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The Island at the Center of the World

by Russell Shorto

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged...


The Terra Cotta Army: China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation

by John Man

The Terra Cotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. Over seven thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China—and...


Captains of the Old Steam Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition, 1840-1880

by James C. Bradford

This collection of biographical essays delves into the careers of thirteen colorful naval leaders who guided the U.S. Navy through four turbulent decades of transition.


The Great Wall at Sea, 2nd Edition: China's Navy in the Twenty-First Century

by Bernard D. Cole

In this new edition, Bernard Cole revises his acclaimed study of China s navy, one that continues to grow while the U.S. Navy shrinks. According to the author, Beijing is now giving increased attention to guarding...


The Swamp Fox: Lessons in Leadership from the Partisan Campaigns of Francis Marion

by Scott D. Aiken

As one of the Patriot leaders in the Carolinas, the partisan campaign conducted by Brigadier General Francis Marion and his irregular force during the American Revolution prevented South Carolina from completely...


The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East

by David W. Lesch & Mark L. Haas

An illuminating volume by noted experts on the Arab Spring revolutions and their impacts, both in the Middle East and around the world


1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the Shaping of a Generation

by Charles Kaiser

1968 in America is the tumultuous, comic, tragic, outrageous story of the year that changed a nation.

Nineteen sixty-eight has come to be recognized as the pivotal year in a period of nearly unprecedented change...


Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850

by Holger Hoock

Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, Britain evolved from a substantial international power yet relative artistic backwater into a global superpower and a leading cultural force in Europe. In this original...


Labor and Laborers of the Loom: Mechanization and Handloom Weavers 1780-1840

by Gail Fowler Mohanty

Labor and Laborers of the Loom: Mechanization and Handloom Weavers 1780-1840 develops several themes important to understanding the social, cultural and economic implications of industrialization. The examination...


Hell's Half Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-Light District

by Richard F. Selcer

Texas is a place where legends are made, die, and are revived. Fort Worth, Texas, claims its own legend - Hell's Half Acre - a wild 'n' woolly accumulation of bordellos, cribs, dance houses, and gambling parlors....


Galveston: A History of the Island

by Gary Cartwright

“Coming down the coastal prairie from Houston on Interstate 45, you can smell the ghosts before you can see or hear them. They smell sweet and moldy, like the unfocused memory of some lost sensation jarred...


Dictionary of the American West

by Win Blevins

Did you ever need to spell “dogie” (as in, get-along-little), or need to know what a “sakey” is? This is the book that can tell you how to spell, pronounce, and define over 5,000 terms relative to the...


From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories

by Fred Erisman

Close on the heels of the American public’s early enthusiasm over the airplane came aviation stories for the young. From 1910 until the early 1960s, they exalted flight and painted the airplane as the most...


Adversity Is My Angel: The Life and Career of Raul H. Castro

by Raul H. Castro & Jack L. August

Adversity is My Angel traces the astounding life of Raul H. Castro, first and only Hispanic governor of Arizona, through his childhood as a Mexican immigrant in a harsh land to his election as governor of the...


Dinosaur Highway: A History of Dinosaur Valley State Park

by Laurie Jasinski

Where the Paluxy River now winds through the North Texas Hill Country, the great lizards of prehistory once roamed, leaving their impressive footprints deep in the limy sludge of what would become the earth’s...


Dancing Naked: Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans

by Mary Rogers

Almost every journalist asks the subjects of profiles to tell the truth.

Only Mary Rogers requires them to “dance naked.”

To Rogers, an award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that term signifies...


Dividing Western Waters: Mark Wilmer and Arizona v. California

by Jack L. August

The Scopes Monkey Trial, the Sacco and Vanzetti case, Brown v the Board of Education, and even subsequent televised high profile murder trials pale in comparison to Arizona v California, argues author Jack August...


Legacy of the Sacred Harp

by Chloe Webb

In Legacy of the Sacred Harp, author Chloe Webb follows the history of this musical form back four hundred years, and in the process uncovers the harrowing legacy of her Dumas family line. Webb set out on a...


Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy

by Lonn Taylor

In this collection of essays about Texas gathered from his West Texas newspaper column, Lonn Taylor traverses the very best of Texas geography, Texas history, and Texas personalities. In a state so famous for...


Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

by Hampton Sides

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last...