American History

American Maelstrom

American Maelstrom captures the full drama of the watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation’s political discourse.

Executing the Rosenbergs

In 1950, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested for allegedly passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, an affair FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover labeled the “crime of the century. Based on newly discovered documents from the State Department, Clune narrates the widespread dissent against the Rosenberg decision in 80 cities and 48 countries.

Lincoln’s Last Speech

What did Abraham Lincoln envision when he talked about “reconstruction?” His final speech gives a clear indication of what his postwar policy might have looked like—one that differed starkly from what would emerge in the tumultuous decade that followed.

The Four Freedoms

Jeffrey A. Engel joins together with five other leading scholars to explore how each of Roosevelt’s freedoms evolved over time, for Americans and for the wider world.


The battle of Antietam was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil, it was and remains, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, claiming a staggering 23,000 casualties.

Terrorism on American Soil

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown—but fascinating nonetheless—are detailed as well.

Reminiscences of Ulysses S. Grant

These are personal reminiscences of Ulysses S. Grant which allow us to peer back in time to see him through the eyes of those who knew him. Some of the anecdotes describe brief encounters with Grant, while others are are from historically prominent men who knew Grant well. What they have in common are the intimate details that reveal the personality and character of General Grant.

With Grant at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg

Wilber F. Crummer was an acquaintance and neighbor of Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, Illinois. When civil war broke out, he became “one of the Boys in Blue” who followed General Grant in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg.