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Randy Shilts: And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (2000)

This is the essential history of the rise of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., documented by a reporter who was there in San Francisco for the whole awful affair. It is an important and incredible read for anyone interested in the subject.

Richard Sakwa: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (1999)

A basic history from the Routledge Sources in History series.

Anders Stephanson: Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right (1996)

An essay on the idea of manifest destiny and westward expansion before and after the Civil War. This is just a starter among many possible resources.

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