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Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology

An intriguing addition to the archaeological history of the American Southwest.

The Manuscripts Club: The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

This book will fly off the shelves. Once readers look inside, they will be hooked. In every respect, this title is a winner.

Eyeliner: A Cultural History

A significant addition to cultural histories of self-expression. Hankir disrupts many deeply held assumptions about beauty, gender, and power.

White House Wild Child: How Alice Roosevelt Broke All the Rules and Won the Heart of America

A highly recommended exploration of Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s life.

As Gods Among Men: A History of the Rich in the West

A terrific history about wealth and the Western world’s economic practices; a strong addition to economic and social sciences collections.

American Vikings: How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of America

A fascinating, eminently readable exploration of Viking presence, both real and imaginary, in the United States.

A Republic of Scoundrels: The Schemers, Intriguers, and Adventurers Who Created a New American Nation

With authoritative narrative in each essay, this book won’t make readers love these scoundrels of U.S. history, but they might just learn something new and find some humanity in them.

November 1942: An Intimate History of the Turning Point of World War II

A kaleidoscope of wartime impressions on four continents and three oceans. Englund has produced a fascinating perspective on one of humanity’s most global conflicts.

The New Roman Empire: A History of Byzantium

Outstanding in every aspect.

On This Day in History Sh!t Went Down

An educational and intriguing (albeit optional) purchase for collections where both history and irreverent humor are popular.

In the Pines: A Lynching, a Lie, a Reckoning

This book about a lynching shows how whites maintained white supremacy as they resisted desegregation and the expansion of Black voting rights. Recommended for those interested in civil rights and Southern history.

Longstreet: The Confederate General Who Defied the South

This biography offers a fresh and balanced appraisal of Longstreet’s life and postwar career. Readers interested in American history, the Civil War, and biographies will enjoy this well-written treatment.

The Encyclopedia of the Weird and Wonderful: Curious and Incredible Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Emphasizing humanity’s history over the traditional time line with its model life stage organization, this intriguing and fascinating title is difficult to put down. It will appeal to both adults and younger students interested in trivia, facts, and history.

Joan of Arc: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works

Manning asserts in his introduction that there is more documentation of Joan of Arc’s life, movements, and military actions than commonly thought, and this volume supports his thesis. Comprehensive and accessible to casual and serious readers alike.

The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn

This book not only focuses on Chinn, but it also presents a complex, contested view of the social and moral ecology of the antebellum South and the nation. Myers extends that story to discuss current racial issues.

Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close

This erudite, enjoyable book about pockets delivers.

After the Nazis: The Story of Culture in West Germany

Kater’s book will appeal to social-history readers and to those interested in how societies grapple with historical atrocities.

Dark Nights, Deadly Waters: American PT Boats at Guadalcanal

This title will likely prove appealing to readers interested in the Second World War’s Pacific strategies, operations, and battles, particularly naval surface warfare in 1942 and 1943.

The Famous Lady Lovers: Black Women and Queer Desire Before Stonewall

Woolner’s beautiful prose and writing style makes this book a delight to read. Academics and general readers alike will be drawn to it.

Lifting the Chains: The Black Freedom Struggle Since Reconstruction

For readers who need persuading of the numerous reasons why Black people still face daily battles against discrimination in the United States.

Richard Nixon: California’s Native Son

A favorable, felicitously fashioned retrospective that helps readers see that Nixon led a substantial and transformative life. This book offers a key to comprehending the relational, emotional, and social contexts that led to his political and psychological formation.

A Woman of Influence: The Spectacular Rise of Alice Spencer in Tudor England

Listeners with an interest in the Tudor era or women’s history will appreciate this well-researched biography of an iconic woman who was well ahead of her time.

His Majesty’s Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World’s Largest Flying Machine

Aviation history buffs will find this an incredible dip into the history of airships.

A Stranger in Your Own City: Travels in the Middle East’s Long War

A bleak yet sensitively told account that effectively captures the human and social impact of war. Recommended for all nonfiction audio collections.

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

Armchair explorers will savor this spirited woman’s journey, taken nearly 150 years ago.

Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House

A delectable listen. Share with listeners interested in food and its intersection with politics and history.

The Trial of the Century

Listeners will likely find this story riveting, as it speaks to still relevant debates surrounding intellectual freedom, evolution, and the separation of church and state.

Getting Out of Saigon: How a 27-Year-Old Banker Saved 113 Vietnamese Civilians

An astonishing, little-known story of humanitarianism in the twilight of the Vietnam War.

