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Cities of Empire

by Tristram Hunt Henry Holt and Co. (November 25, 2014)

An original history of the most enduring colonial creation, the city, explored through ten portraits of powerful urban centers the British Empire left in its wake

At its peak, the British Empire was an urban...


Jericho

by Robert Ruby Henry Holt and Co. (November 11, 2014)

It is a place both mythic and all too real, a place thought to be the site of one of our oldest human settlements and known to be a center of ancient cultures and annihilating conflicts. It sits at the bottom...


Animal Weapons

by Douglas J. Emlen & David J. Tuss Henry Holt and Co. (November 11, 2014)

WINNER OF THE PHI BETA KAPPA AWARD IN SCIENCE

The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world--teeth and horns and claws--and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use...


Dark Mirror

by Sara Lipton Henry Holt and Co. (November 04, 2014)

In Dark Mirror, Sara Lipton offers a fascinating examination of the emergence of anti-Semitic iconography in the Middle Ages

The straggly beard, the hooked nose, the bag of coins, and gaudy apparel—the religious...


Yesterday's Train

by Terry Pindell Henry Holt and Co. (September 23, 2014)

Since 1988, Terry Pindell has been exploring North America, seeking integration of past and present, history and headlines. The result has been three highly acclaimed book spinning a beautiful web of culture,...


Predator

by Richard Whittle Henry Holt and Co. (September 16, 2014)

The untold story of the birth of the Predator drone, a wonder weapon that transformed the American military, reshaped modern warfare, and sparked a revolution in aviation

The creation of the first weapon in history...


1915

by Lyn Macdonald Henry Holt and Co. (September 09, 2014)

By Christmas 1915, the wild wave of enthusiasm that had sent men flocking to join up a few months earlier had begun to tail off, and though the Regulars of the original Expeditionary Force had suffered 90 percent...


Victory at Yorktown

by Richard M. Ketchum Henry Holt and Co. (August 26, 2014)

From "the finest historian of the American Revolution" comes the definitive account of the battle and unlikely triumph that led to American independence (Douglas Brinkley)

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War,...


Divided Loyalties

by Richard M. Ketchum Henry Holt and Co. (August 26, 2014)

Before the Civil War splintered the young country, there was another conflict that divided friends and family--the Revolutionary War

Prior to the French and Indian War, the British government had taken little...


Decisive Day

by Richard M. Ketchum Henry Holt and Co. (August 26, 2014)

Boston, 1775: A town occupied by General Thomas Gage's redcoats and groaning with Tory refugees from the Massachusetts countryside. Besieged for two months by a rabble in arms, the British decided to break out...


First Words

by Rosetta Loy Henry Holt and Co. (August 12, 2014)

An internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist movingly chronicles her childhood in Rome during World War II, providing a rare account by a Catholic of Jewish persecution and Papal responsibility

In 1937,...


The Twentieth Century

by Clive Ponting Henry Holt and Co. (July 29, 2014)

For much of the world, the twentieth century can be seen as a big-budget disaster film--the stifling darkness of oppression, the green of the ruling classes. For the world's elite, the near-universal adoption...


Unknown Shore

by Robert Ruby Henry Holt and Co. (June 10, 2014)

The true story of how the first English colony in the New World was lost to history, then found again three hundred years later.

England's first attempt at colonizing the New World was not at Roanoke or Jamestown,...


Lords of the Horizons

by Jason Goodwin Henry Holt and Co. (June 10, 2014)

Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds. For six hundred years, the Empire swelled and declined. Islamic,...


A Perfect Fit

by Jenna Weissman Joselit Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

A striking and inventive social history of the role of clothing in the making of modern Americans.

While fashions of the rich and famous have been lushly chronicled, little attention has been paid to the meaning...


The New York Times Living History: World War II, 1942-1945

by Douglas Brinkley & David Rubel Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

World War II comes alive through the public records and private accounts of the day...

We have long relied on historians to sift through the debris of the past and piece together narratives to shape our understanding...


The New York Times Living History: World War II, 1939-1942

by Douglas Brinkley & David Rubel Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

Introducing a new series where history comes alive in riveting documents and images of great events as they occurred

We have long relied on historians to sift through the debris of history and piece together...


Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

by Gotz Aly Henry Holt and Co. (April 15, 2014)

A provocative and insightful analysis that sheds new light on one of the most puzzling and historically unsettling conundrums

Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Countless historians have grappled with these questions,...


Pearl Harbor Betrayed

by Michael Gannon Henry Holt and Co. (April 15, 2014)

A naval historian draws on newly revealed primary documents to shed light on the tragic errors that led to the devastating attack, Washington's role, and the man who took the fall for the Japanese tactical victory....


Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991

by Orlando Figes Henry Holt and Co. (April 08, 2014)

From the author of A People's Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams

In this elegant and...


The Gods of Olympus

by Barbara Graziosi Henry Holt and Co. (March 11, 2014)

An elegant and entertaining account of the transformations of the Greek gods across the ages, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present day

The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek...


Natasha's Dance

by Orlando Figes Henry Holt and Co. (February 11, 2014)

History on a grand scale--an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world's most vibrant civilizations

A People's Tragedy, wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did "more to help us understand the Russian...


City in the Sky

by James Glanz & Eric Lipton Henry Holt and Co. (January 21, 2014)

The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them--from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fall

More than a year after the nation began mourning the lives lost in the...


American Road

by Pete Davies Henry Holt and Co. (January 14, 2014)

A fascinating account of the greatest road trip in American history.

On July 7, 1919, an extraordinary cavalcade of sixty-nine military motor vehicles set off from the White House on an epic journey. Their goal...


