Book cover of From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West by John Sedgwick
Engineering & Transportation

From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West 

A propulsive and panoramic history of one of the most dramatic stories never told—the greatest railroad war of all time, fought by the daring leaders of the Santa Fe and the Rio Grande to seize, control, and create the American West.

It is difficult to imagine now, but for all its gorgeous scenery, the American West might have been barren tundra as far as most Americans knew well into the 19th century. While the West was advertised as a paradise on earth to citizens in the East and Midwest, many believed the journey too hazardous to be worthwhile—until 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad changed the face of transportation.
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Book cover of Conquering The Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery 
History

Conquering The Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery 

The story of an uncovered voyage as colorful and momentous as any on record for the Age of Discovery—and of the Black mariner whose stunning accomplishment has been until now lost to history
 
It began with a secret mission, no expenses spared. Spain, plotting to break Portugal’s monopoly trade with the fabled Orient, set sail from a hidden Mexican port to cross the Pacific—and then, critically, to attempt the never-before-accomplished return, the vuelta.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike by Brian Castner
Americas

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike 

A gripping and wholly original account of the epic human tragedy that was the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. One hundred thousand men and women rushed heedlessly north to make their fortunes; very few did, but many thousands of them died in the attempt.

In 1897, the United States was mired in the worst economic depression that the country had yet endured. So when all the newspapers announced gold was to be found in wildly enriching quantities at the Klondike River region of the Yukon, a mob of economically desperate Americans swarmed north. […Learn More]

Book cover of Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena by Jordan Salama
Earth Sciences

Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena

An exhilarating travelogue for a new generation about a journey along Colombia’s Magdalena River, exploring life by the banks of a majestic river now at risk, and how a country recovers from conflict.

An American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent, Jordan Salama tells the story of the Río Magdalena, nearly one thousand miles long, the heart of Colombia. This is Gabriel García Márquez’s territory—rumor has it Macondo was partly inspired by the port town of Mompox—as much as that of the Middle Eastern immigrants who run fabric stores by its banks. […Learn More]