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    634 Maneras de matar a Fidel Planes de la CIA y la Mafia para asasinar a Fidel Castro Fabian Escalante
    9781925756340 Paperback HISTORY / Latin America On Sale Date:November 15, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 0.81 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Siete Cuentos
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      Expansivo recuento de los diversos, creativos, frecuentemente extraños y sin embargo increíblemente inquietantes intentos de asesinar a Fidel Castro.

      Fabián Escalante, el fundador de los servicios de seguridad cubanos y jefe del Departamento de Seguridad del Estado Cubano provee un lúcido recuento en primera persona de sus experiencias defendiendo a Castro contra extraordinarios intentos de homicidio. Escrito en el estilo de una novela de suspenso político, pero lleno de detalles históricos sobre Fidel, Cuba, el movimiento comunista y los intentos de Estados Unidos de silenciar la rebelión, este libro clarifica los peligros inherentes que conlleva luchar por un mundo mejor.
      634 maneras de matar a Fidel ilumina la amenaza que Castro y el movimiento revolucionario cubano presentaban para la hegemonía estadounidense. El resultado es un inquietante retrato de cómo los impuestos de ciudadanos estadounidenses financian campañas para reprimir el disentimiento e intentar quebrar movimientos en el Sur Global que luchan por la soberanía, la justicia, la autodeterminación y, básicamente, un mundo mejor.

      “Planes de asesinato concebidos contra Fidel Castro a lo largo de muchos años involucraron armas tales como venenos letales, potentes explosivos plásticos, cigarros conteniendo sustancias peligrosas, granadas a lanzar en espacios públicos, armas con telescopios sofisticados, jeringas llenas de veneno con agujas tan finas que el contacto con la piel pasaría desapercibido, lanzadores de misiles y bazucas, y cargas explosivas escondidas en caños bajo tierra con un temporizador contando los minutos y segundos hasta la explosión.”


      Story Locale: Cuba
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      Fabián Escalante Font (La Habana, 1940) fue fundador de los servicios de seguridad cubanos y ocupó varios puestos de liderazgo a lo largo de sus 36 años de servicio incluyendo, jefe del Departamento de Seguridad del Estado Cubano, director del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de la Seguridad del Estado y director de la investigación cubana del asesinato de JFK que luego convirtió en un libro.

      Author Residence: Cuba

      Author Hometown: Habana
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        Marketing: Advertising for the Siete Cuentos books and Che Guevara series through Latin American Studies Association (LASA) publications

        Digital advertising in the Chronicle of Higher Education

        Brochure mailing for Che Guevara series to Latin American Studies Association (LASA) members

        Targeted email blast to Latin American Studies professors

        Feature title at the American Library Association Annual Conference

        Social media advertising to reach Che Cuevara fans

        E-galleys and PDFs available on Edelweiss



        Publicity: Promotion of entire Che list upon release of the new CHE LETTERS book

        Co-promotion around Aleida Guevara (Che’s daughter) appearance for a couple key events and media in the Fall

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      “La reseña de Escalante sobre las operaciones encubiertas de la CIA contra Cuba en el período inicial debe ser bienvenida, así como también leída y ponderada por muchos.”—Noam Chomsky
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    A Continent Erupts Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955 Ronald H. Spector
    9780393254655 Hardcover HISTORY / Asia On Sale Date:August 23, 2022
    $54.00 CAD 6.36 x 9.52 x 1.38 in | 2.06 lb | 608 pages Carton Quantity:16 WW Norton
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      A harrowing history of the conflicts that swept Asia during the decade following World War II—and determined the fate of the continent.

      The end of World War II led to the United States’ emergence as a global superpower. For war-ravaged Western Europe it marked the beginning of decades of unprecedented cooperation and prosperity that one historian has labeled “the long peace.” Yet half a world away, in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, and Malaya—the fighting never really stopped, as these regions sought to completely sever the yoke of imperialism and colonialism with all-too-violent consequences.

