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West of Eden: An American Place

by Jean Stein

An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic Edie

Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl,...


In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond

by Robert D. Kaplan

From the New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a riveting journey through one of Europe’s frontier countries—and...


The Most Wanted Man in China

by Fang Lizhi

The long-awaited memoir by Fang Lizhi, the celebrated physicist whose clashes with the Chinese regime helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests

Fang Lizhi was one of the most prominent scientists of the People's...


The Passion of Mademoiselle S.

by Adriana Hunter & Jean-yves Berthault

A literary erotic treasure: the recently discovered letters that chronicle the passionate affair of a young woman in Paris in 1928

 

While helping a friend clear out an old apartment in Paris, diplomat Jean-Yves...


Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos Behind Enemy Lines—Europe, World War II

by Albert Lulushi

The stirring, little-known story of the forerunners to today's Special Forces.

The OSS—Office of Strategic Services—created under the command of William Donovan, has been celebrated for its cloak-and-dagger...


And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

by Richard Engel

Based on two decades of reporting, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent’s riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close—sometimes dangerously so.

When he...


The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

by Fergus M. Bordewich

The little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789–1791.

The First Congress was the most important in US history, says prizewinning author and historian...


9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her

by Brion McClanahan

Of the forty-four presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? Brion McClanahan, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers...


Hair: A Human History

by Kurt Stenn

A microhistory in the vein of Salt and Cod exploring the biological, evolutionary, and cultural history of one of the world's most fascinating fibers. Most people don't give a second thought to the stuff on...


Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

by James F. Brooks

“In this rich work of anthropology, archaeology, and personal sleuthing, James Brooks carefully unravels a mystery of enormous violence that convulsed the desert Southwest some three hundred years ago—and...


The Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution

by Sam Willis

A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence...


The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice

by Patricia Bell-Scott

A groundbreaking book—two decades in the works—that tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, and the first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave...


Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

by Daniel L. Mallock

The drama of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is the foundational story of America—courage, loyalty, hope, fanaticism, greatness, failure, forgiveness, love.

Agony and Eloquence is the story of the greatest friendship...


The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America

by Michael Eric Dyson

A provocative and lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black presidency, from “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today” (Vanity Fair).

Michael...


Hitler's Forgotten Children: A True Story of the Lebensborn Program and One Woman's Search for Her Real Identity

by Ingrid Von Oelhafen & Tim Tate

Created by Heinrich Himmler, the Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan...


United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

by Peter Bergen

A riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism from 9/11 to the present

 

Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have...


A Year in the South

by Stephen V. Ash

A Year in the South is about four ordinary people in an extraordinary time. They lived in the South during 1865 -- a year that saw war, disunion, and slavery give way to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation....


Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

by Daniel Oppenheimer

A provocative, intimate look at the evolution of America’s political soul through the lives of six political figures—from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens—who abandoned the left and joined the...


The Prospect of Global History

by James Belich, John Darwin, Margret Frenz & Chris Wickham

The Prospect of Global History takes a new approach to the study of global history, seeking to apply it, rather than advocate it. The volume seeks perspectives on history from East Asian and Islamic sources...


Archaic and Classical Greek Sicily: A Social and Economic History

by Franco De Angelis

Ancient Greek migrants in Sicily produced societies and economies that both paralleled and differed from their homeland. Explanations for these similarities and differences have been hotly debated. On the one...