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Persians: The Age of the Great Kings

Recommended for readers with an interest in ancient Persian history and culture, Greek philosophy, and contemporary Iran.

The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged the Medieval World

A compelling read for those with an interest in early medieval European history, Merovingian history, and women in power.

For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color

Highly recommended for readers with an interest in social issues impacting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; immigrant stories; and sociology.


The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth

Henning’s incisive book is highly recommended for readers interested in sociology, African American studies, criminal justice reform, and activism.

Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War

Highly recommended for any audience (professional or general) with an interest in African or African diaspora studies, history of the Atlantic slave trade, the Atlantic world, pre-industrialization, U.S. history, general world history, or sociology.

Daughters of Sparta

Recommended for fans of Madeline Miller or readers interested in Greek mythology, historical fiction, and women leading characters.


The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo; The Transformation of Western Civilization

Bringing the Renaissance into better focus, this well-researched work is highly recommended for readers with an interest in the era, art history, and Italian history.

What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be?

Recommended for readers interested in environmentalism, anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.

The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed

A fast-paced account of environmental justice and determination in the face of challenging odds, by the authors of Plundering Paradise. Recommended for readers with an interest in economics, politics, science, environmental conservation, international affairs, or sociology.

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