      East and Southeast Asia quickly became the most turbulent regions of the globe. Within weeks of the famous surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, civil war, communal clashes, and insurgency engulfed the continent, from Southeast Asia to the Soviet border. By early 1947, full-scale wars were raging in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, with growing guerrilla conflicts in Korea and Malaya. Within a decade after the Japanese surrender, almost all of the countries of South, East, and Southeast Asia that had formerly been conquests of the Japanese or colonies of the European powers experienced wars and upheavals that resulted in the deaths of at least 2.5 million combatants and millions of civilians.

      With A Continent Erupts, acclaimed military historian Ronald H. Spector draws on letters, diaries, and international archives to provide, for the first time, a comprehensive military history and analysis of these little-known but decisive events. Far from being simply offshoots of the Cold War, as they have often been portrayed, these shockingly violent conflicts forever changed the shape of Asia, and the world as we know it today.

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      Ronald H. Spector, professor emeritus of history and international relations, George Washington University, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and Yale. His first permanent job was as a Marine NCO in Vietnam. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a lieutenant colonel in 1997. Spector has been a Fulbright Visiting Professor in India, Israel, and Singapore. From 1986 to 1989 he was the director of Naval History for the Navy Department. He is the author of seven books, including Eagle Against the Sun and In the Ruins of Empire. In 2012 he was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military History.
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      Ronald Spector’s history of post–World War II Asia fills a major gap in our understanding of the post-1945 world. His beautifully written narrative is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how we arrived at current international conditions.—Robert Dallek, presidential historian

      Authoritative and often enthralling…. This sweeping survey of the bloody wages of decolonization astounds.—Publishers Weekly, starred review

      Meticulously researched and carefully rendered…. Spector does an admirable job exploring the tumultuous events of his large canvas, and he is willing to look past the headlines for the underlying reasons, motivations, and dynamics of each conflict. An excellent starting point for anyone who wants to understand modern Asian history.—Kirkus
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    A History of War From Ancient Warfare to the Global Conflicts of the 21st Century Chris McNab
    9781398814981 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date:August 30, 2022
    $16.95 CAD 6.02 x 9.21 in Canadian Rights: Y Sirius
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      A superb introduction to the history of warfare.

      Ideal for anyone interested in reading about military history.

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      Over the course of his two-decade career as an author and editor, Chris McNab has written prolifically on historical and military topics. His titles include: Weapons of War: AK47, 20th-Century Small Arms, A History of the World in 100 Weapons, The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, The Book of the Poppy and Hitler's Fortresses. He has worked for a variety of leading publishers, including Osprey and The History Press. In addition to his writing work, Chris has made regular contributions on radio and television.
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    A History of the Wind Alain Corbin, William Peniston
    9781509552054 Hardcover HISTORY / General Publication Date:August 29, 2022
    $23.95 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Polity
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      Everyone knows the wind’s touch, its presence, its force. Sometimes it roars and howls, at other times we hear its wistful sighs and feel its soothing caresses. Since antiquity humans have borne witness to the wind, and relied on it to navigate the seas. And yet despite its presence at the heart of human experience, the wind has evaded scrutiny in our chronicles of the past.

      In this brilliantly original volume, Alain Corbin sets out to illuminate the wind’s storied history. He shows how, prior to the nineteenth century, the noisy emptiness of wind was only experienced and described according to the sensations it provoked. Imagery of the wind featured prominently in literature, from the ancient Greek epics through the Renaissance and Romanticism to the modern era, but little was known about where the wind came from and where it went. It was only in the late eighteenth century, with the discovery of the composition of air, that scientists began to understand the nature of wind and its trajectories. From that point on, our understanding of the wind was shaped by meteorology, which mapped the flows of winds and currents around the globe. But while science has enabled us to understand the wind and, in some respects, to harness it, the wind has lost nothing of its mysterious force. It still has the power to destroy, and in the wind’s ethereal presence we can still feel its connection with creation and death.

