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Choose a stroke and get paddling through the human history of swimming!

From man’s first recorded dip into what’s now the driest spot on earth to the splashing, sparkling pool party in your backyard, humans have been getting wet for 10,000 years. And for most of modern history, swimming has caused a ripple that touches us all–the heroes and the ordinary folk; the real and the mythic.

Kent State and the End of American Innocence

Monday morning, May 4, 1970, found Kent State a place strangely divided against itself: part university, part military installation; a school where students were encouraged to gather in classrooms but prohibited from doing so on the campus Commons.

The Man, The Myth, and the
American Story

Published by Simon and Schuster
**Now Available in Paperback**

“Delightfully wry and perceptive, Means’s quest to understand Chapman/Appleseed is a captivating
achievement in Americana.” —Booklist, STARRED review

For the 150th anniversary
of the Sultana tragedy–

Early on April 27, 1865, the 260-foot wooden steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi about nine miles north of Memphis. On board were more than 2,000 Union troops. Of those, anywhere from 1,575 to 1,800 died…

From the ashes of a divided nation came the Confederate States of America — and all that remains of the Union as we knew it is a disaster area called the Industrial Zone. The capital is Richmond, and the races are equal but very, very separate. That’s the premise of Howard Means’s fascinating, provocative, sophisticated new thriller.

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