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Supermob

by Gus Russo

Now in paperback, this is investigative reporter Gus Russo's most explosive book yet, the remarkable story of the "Supermob"-a cadre of men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect...


The Great Negro Plot: A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in Eighteenth-Century New York

by Mat Johnson

The astonishing true story of how rumors of a slave revolt led to a summer of persecution and murder in eighteenth-century New York


Ghosty Men: The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers, New York's Greatest Hoarders, An Urban Historical

A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry

by Nathan Hodge & Sharon Weinberger

"[Hodge and Weinberger] succeed admirably ... in calling attention to the crucial public debates that are not taking place. The questions they pose are significant and overdue; the answers they receive unsettling."-...


The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Brian Fagan

In this New York Times bestseller, Brian Fagan shows how climate transformed-and sometimes destroyed-- human societies during the earth's last global warming phase.


The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

by Gay Talese

Toward the end of 1964, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island with New Jersey-was completed. Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel. At 13,700...


The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification

by Paul Roberts

It's something most of us have sensed for years-the rise of a world defined only by �mine� and �now.� A world where business shamelessly seeks the fastest reward, regardless of the long-term social consequences;...


Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home

by Robert M. Poole

From the acclaimed author of On Hallowed Ground, the heartfelt and revealing story of Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery today, the final resting place for many casualties of our most recent wars.

While...


Mecca: The Sacred City

by Ziauddin Sardar

Mecca is, for many, the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction to which Muslims turn when they pray, and the site of pilgrimage that annually draws some three million Muslims from all...


The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China

by David Eimer

In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People's Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea...


S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.

by Ruben Castaneda

During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job...


How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

by Joan DeJean

At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for isolated monuments but had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like other European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But...


Let Me Tell You a Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

by Renata Calverley

The spellbinding true story of a little girl's miraculous escape from the Nazis during the Second World War.

September, 1939. Przemysl, Poland. No one has explained to three-year-old Renatka what war is. She...


Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America

by Owen Matthews

Two centuries ago, shortly after the U.S. was formed, a Russian expedition set its sights on the Pacific Northwest. It could have changed history.

At the dawn of the nineteenth century two empires met on the...


Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

by Andro Linklater

From the author of the acclaimed Measuring America, a dazzling chronicle, through history and across cultures, about how the ability to own the land we inhabit has shaped modern society.

Barely two centuries...


Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

by Robert Gordon

The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling,...


The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

by Larry J. Sabato

An original and illuminating narrative revealing John F. Kennedy's lasting influence on America, by the acclaimed political analyst Larry J. Sabato.

John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago-yet because...


Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

by Tom Standage

From the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, the story of social media from ancient Rome to the Arab Spring and beyond.

Social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus...


Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

by Robert Wilson

The first narrative biography of the Civil War's pioneering visual historian, Mathew Brady, known as the �father of American photography.�

Mathew Brady's attention to detail, flair for composition, and technical...


Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain

by Richard North

The definitive and objective--but controversial--history of the Battle of Britain