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The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy

Readers interested in the American Civil War and its leaders will find much to enjoy in this fresh, new interpretation.

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

An exciting read for fans of World War II history, espionage tales, and the development of nuclear weapons.

World War II in Focus | History, June 2019


The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

A fitting celebration and remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France and Paris. Recommended for readers of military history.


Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

An engaging read for both teens and adults interested in satellite remote sensing and other technologies as well as archaeology. They will learn some intriguing things about civilizations in the process.


Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

Despite these drawbacks, this book may find a home among dedicated readers of military history.

When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History

Hayoun’s debut memoir offers a new perspective on world affairs and will be appreciated by readers interested in family histories told through personal narratives.


Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

Part history lesson, part rodeo diary, this will find appeal across a broad audience and be of particular interest to fans of rodeo culture, Hawaiian history, and the early American West. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

This poignant and powerful book shows us that decisions and laws surrounding racial identity and interest were deliberate. Knowing that matters in thinking about race today. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

This thoroughly researched work is highly recommended for those interested in the Chinese American experience or the history of San Francisco. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

History readers, particularly of the 20th century, will appreciate Bouverie’s relentless pursuit of answers to the question, “Why?”

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Recommended for readers interested in a selective but engaging glimpse into modern life in the rural South. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.]

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Guiet’s tribute to his father’s remarkable life will appeal to readers interested in World War II history and the American OSS and British SOE wartime spy agencies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War

Released in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this is possibly one last testament to those valiant soldiers who helped secured American victory.


The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century

A sympathetic, journalistic account of an unruly band of brothers whose 45 days of fighting in Cuba changed the world.


D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

A solid read highlighting women’s heroism and resistance during World War II and beyond.


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.


Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War To Save a Nation

For those wanting to see spying through both a wide-angle lens in terms of patterns of espionage and a microscopic one in terms of personalities, Waller’s book is the one to read.

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Battle for France

Meticulous attention to large and small detail combined with a conversational writing style make this World War II chronicle accessible for most general readers.

Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

This insightful history of crimes perpetrated against gay men is essential for social history fans. Readers who enjoy well-researched, deliberate social commentary will appreciate Polchin’s enlightening and descriptive style.


The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

Kershaw’s latest will appeal to readers interested in World War II and firsthand accounts of soldiers and their time in battle.


Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona

An excellent popular history, this intimately researched text will appeal to anyone with interest in military or maritime history as well as those who enjoy personal narratives.

Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Johnson masterfully weaves historical details and current events into the interviews with her subjects, with each aspect enriching the broader tale. Highly recommended to readers with an interest in military history, women’s studies, women’s history, and Japanese-U.S. relations.


A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture After the Holocaust

A serious work of Jewish studies scholarship that is nevertheless important and accessible for anyone interested in the history of the book or postwar Europe

Since Stonewall | Social Sciences, May 2019

Historic Hotels | Social Sciences, May 2019

Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas

A groundbreaking tour de force that will appeal to anyone interested in American history or Native American studies.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

An excellent introduction to the Redemption period for new readers and a reminder to experts of why the era is still so crucial to American history.

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

A must-read for American history buffs, produced by one of today's greatest scholars. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]

Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World

Scholars or history lovers seeking to understand the American Revolution from a different point of view would benefit from these previously understudied stories.

African History, April 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

Asian History, April 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

European History, April 2019 | Best Sellers

Voting Rights | Social Sciences, April 2019

Revolutionary: George Washington at War

O'Connell debunks myths and explains motives, shortcomings, and misperceptions in this historical saga that will engage both general and academic readers.

The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

Committed general and academic readers will benefit from taking in this well-written and -researched study in its entirety, partly for setting the Adams' legacy straight, and additionally for the implications the story has on modern politics.

