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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...


A Traitor to His Species

by Ernest Freeberg Basic Books (September 21, 2020)

From an award-winning historian, the outlandish story of the man who gave rights to animals.

In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man...


All About the Story

by Leonard Downie Jr PublicAffairs (September 21, 2020)

At a time when the role of journalism is especially critical, the former executive editor of the Washington Post writes about his nearly 50 years at the newspaper and the importance of getting at the truth....


Palestinian Walks

by Raja Shehadeh & Fajer Al-Kaisi Blackstone Publishing (September 15, 2020)

Raja Shehadeh is a passionate hill walker. He enjoys nothing more than heading out into the countryside that surrounds his home. But in recent years, his hikes have become less than bucolic, and sometimes downright...


The House on Henry Street

by Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, Kate Mulligan & Bill Clinton Blackstone Publishing (September 15, 2020)

Chronicles the sweeping history of the storied Henry Street Settlement and its enduring vision of a more just society

On a cold March day in 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the poverty-stricken...


Dead Doubles

by Trevor Barnes & William Gaminara HarperAudio (September 15, 2020)

The astonishing but true story of one of the most notorious spy cases from the Cold War--and the international manhunt that seized global attention as it revealed the shadowy world of deep cover KGB operatives. ...


Grounded

by Jon Tester HarperAudio (September 15, 2020)

An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana's three-term democratic senator.

Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the...


The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America

by Ellis Cose & Korey Jackson HarperAudio (September 15, 2020)

The critically acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rage of a Privileged Class explores one of the most essential rights in America--free speech--and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined...


A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear

by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling PublicAffairs (September 14, 2020)

A tiny American town's plans for radical self-government overlooked one hairy detail: no one told the bears.

Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched the Free Town Project, a plan to...


Money

by Jacob Goldstein Hachette Books (September 08, 2020)

Co-host of the popular NPR podcast "Planet Money" provides a well-researched, entertaining, somewhat irreverent look at how money is a made-up thing that has evolved over time to suit humanity's changing needs....


Kleptopia

by Tom Burgis HarperAudio (September 08, 2020)

"A must-read for anyone wanting to better understand what has already happened here in America and what lies ahead if Trump is reelected in November.... A magisterial account of the money and violence behind...


Republic of Wrath

by James A. Morone Basic Books (September 07, 2020)

A prize-winning political scientist untangles the deep roots of tribalism in America.

American politics seems to be in an unprecedented uproar. But in this revelatory work of political history, James A. Morone...


Money

by Jacob Goldstein Hachette Books (September 07, 2020)

The co-host of the popular NPR podcast Planet Money provides a well-researched, entertaining, somewhat irreverent look at how money is a made-up thing that has evolved over time to suit humanity's changing needs....


The Hollywood Canteen

by Bruce Torrence, Lisa Mitchell, Nat Segaloff & Joan Leslie BearManor Media (September 04, 2020)

The Hollywood Canteen was the jewel in the crown of World War II Hollywood. From 1942 to 1945, over three million servicemen came through its doors on their way to fight in the Pacific--some never to return....


Never Alone

by Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy Public Affairs (September 01, 2020)

The epic life story of the man who embodied the single-minded fight for personal freedom over a tyrannous enemy; who spent nine years as a political prisoner, nine years as Israeli leader, nine years meeting...


Liar's Circus

by Carl Hoffman & Charles Constant HarperAudio (September 01, 2020)

"A brilliant, riveting, funny, terrifying journey into the beating heart of Trumpland." --Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls

In this daring work of immersive journalism, based on hundreds of hours of reporting,...


Never Alone

by Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy PublicAffairs (August 31, 2020)

A classic account of courage, integrity, and most of all, belonging

In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist in the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration,...


Mad and Bad

by Bea Koch Grand Central Publishing (August 31, 2020)

Discover a feminist pop history that looks beyond the Ton and Jane Austen to highlight the Regency women who succeeded on their own terms and were largely lost to history -- until now.