Travel Guide To Europe, 1492

by Lorenzo Camusso Henry Holt and Co. (December 24, 2013)

On the eve of the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, it bears remembering that in 1492, as Columbus was making his historic voyage, Europe was flourishing, at the very height of the...


Lost Battalions

by Richard Slotkin Henry Holt and Co. (December 24, 2013)

"A work of stunning density and penetrating analysis . . . Lost Battalions deploys a narrative symmetry of gratifying complexity."—David Levering Lewis, The Nation

During the bloodiest days of World War I,...


Hell Riders

by Terry Brighton Henry Holt and Co. (December 10, 2013)

On the 150th anniversary of the world's most famous cavalry charge comes a revisionist retelling of the battle based on firsthand accounts from the soldiers who fought there

In October 1854, with the Crimean...


Red Fortress

by Catherine Merridale Henry Holt and Co. (November 12, 2013)

A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it—and been shaped by it in turn

The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress...


The Famine Ships

by Edward Laxton Henry Holt and Co. (November 05, 2013)

Between 1846 and 1851, more than one-million people--the potato famine emigrants--sailed from Ireland to America. Now, 150 years later, The Famine Ships tells of the courage and determination of those who crossed...


Marianne in Chains

by Robert Gildea Henry Holt and Co. (July 30, 2013)

A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule

In France, the German occupation is called simply the "dark years." There...


Breach of Trust

by Andrew J. Bacevich Henry Holt and Co. (September 10, 2013)

A blistering critique of the gulf between America's soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power and Washington Rules

The United States has been "at...


The Culture of Defeat

by Wolfgang Schivelbusch & Jefferson Chase Henry Holt and Co. (August 13, 2013)

A fascinating look at history's losers-the myths they create to cope with defeat and the steps they take never to be vanquished again

History may be written by the victors, Wolfgang Schivelbusch argues in his...


Brotherhood of the Bomb

by Gregg Herken Henry Holt and Co. (August 13, 2013)

The fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time

The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is...


Nine Hills to Nambonkaha

by Sarah Erdman Henry Holt and Co. (July 16, 2013)

A portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change

When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived...


Tecumseh

by John Sugden Henry Holt and Co. (July 02, 2013)

If Sitting Bull is the most famous Indian, Tecumseh is the most revered. Although Tecumseh literature exceeds that devoted to any other Native American, this is the first reliable biography--thirty years in...


Never Done

by Susan Strasser Henry Holt and Co. (June 18, 2013)

Never Done is the first history of American housework. Beginning with a description of household chores of the nineteenth century--cooking at fireplaces and on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with wash boilers...


Anne Frank

by Melissa Muller Henry Holt and Co. (June 11, 2013)

Updated and filled with striking new revelations, the bestselling, "superb" biography that "honors in full a life we thought we knew" (Newsweek)

Praised as "remarkable," "meticulous," and "long overdue," Anne...


One Palestine, Complete

by Tom Segev & Haim Watzman Henry Holt and Co. (May 10, 2013)

A panoramic and provocative history of life in Palestine during the three strife-torn but romantic decades when Britain ruled and the seeds of today's conflicts were sown

Tom Segev's acclaimed works, 1949 and...


The Pity of It All

by Amos Elon Henry Holt and Co. (April 26, 2013)

From an acclaimed historian and social critic, a passionate and poignant history of German Jews from the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich

As it's usually told, the story of the German Jews...


The Guns at Last Light

World War II Liberation Trilogy #3

by Rick Atkinson Henry Holt and Co. (May 14, 2013)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a...


The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

by Kim Ghattas Henry Holt and Co. (March 05, 2013)

The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world

In November 2008, Hillary...


Power Systems

by Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian Henry Holt and Co. (January 08, 2013)

A compelling new set of interviews on our changing and turbulent times with Noam Chomsky, one of the world's foremost thinkers

In this new collection of conversations, conducted from 2010 to 2012, Noam Chomsky...


Cross of Iron

by John Mosier Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

A riveting account of the origins and development of the German army that breaks through the distortions of conventional military history

Acclaimed for his revisionist history of the German Army in World War...


Building Jerusalem

by Tristram Hunt Henry Holt and Co. (December 26, 2006)

From Manchester's deadly cotton works to London's literary salons, a brilliant exploration of how the Victorians created the modern city

Since Charles Dickens first described Coketown in Hard Times, the nineteenth-century...


Promises Betrayed

by Bob Herbert Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

The award-winning New York Times op-ed columnist probes the widening gap between

American ideals and American realities, and urges us to do something about it

Bob Herbert is the conscience of the op-ed page of...


Squandered Victory

by Larry Diamond Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

America's leading expert on democracy delivers the first insider's account of the U.S. occupation of Iraq-a sobering and critical assessment of America's effort to implant democracy

In the fall of 2003, Stanford...


A Shameful Act

by Taner Akçam Henry Holt and Co. (August 21, 2007)

A landmark assessment of Turkish culpability in the Armenian genocide, the first history of its kind by a Turkish historian

In 1915, under the cover of a world war, some one million Armenians were killed through...


The Whisperers

by Orlando Figes Henry Holt and Co. (November 25, 2008)

From the award-winning author of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance, a landmark account of what private life was like for Russians in the worst years of Soviet repression

There have been many accounts of...


The Graves Are Walking

by John Kelly Henry Holt and Co. (August 21, 2012)

A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great Mortality

Deeply researched,...


Desert America

by Rubén Martínez Henry Holt and Co. (August 07, 2012)

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the twenty-first-century West—a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of our foremost chroniclers of migration

The economic boom—and...