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      Alain Corbin is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne.
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    A Short History of Russia How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin First Time Trade Mark Galeotti
    9781335475213 Paperback HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union On Sale Date:August 23, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 132.84 x 202.95 x 14.99 mm | 181.44 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Hanover Square Press
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      A Library Journal 2020 Title to Watch

      "Terrific - and an amazing achievement to cover so much ground in such a short and wonderfully readable book."
      -Peter Frankopan, bestselling author of The Silk Roads

      Russia’s epic story told in an accessible, lively and short form, using the country's fascinating history to help us understand its actions today and what the future might hold

      A country with no natural borders, no single ethnic group, no true central identity, Russia has mythologized its past to unite its people, to justify its military decisions, and to signal strength to outsiders. Mark Galeotti takes us behind the myths to the heart of the Russian story, covering key moments such as:
      • the formation of a nation through its early legends, including Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great
      • the rise and fall of the Romanovs, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, Chernobyl and the Soviet Union
      • the arrival of an obscure politician named Vladimir Putin and his ambitions for Russia
      A Short History of Russia explores the history of this fascinating, extraordinary, desperate and exasperating country through two intertwined issues: the way successive influences from beyond its borders have shaped Russia, and the way Russians came to terms with this influence, writing and rewriting their past to understand their present and try to shape their future. In turn, this self-invented history has come to affect not just their constant nation-building project but also their relations with the world.

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      Mark Galeotti, honorary professor at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, is one of the foremost Russia watchers today. Based in London, he also runs his own consultancy and is affiliated with thinktanks in the USA, UK and Europe. A prolific author on Russia and security affairs, he has been a professor at New York University and the Moscow Institute of International Relations and an adviser to the British Foreign Office.
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      "A slim, accessible account of the megacountry." -Kirkus Reviews


      "An accessible and illuminating summary of how modern Russia came to be." -Publishers Weekly


      "A fantastic read... insightful and leaves the reader wanting more in the best of ways." -Diplomatic Courier

      "Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates." -The Times

      "Mark Galeotti, in We Need to Talk About Putin, has distilled a great deal of research and thought into a slim and engaging volume that reads like a primer for anyone poised to enter a negotiation with the Russian president." -The Guardian

      "Easily the shrewdest and most insightful analysis yet of Putin’s policymaking." -Foreign Affairs

      "Punchy and highly readable." -TLS

      "Dynamic, authoritative and often witty." -The Scotsman
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    About Time A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks David Rooney
    9781324021957 Paperback HISTORY / Civilization On Sale Date:August 09, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.24 x 0.72 in | 0.51 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:36 WW Norton
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      One of Smithsonian Magazine’s Ten Best History Books of 2021

      A captivating, surprising history of timekeeping and how it has shaped our world.

      For thousands of years, people of all cultures have made and used clocks, from the city sundials of ancient Rome to the medieval water clocks of imperial China, hourglasses fomenting revolution in the Middle Ages, the Stock Exchange clock of Amsterdam in 1611, Enlightenment observatories in India, and the high-precision clocks circling the Earth on a fleet of GPS satellites that have been launched since 1978. Clocks have helped us navigate the world and build empires, and have even taken us to the brink of destruction. Elites have used them to wield power, make money, govern citizens, and control lives—and sometimes the people have used them to fight back.

      Through the stories of twelve clocks, About Time brings pivotal moments from the past vividly to life. Historian and lifelong clock enthusiast David Rooney takes us from the unveiling of al-Jazari’s castle clock in 1206, in present-day Turkey; to the Cape of Good Hope observatory at the southern tip of Africa, where nineteenth-century British government astronomers moved the gears of empire with a time ball and a gun; to the burial of a plutonium clock now sealed beneath a public park in Osaka, where it will keep time for 5,000 years.

      Rooney shows, through these artifacts, how time has been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries—and how it might bring peace. Ultimately, he writes, the technical history of horology is only the start of the story. A history of clocks is a history of civilization.

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      David Rooney is a historian of technology and former curator of timekeeping at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. He helps run three horological institutions, including the world’s oldest clock and watch museum, and lives in London, close to the Greenwich meridian.
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      Abundantly clever…. Lovely and engaging…with myriad fascinations on every page.—Simon Winchester, New York Times Book Review

      Fascinating…. A valuable intellectual journey at a moment ripe for contemplation.—Michael O’Donnell, Wall Street Journal

      Insightful, globe-spanning.—James Gleick, New York Review of Books

      Fascinating…. with [Rooney’s] book in hand, and an eye on the world that sustains us, we might just save ourselves.—Jonathon Keats, Forbes

      People say time is money, but David Rooney knows better. In this information-packed swoop through history and into the future, he exposes time’s many identities along with the hidden agendas of clocks. Time is knowledge. Time is power. Time is faith. Time is destiny.—Dava Sobel, author of Longitude

      Not merely an horologist’s delight, but an ingenious meditation on the nature and symbolism of time-keeping itself. From the medieval hourglass to the Doomsday Clock, from Jaipur to Jodrell Bank, from GMT to GPS, Rooney ticks off time in a highly entertaining series of historical tales and parables which also give pause for thought and sometimes alarming reflections. I will never hear the pips, or ask ‘what’s the time?’ in quite the same way again. A striking success.—Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

      About Time is an utterly dazzling book, the best piece of history I have read for a long time. From sundials in ancient Rome to astronomical, water-driven, mechanical, and atomic timepieces used throughout history and across cultures, Rooney has written the definitive book on these remarkable objects that give order to everyday life. It is a moving and beautifully written book that even takes us 5,000 years into the future with plutonium clocks ticking away beneath our feet. There will be many puns about this as a timely book; in fact, it is timeless. —Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps

      The measurement of time is a convenience, a jailor, a tyrannical device. David Rooney’s delightful and discursive work anatomizes that tyranny. Page after page offers up instances of time’s ubiquity and its mercurial power to get into the interstices of the everyday.—Jonathan Meades

      Enthralling and important, About Time takes us deep into the past and far into the future. With David Rooney as personable guide, we peer inside clocks from Kyoto to Cape Town, discovering what they meant to the diverse people who made them, used them, whose lives were ruled by them…This is a gripping and revealing account of time, and humanity’s changing relationship with it. —Seb Falk, author of The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

      David Rooney’s passionate enthusiasm for everything clock-related leaps off every page. The vivid writing, engaging stories, and autobiographical details combine to offer a rich and generous picture of the history of clocks, from China and Japan to Central Europe, the Middle East and outer space. In clear, pacey, and evocative prose, Rooney’s volume takes in ancient wonders and modern marvels, leaving us at once enlightened and moved.—Ludmilla Jordanova, author of History in Practice

      Lovely, personal, idiosyncratic…. Throughout, Rooney entertains with witty clock trivia and anecdotes alongside illuminating sketches of famous horologists. Go slowly when devouring this charming, intelligent, highly informative history.—Kirkus, starred review
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    Against the Tides Reshaping Landscape and Community in Canada’s Maritime Marshlands Ronald Rudin Canada
    9780774866767 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:August 15, 2022
    $32.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.8 in | 480 gr | 316 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y UBC Press
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      For four centuries, dykes turned salt marsh into arable land in the Bay of Fundy region of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But by the 1940s, the aging dykes were in poor repair. Against the Tides is the never-before-told story of the Maritime Marshland Rehabilitation Administration, a federal agency created in 1948 to reshape the landscape. Agency engineers sometimes borrowed from long-standing dykeland practices, but they also disregarded local conditions in building tidal dams that compromised some of the region’s rivers. This vivid account of a distinctive landscape and its occupants reveals the push–pull of local and expert knowledge and the role of the postwar state.

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      Ronald Rudin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Concordia University. He is the author of numerous books, among them Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian’s Journey through Public Memory and Kouchibouguac: Removal, Resistance, and Remembrance at a Canadian National Park. The latter received the Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize for best book on Atlantic Canada, the Canadian Oral History Association Prize, and the Prix de l’Assemblée nationale from the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française. Rudin has produced eight documentary films, most recently Unnatural Landscapes, which accompanies this book.

