Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War Policy and Politics by David A. Nichols | This book offers "a valuable interpretation of the U.S. government’s Indian policies—and sometimes the lack thereof—during the Civil War era. Providing a critical perspective on Lincoln’s role, Nichols sets forth an especially incisive analysis of the trial of participants in the Dakota War of 1862 in MN and Lincoln’s role in sparing the lives of most of those who were convicted." -James M. McPherson
Trident K9 Warriors : My Tale from the Training Ground to the Battlefield With Elite Navy Seal Canines by Michael Ritland and Gary Brozek
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar (2012) | Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson | The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. As that first year unfolds, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard | James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. The drama behind his shooting subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in turmoil.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell | Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrumsof American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other -- a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.
The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
Black Hawk: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Black Hawk, Donald Jackson | This story is told in the words of Black Hawk himself - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. Pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole | A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide. Published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a foreword) and Toole's mother, the book became first a cult classic, then a mainstream succes; it earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, and is now considered a canonical work of modern literature.