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Venus and Aphrodite

by Bettany Hughes Basic Books (September 21, 2020)

A cultural history of the goddess of love, from a New York Times bestselling and award-winning historian.

Aphrodite was said to have been born from the sea, rising out of a froth of white foam. But long before...


The Betrayal of the Duchess

by Maurice Samuels Basic Books (April 13, 2020)

Fighting to reclaim the French crown for the Bourbons, the duchesse de Berry faces betrayal at the hands of one of her closest advisors in this dramatic history of power and revolution.

The year was 1832, a...


Fighting Words

by Nancy F. Cott Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

From a Harvard historian, this riveting portrait of four trailblazing American journalists highlights the power of the press in the interwar period.

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising...


Fighting Words

by Nancy Cott Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

From an esteemed historian, a riveting group portrait of international journalists in the interwar period

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising number of restless young Americans abandoned...


Uncrowned Queen

by Nicola Tallis Basic Books (June 01, 2020)

An "impeccably researched and beautifully written" biography of Lady Margaret Beaufort, matriarch of the Tudor dynasty (Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Elizabeth's Women).

In 1485,...


Hitler's First Hundred Days

by Peter Fritzsche Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

The breathtaking rise of Hitler in 1933-and the making of the Nazis

Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring...


Land of Tears

by Robert Harms Basic Books (December 02, 2019)

A prizewinning historian's epic account of the scramble to control equatorial Africa

In just three decades at the end of the nineteenth century, the heart of Africa was utterly transformed. Virtually closed...


American Queenmaker

by Julie Des Jardins Basic Books (January 20, 2020)

The first biography of Missy Meloney, the most important woman you've never heard of

Marie "Missy" Mattingly Meloney was born in 1878, in an America where women couldn't vote. Yet she recognized the power that...


American Queenmaker

by Julie Des Jardins Basic Books (December 03, 2019)

The first biography of Missy Meloney, the most important woman you've never heard of

Marie "Missy" Mattingly Meloney was born in 1878, in an America where women couldn't vote. Yet she recognized the power that...


Walter Ralegh

by Alan Gallay Basic Books (November 18, 2019)

From a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, a biography of the famed poet, courtier, and colonizer, showing how he laid the foundations of the English Empire

Sir Walter Ralegh was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth....


Walter Ralegh

by Alan Gallay Basic Books (November 19, 2019)

From a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, a biography of the famed poet, courtier, and colonizer, showing how he laid the foundations of the English Empire

Sir Walter Ralegh was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth....


Becoming Eve

by Abby Chava Stein Basic Books (November 12, 2019)

The powerful coming-out story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman and an outspoken voice for gender freedom

Abby Chava Stein was raised in a Hasidic...


The Mutual Admiration Society

by Mo Moulton Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

A group biography of renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the Oxford women who stood at the vanguard of equal rights

Dorothy L. Sayers is now famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane detective...


The Mutual Admiration Society

by Mo Moulton Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

A group biography of renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the Oxford women who stood at the vanguard of equal rights

Dorothy L. Sayers is now famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane detective...


Heirs of an Honored Name

by Douglas R Egerton Basic Books (October 28, 2019)

An enthralling chronicle of the American nineteenth century told through the unraveling of the nation's first political dynasty

John and Abigail Adams founded a famous political family, but they would not witness...


Heirs of an Honored Name

by Douglas R Egerton Basic Books (October 29, 2019)

An enthralling chronicle of the American nineteenth century told through the unraveling of the nation's first political dynasty

John and Abigail Adams founded a famous political family, but they would not witness...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands Basic Books (October 21, 2019)

"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold...


Hitler

by Brendan Simms Basic Books (September 30, 2019)

From a prize-winning historian, the definitive biography of Adolph Hitler

Hitler offers a deeply learned and radically revisionist biography, arguing that the dictator's main strategic enemy, from the start of...


The First Cell

by Azra Raza Basic Books (October 14, 2019)

With the fascinating scholarship of The Emperor of All Maladies and the deeply personal experience of When Breath Becomes Air, a world-class oncologist examines the current state of cancer and its devastating...


Passionate Spirit

by Cate Haste Basic Books (September 09, 2019)

A new biography of Alma Mahler (1879-1964), revealing a woman determined to wield power in a world that denied her agency

History has long vilified Alma Mahler. Critics accused her of distracting Gustav Mahler...


Passionate Spirit

by Cate Haste Basic Books (September 10, 2019)

A new biography of Alma Mahler (1879-1964), revealing a woman determined to wield power in a world that denied her agency

History has long vilified Alma Mahler. Critics accused her of distracting Gustav Mahler...


The MVP Machine

by Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

Move over, Moneyball -- this New York Times bestseller examines major league baseball's next cutting-edge revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.

