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UNC Press E-Textbooks
UNC Press books are now available in many alternate formats, including ebook platforms for Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and Sony's e-Reader. Contact your local or campus e-content vendor for details.
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Announcing a special offer on our most popular e-textbooks: UNC Press has lowered the e-book price on many of our most popular books for courses. Click here for more details.
New Course Books
Here is a small sample of our new books for course use. You may use the search box at the top right of this page to see all textbooks in American and World History, Latin American, Native American, Women's or Literary Studies, and much more.
As you browse the selections below, click on the book's title. In many cases, you can read an excerpt, preview the Table of Contents, see an instructors' manual, or find author blog posts and interviews.
A History of Dominance and Diversity
The invisible omnipresence of Christianity in American culture Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3515-9 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7213-0
Arc of Empire
America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam
A single American drama in four acts
See book page to link to instructors' manual.
Learn More »
White Over Black
American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812
The definitive work on the history of race relations in America Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3402-2 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7141-6
How to Read the Qur'an
A New Guide, with Select Translations
A timely and fascinating approach to understanding Islam's foundational text Learn More »
Pursuit of Unity
A Political History of the American South
Southern political history from Jefferson to Clinton Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3324-7 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7228-4
Black Gay Men of the South
Oral histories reveal a thriving, long-neglected community Learn More »
Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us)
The transformative power of citizen action Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3300-1 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7191-1
A Novel of Mexico City
Available for the first time in English--the classic Mexican novel Learn More »
Coming Out Under Fire
The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II
Twentieth Anniversary Edition
A classic in the field that remains the definitive study Learn More »
Nature, Gender, and Science in New England
One of the foundational works of American environmental history Learn More »
Our Most Popular Course Books
Here are a few of our most popular and bestselling course books.
Prompt and Utter Destruction
Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan, Revised Edition
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Updated to include recent scholarly findings Learn More »
A Failed Empire
The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev
With a New Preface by the Author
The Cold War from the Soviet side Learn More »
Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World
A non-Muslim's first resource for understanding Islam Learn More »
Mothers of Invention
Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
An award-winning portrait of women in the Confederacy Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-2255-5 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5573-7
The Indians’ New World
Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal
Twentieth Anniversary Edition
The pioneering book that showed how Indians were important actors in early American history Learn More »
ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3403-9 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7142-3
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