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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...


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...


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...


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...


Uncommon Grounds

by Mark Pendergrast Basic Books (July 09, 2019)

The definitive history of the world's most popular drug

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic...


Music

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

A preeminent music historian and critic presents a global history of music from the bottom up

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and...


The Way We Eat Now

by Bee Wilson Basic Books (May 07, 2019)

An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats--and shows us how we can change it for the better

Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety...


The Unsettling of Europe

by Peter Gatrell Basic Books (May 28, 2019)

An acclaimed historian examines postwar migration's fundamental role in shaping modern Europe

Migration is perhaps the most pressing issue of our time, and it has completely decentered European politics in recent...


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....


How Democracy Ends

by David Runciman Basic Books (July 03, 2018)

A preeminent political scientist's account of the demise of Western democracy and exploration of what lies ahead

Since the end of World War II, democracy's sweep across the globe seemed inexorable. Yet today,...


The Fair Chase

by Philip Dray 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

In the nineteenth century, hunting was popularized as a cure for the "softness" of urban...


Fortress America

by Elaine May Basic Books (December 12, 2017)

An award-winning historian untangles the roots of America's culture of fear, and argues that it imperils our democracy

For the last sixty years, fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own...


The Unruly City

by Mike Rapport Basic Books (May 02, 2017)

In The Unruly City, historian Mike Rapport offers a vivid history of three intertwined cities toward the end of the eighteenth century—Paris, London, and New York—all in the midst of political chaos and revolution....


The Seeds of Life

by Edward Dolnick Basic Books (June 06, 2017)

Why cracking the code of human conception took centuries of wild theories, misogynist blunders, and ludicrous mistakes

Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. People knew the basics: men and...


The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E. Baptist Basic Books (October 25, 2016)

IThe Half Has Never Been Told reveals the alarming extent to which our country's success was irrevocably tied to the institution of slavery.