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PREMIUM

Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930–1944

More a regional history scrutinizing the intersection of wealth and war through the biography of a famous resident than a traditional treatment of Chanel’s life. Those seeking the latter may prefer Caroline Young’s Living with Coco Chanel.
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River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It

This important collection documents the experiences of formerly enslaved people and exposes readers to the difficult truths of American history. An eye-opening record and exploration of how the past informs our present.

Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe

This well-written and astutely researched book makes the wartime work of librarians engaging and engrossing. Those fascinated by intelligence missions or keen on the history of library science will appreciate this excellent read.

Race of Aces: WWII’s Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle To Become the Masters of the Sky

Eloquent and finely researched, this book will appeal to amateur historians or anyone interested in the USAAF and World War II maneuvers in the South Pacific.

American Political Humor

Students of politics, journalism, and culture, as well as political mavens, will benefit from the scope, expertise, and viewpoints here.
PREMIUM

Every Drop of Blood: Hatred and Healing at Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

Although Achorn doesn’t offer new interpretations of Lincoln or his speech, he does, however, provide the fullest accounting of the inauguration experience. A solid history that will allow readers to feel as if they are in the moment.

The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic: The Rise of the Third Reich

Highly recommended for all readers of European history and global current events.

American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

Sankovitch has woven a compelling, potent chronicle of members of three principal American families that will be valued by readers of American history at all levels.
PREMIUM

The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Zabin has done extensive research into the public records of several Revolutionary era archives and has compiled a compelling history of the Boston Massacre, weaving personal stories together to present a comprehensive view of this turning point incident.

A Black Women’s History of the United States

A substantial addition to popular history. Will likely be well-received by black women seeking better historical representation and by allies looking to educate themselves about black history.
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Lord of All the Dead

This unusual offering is an effort to heal as much as it is a way to trace an uncertain history, and will appeal to readers seeking more background on Spain and others who admire good writing.

Man-Made Wonders of the World

A feast for the eyes, this informational volume will appeal not only to those interested in architecture, but also politics, economics, history, archaeology, and theology, as well as armchair travelers.

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945

Well researched, powerfully written, and balanced, this book will let the reader decide whether the bombing of Dresden was a war crime or a calculated step to bring a long and bloody war to an end. For all interested in military history and World War II.

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

An enriching look at African American history through the lens of the black motorist, and as one of the few books on the subject, this is essential for most collections.
PREMIUM

Seduction: A History From the Enlightenment to the Present

The book’s quasibiographical approach provides an unusual but engaging way of addressing its central topic, though readers wanting a more clear-cut exploration of the subject will almost certainly find it too tangential.
PREMIUM

The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London

A solid choice for readers of 20th-century British literary history or the lives of the British during World War II.
PREMIUM

Stealth: The Secret Contest To Invent Invisible Aircraft

This authoritative contribution to the history of aviation will be welcomed by academics and general readers of flight, military theory, and aeronautical engineering.
PREMIUM

Great Society: A New History

While far from a polemical text, Shlaes’s work raises a point of view that represents a specific spectrum of economic ideology; for readers who share the author’s beliefs.

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A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II

Vibrant and readable, recommended for anyone interested in the history of World War II, women in the military, naval history, and military history.
PREMIUM

Land of Tears: The Exploration and Exploitation of Equatorial Africa

Essential reading for serious students of modern African history.

Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest To Save the Mosul Zoo

Recommended for readers seeking a more nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent to this region.
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1774: The Long Year of Revolution

Norton’s cogent discussion of the details of the “long year” will appeal to colonial and revolutionary period scholars and enthusiasts. Her inclusion of suppressed female and loyalist voices should be applauded.

A House in the Mountains

Recommended for those interested in World War II and women’s history.
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Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

Even astute readers of history and civil rights will be alarmed by this story, which is why it should be read. For fans of American history, politics, and civil rights.

PREMIUM

Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

Well-written, entertaining, and strongly recommended for readers interested in American history.
PREMIUM

Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

This narrative presents an engaging and enlightening perspective on the history of the presidency; also suggest Seth Cotlar and Richard J. Ellis’s Historian in Chief.

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Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression

Recommended for readers interested in the history of Florida and those who enjoy stories of the rich and glamorous in the 1920s.

World War II Map by Map

Casual and serious readers alike will find the engaging cartography of this superb, data-rich volume conveys the exceptional range, duration, costs, and intensity of a war that dramatically altered history.
PREMIUM

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

This book will be a strong addition to a variety of nonfiction collections, and is appropriate for hobbyists with an interest in women’s activism and for those who are newer to American history.
PREMIUM

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions. Readers of polar histories, U.S. Navy history, and other armchair adventurers will enjoy this work.

