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Slide 0: Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
$29.95
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation features thousands of full-color photographs along with easy-to-read facts and sidebar pullouts telling the story of aviation—from Da Vinci's drawings of flying machines to Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in The Spirit of Saint Louis to the Boeing 767.
 
Slide 1: We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
$19.95
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity is a richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home. This stunning book presents artifacts, medals, and photographs alongside powerful essays that together highlight the efforts of African Americans during World War I. The book also presents the work of black citizens on the home front. Together their efforts laid the groundwork for later advances in the civil rights movement.

We Return Fighting reminds readers not only of the central role of African American soldiers in the war that first made their country a world power. It also reveals the way the conflict shaped African American identity and lent fuel to their longstanding efforts to demand full civil rights and to stake their place in the country's cultural and political landscape.
 
Slide 2: Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
$35.00
Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects features striking photographs, gripping graphics, and engaging stories. Fifty key artifacts from the Smithsonian's archives tell the story of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon.
 
Slide 3: A Fool's Errand
A Fool's Errand
$29.95
* INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE SIGNED BOOKPLATE BY SMITHSONIAN SECRETARY LONNIE BUNCH *

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump is founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read.

In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity.

This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.
 
Slide 4: American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem
American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem
$75.00
Richly illustrated and documented, American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem explores the history of the American eagle in American culture—from 1782 when it first appeared as a key element in the Great Seal of the United States to the present.
 
Slide 5: Becoming
Becoming
$32.50
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Mrs. Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Mrs. Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
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Slide 6: Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
$50.00
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants is sumptuously photographed and illustrated. This gorgeous page-turner makes a joy of botany with its clear and fascinating explanations on such varied topics—including photosynthesis, seed growth, and the ability of flowers to manipulate nearby creatures. Who knew? Botanical patterns often graced the robes of Qing dynasty empresses.
 
Slide 7: Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
$75.00
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty is the culmination of a ten-year collaboration among American, Chinese and Japanese scholars. This lavishly illustrated history of Chinese ceramics gives us a fresh perspective on China's oldest art form.
 
Slide 8: Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
$160.00
This album movingly depicts East African elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin. Representing the best from photographer Nick Brandt's previous bestsellers, Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls is an ode to African wildlife.
 
Slide 9: Smithsonian American Women
Smithsonian American Women
$40.00
Smithsonian American Women is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women's history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women's participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more. This book offers a unique, panoramic look at women's history in the United States through the lens of ordinary objects from, by, and for extraordinary women. Featuring more than 280 artifacts from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives, and more than 135 essays from 95 Smithsonian authors, this book tells women's history as only the Smithsonian can.
 
Slide 10: Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
$90.00
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes reflects the references to literary, pop culture, metaphysic, personal history and humor that inform her contemporary paintings. The cover painting was created specifically for this book. Rare Z-fold binding creates two connected mirror-image books—one with text in English and German, the other with color images.
 
Slide 11: National Geographic The Photo Ark
National Geographic The Photo Ark
$35.00
The lush animal portraits by photographer Joel Sartore are part of his joint venture with National Geographic to photograph every animal in captivity in the world—especially those on the verge of extinction. National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals is fine prose by wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick. Foreward by Harrison Ford.