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The Wordy Shipmates

by Sarah Vowell

In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Assassination Vacation "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post).

To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell...


The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the

by Mark Kurlansky

From the New York Times bestselling author who "powerfully demonstrates the defining role food plays in history and culture" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

In the throes of the Great Depression, a make-work...


Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

by Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel

"One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists." - Steven...


Unfamiliar Fishes

by Sarah Vowell

From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller.

Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization...


America at Night: The True Story of Two Rogue CIA Operatives, Homeland Security Failures, DirtyMoney, and a Plot to Steal the 2004 U.S. Presidential E

by Larry J. Kolb

From the author of Overworld, America at Night reads like a thriller, but is "the kind of story about which fiction writers can only dream." (The New York Times)

When the Department of Homeland Security suspects...


Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine

by Scott Korb

What was it like to live in the time of Jesus?

What did people eat? Whom did they marry? How did they keep themselves clean? What did their cities and towns look like? What did they believe?

The answers,...


False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

by Alan Beattie

A "provocative...persuasive" (The New York Times) book that examines countries' economic destinies.

In False Economy, Alan Beattie weaves together the economic choices, political choices, economic history,...


Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

by Wil S. Hylton

Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others

"A powerful story, masterfully told."-GQ

"[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."-TIME.com...


Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

by Adrian Tinniswood

The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" (New York Times) about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century.

If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to...


The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars

by Patrick Hennessey

Hailed as a classic of war writing in the U.K., The Junior Officers' Reading Club is a revelatory first-hand account of a young enlistee's profound coming of age. Attempting to stave off the tedium and pressures...


Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

by David Aaronovitch

A history so funny, so true, so scary, it's bound to be called a conspiracy.

"Meticulous in its research, forensic in its reasoning, robust in its argument, and often hilarious in its debunking, Voodoo Histories...


Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

by Mark Kurlansky

Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was recorded at Motown’s Hitsville...


The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England

by Adrian Tinniswood

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition

by Doreen Carvajal

The unexpected and moving story of an American journalist who works to uncover her family’s long-buried Jewish ancestry in Spain.

Raised a Catholic in California, New York Times journalist Doreen Carvajal...


India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India

by Akash Kapur

A New Republic Editors' and Writers' Pick 2012

A New Yorker Contributors' Pick 2012

A Newsweek "Must Read on Modern India"

"For people who savored Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers."-Evan Osnos,...


Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure

by Andreas Kluth

“Charming and fascinating.”—The Wall Street Journal

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 BCE, is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his...