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9 History Books to Broaden Your Horizons

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Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We are not makers of history; we are made by history”. As such, we should always seek out different ways to understand history. We found these nine books to be the best of the best of our histories on significant topics! We have books about Texas’ varied history, the American Civil War, and even the lands that time forgot. Come by Interabang or order any of these books below.

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307961402
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Published: Knopf - October 10th, 2017

Roger Hodge writes a vibrant work focused on retracing the footsteps of his family back seven generations. Starting out as a ranch hand himself at the tender age of twelve, his writing flows naturally from his experiences, reaching back into the past to draw forth the pioneers who built Texas. If your last interaction with Texas history was in 7th grade, or at the Alamo, you need this book. More than merely talking about how Texas came to be, Roger Hodge shows how generations of stories culminate in the living, breathing Texas which we know and love!

Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500519905
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 7th, 2017

No, the lost city of Atlantis will not be found in the pages of NOWHERELANDS. This fascinating work catalogues the various nation-states that were dissolved, conquered, declared independent or otherwise misplaced from 1840 to 1975. This tumultuous period seems to have done in a number of captivating countries, founded from and reclaimed by the dust in a blink of an eye. Bjorn Berge builds a skeleton of facts and fleshes it out with the true stories of the founding and fall of the state. Enjoy this with a cup of coffee, perhaps one from Boyaca, which fell back under the control of Colombia in 1903.

Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632866103
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - November 7th, 2017

Diana Preston brings to life the penal ships on which lucky criminals of the British Empire might ship out for Botany Bay and the colonies of Australia. She especially highlights the intersection of three incredible journeys: that of Captain William Blight and his men, abandoned in a longboat by the mutineers aboard the Bounty; Mary Bryant and nine other convicts escaping Australia; and the survivors of a punitive naval expedition against the Bounty mutineers. These three divergent stories intersect in such a way as to describe the entirety of the Australian experiment, revealing the founding of Australia.  

The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393292633
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 24th, 2017

Edward Ayers deftly demonstrates the underlying sentiments which animated the deep divide between the North and the South during America’s Civil War by setting his work in two counties divided only by the Mason-Dixon Line: Augusta, Virginia and the neighboring valley of Franklin, Pennsylvania. Through these dual lenses, Ayers shows that universal emancipation and the establishment of Reconstruction governments are the crucial results of the Civil War.

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594203800
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Published: Penguin Press - October 31st, 2017

Stephen Kotkin brings Stalin into the light of day, to be examined from every angle. From his early days leading the Bolshevik Revolution at the behest of Lenin to the the collectivization of Euraisa and the bloody purges of his late rule, Stalin remains an enigma. If you want to understand how Stalin could manage one of the most despotic states in modern history, pick up STALIN.

Grant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Military historians often observe that the most capable peacetime officers are not those who excel when the clarion call of battle sounds. Commonly, the officers most derelict during peace strive the most effectively during war to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This is especially true of Ulysses S. Grant, the topic of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow’s newest biography. Drummed out of the Army on charges of drunkenness, Grant found his calling in the midst of battle, leading men in that most desperate of actions. Not only a solider, Grant also strove for the highest office in the land, that of the Presidency.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245547
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

The story of the Revolutionary War is told stirringly here by Russell Shorto. He follows six individuals, through whom he develops a vibrant and telling picture of how thirteen colonies won their freedom and defeated one of the most modern armies in the world. While we imagine that we know the story, REVOLUTION SONG reveals the reality that we might not be familiar with. This book is perfect for exploring the context surrounding the United States’ struggle for independence, as well as the consequences of victory.

The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451651133
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2017

The story of Hitler’s rise and fall mirrors that of the German Nazi party, and yet, is often told from a foreign perspective. Thomas Childers writes this comprehensive history of how Germany came to suffer from the malady of Nazism. Read this is learn why the Munich Putsch of 1923 failed and why Hitler’s Nazi party, which never won a majority in free elections, elevated Adolf Hitler to Chancellor of the German state.

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493690
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Published: Liveright - October 24th, 2017

Linda Gordon expounds upon the surprising history of the Ku Klux Klan as a political force which continues to influence US politics today. If the first coming of the KKK is in the Jim Crow era following the Civil War, then the second is during the 1902’s when the organization experienced a resurgence in popularity. Gordon demonstrates the wide social acceptance that the group met with through their electioneering, establishment of festivals and marches. Pick up Linda Gordon’s work at Interabang Books to learn more about the social movement which continues to undermine the American political system.