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The First Chief Justice
The First Chief Justice (March 2022)
John Jay and the Struggle of a New Nation
Mark C. Dillon - Author

Chronicles the efforts of the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court to establish a federal court system during the country's uncertain early years.

The first Chief Justice of the United States, John Jay faced many unique challenges. When the stability and success of the new nation were far from certain, a body of federalized American law had to be created from scratch. In ...(Read More)
 
 
The Hard Sell of Paradise
The Hard Sell of Paradise (March 2022)
Hawai'i, Hollywood, Tourism
Jason Sperb - Author

Traces the complex and contradictory representations of Hawai’i in popular film and television programs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The Hard Sell of Paradise examines how mid-twentieth-century Hollywood, negotiating the rhetoric of the tourism industry, offered a complex and contradictory vision of "Hawai'i" for its audiences. From the classic studio system and elite touris...(Read More)
 
 
The Haunted History of Pelham, New York
The Haunted History of Pelham, New York (February 2022)
Including Ghostly Tales of The Bronx, Westchester County, and Long Island Sound
Blake A. Bell - Author

A fascinating fusion of New York history and local folklore sure to send shivers up your spine!

The Haunted History of Pelham, New York is an unusual and fascinating fusion of New York history and folklore. Recognizing that virtually every gripping regional ghost drama springs from kernels of fact, Blake A. Bell weaves spellbinding accounts of ghosts, spirits, and specters t...(Read More)
 
 
The Spirit of New York, Second Edition
The Spirit of New York, Second Edition (February 2022)
Defining Events in the Empire State's History
Bruce W. Dearstyne - Author

A celebration of New York State's history through 19 key events from the state's founding to today.

In this lively and engaging book, Bruce W. Dearstyne presents New York state history through an exploration of nineteen dramatic events. From the launch of the state government in April 1777 through the debut of the musical play Hamilton in 2015, Dearstyne puts the fascinating...(Read More)
 
 
Home as Found
Home as Found (December 2021)
James Fenimore Cooper - Author
Stephen Carl Arch - Historical introduction, notes, and text

A novel of manners set in the drawing rooms, ballrooms, and Wall Street offices in 1830s New York, dramatizing conflicts that we are still grappling with nearly two hundred years later.

Within months of publishing Homeward Bound, James Fenimore Cooper continued that story in a second, stand-alone novel, Home as Found. One of the most important of his long career, H...(Read More)
 
 
Out-Doors at Idlewild; or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson
Out-Doors at Idlewild; or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson (November 2021)
Nathaniel Parker Willis - Author
Edward Renehan - Introduction

Chronicles the creation of a picturesque home and landscape on the Hudson River by one of the nineteenth century's leading authors.

During the 1850s and '60s, by far the most prominent author in all of New York State was the writer, editor, and publisher Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867). Nearly as prominent as Willis himself was his Hudson Valley estate, Idlewild, where literary...(Read More)
 
 
FDR's Budgeteer and Manager-in-Chief
FDR's Budgeteer and Manager-in-Chief (October 2021)
Harold D. Smith, 1939-1945
Mordecai Lee - Author

First study of Harold D. Smith, FDR’s budget director from 1939 to 1945.

In this book, Mordecai Lee provides a long-overdue examination of a key member of FDR’s administration. Harold D. Smith was FDR’s budget director from 1939 through to Roosevelt’s death in 1945. In that capacity, he was also the de facto manager-in-chief of the federal government. During his tenure, he reformed...(Read More)
 
 
History of Delaware County and Border Wars of New York
History of Delaware County and Border Wars of New York (October 2021)
Jay Gould - Author
Edward Renehan - Introduction

A classic history of Delaware County and the border wars written by none other than prominent Gilded Age “Robber Baron” Jay Gould.

When Jay Gould died in 1892 he left behind an estate worth the equivalent of seventy-eight billion in today’s dollars. He also left behind a reputation as one of Wall Street’s most shrewd, astute, and (some said) manipulative operators. Long before his ...(Read More)
 
 
In the Catskills and My Boyhood
In the Catskills and My Boyhood (October 2021)
John Burroughs - Author
Edward Renehan - Introduction

Classic works by naturalist John Burroughs on his beloved Catskill region.

Henry James called John Burroughs (1837–1921) “a more humorous, more available, and more sociable Thoreau.” Walt Whitman in turn extolled Burroughs as “a child of the woods, fields, hills—native to them in a rare sense (in a sense almost a miracle).” Throughout his many books and essays, Burroughs was never ...(Read More)
 
 
Lionel Jobert and the American Civil War
Lionel Jobert and the American Civil War (September 2021)
An Atlantic Identity in the Making
Stephen D. Bosworth - Author

Tells the exciting tale of a highly ambitious Frenchman who commanded a New York Regiment during the American Civil War.

Millions of soldiers and civilians passionately supported one side or the other in the American Civil War. For Colonel Lionel Jobert d’Epineuil of the Fifty-Third New York Volunteer Regiment, however, his own advancement mattered more than the outcome of the conf...(Read More)
 
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