Regency England is a world...


The Habsburgs

by Martyn Rady Basic Books (August 25, 2020)

The definitive history of the dynasty that dominated Europe for centuries

In The Habsburgs, Martyn Rady tells the epic story of a dynasty and the world they built -- and then lost -- over nearly a millennium....


Ghost Flames

by Charles J. Hanley & Dan Woren Public Affairs (August 25, 2020)

A powerful, character-driven narrative of the Korean War from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who helped uncover some of its longest-held and darkest secrets

The war that broke out in Korea on a Sunday morning...


The Berlin Wall

by Frederick Taylor & Peter Noble HarperAudio (August 25, 2020)

"This vivid account of the Wall and all that it meant reminds us that symbolism can be double-edged, as a potent emblem of isolation and repression became, in its destruction, an even more powerful totem of...


In Defense of Looting

by Vicky Osterweil Bold Type Books (August 24, 2020)

A fresh argument for rioting and looting as our most powerful tools for dismantling white supremacy.

Looting -- a crowd of people publicly, openly, and directly seizing goods -- is one of the more extreme actions...


Tomcat Fury

by Mike Guardia & Johnny Heller Spoken Realms (August 18, 2020)

From the Gulf of Sidra to the skies over Afghanistan, Tomcat Fury is the complete combat history of the F-14 Tomcat, as told by the pilots who flew it.

For more than three decades, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was...


Where the Line Is Drawn

by Raja Shehadeh & Fajer Al-Kaisi Blackstone Publishing (August 18, 2020)

A moving account of one man's border crossings--both literal and figurative--by the award-winning author of Palestinian Walks, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War

In what has become a classic...


The Year of Peril

by Tracy Campbell & Paul Heitsch Blackstone Publishing (August 18, 2020)

A fascinating chronicle of how the character of American society revealed itself under the duress of World War II.

The Second World War exists in the American historical imagination as a time of unity and optimism....


Break It Up

by Richard Kreitner Little, Brown (August 18, 2020)

From journalist and historian Richard Kreitner, a provocative, timely and eye-opening excavation of the most persistent idea in American history: these supposedly United States should be broken up. The novel...


140 Days to Hiroshima

by David Dean Barrett & Stephen Graybill Blackstone Publishing (August 11, 2020)

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki comes this heart-pounding account of the war-room drama inside the cabinets of the United States and Japan that led to Armageddon...


The Mutual Admiration Society

by Mo Moulton & Lorna Bennett Blackstone Publishing (August 11, 2020)

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...


Is Paris Burning?

by Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (August 11, 2020)

"Is Paris burning?" is the question Hitler asked over and over as the French Second and American Fourth Divisions battered their way into the city.

Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation...


Lying in State

by Eric Alterman Basic Books (August 11, 2020)

This definitive history of presidential lying reveals how our standards for truthfulness have eroded -- and why Trump's lies are especially dangerous.

If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that...


The Unfathomable Ascent

by Peter Ross Range Little, Brown (August 11, 2020)

The chilling story of Adolf Hitler's eight-year march to the pinnacle of German politicsAdolf Hitler's insurgent path to power from 1925 to 1933 is one of the most dramatic, startling, and important stories...


Operation Vengeance

by Dan Hampton & John Pruden HarperAudio (August 11, 2020)

The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot delivers an electrifying narrative account of the top-secret U.S. mission to kill Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese commander who masterminded Pearl Harbor....


Into the Sky with Diamonds

by Ronald P. Grelsamer & Graham Halstead Ron Grelsamer (August 07, 2020)

One small step for a man. One giant leap for rock 'n roll.

NASA's race with the Russians to land a man on the moon. The meteoric rise of the Beatles, considered by many to have revolutionized the music industry....


The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance

by Paul Robert Walker & Simon Vance HarperAudio (August 04, 2020)

Joining the bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, a lively and intriguing tale of two artists whose competitive spirit brought to life one of the world's most magnificent structures and ignited the Renaissance...


Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher

by Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz & Malcolm Hillgartner HarperAudio (August 04, 2020)

In the spirit of Devil in the White City comes a true detective tale of the highest standard: the haunting story of Eliot Ness's forgotten final case-his years-long hunt for "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run,"...


End of a Berlin Diary

by William L. Shirer & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (July 28, 2020)

A radio broadcaster and journalist for Edward R. Murrow at CBS, William L. Shirer was new to the world of broadcast journalism when he began keeping a diary while on assignment in Europe during the 1930s. It...


Deep Delta Justice

by Matthew Van Meter Little, Brown (July 28, 2020)

The unforgettable story of one lawyer and his defendant who together changed American law during the height of the Civil Rights era

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan...


A Brief Natural History of Civilization

by Mark Bertness & Stephen Bowlby Blackstone Publishing (July 21, 2020)

A compelling evolutionary narrative that reveals how human civilization follows the same ecological rules that shape all life on Earth

Offering a bold new understanding of who we are, where we came from, and...


The Indomitable Florence Finch

by Robert J. Mrazek Hachette Books (July 21, 2020)

The riveting story of an unsung World War II hero who saved countless American lives in the Philippines.

When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her Ithaca, NY neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina...


Going Home

by Raja Shehadeh & Fajer Al-Kaisi Blackstone Publishing (July 14, 2020)

In a dazzling mix of reportage, analysis, and memoir, the leading Palestinian writer of our time reflects on aging, failure, the occupation, and the changing face of Ramallah.

In Going Home, Raja Shehadeh, the...


War, Memory, and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion

by Thomas R. Flagel & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (July 14, 2020)

Union and Confederate veterans meet at Gettysburg on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle.

This reunion drew over fifty-five thousand official attendees who descended upon a town of four thousand during the...


A Dirty Year

by Bill Greer & Peter Berkrot Blackstone Publishing (July 14, 2020)

As 1872 opened, the New York Times headlined four stories that symptomized the decay in public morals that the editors so frequently decried: financier Jim Fisk was gunned down in a love triangle; suffragist...


Shuttle, Houston

by Paul Dye Hachette Books (July 14, 2020)

From the longest-serving Flight Director in NASA's history, comes a revealing first-person account of the high-stakes work of Mission Control and the captivating story of the Space Shuttle program that has redefined...


The King of Confidence

by Miles Harvey & Rengin Altay Little, Brown (July 14, 2020)

The riveting story of the most infamous American con man you've never heard of: James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and an island in Lake Michigan, until his assassination in 1856.

In...


What Really Happened: The Lincoln Assassination

by Robert J. Hutchinson & David Marantz Blackstone Publishing (July 07, 2020)

After 150 years, many unsolved mysteries and enduring urban legends still surround the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by the popular stage actor John Wilkes Booth.

In a new look at the case, award-winning author...


The Flying Tigers

by John Toland & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (July 07, 2020)

During World War II, a group of American fighter pilots roamed the skies over China and Burma, menacing the Japanese war effort without letup. Flamboyant, daring, and courageous, they were called the Flying...


Tip of the Spear

by Ryan Hendrickson Center Street (July 07, 2020)

The inspiring story of a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hendrickson is a brave, determined,...


The Golden Thread

by Ravi Somaiya 12/Twelve (July 07, 2020)

A true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century, investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the story behind the death of renowned diplomat and...


A Short History of Russia

by Mark Galeotti Harlequin Audio (July 07, 2020)

A Library Journal 2020 Title to Watch

Russia's epic and dramatic history told in an accessible, lively and short form, from Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin via Catherine the Great, the Russian Revolution...


Separated

by Jacob Soboroff HarperAudio (July 07, 2020)

From the award-winning NBC News and MSNBC correspondent comes a powerful and deeply reported journey to lay bare the full truth behind the defining moral crisis of the Trump years: the systematic separation...