Karl Helicher

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America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Readers fascinated by the Kennedys will be delighted by this captivating biography. See Randy Taraborelli's The Kennedy Heirs for a comprehensive account of the third generation Kennedys.


They Will Have To Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate

This brisk narrative will grip readers of battle accounts and will give those fascinated by Middle East politics much to ponder. See Linsey Hilsum’s In Extremis for another work about the dangers encountered by civilians and journalists during war.


Equality: An American Dilemma, 1866–1896

This scholarly account will appeal to informed readers, especially Reconstruction era historians.


This America: The Case for the Nation

This is a call to reconsider what it means to be an American and for advocating liberalism as a corrective for “illiberal nationalism” pervading the country. Informed readers, especially historians, will welcome Lepore’s nuanced, graceful interpretation.

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.

The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation

Kennedy followers will be intrigued by this absorbing narrative of the dynasty's continuing hold on American life.

The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise

Readers intrigued by the Internet's history and the laws that govern it will breeze through this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always revealing narrative. See also Evan Ratliff's The Mastermind.

Edward M. Kennedy:

Heavily detailed and somewhat repetitive interviews make this a valuable resource for Kennedy scholars and political scientists. See also Kennedy's memoir True Compass and Nick Littlefield and David Nexon's Lion of the Senate.

American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

The authors raise important questions about the psychological fitness of servicemen and -women and the diminishing chances for fair trials and treatment in a nation as polarized as ours today. This will resonate with readers gripped by C.J. Chivers's The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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