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      Against the Tides is a skillful examination of distinctive landscapes and histories...[it] is also an illustration of the potential of community-involved scholarship and a powerful reminder of how audiovisual materials can enrich research dissemination efforts.
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    Alexander Hamilton and the Battle of Yorktown, October 1781 The Winning of American Independence Phillip Thomas Tucker
    9781510769359 Hardcover HISTORY / United States Publication Date:September 27, 2022
    $35.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.96 mm | 1.14 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Skyhorse
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      Discover the little-known role Alexander Hamilton played in the decisive battle of the American Revolution: Yorktown.

      Alexander Hamilton and the Battle of Yorktown, October 1781 is the first book in nearly two and a half centuries that has ever been devoted to the story of Alexander Hamilton’s key contributions in winning the most decisive victory the of the American Revolutionary war at Yorktown. Past biographies of Hamilton, including the most respected ones, have minimized the overall importance of the young lieutenant colonel’s role and battlefield performance at Yorktown, which was key to forcing the surrender of Lord Cornwallis’s army.

      Hamilton led the assault on strategic Redoubt Number Ten, located on the left flank of the British defensive line, and captured the defensive bastion—an accomplishment that ensured the defeat and surrender of Cornwallis’s army that won the American Revolution and changed the course of world history.

      You thought you knew the full story of the founding father of the American financial system from Lin Manual Miranda's Broadway smash hit Hamilton, but Alexander Hamilton and the Battle of Yorktown, October 1781 brings into sharp relief the vital role he played in the most important battle of the American Revolution, as told by renowned historian Phillip Thomas Ticker, PhD.
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      Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD, is a writer and historian who has edited and authored more than sixty-five books. After earning his PhD in 1990 from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, he took a position as civilian historian with the Department of Defense and specialized in air force history. His previous books include Kings Mountain, Pickett's Charge, How the Irish Won the American Revolution, George Washington’s Surprise Attack, Exodus from the Alamo, and Father of the Tuskegee Airmen, John C. Robinson. He lives in Central Florida.
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    All Roads Led to Gettysburg A New Look at the Civil War's Pivotal Battle Troy D. Harman
    9780811770637 Hardcover HISTORY / United States Publication Date:August 15, 2022
    $38.95 CAD 6.29 x 9.38 x 1.21 in | 1.26 lb | 360 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Stackpole Books
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      Gettysburg Ranger and historian Troy Harman reframes the story of the Battle of Gettysburg from the historical view that it was an “accidental” battle to show that it was instead a logical and strategic clash, based on his years of researching the Civil War and studying the terrain of Gettysburg, south-central Pennsylvania, and northern Maryland.
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      Troy D. Harman has been a National Park Service ranger since 1984, including stints at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and Independence National Historical Park. Since 1989 he has worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, where he has become one of the battlefield’s most popular and engaging rangers, with a devoted following on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Harman, who holds a doctorate in history from Lehigh University, has published numerous articles in various Civil War publications, has spoken to Civil War Round Tables and seminars around the country, and appears regularly on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is an adjunct professor at Penn State University. He lives near Gettysburg.
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    American Stories Washington’s Cherry Tree, Lincoln’s Log Cabin, and Other Tales—True and Not-So-True—and How They Spread Throughout the Land Paul Aron
    9781493069200 Paperback HISTORY / United States Publication Date:August 01, 2022
    $25.95 CAD 5.63 x 8.73 x 0.69 in | 0.71 lb | 232 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Lyons Press
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      American Stories follows the evolution of our founding stories and myths and how they spread far and wide throughout our history. The story of the cherry tree, for example, tells us nothing about George Washington’s actual childhood, but surely it tells us something about what Americans wanted in the father of their country—an incorruptible leader of the people. Along the same lines, the story of Betsy Ross’s flag tells us nothing about how the Stars and Stripes came to be, but does tell us something about what Americans wanted in a founding mother—it is no coincidence that the Ross story, featuring a traditional woman’s role of sewing at home, was first told in 1870, one year after Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony challenged these roles by founding the National Woman Suffrage Association. There’s another reason these stories spread, and that provides another reason to follow their evolution. From Dodge City to Deadwood, and from Bunker Hill to San Juan Hill and beyond, these stories all have one thing in common: they are all a lot of fun to read.
