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  • American Crisis

    George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781–1783

    American Crisis 100William M. Fowler, Jr.
    Walker & Co.; 6 x 9, hardcover, 592 pp., illus.;
    $28
    American Crisis chronicles the rarely documented two tumultuous years after the British surrender at Yorktown. Fowler reveals Washington’s internal and personal tensions that paralyzed the British government and Congress, antagonized loyalists, unnerved the army, and nearly lost what was gained in the American Revolution. 2011

    The Art of Family

    Genealogical Artifacts in New England

    Art of Family 100D. Brenton Simons and Peter Benes, eds.,
    with an introduction by John Demos
    NEHGS; 8½ x 10½ hardcover, xiv + 336 pp., illus.
    reg. $75, member price $67.50
    An indispensable resource illuminating the world of decorative arts and its relationship to family history, this book features 15 chapters by leading authorities, including Jeremy Bangs, Abbott Lowell Cummings, Wendell Garrett, Maureen Taylor, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and others. The book contains more than 200 black and white illustrations and 16 color plates. 2002

    Boston Beheld

    Antique Town and Country Views

    Boston Beheld 100D. Brenton Simons
    University Press of New England and NEHGS;
    11 x 9 hardcover, x + 148 pp., 64 full-color illus.
    reg. $35, member price $31.50
    This volume of full-color period images of the 18th and 19th centuries reveals sweeping vistas, lively street scenes, and elegant edifices that show Boston as a youthful and vibrant town. Selected from public and private collections and ranging from fine art to folk art, these works capture the multifaceted character of a sometimes quaint place that has given way to a modern metropolis. 2008

    Cambridge Cameos

    Cambridge Cameos 100Roger Thompson
    NEHGS; 6 x 9 softcover, xix + 355 pp.
    reg. $19.95, member price $17.96
    Drawing on his vast knowledge of Middlesex County's families and town and court records, Roger Thompson has composed 44 delightful vignettes of early residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Based on thousands of original documents, these sketches provide a rare opportunity to experience 17th-century life through the eyes of its people. Perfect for early New England enthusiasts. 2005

    From Deference to Defiance

    Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629–1692

    Deference 100Roger Thompson
    NEHGS; 6 x 9, 650 pp., illus.
    softcover: reg. $27.95, member price $25.16
    hardcover: reg. $44.95, member price $40.46
    This book recreates the lost world of 17th-century Charlestown and the lives and work of the first three generations of its townspeople. By using a variety of surviving records, Thompson presents a colorful history of the town’s settlement and governance, its relationship with the land and sea, the church, local crime and violence, the role of women, and ultimately its involvement in the Glorious Revolution. 2011

    The Fairbanks House

    A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England, 2nd Edition

    Fairbanks 100Abbott Lowell Cummings
    NEHGS; 6 x 9 softcover, 128 pp.
    reg. $14.95, member price $13.45
    The Fairbanks House, built in 1636, is the oldest surviving timber frame house in New England—the best example of 17th-century architecture still standing. This book offers a fascinating detailed architectural history written by a highly respected authority in the field. 2002

    Fashionable Folks

    Hairstyles 1840–1900

    Fasionable 100Maureen A. Taylor
    Picture Perfect Press; 6 x 9 softcover, 125 pp., illus.
    $19.95
    Gain valuable tips for “reading” the clues of clothing and hairstyles, to help you discover when family photos were taken, how old the subjects were at the time, how wealthy they were—and even what kinds of personalities they had. Maureen Taylor shares the mysteries of topknots and buns, braids and curls, burnsides and sideburns, to bring old portraits to life. 2009

     

    The History and Antiquities of Boston

    From Its Settlement in 1630, to the Year 1770

    drake_catSamuel G. Drake, Foreword by D. Brenton Simons
    NEHGS; 6 x 9 softcover, 890 pp., illus.
    reg. $29.95, member price $26.96
    Originally published in 1856, Drake's history of pre-revolutionary Boston has long been a key resource for historians.From the city's founding to its first churches; natural disasters to outbreaks; witchcraft to Freemasonry, this volume provides detailed historical context for anyone with early Boston ancestors. 1856, 2012

    King Philip's War

    The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict

    Kingphilips_catEric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias
    The Countryman Press; 6 x 9, softcover, 430 pp., illus.
     $19.95
    King Philip's War (1675-1676) was one of America's first and costliest wars, and it engulfed all of southern New England.This book, co-authored by NEHGS trustee Eric Schultz, provides both an in-depth history of the war as well as a guide to historical sites where ambushes, raids, and battles occurred.Historians, colonial war buffs, and those interested in Native American history will gain insight into one of the most seminal events to shape the American mind and continent. 1999 

    The Last Muster

    Images of the Revolutionary War Generation

    Last Muster 100Maureen A. Taylor with David Allen Lambert
    Foreword by Joan Severa
    Kent State University Press;
    9¼ x 7¼ hardcover, xii + 177 pp., illus.
    $45
    A collection of rare 19th-century photographic images of the Revolutionary War generation. Taylor assigns faces to an unillustrated war and tells the stories of our nation’s founding fathers and mothers, updating and supplementing research last collected and published over a century ago. 2010

    Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston

    Reminiscenes 100by Hannah Mather Crocker
    Edited by Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser
    Foreword by Conrad Edick Wright
    NEHGS; 6 x 9, hardcover, 592 pp., illus.
    reg. $39.95, member price $35.96
    Published for the first time, Hannah Mather Crocker’s early 19th-century Reminiscences offers a unique history of Boston and its environs from the 1620s to the 1820s. A leading women’s rights advocate and the granddaughter of Cotton Mather, Crocker provides a significant resource for anyone interested in Boston and early American history. Transcribed and annotated from the original manuscript at NEHGS. 2011

     Treacherous Beauty

     Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America

     shippen_catMark Jacob and Stephen H. Case
    Lyons Press; 6 x 9, hardcover, 288 pp.
     $24.95
    Histories of the Revolutionary War have long honored heroines such as Betsy Ross, Abigail Adams, and Molly Pitcher.Now, more than two centuries later, comes the first biography of one of the war's most remarkable woman: Peggy Shippen, Mrs.Benedict Arnold.She brought together a British officer and a revolutionary general in a treasonous plot that nearly imprisoned George Washington and changed the course of the war.Here, Jacob and Case tell the true story of Peggy Shippen, a driving force in a conspiracy that came within an eyelash of dooming the American democracy.2012

     

    Witches, Rakes, and Rogues

    True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston, 1630–1775

    Witches 100D. Brenton Simons
    Commonwealth Editions; 6 x 9, 260 pp., illus.
    $24.95 hardcover, $14.95 softcover
    This award-winning book demonstrates convincingly that the narrow, twisting streets of colonial Boston were crawling with murderers, con men, and other blackguards. Bostonians may have been prayerful, but they were also prurient. Added to this remarkable rogue’s gallery are several women who were tried and executed as witches. Simons also uncovers the truth about Boston’s first documented serial murder. 2005

     

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