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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2010

by Laura Hillenbrand

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an...


Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

by Ray Suarez

THE COMPANION BOOK TO THE PBS DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shaped our nation and have become, with more than fifty million people, the...


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West

by Blaine Harden

The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped

 

North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s...


Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

by Stephen Fritz

" Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May of 1942, complained that people forgot "the actions of simple soldiers....I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life." In exploring...


The German Genius

by Peter Watson

Peter Watson's virtuoso sweep through modern German thought and culture, from 1750 to the present day, will challenge and confound both the stereotypes the world has of Germany and those that Germany has of...


My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

by Rian Malan

“Here is truth-telling at its most exemplary and courageous. The remorseless exercise of a reporter’s anguished conscience gives us a South Africa we thought we knew all about: but we knew nothing.” —John...


Spice: The History of a Temptation

by Jack Turner

A brilliant, original history of the spice trade—and the appetites that fueled it.

It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe....


The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori

by Mark Ravina

The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans...


Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan

by Leigh Neville & Ramiro Bujeiro

Intelligence specialist Leigh Neville identifies, describes and illustrates the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the US and other Allied (Coalition) forces committed to the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan since...


The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed

by Ivan Eland

Delving into the concept of the United States as an empire, this investigation examines U.S. interventions around the world—from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq—demonstrating how they not...


Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc--the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe

by Patrick K. O'Donnell

In the tradition of Band of Brothers, Patrick K. O’Donnell tells one of World War II’s greatest untold stories


Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company

by Patrick O'Donnell

An epic story of a legendary Marine company’s valor and sacrifice in the Korean War brought to gripping, cinematic light by an acclaimed historian


In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s...


The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Fact Crime 2004

by Erik Larson

Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining...


Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

by S. C. Gwynne

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah,...


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History

Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential...


Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews

“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man?” In this...


A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

by Howard Zinn

Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools–with...


Generation Kill

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2004

by Evan Wright

Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Read about the Penguin Group (USA) partnership with HBO in support of the Generation Kill Troop Drive here.They were called a generation without heroes.

Then they...


Inside Delta Force

by Eric Haney

Now the inspiration for the CBS Television drama, "The Unit."

Delta Force. They are the U.S. Army's most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won't hear about their heroics...