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The Founding Fortunes: Pledging Lives and Fortunes

by Tom Shachtman In The Founding Fortunes, historian Tom Shachtman reveals the ways in which a dozen notable Revolutionaries deeply affected the finances and birth of the new country while making and losing their fortunes. Check out an exclusive excerpt here.

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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

by Joanne B. Freeman In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. In the following excerpt, Freeman shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the

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The First World War: “Most Peculiar Christmas I’ve Ever Spent”

by Sir Martin Gilbert Christmas Day, 1914. German and British troops have been fighting tirelessly for 5 months in one of the bloodiest wars in human history. Suddenly, an unfamiliar sound breaks the tension. A German song, followed by another.

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Revolutionary Brothers: “Aux Armes!”

by Tom Chaffin The fifth and final excerpt from Revolutionary Brothers takes place in Paris in 1789, as Thomas Jefferson witnesses the civil unrest marking the beginning of the French Revolution.

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Revolutionary Brothers: “Your Name Here Is Held In Veneration”

by Tom Chaffin In our fourth excerpt from Revolutionary Brothers, the Marquis de Lafayette returns to Paris where he is received as a war hero after the triumph of Yorktown in 1781.

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