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Hitler's First Hundred Days

by Peter Fritzsche & Jim Seybert 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...


The Dance of Life

by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Roger Highfield & Shaina Summerville Basic Books (February 25, 2020)

A renowned biologist's cutting-edge and unconventional examination of human reproduction and embryo research

Scientists have long struggled to make pregnancy easier, safer, and more successful. In The Dance...


How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

by Chad Orzel, Cassandra Morris & Will Collyer Basic Books (February 11, 2020)

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But what about relativity?

Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible...


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...


Unsavory Truth

by Marion Nestle & Norah Tocci Basic Books (October 30, 2018)

A James Beard Award-winner and the author of What to Eat and Soda Politics, leading nutritionist Marion Nestle exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit.

Is chocolate heart-healthy?...


Anarchy, State, and Utopia

by Robert Nozick & Kevin Stillwell Basic Books (October 02, 2018)

The foundational text of libertarian thought, named one of the 100 Most Influential Books since World War II (Times Literary Supplement)

First published in response to John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, Robert...


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...


Sleepyhead

by Henry Nicholls & Henry Drury Basic Books (September 04, 2018)

A narcoleptic's tireless journey through the neuroscience of disordered sleep

Whether it's a bout of bad jet lag or a stress-induced all-nighter, we've all suffered from nights that left us feeling less than...


The Misbehavior of Markets

by Benoit Mandelbrot, Richard L. Hudson & Jason Olazabal Basic Books (March 26, 2019)

Mathematical superstar and inventor of fractal geometry, Benoit Mandelbrot, has spent the past forty years studying the underlying mathematics of space and natural patterns. What many of his followers don't...


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...


Open Heart

by Stephen Westaby & Gordon Griffin Basic Books (June 20, 2017)

In gripping prose, one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons lays bare both the wonder and the horror of a life spent a heartbeat away from death

When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during...


The Art of Logic in an Illogical World

by Eugenia Cheng & Moira Quirk Basic Books (September 11, 2018)

Learn how logical and emotional reasoning can help us live better in our post-truth world -- and think more clearly -- with this encouraging guide from a Wall Street Journal math columnist.

In a world where fake...


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...


Punishment Without Crime

by Alexandra Natapoff & Janina Edwards Basic Books (December 31, 2018)

A revelatory account of the misdemeanor machine that unjustly brands millions of Americans as criminals

Punishment Without Crime offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining...


Drink Beer, Think Beer

by John Holl Basic Books (September 04, 2018)

From an award-winning journalist and beer expert, a thoughtful and witty guide to understanding and enjoying beer

Right here, right now is the best time in the history of mankind to be a beer drinker. America...


The Universe Speaks in Numbers

by Graham Farmelo & Hugh Kermode Basic Books (May 28, 2019)

How math helps us solve the universe's deepest mysteries One of the great insights of science is that the universe has an underlying order. The supreme goal of physicists is to understand this order through...


Trauma and Recovery

by Judith L. Herman & Alison Mathews Basic Books (December 10, 2019)

In this groundbreaking audiobook, a leading clinical psychiatrist redefines how we think about and treat victims of trauma. A "stunning achievement" that remains a "classic for our generation." (Bessel van der...


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...


The Story Factor

by Annette Simmons Basic Books (January 07, 2020)

Fully revised, updated, and expanded, this modern classic will teach you to use the art of storytelling to persuade, motivate, and inspire in life and business

Anyone seeking to influence others must first know...


We Know It When We See It

by Richard Masland & Matt Kugler Basic Books (March 10, 2020)

A Harvard researcher investigates the human eye in this insightful account of what vision reveals about intelligence, learning, and the greatest mysteries of neuroscience.

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy,...


How to Be an Epicurean

by Catherine Wilson & Ana Clements Basic Books (September 24, 2019)

A leading philosopher shows that if the pursuit of happiness is the question, Epicureanism is the answer

Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink,...


Behind the Throne

by Adrian Tinniswood & Steven Crossley Basic Books (November 06, 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...


The Sword and the Shield

by Peniel E. Joseph & Zeno Robinson Basic Books (March 31, 2020)

This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders.

To most Americans, Malcolm...


Island Stories

by David Reynolds & Philip Stevens Basic Books (March 24, 2020)

This history of Britain set in a global context for our times offers a new perspective on how the rise and fall of an empire shaped modern European politics.

When the British voted to leave the European Union...


The Fear Factor

by Abigail Marsh & Christine Lakin Basic Books (October 10, 2017)

In this "compelling scientific detective story," a leading neuroscientist looks for the nature of human kindness in the brains of heroes and psychopaths (Wall Street Journal).

At fourteen, Amber could boast of...


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...


Knowing the Score

by David Papineau & Matt Amendt Basic Books (July 11, 2017)

In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau uses sports to illuminate some of modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. As Papineau demonstrates, the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes...


Beeline

by Shalini Shankar & Farah Merani Basic Books (April 30, 2019)

An anthropologist uses spelling bees as a lens to examine the unique and diverse traits of Generation Z--and why they are destined for success

At first glance, Generation Z (youth born after 1997) seems to be...


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...


How to Be a Stoic

by Massimo Pigliucci & Peter Coleman Basic Books (May 09, 2017)

In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy,...


Power Trip

by Michael E. Webber & L. J. Ganser Basic Books (May 07, 2019)

A global tour of energy--the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat.

Energy is humanity's single most important resource. In fact, as energy expert Michael E. Webber argues in Power Trip,...