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The Bookman's Corner Past Programs

Title: Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk

Author: John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky

Who's Counting? will focus attention on many problems of our election system, ranging from voter fraud to a slipshod system of vote counting that noted political scientist Walter Dean Burnham calls "the most careless of the developed world."

Title: The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

Author: Fergus M. Bordewich

The First Congress may have been the most important in American history because it established how our government would work. The Constitution was a broad set of principles...

Title: Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

Author: Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille

While there have been other books about Aldrich Ames, Circle of Treason is the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense "Ames Mole Hunt."

Title: Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation

Author: Steve Vogel

The astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West's greatest espionage operations of the Cold War—and the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.

Title: After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Author: Thomas P. Kapsidelis

In what has become the era of the mass shooting, we are routinely taken to scenes of terrible violence. Often neglected, however, is the long aftermath, including...

Title: The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and...

Author: David S. Abraham

David S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies and indeed the fate of our planet depend on them.

Title: The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

Author: James S. Robbins

The Real Custer takes a good hard look at the life and storied military career of George Armstrong Custer—from cutting his teeth at Bull Run in the Civil War, to his famous and untimely death at Little Bighorn in the Indian Wars.

Title: A User's Guide to a Healthy Brain

Author: Norton S. Beckerman

Norton S. Beckerman is not an M.D. or a Ph.D. He's just a lay person that had serious memory problems and had lost his ability to speak, both important cognitive functions. 10-12 years ago he not only cured his cognitive problems but expanded his cognitive abilities.

Title: Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan

Author: Eileen Rivers

A riveting account of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men and worked with local women to restore their lives and push back the Taliban.

Title: Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past

Author: James S. Robbins

James Robbins reveals that the radical Left controls education, the media, and the Democratic party…. and they seek to demean, demolish, and relentlessly attack America's past in order to control America's present.

Title: The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game

Author: Ronald Kessler

Based on exclusive interviews with the president and his staff, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game tells the real story of what Donald Trump is like, who influences him, how he makes decisions, what he says about…

Title: The White House: An Historic Guide

Author: White House Historical Association

Since 1962, the celebrated spaces and rich history of the President's House have been portrayed in this continually updated guidebook. This edition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the book's release...

Title: The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

Author: Daniel Stone

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more...

Title: Nordic Ways

Author: András Simonyi

The project Nordic Ways is a book of short insightful essays written by distinguished authors from all five countries representing a broad spectrum of Nordic life. The project features an impressive and august array of nearly 50 authors representing all five Nordic countries...

Title: The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

Author: Scott S. Greenberger

Nobody expected the vice president, a New York political hack, to be president. And after President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Chester A. Arthur to become a strong and effective president...

Title: Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer

Author: Tom Callahan

The winner of more than ninety championships, including four Masters Tournaments, Arnold Palmer was a legend in twentieth century sports: a supremely gifted competitor beloved for his powerful hitting, his nerve on the greens, and his great rapport with fans.

Title: Trotsky in New York, 1917: Portrait of a Radical on the Eve of Revolution

Author: Kenneth D. Ackerman

Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co-leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the Twentieth Century...

Title: Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Author: Joby Warrick

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents.

Title: Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Author: Kirstin Downey

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Title: Over watch: A Thriller

Author: Matthew Betley

Matthew Betley has proven he's an accomplished writer. Overwatch is a brilliantly conceived thriller that surges from the first chapter through mounting deception to a powerful conclusion.

Title: First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His-and the Nation's-Prosperity

Author: Edward G. Lengel


Title: American Women in Gilded Age London: Expatriates Rediscovered

Author: Jane S. Gabin

During the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, American women expatriates helped populate Britain's literary, theatrical, and arts scenes.

Title: The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom

Author: David Boaz

Libertarianism—the philosophy of personal and economic freedom—has deep roots in Western civilization and in American history, and it's growing stronger.

