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Bloodlust

by Russell Jacoby Free Press (April 05, 2011)

THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND ACROSS CULTURES, the most common form of violence is that between family members and neighbors or kindred communities—in civil wars writ large and small. From assault to genocide, from...


Season of the Witch

by David Talbot Free Press (May 08, 2012)

Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from...


Lost Paradise

by Kathy Marks Free Press (February 03, 2009)

Pitcairn Island -- remote and wild in the South Pacific, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf -- is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny on the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group...


A Renegade History of the United States

by Thaddeus Russell Free Press (September 28, 2010)

In this groundbreaking book, noted historian Thaddeus Russell tells a new and surprising story about the origins of American freedom. Rather than crediting the standard textbook icons, Russell demonstrates that...


Helluva Town

by Richard Goldstein Free Press (April 13, 2010)

In the stirring signature number from the 1944 Broadway musical On the Town, three sailors on a 24-hour search for love in wartime Manhattan sing, "New York, New York, a helluva town."

The Navy boys’ race...


From Poor Law to Welfare State, 6th Edition

by Walter I. Trattner Free Press (November 01, 2007)

Over twenty-five years and through five editions, Walter I. Trattner's From Poor Law to Welfare State has served as the standard text on the history of welfare policy in the United States. The only comprehensive...


Trust

by Francis Fukuyama Free Press (June 23, 2008)

In his bestselling The End of History and the Last Man, Francis Fukuyama argued that the end of the Cold War would also mean the beginning of a struggle for position in the rapidly emerging order of 21st-century...


A Thousand Lives

by Julia Scheeres Free Press (October 11, 2011)

In 1954, a pastor named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience...


Sybil Exposed

by Debbie Nathan Free Press (October 18, 2011)

Sybil: a name that conjures up enduring fascination for legions of obsessed fans who followed the nonfiction blockbuster from 1973 and the TV movie based on it—starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward—about...