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coverTriangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle

The Triangle Fire was the worst disaster in New York history before September 11, 2001. An enthralling story, passionately told - a pivotal event in American history and indeed in the industrial revolution.

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The Metaphysical Club
by Louis Menand


Menand writes a history of ideas in the United States told through the Metaphysical Club. Some of the greatest men of their time met in Boston in 1872 to discuss the American way of thinking.

Pulitzer Prize 2002

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin


This critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, the author tells how and why the Allies drew lines on a map that eventually became the new countries of the Middle East. Most interesting is his account of the formative years between 1914 and 1922. This book and Michael Oren's 6 Days of War are essential to understanding the modern middle east.


King Leopold's Ghost
by Adam Rochschild

the story of how Belgian King Leopold II made the Congo his own private reserve and inflicted appalling conditions on the Africans - an excellent, compelling book

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For more on the Congo Free State and the abuses of King Leopold see That Magnificent African Cake: The Congo Free State, a HistoryWiz exhibit

Coal: A Human History
by Barbara Freese


"Deleterious to health and beneficial to wealth, coal contains a tension that makes its story a compelling one." Booklist

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Orientalism by Edward W. Said

Woman in the Nineteenth Century
by Margaret Fuller 1997cover

an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations-from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography