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A Time to Build

by Yuval Levin & Ford Enlow Basic Books (January 21, 2020)

A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions

Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars...


The Accursed Tower

by Roger Crowley & Matt Kugler Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades...


What Was Liberalism?

by James Traub & L. J. Ganser Basic Books (September 24, 2019)

A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future

Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company:...


Double Crossed

by Matthew Avery Sutton & Angelo Di Loreto Basic Books (September 24, 2019)

The untold story of the Christian missionaries who played a crucial role in the allied victory in World War II What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought "Wild" Bill Donovan when he launched...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands & Matt Kugler Basic Books (October 22, 2019)

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


Walter Ralegh

by Alan Gallay & Paul Hodgson Basic Books (January 07, 2020)

From a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, a biography of the famed poet, courtier, and colonizer, showing how he laid the foundations of the English EmpireSir Walter Ralegh was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth....


Give Me Liberty

by Richard Brookhiser & Tony Messano Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

An award-winning historian recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of thirteen essential documents

Nationalism is inevitable: It supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition....


Dominion

by Tom Holland & Mark Meadows Basic Books (October 29, 2019)

From the crucifixion of Jesus to the birth of modern morals, this "marvelous" account from an award-winning historian shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination (The Economist).

Crucifixion,...


Music

by Ted Gioia & Jamie Renell Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

From the dawn of civilization to the modern-day music scene, this breathtaking global history reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions.

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...


How to Listen to Jazz

by Ted Gioia & Peter Ganim Basic Books (September 19, 2017)

An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America's...


To End a Presidency

by Laurence Tribe, Joshua Matz & L. J. Ganser Basic Books (May 15, 2018)

As Congress begins an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.

Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against...


Origins

by Lewis Dartnell & John Sackville Basic Books (May 14, 2019)

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species

When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But...


The Fair Chase

by Philip Dray & Will Collyer Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity.

From Daniel Boone to Teddy Roosevelt, hunting is one of America's most sacred-but also...


Sons of Freedom

by Geoffrey Wawro Basic Books (September 25, 2018)

The "stirring," definitive history of America's decisive role in winning World War I (Wall Street Journal).

The American contribution to World War I is one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and...


A Nation Forged by Crisis

by Jay Sexton & Graham Corrigan Basic Books (October 16, 2018)

A concise new history of the United States revealing that crises--not unlike those of the present day--have determined our nation's course from the start

In A Nation Forged by Crisis, historian Jay Sexton contends...


A Season in the Sun

by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith & Pete Larkin Basic Books (March 27, 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 perfect...


Behold, America

by Sarah Churchwell & Anne Twomey Basic Books (October 09, 2018)

A Smithsonian Magazine Best History Book of 2018

The unknown history of two ideas crucial to the struggle over what America stands for

In Behold, America, Sarah Churchwell offers a surprising account of twentieth-century...


Army of Empire

by George Morton-Jack & Roger Davis Basic Books (December 04, 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...


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...


Illegal

by Elizabeth F. Cohen & Ginger White Basic Books (January 28, 2020)

A political scientist explains how the American immigration system ran off the rails -- and proposes a bold plan for reform

Under the Trump administration, US immigration agencies terrorize the undocumented,...


The End of Power

by Moises Naim & Matt Kugler Basic Books (January 28, 2020)

The provocative bestseller explaining the decline of power in the twenty-first century -- in government, business, and beyond.

Power is shifting -- from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from...


1619

by James Horn & Dan Woren Basic Books (October 16, 2018)

The essential history of the extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand in colonial Virginia.

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively...


The Great Democracy

by Ganesh Sitaraman & Alex Hyde-White Basic Books (December 10, 2019)

A leading progressive intellectual offers an "illuminating" agenda for how real democracy can triumph in America and beyond (Ari Berman, New York Times).

Since the New Deal in the 1930s, there have been two eras...


Separate and Unequal

by Steven M. Gillon & Ryan Vincent Anderson Basic Books (March 06, 2018)

From a New York Times bestselling author, the definitive history of the Kerner Commission, whose report on urban unrest reshaped American debates about race and inequality

In Separate and Unequal, New York Times...


The Aquariums of Pyongyang

by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot & Stephen Park Basic Books (June 26, 2018)

"Destined to become a classic" (Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking), this harrowing memoir of life inside North Korea was the first account to emerge from the notoriously secretive country -- and it remains...


The League

by John Eisenberg & Daniel Thomas May 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...


A Sovereign People

by Carol Berkin & Betsy Foldes Meiman Basic Books (May 02, 2017)

The momentous story of how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams navigated the crises of the 1790s and in the process bound the states into a unified nation

Today the United States is the dominant...


Atticus Finch

by Joseph Crespino & Dan Woren Basic Books (May 08, 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...


Mortal Republic

by Edward J. Watts & Matt Kugler Basic Books (November 06, 2018)

A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse

In Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom...


In Search of the Canary Tree

by Lauren E. Oakes & Ellen Archer Basic Books (November 27, 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...


America for Americans

by Erika Lee & Shayna Small Basic Books (November 26, 2019)

An award-winning historian reframes our continuing debate over immigration with a compelling history of xenophobia in the United States and its devastating impact

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants....


The Heavens Might Crack

by Jason Sokol & Dan Woren Basic Books (March 20, 2018)

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King's death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony...


Blood Letters

by Lian Xi & Feodor Chin Basic Books (March 20, 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 Lin...


How Democracy Ends

by David Runciman Basic Books (July 24, 2018)

How will democracy end? And what will replace it? A preeminent political scientist examines the past, present, and future of an endangered political philosophy

Since the end of World War II, democracy's sweep...


Jefferson

by John B. Boles & Michael Johnson Basic Books (April 25, 2017)

From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson since 1970

Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write...