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Allen, Frederick, A Decent, Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes, University of Oklahoma Press, 2009, 496 pages, ISBN 978-0806140384

Anthony, David W., The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasion Steppes Shaped the Modern World, Princeton University Press, 2007, 553 pages, ISBN 978-0691058870

Bailyn, Bernard, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1976, 448 pages, ISBN 9780674641617

Barry, John M., Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood and How it Changed America, Simon and Schuster, 1998, 528 pages, ISBN 978-0684840024 

Blanning, Tim, The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that made Modern Europe, 1648-1815, Penguin, 2008, 736 pages, ISBN 978 0143113895.

Bowker, Gordon, Inside George Orwell: A Biography, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 512 pages, ISBN 978-0312238414

Brady, James, The Coldest War: A memoir of Korea, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2000, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0312265113.

Churchill, Winston, The Story of the Malakand Field Force, Dover Publications, 2010, ISBN 978-0486474748

Clark, Gregory, A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World, Princeton University Press, 2008, 432 pages, ISBN 978 0691121354.

Corrigan, Gordon, Waterloo: A New History, Pegasus, 2014, 368 pgs, ISBN 9781605986526

Davis, David Byron, Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, Oxford University Press, 2008, 464 pages, ISBN 9780195339444

DeFelice, Jim, Omar Bradley: General at War, Regency History, 2011 400 pages, ISBN-10 159681393

Dimsdale, Thomas, The Vigilantes of Montana, Two Dot 1st edition, 2003, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0762725687 Contemporary history (1854) of vigilante activity in Montana.

Dunniway, Abigail Scott, Edna and John: A Romance of Idaho Flat, Washington State University Press, 2000, 217 pages, ISBN 978-0874221886 Fictional account of a couple in pioneer Idaho.

Flood, Charles B., Grant and Sherman: The Friendship that Won the Civil War, Harper Perennial reprint edition, 2006, 496 pages, ISBN 978-0061148712

Fonseca, Isabel, Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, Vintage Reprint Edition, 1996, 336 pgs, ISBN: 978-0679737438

Glover, Garreth, Waterloo: Myth and Reality, Pen and Sword, 2014, 256 pgs, ISBN 9781781593561

Goldstone, Lawrence, Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies, Ballantine Books, 2014, 448 pages, ISBN 978-0345538031

Gwynne, S.C., Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, Scribner, 2014, 672 pgs, ISBN 978-1451673289

Hiro, Dilip, The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict, Routledge reprint, 1990, 323 pages, ISBN 978-0586090381 [NOTE: New paperback expensive, used available at Powells and Amazon]

Masters, John, Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas, Cassell Military Paperbacks, 2002, 320 pgs, ISBN 978-0304361564

Masters, John, The Road Past Mandalay, Cassell Military Paperbacks, 2002, 352 pgs, ISBN 978-0304361571

Moorhouse, Roger, The Devils Alliance: Hitler’s Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941, Basic Books, 2014, 432 pgs, ISBN 978-0465030750

Morgan, Edmund S., The Birth of the Republic, 1763-1789, University of Chicago Press, 2012, 240 pages, ISBN 978-0226923420

Morgan, Edmund S., Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea, Martino Fine Books, 2013, 174 pgs, ISB 978-1614275305

Morris, Charles R., The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy, Holt Paperbacks reprint edition, 2006, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0805081343 

Morris, James, Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress, Mariner Books, 1980, 564 pages, ISBN 978-0156400060

Morris, Jan, Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire, Mariner Books, 1980, 552 pages, ISBN 978-0156714662

Nagorski, Andrew, The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II, Simon and Schuster, 2008, 348 pages, ISBN 978-0743281119.

O’Connell, Robert L., Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman, Random House, 2014, 354 pages, ISBN 9781400069729

Osio, Antonio Maria, History of Alta California: A memoir of Mexican California, Universtiy of Wisconsin Press, 1996, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0299149741

Paxton, Robert O., Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, 1940-1944, Columbia University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0231124690

Perlstein, Rick, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, Nation Books, 2009, 704 pgs, ISBN 978-1568584126

Perrett, Geoffrey, America in the Twenties: A History, Touchstone Books, 1983, 585 pages, ISBN 978-0671251086, currently out of print.

Pietrusza, David, 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, Basic Books, 2008, 592 pages, ISBN 978-0786721023

Plokhy. Serhii, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, Basic Books, 2014, 520 pgs, ISBN 978-0465056965

Procopius, The Secret History, Penguin Classics, 2007, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0140455281 Procopius (500-565) was one of the last ancient historians. This is his alternative history of the reign of Justinian in the Byzantine Empire.

Rosenberg, Tina, The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, Vintage Reprint Edition, 1996, 464 pgs, ISBN-13: 978-0679744993

Schwantes, Carlos Arnaldo, In Mountain Shadows: a history of Idaho, University of Nebraska Press, 1991, 308 pages, ISBN 978-0803292413

Shorto, Russell, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, Vintage reprint edition, 2014, 368 pages, ISBN 978-0307743756

Shorto, Russell, The Island at the center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, Vintage, 2005, ISBN 978-1400078677

Shapiro, James, A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, Harper Perennial, 2005, 333 pages, ISBN 0060088745.

Shaw, David W., Flying Cloud, Harper Collins, 2001, 336 pages, ISBN 9780060934781
[NOTE: Out of print, may not be readily available. As of July 27, 2014 not at Powells, available used at Amazon]

Stone, Norman, Eastern Front 1914-1917, Penguin Global, 2004, 352 pages, ISBN 78-0140267259

Wright, Robert E., Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich, University of Chicago Press, 2006, 216 pages, ISBN 978-0226910680



Bourachot, André, Marshal Joffre: The Triumphs, Failures and Controversies of France’s Commander in Chief in the Great War, Pen and Sword, 2014, 240 pgs, ISBN 978-1783461653

Hart, B.H. Liddel, Real War 1914-1918, Little Brown and Co., 1963, 508 pgs, ISBN 9780316525053

Hart, Peter, The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War, Oxford University Press, 2013, 554 pgs, ISBN 978-0199976279

Keegan, John, The First World War, Vintage, 2000, 528 pgs, ISBN 978-0375700455

Marshall, S.L.A., World War I, Mariner Books, 2001, 512 pgs, ISBN 9780618056866

Meyer, G.J., A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918, Delacorte Press, 2007, 816 pgs, ISBN 978-0553382402

Philpott, William, War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War, Overlook, 2014, 416 pgs, ISBN 978-1468302684

Stone, Norman, Eastern Front 1914-1917, Penguin Global, 2004, 325 pgs, ISBN 978-0140267259

Tuchman, Barbara, The Guns of August, Presidio Press, 2004, 640 pgs, ISBN 9780345476098

Toland, John, No Man’s Land: 1918 The Last Year of the Great War, Konecky Konecky, 1996, 651 pgs, ISBN 9781568520094

Watson, Alexander, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria Hungary in World War I, Basic Books, 2014, 832 pgs, ISBN 9780465018727




Hiro, Dilip, Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran, Overlook TP reprint ed., 2011, 464 Pgs, ISBN 978-1590203330

Liu, Xinru, The Silk Road in World History, Oxford University Press, 2010, 168 pgs, ISBN 978-0195338102, One of the New Oxford World History series.

Osborne, Milton, Southeast Asia: An Introductory History, Allen & Unwin 10th ed., 2010, 352 pgs, ISBN 978-1742373027