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Civilization: The West and the Rest

by Niall Ferguson

Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities,...


The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

by Richard Kurin

The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin,...


The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain: 1789-1837

by Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson's The Making of Victorian Values is the history of an era rather like our own-a time when dissenters and rebels were hemmed in by conformists and hardheaded authoritarians, a time when a nation on...


Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work

by Dave Isay

Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable...


Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

by Louisa Thomas

An intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time  

 

Born in London to an American father and a British mother...


Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

by Adam Cohen

One of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of “undesirable” citizens the law of the land

 

New York Times bestselling...


The Wounded Giant: America's Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity An eSpecial from The Penguin Press

by Michael O'Hanlon

A farseeing and controversial analysis of the military America needs and the military we can afford from the director of research at Brookings.

As total federal debt trends toward 100 percent of the GDP, and...


Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

by Michael V. Hayden

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change

 

For General Michael Hayden,...


Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War

by Ian Buruma

A family history of surpassing beauty and power: Ian Buruma’s account of his grandparents’ enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars

During the almost six years England was at war...


George F. Kennan: An American Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2012, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2011

by John Lewis Gaddis

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year

Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive...


The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

by Ian Kershaw

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.

Countless books have been written about why...


Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

by Dominic Ziegler

Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the...


Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe--and Started the Pr

by Andrew Pettegree

A revolutionary look at Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the birth of publishing, on the eve of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary

 

When Martin Luther posted his “theses” on the door of the Wittenberg...


The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 - 1923

by Sean McMeekin

An astonishing retelling of twentieth-century history from the Ottoman perspective, delivering profound new insights into World War I and the contemporary Middle East

Between 1911 and 1922, a series of wars would...


The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

by David Orr

A cultural “biography” of Robert Frost’s beloved poem, arguably the most popular piece of literature written by an American

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” One hundred years after its first...