Native Stories | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2018

New Views on the Monarchy | History Reviews, December 2018

New Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic

Portraits of Cuba | History Reviews

World Maps, the Global Economy, Exploring the American Revolution | Reference Reviews

Ancient Egypt | History Reviews

Three Titles Advance the Life of Frederick Douglass

Fresh Takes on Historic Jamestown | History Reviews

Latin American History, October 2018 | Best Sellers

Land of the Rising Sun: Japan History and More | Collection Development

U.S. History, September 2018 | Best Sellers

The Path to Vietnam | History Reviews

African History, August 2018 | Best Sellers


The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul

A fine choice as an introduction to the election and for those who enjoyed Lawrence O'Donnell's Playing with Fire or Michael Cohen's American Maelstrom.

1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies

With a skeptic's keen eye, Vinen provides a greater understanding of the time that all readers can appreciate.

The Romanov Empress

A solid recommendation for readers of historical fiction, especially those who favor the lives of kings and queens. [July 16 marks the centennial of the murder of Tsar Nicholas and his family by the Bolsheviks.—Ed.]

Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen

Highly recommended for fans of the period. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/17.]

Jesus in Asia

Sugirtharajah's scope and analysis is a necessary corrective, reminding us that any reimagining of Jesus is speculative. Yet such speculation may throw new light on what propelled the first Gospel writers.

Why We Need Religion

A fascinating if unsettling read for those interested in religion or science. Asma seems to suggest that humans are a deeply flawed species, stuck between the inductive of searching for truth and the imperative for survival.

The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist

Although Shields can be faulted for some generalizations (for example, most don't view the 1960s women's liberation movement as freedom from restrictive clothing), she allows readers an extended reflection on our notions of self.

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins: New Light on Ancient Texts and Communities

Joseph's careful analysis could be useful for biblical scholars and students in reconstructing some aspects of the historical Jesus.

Integral Buddhism: And the Future of Spirituality

Those already acquainted with Wilber's integral theory will find this work expands on those ideas. However, this portrayal of Buddhism is one most would not recognize and has little interaction with science.

Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States

Although the tone is academic in structure, the writing remains both accessible and thought provoking. A worthy conversation for all readers.

No Recipe: Cooking as Spiritual Practice

Some might lament that there are no recipes included as Brown's loving re-creations of cooking will stir a literal as well as metaphorical hunger in readers.

Crippled Grace: Disability, Virtue Ethics, and the Good Life

Clifton's advocacy is clear-eyed and piercing; theory and practice melded to provide a fuller expression of what it is to be human.

Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics

This book is fascinating in its command of Indian politics and religion, especially as represented in historical texts; it presumes a certain foreknowledge of Hinduism in order to be fully appreciated. For Doniger fans, another keeper.

The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson

Hauerwas brings to this study a certain intimacy rarely found in books about ethics. Recommended for those interested in the pursuit of ethics.

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

Raw in perspective, this challenging memoir of religious fanaticism never adequately addresses the nagging question: Was Zuman a victim, or did she freely seek the group out because she was looking for the experiences Zendik promised to provide?

Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy That Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court

An eminently readable portrait of a fascinating woman. Highly recommended for readers of biography and Tudor history.

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower: In War and Peace is more comprehensive, but Hitchcock impressively recasts Eisenhower and his era as more dynamic than their historical reputations.

Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties

This compelling account of two giants of their time will find a wide audience among historians and informed general readers. See David Goldfield's The Gifted Generation for a view of Eisenhower as a stronger civil rights president.

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

A compulsively readable account of an otherwise unfamiliar royal family. Goldstone writes with knowledge, humor, and ease—a masterly storyteller who steers clear of overly academic language. Ideal for amateur Tudor historians who wish to be introduced to a lesser-known yet equally fascinating royal family.

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom

An enlightening analysis of the relationship between black nationalism and feminism. Recommended for scholars interested in the subject.

The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women's Liberation

Much like a museum exhibition, this collection uses accessible text and rich visual materials that invite readers to explore in a nonlinear fashion. It will appeal to both those deeply familiar with the topic as well as beginners of this influential moment in feminist history.

Women & Power: A Manifesto

Although many readers might have already encountered earlier editions of these pieces, this volume remains a fresh presentation of thoughtful political commentary from a historical and feminist perspective.

