Atkinson, Rick. Crusade: The Untold Story of the Gulf War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. An account of the politics and strategy of the successful U.S.-led war that unintentionally set the stage for later regional conflicts.
Bardham, Ashok Deo, Jaffee, Dwight M., and Kroll, Cynthia, Globalization and a High-Tech Economy: California and Beyond. New York: Springer, 2004. This book analyzes how globalization and higher education interact, and the implications of that interaction.
Battelle, John, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture. Portfolio, 2005. A big-picture book about the past, present, and future of search technology and the enormous impact it is starting to have on just about every other sphere of human interest.
Beschloss, Michael R. and Strobe Talbot. At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War. Boston: Little Brown, 1993. A historian and diplomat collaborate on detailing the events surrounding the Soviet collapse and transition to the post–Cold War era.
Daniels, Roger. Coming To America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002. An engrossing study of immigration to the United States from the colonial era to the present.
Eckes, Alfred E., Jr. and Thomas W. Zeiler. Globalization and the American Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. The authors examine how the emergence of an economically integrated world altered the American economy in positive and negative ways, and reveal how revolutionary improvements in technology combined with the leadership elite's enthusiasm for free trade helped the nation rise to economic power after the Spanish-American War, and win both world wars and the Cold War.
Gillman, Howard. The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. A lasting, authoritative document of the 36 days between the election and its legal resolution.
Johnson, Haynes. The Best of Times: America in the Clinton Years. New York: Harcourt, 2001. An entertaining but insightful overview of the 1990s, examining the decade’s highs and lows.
Shiller, Robert. Irrational Exuberance. New York: Crown Business, 2006. Evokes Alan Greenspan’s infamous 1996 use of that phrase to explain the alternately soaring and declining stock market.
Toobin, Jeffrey. Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. New York: Random House, 2001. A lawyer-journalist examines the legal and political dimensions of the disputed presidential election and how it revealed the politicization of the Supreme Court.
Woodward, Bob. Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. Bob Woodward uses his proven interviewing and research techniques to take the reader inside the Fed and Greenspan’s thinking.
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Berlin, Leslie. The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley. Berlin captures not only the colorful individual at the center of biography, but also the vibrant interplay of technology, business, money, politics, and culture that defines Silicon Valley.
Collins, Robert M. More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America. Reexamines the history of the United States from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, focusing on the federal government’s determined pursuit of economic growth.
Engel, Jeffrey A. The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989. A fresh look at how the leaders in the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and China viewed the world in the aftermath of this event, and what they thought would happen next.
Gillon, Steven M. The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry that Defined a Generation. A riveting account of two of America’s most charismatic and influential leaders, detailing both their differences and their striking similarities, and highlighting the impact the 1960s had on their lives.
Schulzinger, Robert D. A Time for Peace: The Legacy of the Vietnam War. New York: 2006. This study sheds light on how deeply etched memories of this devastating conflict have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape.
The History of Silicon Valley. Administered by the California State Librarian, the site contains an archive of documents and images related to the agricultural, urban, and technology history of Silicon Valley.
At Cold War’s End. The CIA history of the end of the Cold War, with a series of declassified documents and a timeline.
Operation Desert Storm: Ten Years After. Run by the National Security Archive, this site offers a collection of documents related to the origins and conduct of the war.