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

A must-read for scholars, historians, academics, and students of politics.
PREMIUM

A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

This straightforward account will appeal principally to Revolutionary War buffs.
PREMIUM

Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947

A unique perspective on the role of Jews in European intellectual life, this will be of interest to music and art history readers, as well as those interested in Jewish history.

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

Highly recommended as a valuable and accurate presentation of a century of struggle between Jews and Palestinians seeking to build a nation on the same territory, vastly unequal in resources and efficacy. Khalidi weaves his personal and family perspective into his academic study.
PREMIUM

The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors

This work will appeal to World War II buffs and fans of nonfiction adventure or sports.
PREMIUM

Eight Days at Yalta: How Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World

This examination into the Yalta conference is a solid choice for readers of popular history who want to understand the lessons and legacy of Yalta: as important now as ever.

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Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up To Change a Nation

A must-read for those interested in antebellum African American life and education.

When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War

A new perspective on the Civil War. All will appreciate the gripping accounts of partisanship, political ambition, civil disobedience, and the creative ways that radicals used print and speech to persuade Americans to understand and accept the necessity of emancipation and the importance of equal rights.

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PREMIUM

Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War

For historians, political scientists, and students of women’s history, as well as general readers interested in contemporary global concerns and human rights.

PREMIUM

The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism

A harsh and thorough skewering of the worst parts of English nationalism, though the narrative’s narrow focus undercuts its potential to be more than a caustic takedown of the country's self-image.

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American Demagogue: The Great Awakening and the Rise and Fall of Populism

Despite its misleading title, this work remains a thoughtful take on an intriguing period of American history.

Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth

A fascinating take on the importance of level-headed people and international agreements working together to manage tense geopolitical situations.
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Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler: Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain’s Plight of Appeasement: 1937–1939

This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs.
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The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution

Overall, the work presents a commendable treatment of pecuniary matters during this country’s embryonic stages and is recommended for readers interested in fiscal matters and American economic habits.

Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

A general purchase recommended for public libraries.

PREMIUM

When Reagan Sent in the Marines: The Invasion of Lebanon

Complementary to Benis Frank’s thoroughly researched U.S. Marines in Lebanon, 1982–1984 and John Laffin’s The War of Desperation: Lebanon 1982–1984, this smoothly written assessment of a modern American military disaster will be a worthwhile addition to most history collections.

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Against the backdrop of World War II, this respectful narrative presents a compassionate and meticulous remembrance of the young women profiled throughout. Recommended for all collections.

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Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations

This exceedingly well-written chronicle will please all history lovers.

Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century

A moving, wonderfully written history of a fascinating family that will attract readers of history and those interested in Judaic studies. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

The actions of freed slaves and other African Americans are given considerable attention; however, since the work is mainly concerned with the Eastern theatre, the war’s lasting impact on Native populations is neglected. Still, history and Civil War enthusiasts will find much to engage with in Gwynne’s latest book.

Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas

Harrigan is a master storyteller and weaves a highly enjoyable tale of Texas that is sometimes tall but always big. A must-read for all Texans and those who are curious about more than the legend of the state.
PREMIUM

The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin

For readers with an interest in the beginnings of the Soviet period and the collaboration between two nations often at odds with each other.
PREMIUM

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

This accessible book will appeal to history buffs and biography fans in addition to those already familiar with Chang’s body of work.

Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

Skillful writing makes Miller’s latest work a highly recommended and readable addition to the voluminous library of Civil War histories.

The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians

We do not know what members of Congress took away from the Dialogues, but readers of this book will learn much about biographical method, historical curiosity, and American exceptionalism. With close reading they will also realize that there is no one American story, Rubenstein’s claim notwithstanding.
PREMIUM

Thomas Jefferson’s Education

Recommended only for readers of Jeffersonian history and those curious about the history of the University of Virginia and College of William & Mary.

The King’s War: The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II

Highly recommended for readers of British history; the history of royalty, especially the Windsors; and above all, the events following The King’s Speech.

PREMIUM

The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

An excellent study for specialists of religious and political history of 16th- and 17th-century England, Scotland, and America. However, general readers might find this less rewarding, in part owing to the dense writing style that unfortunately lacks a smooth narrative flow.
PREMIUM

Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages

While even Hartnell admits this book only brushes the surface of the topic, for an overview account it offers a well-rounded, thoughtful, and witty exploration that general readers should appreciate and even learn a thing or two from.
PREMIUM

Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941–1942

A solid analysis of the 1941–42 winter campaign, this work should appeal to readers interested in operations on the World War II’s eastern front.
PREMIUM

The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era

An optional purchase, as this is well-trod ground.

PREMIUM

Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

This clearly written and engaging overview of human exploration since our beginnings will capture the imaginations of both YA and adult readers. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

A passionate, heartfelt account that will heighten our awareness of an important issue.
PREMIUM

The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

A colorful, quirky, and ultimately moving look at a misunderstood faith and the iron-willed women who continue to sustain it.
PREMIUM

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Recommended for college students and academics with an interest in history, Latin American history, Aztec history, and Mexico’s colonial past.

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Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Roberts briefly distills conservative views on what it takes to be a leader, producing an extremely readable, if sometimes simplified, summation of this aspect of military history. For public libraries and larger academic collections.

Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot To Rediscover the Golden State

Neely's account is a solid mix of adventure story and history lesson. Recommended for anyone interested in California history.

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American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

This is an ambitious book whose occasional excesses of verbiage can be forgiven because it has so much to tell. It is handsomely produced, with illustrations and maps, and will appeal principally to history buffs.

The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust

Readers with an interest in World War II, 20th-century political history, Jewish history, and the Holocaust should find this an incisive and insightful exploration of the leading figures of this period.

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

An entertaining and informative look at a potent historical phenomenon whose echoes are still being felt today. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]
PREMIUM

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

Silverman’s reconstruction of the world of the Wampanoag provides fascinating insights for both general readers and scholars into the early years of the colonization of Massachusetts, situating not only Thanksgiving within the nation’s history but also the tragedy of King Philip’s War.

Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Overall, recommended for scholars of World War II and religious history, and the history of espionage, as well as general readers interested in the intersection of American history and Christianity.

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks

While putting a spotlight on an underrepresented era of medieval history, this book seeks to appeal to all kinds of readers with its easy narrative style, in-depth research, and engrossing details.
PREMIUM

The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America

Extensively researched, tediously old-school military history.
PREMIUM

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

This excellent oral history provides a much-needed perspective of the events and aftermath.
PREMIUM

Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation

This captivating study will thrill World War II buffs as well as mystery readers of all ages.

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power

An essential purchase for all collections of American history and Native American studies.
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One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

The results of this fascinating, well-researched narrative are conveyed with immediacy, insight, and humor. A solid choice for all readers.

Heirs of an Honored Name: The Decline of the Adams Family and the Rise of Modern America

For scholars and serious students of 19th-century American history.

Military History Trending: Old Conflicts, New Formats

PREMIUM

The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson

Inniss presents a riveting legal review of a high-profile fugitive slave case. Whereas Johnson’s story had previously been localized, this study is a welcome addition to all research, legal, and public libraries as an invaluable addition to this emergent field of studies.

PREMIUM

The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

A masterly effort with an intriguing thesis put forward to explain key factors contributing to human history. Highly recommended.

Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

Highly recommended. This work sheds light on misdeeds done in the name of American democracy and should have wide appeal among general readers.

Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination

Will appeal to a broad range of readers, from academics interested in the history of medicine and popular culture, to general readers seeking social history rooted in an imaginative variety of sources.

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least
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The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China

An enjoyable read that sheds light on Chinese feudal arrangements of the late imperial era. Highly recommended for all Chinese history enthusiasts

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight To Defeat the Nazis

An incredibly sweeping and readable tale, this excellent history is for readers interested in World War II and personal narratives

Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940–1945

Highly recommended for Francophiles and those interested in World War II; this work adds to World War II and French historiography.

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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.

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The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town

This vignette of American Jewish history will be illuminating to readers of Jewish and regional U.S. history, for the particular factors relevant to upstate New York.

The Battle of the Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community

A must-read for those interested in early American republic history.

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

Overall, recommended for readers interested in American history, especially those seeking an understanding of slavery’s impact on life throughout the United States.

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Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

Although this work treads familiar ground, Brands is a master storyteller whose latest monograph will enthrall aficionados of 19th-century American history.

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Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital

This book will set the standard for other much-needed intensive, up-close examinations of what the Civil War meant on the ground.

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

A fascinating book that assists readers in gaining a deeper understanding of the past in order to move forward. Highly recommended for all history readers and teachers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

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The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

This work adds intriguing depth to Roosevelt histories. Highly recommended for cultural, presidential, and sport histories.

Polygamy

This is a must-read for scholars seeking to understand better the evolving family forms that populated the North American landscape and inflected cross-cultural encounters and tensions, from early European colonization through the early American republic.

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