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

Moving from paradigm-shifting art to the more bizarre corners of the counterculture, this book illuminates a lesser-known portion of the tumultuous cultural history of America during the late Sixties. [See Prepub Alert, 10/4/17.]

Hendrix: The lllustrated Story

This colorful, plush-bound tome should not be the first Hendrix book to buy, but it will please patrons with an interest in the musician's life and work.

Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China

Lian Xi honors this spirited and courageous young woman with an enlightening biography of her life and troubled times.

In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared To Break the Rules

A lively and informative work that would be a valuable addition to all library collections. The variety of women and careers featured here will also appeal to YA readers.

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

For informed readers interested in the lives of women and cultural changes of the mid-20th century.

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Dean's title is engaging and well written, but one cannot help but wish that more women of color had received attention. With that in mind, this work may be of interest to readers who enjoy biography, literary criticism, and women's or cultural history.

The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966

While Nobel Prize winner Dylan has always maintained a distinct celebrity, Merton's renown has dimmed somewhat, and it's nice to see this crusader for world peace introduced to a new generation of readers in such an intriguing way.

She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It

A recommended purchase that will provide readers with ideas for further research and questions about these extraordinary women left out of our history books.

Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

This book will lend itself to casual browsing as well as a more serious study of successful, intersectional grassroots organizing.

Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past

Upper-level high school students and undergraduates will find this a useful option.

Blood on the Stage, 1800 to 1900: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

This specialty resource offers a window into the theatergoing experience of the time. Recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries seeking to develop their theater history collections.

The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty

Of interest to high school and college students.

Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900

Recommended for those interested in women artists or 19th-century art.

Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street

Readers will kick up their heels over this title, recommended as the perfect complement to author's earlier book.

Enchantress of Numbers

After a slow start, Chiaverini (Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker) deftly draws a compelling study of a complicated woman whose relationship with her mother was equally complex. This will appeal to those interested in women in science and the dawn of the Victorian age. [See Prepub Alert, 7/26/17; "Editors' Fall Picks, LJ 9/1/17.]

I, Eliza Hamilton

Scott's devotion to research is evident, and those who enjoy learning about history through fiction should find this to be a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple.

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

A powerful work that adds value and insight to any collection. Fans of Burns and Ward will be awed by their mastery in creating an accurate, thorough historical narrative.

The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle To Survive the Vietnam War

We are finally ready to learn more about Vietnam, and no book tells the story better than this one.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies

Fans of Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures and Andrew Hodges's Alan Turing: The Enigma will enjoy this carefully researched story of a smart and loyal but overlooked woman. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/17.]

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Similar to Nathalia Holt's The Rise of the Rocket Girls and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures, this is indispensable and fascinating history. Highly recommended for all readers.

Birdcage Walk

After Exposure, Orange Prize winner Dunmore's final novel (the author died in June) is a gripping psychological mystery set in a compellingly portrayed period of exhilaration and unrest. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]

The Indigo Girl

Romance author Boyd's (Eversea) first historical novel captivates on every level, refreshingly crafting the 18th-century world of real-life Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–93). Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things will savor.

A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial

This moving historical snapshot casts a wide net of interest and will appeal to Vietnam-era scholars, art historians, and general readers.

Moscow Vanguard Art: 1922–1992

A refreshing, interesting reexamination, less burdened by outsiders' preconceptions of art's purpose in Soviet society.

Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

An engrossing summation of a period with great artistic promise that came to an abrupt end.

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Although the gruesome details of death and dismemberment may prove difficult reading for some, this work provides a fascinating look at the challenges and horrors of urban warfare and is essential for anyone interested in the Vietnam War.

Revolution: The Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo

Author of award-winning fiction, poetry, biography, and history, Ackroyd presents the fourth volume in a series unfolding the story of England...

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty

For all readers interested in understanding the enigmatic and controversial Jefferson as well as his shortcomings and triumphs within the context of his time.

George Washington: A Life in Books

Best for scholars of early American literature and print culture.

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