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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West – David McCullough

The wilderness northwest of the Ohio River was ready to be settled and Manasseh Cutler was determined to have his conditions included in the Northwest Ordinance: free universal education, freedom of religion and prohibition of slavery. He was not sure … Continue reading

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen – Mary Norris

Mary Norris loves all things Greek, but especially the Greek language. Not modern, Greek, mind you, Ancient Greek. This book recounts her studies learning the language, speaking the language. We go with her on solo trips to Greece (Crete, Rhodes, … Continue reading

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Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England – Kate Hubbard Harper

Hardwick Hall was built in the 1590s, when Bess was in her seventies. It is still remarkable with clean lines, ¬†amazing windows – ¬†more glass than wall. It was the grand finale of building projects for Bess of Hardwick. being … Continue reading

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Code Name: Lise – The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy – Larry Loftis

Odette was born and raised in France. Her father died a hero in the First World War, and every Sunday afternoon she and her brother placed flowers on his grave. Her Grandfather told the children that in twenty or twenty-five … Continue reading

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Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton – Tilar J. Mazzeo

It was the winter of 1779-80. Eliza was twenty-two and it was time for her to find a husband. Knowing that her old beau, Tench Tilghman, would be stationed at the army’s winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey, her father … Continue reading

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Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero – Christian Di Spigna

You all know the story of Dr. Joseph Warren, don’t you? Surely you remember him. He was a close friend of Samuel Adams and he spearheaded the original group of insurgents in Boston. Shortly before the Battle of Bunker Hill … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s Treasure: How Albert Gallatin Saved the new nation from Debt – Gregory May

The Federalists were not happy campers when Thomas Jefferson appointed Albert Gallatin Secretary of the Treasury in 1801. This was the man who was responsible for the Republican win. And now, this immigrant who spoke with a heavy French accent, … Continue reading

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