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Berlin Now

by Peter Schneider & Sophie Schlondorff

A smartly guided romp, entertaining and enlightening, through Europe’s most charismatic and enigmatic city

It isn’t Europe’s most beautiful city, or its oldest. Its architecture is not more impressive...


Some Desperate Glory

by Max Egremont

The story of World War I, through the lives and words of its poets

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars is in 2014. And while World War I devastated...


Nathaniel's Nutmeg

by Giles Milton

A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days,...


Lost and Found in Johannesburg

by Mark Gevisser

An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author’s fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions

Lost and Found in Johannesburg begins with a transgression—the armed invasion of a private home...


The Dirt on Clean

by Katherine Ashenburg

The question of cleanliness is one every age and culture has answered with confidence. For the first-century Roman, being clean meant a two-hour soak in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with...


Encounters at the Heart of the World

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans

Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming,...


The Queen's Bed

by Anna Whitelock

From the private world of a beloved English queen, a story of intimacy, royalty, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge

Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At...


Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder

A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania

For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar...


Flappers

by Judith Mackrell

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


Warsaw 1944

by Alexandra Richie

The full untold story of how one of history’s bravest revolts ended in one of its greatest crimes

In 1943, the Nazis liquidated Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto. A year later, they threatened to complete the city’s...


A Massacre in Memphis

by Stephen V. Ash

An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history

In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence...


The Argumentative Indian

by Amartya Sen

A Nobel Laureate offers a dazzling new book about his native country

India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints....


The Riddle and the Knight

by Giles Milton

Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir...


Thank You for Your Service

by David Finkel

From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war

The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology...


Franco's Crypt

by Jeremy Treglown

An open-minded and clear-eyed reexamination of the cultural artifacts of Franco’s Spain

True, false, or both?

Spain’s 1939–75 dictator, Francisco Franco, was a pioneer of water conservation and sustainable...


Another America

by James Ciment

The first popular history of the former American slaves who founded, ruled, and lost Africa’s first republic

In 1820, a group of about eighty African Americans reversed the course of history and sailed back...


The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold

Mac Griswold’s The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister—and of the family...


Wyatt Earp

by Andrew C. Isenberg

In popular culture, Wyatt Earp is the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a beacon of rough cowboy justice in the tumultuous American West. The subject of dozens of films, he...


Bringing It All Back Home

by Philip F. Napoli

A collection of heartrending oral histories that topples assumptions about the people who served in Vietnam

The Vietnam War was a defining event for a generation of Americans. But for years, misguided and sometimes...


A New Time for Mexico

by Carlos Fuentes

In the essays in A New Time for Mexico, Carlos Fuentes discusses the history, origins and nature of Mexico's political system and the unforeseen, tumultuous events that began in 1994 with the rebellion in Chiapas...