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From Kristallnacht to Watergate

An insider’s account of how the Washington Post broke the Watergate story, depicting the tensions, challenges, and personal conflicts that were overcome as it laid bare the criminal wrongdoings of the Nixon administration.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

The Guitar and the New World

A transformative look at a popular instrument and a hidden chapter of American history.

Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic

Documents how energy resource acquisition has been the driving motivator for European and American international relations.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

Tribal Worlds

Explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.

America's First Crisis

Engaging and accessible account of the war that helped forge the American nation.

Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws

Uses previously unstudied Coast Guard records for New York City and environs to examine the development of Rum Row and smuggling in New York City during Prohibition.

William Almon Wheeler

An American success story about the life of William Almon Wheeler, a poor boy from northern New York who became the nineteenth vice president of the United States.

Key to the Northern Country

Offers nearly forty years of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Hudson River Valley’s role in the American Revolution.

Struggles for Equal Voice

Reveals how African Americans used cable television as a means of empowerment.

Opening Statements

Explores the influence of Dutch law and jurisprudence in colonial America.

Running on Empty

Explores how Southampton College went from “the jewel in the university crown” to an “albatross around the university neck. ”

Life on a Rocky Farm

A folksy look at farm life in rugged Putnam Valley just as it was being transformed by industrialization and mechanization.

Felony Disenfranchisement in America, Second Edition

Reveals how state felony disenfranchisement laws are undermining American democracy.

Tuscarora

The definitive history of the Tuscaroras and their return to western New York.

Red Ink

Reexamines the writings of early indigenous authors in the northeastern United States.

Fight All Day, March All Night

By Wayne Mahood
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

An inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told though his letters from the battlefield.

Letters to ONE

Collection of letters written to the first openly gay magazine in the United States.

Liberty Street

By Peter Josyph
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A haunting record of the destruction and rebirth of the neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero.

Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father

The life of a prominent Dutch-American patriot.

Precipice or Crossroads?

Comprehensive treatment of the challenges faced by America’s public research universities, and of what those challenges may mean for the nation.

Borderland

Provocative essays on the distinct history and culture of Buffalo and the Canadian border region.

The Interpreter

A visionary journey into the crucible in which America was born, a tale of love and war and of a master shaman who folds time to seek the key to the survival of his people.

J'aime New York, 2nd Edition

A guide to the important but half-forgotten chapters of New York State’s French history.

American Exceptionalisms

Wide ranging, interdisciplinary look at the emergence and persistence of the concept of American Exceptionalism in US culture and history.

Blood at the Root

Examines the relationship of lynching to black and white citizenship in the 19th and 20th century U. S. through a focus on historical, visual, cultural, and literary texts.

Lincoln's Veteran Volunteers Win the War

By D. Reid Ross
Foreword by Duane A. Smith
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Chronicles the Civil War experiences of four brothers from New York’s Hudson Valley.

When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

A vivid portrayal of the important role of Jews in American boxing history, and vice versa.

Proving Up

Uses the interdisciplinary approach of evolutionary economics to explore the history of land domestication in the United States.

All But Forgotten

Study of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy in public administration.

Memory Matters

Edited by Daniel M. Cobb & Helen Sheumaker
Subjects: History

Explores how the process of memorialization keeps the past alive in the present and shapes the way we imagine our possible futures.

Silencing the Opposition

Edited by Craig R. Smith
Subjects: History

Examines major challenges to the Fist Amendment and focuses on the extremely important paradigm shift of freedom of expression in the post-9/11 era.

A Place in History

A journey into Albany’s historic past and the city’s role in three pivotal historical narratives: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the construction of the Erie Canal.

The Quotable Judge Posner

Collection of quotations and judicial opinions of federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner

Out in Front

By Jeb Byrne
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Lively anecdotes retold by an advance man for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Fire Along the Sky

A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged.

The Passionate Empiricist

Explores John Quincy Adams’s oratorical work in support of government-funded science.

America's Economic Moralists

By Donald E. Frey
Subjects: History

Traces the history of two rival American economic moralities from colonial times to the present.

The Other Loyalists

Fascinating stories of ordinary people in the Middle Colonies who remained loyal to the Crown.

But One Race

Biography of famous black abolitionist and voting rights advocate, Robert Purvis.

King of the Bowery

The first full-length biography of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, who dominated New York City politics in the three decades prior to World War I.

America's First River

Examines the many facets of the Hudson's rich history, distinctive regional culture, and important contributions to the development of modern America.

Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations

A comprehensive history of bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the United States.

The Firekeeper

An epic adventure based on the extraordinary historical story of Sir William Johnson and the author's dreams of a Mohawk "woman of power" who lived three centuries ago.

Main Street to Mainframes

Tells the story of Poughkeepsie’s transformation from small city to urban region.

A Family Place

One woman’s journey to uncover her family’s history and understand the ties that bind us to a particular place.

White Savage

Brings a strikingly original perspective to Johnson’s life, and suggests new ways of thinking about Johnson’s part in creating a nation he did not live to see.

New York Sings

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.

Black Soldiers of New York State

Concise history of the valiant service of New York’s African American soldiers.

Fort Stanwix National Monument

By Joan M. Zenzen
Subjects: History

A history of the reconstruction of Fort Stanwix, New York, by the National Park Service.

Race, Class, and the Death Penalty

Examines both the legal and illegal uses of the death penalty in American history.

Decadent Culture in the United States

The paradoxes of the American decadent movement in the 1890s and 1920s.

Carnegie's Model Republic

By A. S. Eisenstadt
Subjects: History

Examines Carnegie’s book Triumphant Democracy and his efforts to promote closer ties between America and Britain.

Mayor Corning

By Paul Grondahl
Subjects: History

Grondahl’s classic biography of Albany’s “mayor for life,” now available in paperback.

Executing the Constitution

Draws attention to how American presidents have creatively interpreted the Constitution to expand the power of the executive branch.

New York's Historic Armories

By Nancy L. Todd
Subjects: History

Chronicles the evolution of the armory as a specific building type in American architectural and military history, and the role these buildings played in the history of America’s volunteer militia.

Defining NASA

By W. D. Kay
Subjects: History

Examines the politics behind the funding of NASA.

Life in the White House

Edited by Robert P. Watson
Subjects: History

Interdisciplinary essays on the White House and the lives of first families.

From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns

Comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U. S.-Canadian border.

Deciding to Leave

The first sustained examination of the process by which justices elect to leave the United States Supreme Court.

Calling Down Fire

Explores how the agrarian setting of Jefferson County, New York, influenced the revival methods of Charles Grandison Finney, with implications for the study of revivalism more generally.

Refinancing America

A highly accessible history of Republican tax policy.

Rip Van Winkle's Neighbors

Explores the social and economic transformations of the mid-Hudson River Valley during the key expansionist period in American history.

Declarations of Dependency

By Alan F. Zundel
Subjects: History

Presents an original and provocative argument about poverty policy in the United States.

Which Lessons Matter?

Christopher Hemmer offers a model for how U. S. decision makers use the lessons of history to diagnose and make policy choices.

Our Elusive Constitution

This volume explores the relationship between religion and politics. It brings a varied sample of richly detailed comparative and case studies together with a set of analytical paradigms in an integrated ...

Immigrant Women

Immigrant Women combines memoirs, diaries, oral history, and fiction to present an authentic and emotionally compelling record of women's struggles to build new lives in a new land. This new edition has ...

The Politics of Public Memory

This book examines American public culture and the means by which communities in the U.S. reconstruct the past and reinterpret the present in the development of tourism. Norkunas shows how public culture ...

Expanding the American Dream

Much has been written about the housing policies of the Depression and the Postwar period. Much less has been written of the houses built as a result of these policies, or the lives of the families who ...

Uncle Sam's Family

By Robert Wells
Subjects: History

This work introduces readers to the basics of demographic history, touching on issues of interest to anyone concerned with understanding how we have come to live as we do and what the future may bring. ...

The Remaking of Pittsburgh

What forces transformed a community in which industrial workers and other citizens exercised a real measure of power over their lives into a metropolis whose inhabitants were utterly dependent on Big ...

Family and Divorce in California, 1850-1890

Few of the men and women who came to California after the discovery of gold had the opportunity or the inclination to record their thoughts about family life. Their family experience, like that of most nineteenth-century Americans, is obscured by time and an absence of sources.

Mechanics and Manufacturers in the Early Industrial Revolution

By Paul G. Faler
Subjects: History

Lynn, Massachusetts, once the leading shoe manufacturing city of the United States, was in many ways a model of the industrial city that much of America was to become. This study of the early industrial ...

The Five Dollar Day

By Stephen Meyer III
Subjects: History

In 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in a small Detroit workshop. Five years later, he introduced the Model T and met with extraordinary commercial success. Between 1910 and 1914, he developed ...