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“Room for Millions of Immigrants” – railroad pamphlet from 1883 shows how American life has changed

A scarce 1883 pamphlet promoting California as a destination for immigrants has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. It show how immigrants were once courted in the US. “California, the Cornucopia of the World” was written by I.N. Hoag for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was distributed to immigrants who had already reached the East […]

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Memories of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 yesterday, on January 15th, 2017, were he not publicly assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Today,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed annually on the third Monday in January, close to MLK’s birthday. Now 49 years after his murder, longer dead than […]

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Collectible Memorabilia from Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba

  Rarely has there been a more controversial and polarizing political figure than Fidel Castro. On Thursday, November 24th, my mother-in-law arrived to stay with my family for two weeks. She is a Cuban woman who was born and raised in Cuba, and lived there until the early sixties, when a series of terrifying incidents relating […]

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“It Can’t Happen Here” sales soar as book buyers rush for reassurance

  Why have sales of Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 dystopian novel It Can’t Happen Here suddenly spiked, leaving some retailers with no copies on the shelves? Well, they say truth is stranger than fiction – but what if fiction just gets there first? It Can’t Happen Here is a dark, partially satirical novel written by American […]

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Make Your Bookshelf Great Again

Discover the world of Donald Trump… through books. After all, his gifts to literature have been generous. In 1987, he brought us Trump: The Art of the Deal. This part memoir/part self help book has been widely acclaimed, mostly by Trump himself who lists it as his second favorite book after the Bible. In 2004, […]

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How Well Do You Know Presidential Hairlines?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a certain politician’s hair. In fact, his unique hairstyle has spawned much debate, discussion, slideshows, memes – the list goes on. With the excitement of the upcoming US presidential election, we’ve been looking at a lot of biographies about current and past presidents and we noticed something interesting. […]

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Copy of Das Kapital sells for $40k just as Dow Jones hits record high

On Thursday,  the day that the Dow Jones index closed at an all-time high of 17,068 points, AbeBooks.com sold a first edition of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital for $40,000. Published in 1867 by Otto Meissner with German text, this copy of Das Kapital was the only one published in Marx’s lifetime (he died in 1883). […]

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25 Years On: Rare Photographs of Tiananmen Square Protests Go on Sale

Twenty five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, a remarkable collection of photographs documenting the events surrounding the government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. Sixty-five photographs from the student-led protests in Beijing are for sale from Upper Valley Books & Paper in Ascutney, Vermont, for $6,500. The collection includes 12 […]

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The dictator who collected rare books

Earlier this week the New York Times reported on the book collection that belonged to Chile’s infamous former dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who was responsible for thousands of deaths and disappearances, and widespread torture. Pinochet used public money to build a vast personal library of Latin America’s literature during his years of rule. The library […]

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Barack Obama’s Holiday Shopping List

President Barack Obama loaded up on books at an independent bookstore last weekend in support of Small Business Saturday.  The White House reports that the President picked up 21 titles, ranging from children’s books and YA Literature to brand new best-sellers.  Looks like the Obama’s will be have a very bookish Christmas. Here’s the list: Half Brother […]

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