The collection of the National Museum of the American Indian represents a staggeringly wide range of peoples, eras, and artifacts. Looking back some 13,000 years, the Museum has gathered objects representing native cultures from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. This is truly an INFINITY OF NATIONS (Smithsonian, $29.99), and this handsome volume, edited by the Museum’s associate curator, Cécile R. Ganteaume, has made it both accessible and fascinating. Considering its subject-stretch region by region, the book has enlisted experts to lay out the history, cultures, geography, and other significant factors of each one. This textual mosaic is gorgeously illustrated with more than 200 lush color photographs of items in the Museum’s holdings, from bark masks and ceremonial shields to baskets and baby carriers, often accompanied by pictures of the objects in use.

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ISBN: 9780061547317
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Published: Smithsonian Books (DC) - October 12th, 2010

See the names Harold Holzer and Craig L. Symonds on a book, and you know you have a comprehensive, well-researched, and illuminating history of the Civil War era before you. The two have now edited THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPLETE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 (Black Dog & Leventhal, $40), which contains a wealth of information about events of the period as they happened. The New York Times was one of the few newspapers to have correspondents on the battlefronts, and the editors have reprinted some 600 of the stories they filed, adding commentary on the places and people involved and discussing larger issues, including battle tactics, slavery, racism, politics, and more. The volume is generously illustrated throughout, with period drawings and etchings, photos, and reproductions of posters, maps, cartoons, and other artifacts. To top it all off, there’s a DVD-ROM, which contains all the articles the Times published during the war.

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By Harold Holzer (Editor), Craig Symonds (Editor), President Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781579128456
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 13th, 2010

Barnet Schecter, a historian and author of the Battle for New York, has mined  Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library collection of George Washington’s maps for this unique and beautiful profile of the first president and his place in the New World. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S AMERICA (Walker, $67.50) is as close a glimpse of the landscape Washington knew as we are likely to get. The volume reproduces scores of the maps, charts, and atlas pages Washington drew, collected, and relied on throughout his life; he owned more than 90 different maps and atlases by the time he died, including a 1762 overview of North America by John Rocque and his own cartographic account of his 1753 Ohio River journey to strengthen colonial defenses against hostile French forces.

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ISBN: 9780802717481
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Published: Walker & Company - November 16th, 2010