Title: Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba

Author: César Brioso

Baseball in pre‑Castro Cuba was enjoying a golden age. The Cuban League, which had been founded in 1878, just two years after the formation of the National League, was thriving under the auspices of organized baseball.

Title: What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life

Author: Marc Leepson

Full-length biography of Francis Scott Key in more than 75 years. In this fascinating look at early America, historian Marc Leepson explores the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key.

Title: The Artificial Intelligence Contagion: Can Democracy Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work, Wealth, and the Social Order?

Author: David Barnhizer, Daniel Barnhizer

Artificial intelligence/robotics: Have we opened a Pandora's Box?

Title: Golden Orchid: The True Story of an Only Child in Contemporary China

Author: Karen Zhang

Amid the hustle and bustle of teeming contemporary Guangzhou (also known as Canton), capital of Guangdong province, an ordinary blue-collar Chinese family of three copes with a life-threatening crisis.

Title: War Is A Lie

Author: David Swanson

War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good.

Title: Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

Author: Dr. Jeremy Brown

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions...

Title: A Fierce Glory: Antietam--The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery

Author: Justin Martin

On September 17, 1862, the "United States" was on the brink, facing a permanent split into two separate nations. America's very future hung on the outcome of a single battle...

Title: The Stephen Decatur House: A History

Author: Katherine Malone-France

Commodore Stephen Decatur built his home in 1818 within sight of the President's House with prize money awarded to him by Congress for his military victories.

Title: Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty

Author: Lee Edwards

"Lee Edwards has always been in the forefront of the struggle to restore America, to bring it back to its ancient moorings. . . . Lee has fought hard with uncommon intelligence and resourcefulness.

Title: At Home in the President's Neighborhood: A Photographic Tour

Author: Bruce White

With the White House, the visit to the president's neighborhood begins. It is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the nation. Vigorous life has gone on here for two centuries, warmed by the proximity to the great power represented in the....

Title: Hidden History of Arlington County

Author: Charlie Clark

Arlington County, for two centuries a center for government institutions, is a vibrant part of the Washington, D.C., community. Many notable figures made their home in the area, like Supreme Court chief justice Warren Burger, General George "Blood 'n' Guts" Patton...

Title: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Author: Nicholas Reynolds

A "riveting"* international cloak-and-dagger epic, here is the stunning untold story of Ernest Hemingway's dangerous secret life -- including his role as a Soviet agent code-named "Argo".

Title: The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan

Author: Gregg Zoroya

The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in Afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliest.

Title: The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

Author: Ronald Kessler

Crammed with new, headline-making revelations, THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL by Ronald Kessler tells that eye-opening, uncensored story.

Title: War Porn

Author: Roy Scranton

War porn is Roy Scranton's searing debut novel, a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike.

Title: Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

Author: Michael Tanner

Our growing national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently-but that doesn't mean that the problem has gone away.

Title: A Sweet World of White House Desserts

Author: Roland Mesnier

In this memoir, Roland Mesnier, pastry chef to five presidents, recalls the stunning desserts he created for White House State Dinners, formal events, and family celebrations.

Title: Replacing Obamacare
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Author: Michael F. Cannon


Title: Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

Author: Brigid Schulte

When award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed.

Title: Never A Good War

Author: Winston Wood

Here are the stories of men slogging through the last year of the Vietnam War, when those serving there focused on survival, not victory. An ambitious lieutenant is saved from an act of mass murder by a sergeant who hates him.

Title: Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Author: Mario Livio

We all make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history.

Title: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

Author: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Caravaggio's staggering artistic achievements, delving into the original Italian sources to create a masterful profile of the mercurial painter.

Title: The Men Who Lost America

Author: Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

British leadership, the American Revolution and the fate of the Empire.

Title: Folks, this ain't normal

Author: Joel Salatin

A farmer's advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world

Title: The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

Author: Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan tells the definitive story of Nixon's resurrection from the political graveyard and his rise to the presidency.

Title: Heart to Heart

Author: C. Bruce Johnson

12 people discover better lives after their heart attacks.

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