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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history...


The Slave Ship: A Human History

by Marcus Rediker

In this widely praised history of an infamous institution, award-winning scholar Marcus Rediker shines a light into the darkest corners of the British and American slave ships of the eighteenth century. Drawing...


The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

by Deborah Blum

***PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook in January 2014***

Equal parts true crime, twentieth-century history, and science thriller, The Poisoner's Handbook is "a vicious,...


The Art of Seduction

by Robert Greene

From the creators of the New York Times bestsellerThe 48 Laws of Power, comes a mesmerizing handbook on seduction: the most subtle and effective form of power

 

Which sort of seducer could you be: Siren? Rake?...


Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

by Greg Mortenson

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to...


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

by Blaine Harden

Now with a new foreword

A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt...


The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

by John Barry

At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more...


D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

by Antony Beevor

"Glorious, horrifying...D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women."—Time

Beevor's Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking...


Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

An explosive exposé of America’s lost prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff

 

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins...


101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . butDidn't!

by Tim Maltin & Eloise Aston

April 15th, 2012, will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

People have an endless fascination with the Titanic, yet much of what they know today is a mixture of fact and fiction. In one...


Napoleon: A Life

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2014

by Andrew Roberts

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix of the Fondation...


Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

by Stephen Kotkin

A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world

It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler’s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire,...


Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

by Leon Panetta & Jim Newton

The New York Times–bestselling autobiography of a legendary political and military leader

 

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant...


Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

by Martha A. Sandweiss

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The secret double life of the man who mapped the American West, and the woman he loved

Clarence King was a late nineteenth-century celebrity, a brilliant...


Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2005, Lionel Gelber Prize 2004

by Steve Coll

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan

With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the...


Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award? winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as ?spellbinding? by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell...


The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

by Nathaniel Philbrick

 

Read discussion questions for The Last Stand.

The bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea--soon to be a major motion picture--and author of the forthcoming Valiant Ambition (May 2016), sheds new light...


A History of the Middle East: Fourth Edition

by Peter Mansfield & Nicolas Pelham

The definitive history of the Middle East, thoroughly revised and updated through 2012

One of the most crucial, volatile, and complex regions of the modern world, the Middle East has long confounded the dreams...


For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

by Sarah Rose

A dramatic historical narrative of the man who stole the secret of tea from China

In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener,...


The First World War

by Hew Strachan

“This serious, compact survey of the war’s history stands out as the most well-informed, accessible work available.” (Los Angeles Times)

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet...