American Triumphs and Tragedies: History Previews, May 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

From Lincoln to Nixon and key events in between: five key history titles. 

Dobbs, Michael. King Richard: An American Tragedy. Knopf. May 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780385350099. $30. Downloadable. HISTORY

Ellsworth, Scott. The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice.cover of Dobbs's King Richard Dutton. May 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593182987. $28. Downloadable. HISTORY

Guinn, Jeff. War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion. S. & S. May 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781982128869. $28. HISTORY

Schulman, Sarah. Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, New York, 1987–1993. Farrar. May 2021. 736p. ISBN 9780374185138. $40. SOCIAL ACTIVISM

White, Ronald C. Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President. Random. May 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781984855091. $28. Downloadable.

To write King Richard, a chronicle of the Watergate conspiracy, veteran Washington Post reporter Dobbs (One Minute to Midnight) drew on thousands of hours of newly released taped recordings. New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Game, Ellsworth heads back to his hometown in The Ground Breaking to report on the reopened investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre and reckon with its consequences. Guinn’s War on the Border recounts Pancho Villa’s blood-soaked raid on a small U.S. border town and Gen. John J. Pershing’s Punitive Expedition, a retaliatory gesture (75,000-copy first printing). From Schulman, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the College of Staten Island and codirector of the ACT UP Oral History Project, Let the Record Show is a two-decades-in-the-making history of ACT UP’s challenge to anyone and anything seeking to block AIDS treatment for all. The New York Times best-selling author of American Ulysses and three books on Abraham Lincoln, White examines the 16th president’s personal notes and jottings to show us Lincoln in Private.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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