Battle of Ink and Ice: A Sensational Story of News Barons, North Pole Explorers, and the Making of Modern Media

Narrated with authority by Sanderson, this account of polar controversy and media wars entertains while raising questions about the nature of news and reporting in the modern age.

All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World

O’Brian fans and listeners interested in adventures at sea will enjoy this book. A recommended purchase for all nonfiction collections.

Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues

Kennedy’s lucid presentation makes for an accessible and compelling listen. Pair with Timothy C. Winegard’s The Mosquito.

Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon

An amazing trip down an awe-inspiring river, and a powerful tribute to two pioneering women of science.

There Will Be Fire: Margaret Thatcher, the IRA, and Two Minutes That Changed History

Recommended for fans of Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing and the works of David Grann.

The Last Secret of the Secret Annex: The Untold Story of Anne Frank, Her Silent Protector, and a Family Betrayal

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking heartfelt historical biography and Holocaust writing. Recommended for fans of Jonathan Freedland and Diane Ackerman.

The Economic Government of the World: 1933–2023

This economic history will be appreciated by readers with a sophisticated background in the field.

Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia

A massive history that captures a pivotal moment in Asian history that would affect the latter half of the 20th century.

In the Shadow of Fear: America and the World in 1950

Based on extensive primary research, this highly readable account highlights these critical months when the U.S. enjoyed its prosperity, and part of the world descended into violence. An important read for those interested in postwar American history, both domestic and abroad.

Hunting the Falcon: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the Marriage That Shook Europe

An intriguing, thought-provoking, extensively researched look at the marriage that impacted and changed history. Readers interested in the history of the Tudors will be especially drawn to this book.

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy

An eye-opening and empathetic analysis of a profoundly personal tragedy. This deeply researched book is insightful as the author reveals the complex issues faced by Palestinians.

Warplane: How the Military Reformers Birthed the A-10 Warthog

Likely to be of interest to military buffs, aeronautical designers, engineering companies, and legislators.

On Great Fields: The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Based on extensive primary research, this book gives fresh insight into Chamberlain’s life. Readers interested in the American Civil War and biographies of famous 19th-century Americans will enjoy this title.

Flee North: A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom in Slavery’s Borderland

An exceptionally well-written book that takes readers into the life and political development of Smallwood. General readers and all types of libraries will need to add this book to their to-be-read lists and collections.

Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King

This highly recommended popular history will appeal to readers of medieval history, studies of warfare, and Dan Jones’s books.

Fixing France: How To Repair a Broken Republic

Will appeal to readers of social justice movements and progressive causes in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s not an evenhanded historical or political analysis.

Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler’s Paris

Readers interested in World War II, French history, the arts, and stories of true love will enjoy this title.

Victory to Defeat: The British Army 1918–40

This title will mainly appeal to enthusiasts of British military history.

Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America’s Legendary Racehorse

Readers do not have to be horse lovers to get swept into this captivating look at an unmatched horse and people of the 1850s.


To Besiege a City: Leningrad 1941–42

An in-depth military analysis of the Siege of Leningrad that homes in on the German and Russian weaponry and strategies that led to the lengthy stalemate. Best suited for academics.

1923: The Crisis of German Democracy in the Year of Hitler’s Putsch

What sets this book apart from other titles on the subject is the author’s focus on regional political and economic differences within Germany and his research on the early deportations of Jews from Bavaria and the consequent impact. A relevant title for readers of world history.

Royal Heirs: Succession and the Future of Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century Europe

A well-researched study of 19th-century monarchies and their captivating royal heirs. This volume contains extensive lists of further reading, which adds to its appeal as a ready reference.

Defining Documents in World History: Human Rights, Vols. 1–2

A terrific set of definitive human rights documents for both general readers and scholars.

The Once Upon a Time World: The Dark and Sparkling Story of the French Riviera

This sweeping history traces the French Riviera from its geological formation through the Belle Époque, the Roaring Twenties, and both world wars to the present day. Given Miles’s writing style and geographical detail, Simon Winchester is a good read-alike author.

In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl: Zelia Nuttall and the Search for Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations

This book does an exemplary job of conveying this distinctive story of a single mother who accomplished many wondrous things in a world and an era that were decidedly against her.

50 Years of Ms.: The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution

A timely and thought-provoking collection of feminist essays, which shows how far society has come and how much work is left to do to obtain true gender equality.

