Book cover of Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War by Roger Lowenstein
Biography & History

Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War

From renowned journalist and master storyteller Roger Lowenstein, a revelatory financial investigation into how Lincoln and his administration used the funding of the Civil War as the catalyst to centralize the government and accomplish the most far-reaching reform in the country’s history

Upon his election to the presidency, Abraham Lincoln inherited a country in crisis. Even before the Confederacy’s secession, the United States Treasury had run out of money. The government had no authority to raise taxes, no federal bank, no currency. […Learn More]

Book cover of Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate by M. E. Sarotte
Eastern Europe

Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

Based on over a hundred interviews and on secret records of White House–Kremlin contacts, Not One Inch shows how the United States successfully overcame Russian resistance in the 1990s to expand NATO to more than 900 million people. But it also reveals how Washington’s hardball tactics transformed the era between the Cold War and the present day, undermining what could have become a lasting partnership. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917 by Philip Zelikow
Europe

The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917

During a pivotal few months in the middle of the First World War all sides-Germany, Britain, and America-believed the war could be concluded. Peace at the end of 1916 would have saved millions of lives and changed the course of history utterly. Two years into the most terrible conflict the world had ever known, the warring powers faced a crisis. There were no good military options. Money, men, and supplies were running short on all sides. The German chancellor secretly sought President Woodrow Wilson’s mediation to end the war, just as British ministers and France’s president also concluded that the time was right.  […Learn More]