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Slide 0: Best of the National Air and Space Museum
Best of the National Air and Space Museum
Was: $29.95 Now: $14.99
Experience the thrill of flying some of the world's most important airplanes and spacecraft. Best of the National Air and Space Museum provides unprecedented access to the most popular museum in the world. Best of the National Air and Space Museum features the best of both museums, from the Challenger space shuttle and the Wright Flyer to the Spirit of St. Louis and the stealth bomber. Bob Van der Linden, curator of aeronautics, has selected the most historically important, popular, and just plain impressive aircraft and spacecraft from the collections of both museums to be captured in the book's beautiful full color layouts. Each layout includes intriguing facts of the item's design, use, mission, specifications, and dimensions. It's like your own guided tour!
 
Slide 1: Last of the Blue and Gray
Last of the Blue and Gray
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
Richard Serrano, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, pens a story of two veterans in the late 1950's gearing up for the Civil War centennial—one claiming to be the last Confederate soldier and one claiming to be the last Union soldier—and one of them a fraud. Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War sets the stage for the centennial anniversary of our nation's most difficult period, with notions of ethics and honor and also dishonesty and disgrace.
 
Slide 2: The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection, published in 2014, is a beautifully illustrated book inspired by one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian: The First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This striking book showcases the treasures from first ladies throughout history, ranging from Martha Washington's silk dress and dressing mirror to Michelle Obama's 2009 inaugural gown and jewelry, and tells the story of the first ladies as public and private figures. They illustrate how these women, thrust into an influential and visible role by happenstance of marriage, adapted themselves and the role of first lady by taking on responsibilities as campaigners, hostesses, and policy advocates.
 
Slide 3: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
Was: $16.99 Now: $9.99
Like no other American, Abraham Lincoln's life is entwined with the history and culture of the nation. His rise from poverty to the presidency has inspired others to believe in the promise of opportunity; his success in preserving the nation is one of our greatest triumphs; his death is our American tragedy.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History published its unparalleled Lincoln collection. It contains many historical treasures, including: Lincoln's top hat, his gold pocket watch from his days as a Springfield lawyer, the inkstand he used to draft the Emancipation Proclamation, his patent model for lifting boats, one of Mary Lincoln's White House gowns and jewelry, and prison hoods and shackles worn by the Lincoln conspirators. Showcasing more than 125 objects and photographs, Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life tells a new and intimate story of the life and legacy of this remarkable American icon.
 
Slide 4: African Textiles Today
African Textiles Today
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African Textiles Today illustrates how African history is read, told, and recorded in cloth. All artifacts or works of art hold within them stories that range far beyond the time of their creation or the lifetime of their creator, and African textiles are patterned with these hidden histories. In Africa, cloth may be used to memorialize or commemorate something—an event, a person, a political cause—which in other parts of the world might be written down in detail or recorded by a plaque or monument. Making and trading numerous types of cloth have been vital elements in African life and culture for at least two millennia, linking different parts of the continent with each other and the rest of the world. Africa's long engagement with the peoples of the Mediterranean and the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans provides a story of change and continuity.

African Textiles Today shows how ideas, techniques, materials, and markets have adapted and flourished, and how the dynamic traditions in African textiles have provided inspiration for the continent's foremost contemporary artists and photographers. With a concluding chapter discussing the impact of African designs across the world, the book offers a fascinating insight into the living history of Africa. Beautifully illustrated with examples of the rich variety of textile traditions throughout Africa, and their influence on photographers and contemporary artists in Africa and throughout the world. Fascinating insights into the materials, design, production, and use of a wide range of textiles. Enlarged details showing the finest examples of textile arts, most selected from the superb collections of the British Museum. Incorporates the work of some of Africa's foremost contemporary artists.
 
Slide 5: A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture
A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture
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The buildings of the Smithsonian Institution not only contain impressive collections; they are themselves icons of great cultural significance, many of them part of the historic National Mall. The Smithsonian's unique buildings, shown in A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture, illustrate the changing styles and sensibilities of America as an evolving nation. Representing the work of major architects, each building evokes a specific time in history: the mid-19th-century turreted Castle, the sky-reflecting mid-century modern Air and Space Museum, and the golden, undulating, 21st-century American Indian Museum.
 
Slide 6: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
Was: $14.95 Now: $9.99
Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes extensive gardens and landscape areas. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens is a beautifully illustrated guide to the colorful and attractive gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Imagine having the Smithsonian's resources and knowledge to solve the problems that confront every gardener: growing roses without pesticides, holding four-season interest, experimenting with exotic plants, designing a garden that reflects the architecture around it, creating a contemplative space, recreating historic or themed gardens, and much more.
 
Slide 7: Wrights Bundle
Wrights Bundle
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A trio of graphic novels sharing the adventures of schoolmates Eric, Dominique, Ajay, and Josephine as they visit the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History. In the first installation The Wrong Wrights, our heroes intervene to save the National Air and Space Museum from Wright brothers interlopers. In the second graphic novel Claws and Effect, the middle schoolers strive to save the National Museum of Natural History from villains. The third graphic novel, It's Treason, by George!, the young heroes visit the National Museum of American History and intervene to thwart a dastardly scheme. In all three installations the four spunky middle schoolers use their history and science knowledge to thwart dastardly schemes.
 
Slide 8: With Schwarzkopf
With Schwarzkopf
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With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.
 
Slide 9: The American Vice Presidency
The American Vice Presidency
Was: $34.95 Now: $14.99
The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power is an all-inclusive examination of the vice presidency over the course of American history. Acclaimed political journalist and author Jules Witcover chronicles each of the 47 vice presidents, including their personal biographies and their achievements—or lack thereof—during their vice presidential tenures. He explores how the roles and responsibilities were first subject to the whims of the presidents under whom they served, but came in time to be expanded by enlightened chief executives and the initiatives of the vice presidents themselves.
 
Slide 10: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
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Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Wendy Melillo, authors the first book to explore the history of the Ad Council and their campaigns that brought public service announcements to the nation through the mass media. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America explores the issues and campaigns that have been paramount to the nation's collective memory and looks at challenges facing public service campaigns in the current media environment.
 
Slide 11: The Value of the Moon
The Value of the Moon
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While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources, lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the Moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development and a participant in and beneficiary of a new lunar economy. Throughout his work, Spudis incorporates details about man's fascination with the Moon and its place in our shared history. He also explores its religious, cultural, and scientific resonance and assesses its role in the future of spaceflight and our national security and prosperity.