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Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte
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Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
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The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
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Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
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Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
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A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
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One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
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In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever - an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
The Black Hand by Stephan Talty
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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
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To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson
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A breathtaking entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in 1909 three daring expeditions simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world.
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
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