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      Paul Aron is an editor and writer for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Previously he was a reporter for The Virginia Gazette, an executive editor at Simon and Schuster, and an editor at Doubleday. His previous books are Unsolved Mysteries of American History (Wiley, 1997), Unsolved Mysteries of History (Wiley, 2000), Count The Ways (Contemporary, 2002), More Unsolved Mysteries of American History (Wiley, 2004), Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot (Wiley, 2005), Mysteries in History (ABC-Clio, 2006), We Hold These Truths (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), Why The Turkey Didn’t Fly (University Press of New England, 2013), and Founding Feuds (Sourcebooks, 2016). He lives in Williamsburg, VA.
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      “American Stories is fascinating and entertaining. Paul Aron traces the hoariest and often false stories about our past not so much to debunk them as to use them to understand why people created them, why we believe them, and what this tells us about ourselves.”--Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 “Paul Aron’s delightful romp through American mythology reminds us that story-telling always has, and always will, define us as people.”--Edward G. Lengel, author of Inventing George Washington “Paul Aron’s new book is a gem. It’s engagingly written, deeply researched, and an eye-opening look at look at long-cherished American history myths, how they were born, and how they came to accepted in popular culture—and even in some history books. Highly recommended.”--Marc Leepson, author of Flag: An American Biography. “America’s founding myths are a mix of fact and bunkum. With characteristic wit and erudition, Paul Aron unravels where these myths came from, which have solid evidence, and which need to be abandoned. A perfect gift for the uncle who peddles stories he learned from his coach in grade school.”--Scott Reynolds Nelson, author of Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of An American Legend “An entertaining ride through five centuries of exaggerated claims, ungrounded ‘truths,’ and historic hokum.”--Howard Means, author of Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story “Paul Aron is a connoisseur of fakery, more amused than irked whenever a false note has been struck in the history of our credulous nation. In American Stories he serves up a banquet of bunk and balderdash, all with a wink, a nod, and an abiding faith in our preference for myth over mere fact. I loved this book!”--John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball Praise for Unsolved Mysteries of American History: "Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective . . . recommended for both the history buff and the fan of true-life mysteries."--Kirkus Reviews "Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits.'" --Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg author of The Virginia Adventure "A welcome gateway for historical exploration." --Booklist "Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." --Allan W. Eckert, author of Sorrow in Our Heart Praise for Founding Feuds: "In lively prose and with keen understanding Paul Aron sets forth the personal animosities and grudges that drove politics in the new nation." - Robert Gross, Bancroft Prize winning historian and author of The Minutemen and Their World "With the verve of a storyteller and the precision of a historian, Paul Aron shows us how American politicians have been battling and backstabbing since the days when talking heads wore powdered wigs. Huzzah!" - Gerard Helferich, author of the New York Times bestseller Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin "By focusing on the internal conflicts that nearly tore the fledging United States to shreds, Paul Aron provides an excellent entrée into the world of the Founding Fathers. He strips these stories to their essentials without dumbing them down. And by summing up each struggle as a contest between two outsized 18th century characters, he draws us readers right into the fray. As the sparks fly, they light up the scene." - Woody Holton, author of Abigail Adams "If you are a reader of history that enjoys being in the thick of the exact feelings and experiences people may have had in past days, this is the book for you. " - C.J. Leger "Even George Washington had a feud, so there's something for everyone. The book is perfect for lounging at the beach or pool, or even in a classroom. One of the best parts is Paul included endnotes complete with all of his sources, so if you want to learn more about a particular subject, he lets you know where to look." - Making History "The lively Founding Feuds should reassure readers that the political stridency of the present is an essential part of our tradition." - Richard Buel, author of America on the Brink

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