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The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death

by Michael Blastland & David Spiegelhalter

A statistician and a journalist reveal the real story behind the statistics on risk, chance, and choice


Linked: The New Science Of Networks Science Of Networks

by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi & Jennifer Frangos

The first book to explore the hot new science of networks and their impact on nature, business, medicine, and everyday life


This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

by Charles E. Cobb

Visiting Martin Luther King, Jr. at the peak of the civil rights movement, the journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. “Just for self-defense,” King assured him. One of King’s advisors...


The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

by Linda Przybyszewski

A history of the women who taught Americans how to dress in the first half of the 20th century—and whose lessons we’d do well to remember today.


Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs

by Len Fisher

Master of popular science Len Fisher is back again, to shed new light on how we can predict catastrophe and avoid disaster.


Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

by Sarah Gristwood

To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses were known collectively as a “cousins’ war.” The series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England was truly...


Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing

Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way...


The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

by David Berlinski

Geometry defines the world around us, helping us make sense of everything from architecture to military science to fashion. And for over two thousand years, geometry has been equated with Euclid’s Elements...


The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times

by Paul Loeb

In a difficult time, our most eloquent writers offer words of inspiration and hope


You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

by Hiawatha Bray

The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy

What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically...


The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach

by Howard Gardner

Merging cognitive science with educational agenda, Gardner makes an eloquent case for restructuring our schools by showing just how ill-suited our minds and natural patterns of learning are to the prevailing...


The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be

by Moises Naim

We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men...


The Galapagos: A Natural History

by Henry Nicholls

The natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands—beloved vacation spot, fiery volcanic chain, and one of the critical sites in the history of science

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates...


Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

by Howard Gardner

First published in 1983 and now available with a new introduction by the author, Gardner's trailblazing book revolutionized the worlds of education and psychology by positing that rather than a single type of...


The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age

by Archie Brown

From one of the world’s preeminent political historians, a magisterial study of political leadership around the world from the advent of parliamentary democracy to the age of Obama


Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

by Svante Pääbo

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human?

What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal...


The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

by John Cornwell

A bestselling journalist exposes the connection between the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis and the practice of confession.


Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

by Christian Caryl

Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China...


Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional-and What That Means for Life in the Universe

by David Waltham

Why Earth’s life-friendly climate makes it exceptional—and what that means for the likelihood of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life

We have long fantasized about finding life on planets other than our...


No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War

by David Kaiser

An acclaimed historian reveals how Roosevelt and his cabinet engineered America’s entry into—and ultimate victory in—World War II.