflicts of frontiersmen, Mexicans, and war in Texas, 1837, William...


The Last Flight

by Greg Liefer Yucca (April 19, 2016)

Set against the harsh beauty of Alaska, a veteran helicopter pilot is torn between ending his own embattled life and rescuing survivors from a mountain plane crash.

Last Flight is the heroic story of Gil Connor,...


Buffalo Bill's Life Story

by Buffalo Bill Cody Arcade (April 01, 2010)

Buffalo Bill lives deep in American legend. A Kansas-bred farm boy, he went on to become a renowned trapper and hunter, army scout, Indian fighter, and finally a world showman and celebrity. As a man of the...


Cowboy Skills

by Stephen Brennan Skyhorse (February 16, 2016)

Cowboy Skills is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made the cowboy famous worldwide as both an outdoorsmen and rancher. Readers can replicate outdoor living by trying a hand at rounding...