Paul A. D'Alessandro

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Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

New thinking about the nature of genocide, recommended especially for nonspecialists.

Fortress America

This thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written social history is recommended to all who seek to understand our divided society.

Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat

This intelligent and recommended account is sure to appeal to readers of presidential biographies and American history buffs in general.

The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words

Recommended for word buffs and those interested in language change.

Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions

Recommended for passionate readers of books about words and wordplay.

Union Jack: JFK's Special Relationship with Great Britain

A lively, well-researched book for readers whose interest in the era has been piqued by the 2016 film Jackie, Barbara Leaming's Kick Kennedy, and the TV series The Crown.

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

A satisfying dip in the ocean of words and a thoughtful consideration of current American English and dictionaries.

Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare's Immortal Heroine

All Shakespeare fans will be eager to see what actors (e.g., Rebecca Hall, Adrian Lester, Vanessa Redgrave) and directors (e.g., Michael Attenborough, Kenneth Branagh, Greg Doran) have to say about Shakespeare's greatest female character in this novel biography.

Naming Thy Name: Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets

This is wonderfully heady stuff recommended for academics as well as engaged lay readers; Scarry's work is groundbreaking, and as she makes her case, she also identifies the rival poet and begins to explain some of the mysteries in Shakespeare's will.

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