As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis...


The MVP Machine

by Travis Sawchik & Ben Lindbergh Basic Books (June 04, 2019)

Two New York Times-bestselling authors chronicle the next revolution in baseball: the data-driven quest to build better players

Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland A's' groundbreaking team-building...


The Case for Trump

by Victor Davis Hanson Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

This New York Times bestselling Trump biography from a major American intellectual explains how a renegade businessman became one of the most successful -- and necessary -- presidents of all time.

In The Case...


The Chief

by Joan Biskupic Basic Books (March 25, 2019)

An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far.

John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would...


The Chief

by Joan Biskupic Basic Books (March 26, 2019)

An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far

John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would...


Army of Empire

by George Morton-Jack Basic Books (December 03, 2018)

Drawing on untapped new sources, the first global history of the Indian Expeditionary Forces in World War I

While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British...


In Search of the Canary Tree

by Lauren E. Oakes Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

The award-winning and surprisingly hopeful story of one woman's search for resiliency in a warming world

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska's old-growth forests to...


Gene Machine

by Venki Ramakrishnan Basic Books (November 05, 2018)

A Nobel Prize-winning biologist tells the riveting story of his race to discover the inner workings of biology's most important molecule

"Ramakrishnan's writing is so honest, lucid and engaging that I could...


John Marshall

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (November 12, 2018)

The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States....


John Marshall

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (October 23, 2018)

The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier Chief Justice

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He...


Behind the Throne

by Adrian Tinniswood Basic Books (October 01, 2018)

An "enchanting" upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Wall Street Journal). Monarchs: they're just like us. They entertain their friends...


Behind the Throne

by Adrian Tinniswood Basic Books (October 02, 2018)

An upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Monarchs: they're just like us. They entertain their friends and eat and worry about money....


Napoleon

by Adam Zamoyski Basic Books (October 15, 2018)

The definitive biography of Napoleon -- hailed as "magnificent" by The Economist.

"What a novel my life has been!" Napoleon once said of himself. Born into a poor family, the callow young man was, by twenty-six,...


Napoleon

by Adam Zamoyski Basic Books (October 09, 2018)

The definitive biography of Napoleon, revealing the true man behind the legend

"What a novel my life has been!" Napoleon once said of himself. Born into a poor family, the callow young man was, by twenty-six,...


The League

by John Eisenberg Basic Books (October 08, 2018)

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America

The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus...


The League

by John Eisenberg Basic Books (October 09, 2018)

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America

The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus...


The Rise of Andrew Jackson

by David S Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler Basic Books (October 22, 2018)

The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties...


The Rise of Andrew Jackson

by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler Basic Books (October 23, 2018)

The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties...


Adam Smith

by Jesse Norman Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

A dazzlingly original, "remarkable" account of the life and thought of legendary economist Adam Smith (Financial Times).

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is now widely regarded as the greatest economist of all time. But...


Adam Smith

by Jesse Norman Basic Books (September 18, 2018)

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is one of the great philosophers of the modern age. Acclaimed as the "father of economics," he influenced heads of state from Napoleon to Ronald Reagan and thinkers as diverse as Karl...


Then They Came for Me

by Matthew D Hockenos Basic Books (September 17, 2018)

"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Communist . . . "

Few today recognize the name Martin Niemör, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for...


Then They Came for Me

by Matthew D Hockenos Basic Books (September 18, 2018)

"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Communist..."

Few today recognize the name Martin Niemöller, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for Me...


Atticus Finch

by Joseph Crespino Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

Who was the real Atticus Finch? A prize-winning historian reveals the man behind the legend

The publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon...


Bibi

by Anshel Pfeffer Basic Books (April 30, 2018)

A deeply reported biography of the scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister, showing that we cannot understand Israel -- its history, present, and future -- without first understanding the life and worldview of...


Bibi

by Anshel Pfeffer Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

The first English-language biography of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the world's most controversial political figures

For many in Israel and elsewhere, Benjamin Netanyahu is an anathema,...


Blood Letters

by Lian Xi Basic Books (March 19, 2018)

The staggering story of the most important Chinese political dissident of the Mao era, a devout Christian who was imprisoned, tortured, and executed by the regime

Blood Letters tells the astonishing tale of...


Blood Letters

by Lian Xi Basic Books (March 20, 2018)

The staggering story of the most influential Chinese political dissident of the Mao era, a devout Christian who was imprisoned, tortured, and executed by the regime

Blood Letters tells the astonishing tale of...


A Season in the Sun

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith Basic Books (March 26, 2018)

The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season

Mickey Mantle was the ideal batter for the atomic age, capable of hitting a baseball harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the...


What Is Real?

by Adam Becker Basic Books (March 19, 2018)

The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universe

Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it...