The Genius of their Age: Ibn Sina, Biruni, and the Lost Enlightenment

An indispensable book about the Arab enlightenment and its key players. Will prove interesting to readers who want to know more about this era and its innovations.

American Anarchy: The Epic Struggle Between Immigrant Radicals and the US Government at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

This is an important, crucial purchase. Readers interested in the U.S. legal system, civil rights, and the history of American radical movements should definitely check out this title.


The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption

A fascinating look at the history of beautiful things and how they came to be considered so while implacably revealing the ugliness beneath the veneer. Thought-provoking and earnestly narrated; recommended for all collections.

Road to Surrender: Three Men and the Countdown to the End of World War II

Share with readers of Richard Rhodes’s The Making of the Atomic Bomb or Kai Bird’s American Prometheus. Essential for all audio history collections.

The 272: The Families Who Were Enslaved and Sold To Build the American Catholic Church

A powerfully told story about the little-known connections between the Catholic Church and the people they trafficked. Pair with Ana Lucia Araujo’s Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade or Nikole Hannah-Jones’s The 1619 Project. Highly recommended for all libraries.

Lost at Sea: Eddie Rickenbacker’s Twenty-Four Days Adrift on the Pacific—A World War II Tale of Courage and Faith

A harrowing tale of courage and survival, and a portrait of a larger-than-life hero. Fans of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will love this.

Policing Pregnant Bodies: From Ancient Greece to Post-Roe America

This book is a wake-up call for those who care about and for women and children.

Hollywood and History: What the Movies Get Wrong from the Ancient Greeks to Vietnam

Erratic in content and weak in analysis, this book reads more like a breezy collection of film factoids.

Resisters: How Ordinary Jews Fought Persecution in Hitler’s Germany

Evidence of the power of the powerless. These are the stories that longtime readers of Holocaust literature have been waiting to read: evidence of small, covert acts of resistance (often by individuals working on their own initiative) against a fanatically coordinated genocidal force.

“A Mind Purified by Suffering”: Evgenia Ginzburg’s “Whirlwind” Memoirs

A significant title for scholars of Soviet literature, but a less compelling book for those seeking the wider meaning of Ginzburg’s fate in the 20th century.

MacArthur Reconsidered: A New Look at the Supreme Commander at War

This well-researched, well-written military-history title will draw general readers, especially ones interested in the history of World War II and the Korean War. It will also benefit historians looking for a different interpretation of MacArthur’s role in those conflicts.

Northern Lights: A History of the Arctic Scots

An imperfect work that some Arctic-exploration readers may still find to be a broad overview of Scottish contributions.

Book of Queens: The True Story of the Middle Eastern Horsewomen Who Fought the War on Terror

A breathtaking history, told masterfully. These tapestries of geopolitical history are connected by the author’s personal search for her ancestors and her quest to confirm the existence of the original stud book that authenticates the Caspian horse lineage.

War and Punishment: Putin, Zelensky, and the Path to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

A stirring, academic, yet accessible narrative and analysis of the current war in Ukraine and previous border conflicts. Best suited for informed or curious readers.

Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance

An absorbing read for serious music lovers that may well become a classic in music criticism.

Jolliet and Marquette: A New History of the 1673 Expedition

Ideal for academics, scholars, and enthusiasts of 17th-century expeditions, particularly French treks into the Midwest and their early interactions with Indigenous peoples.

Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America

A welcome, educational addition to social justice collections.

Conquistadors and Aztecs: A History of the Fall of Tenochtitlan

Enthusiastically recommended for students, scholars, and general readers seeking a thoughtful introduction to a complex and controversial historical moment.

The Emperor and the Elephant: Christians and Muslims in the Age of Charlemagne

Appealing and useful primarily to medievalists and scholars of diplomacy, but may prove challenging to generalists; a selective acquisition.

Valiant Women: The Untold Story of the American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II

Readers interested in women’s and military history, especially World War II events and experiences, will value this book.

Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America

With blunt, entertaining, irreverent, sarcastic, and sometimes laugh-out-loud statements, Harriot provocatively explains how the United States came to be and how money-focused, self-serving intentions made it what it is today. Contains important, noteworthy lessons for teen and adult readers.


Drag: A British History

A strong selection for collections focusing on LGBTQIA+ communities, drag history, and performing arts.

A Brutal Reckoning: Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians, and the Epic War for the American South

An engrossing and important audiobook that pays homage to the complex history and heritage of the Muscogee people. Highly recommended.

The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China

A gripping account of a country in transition. Highly recommended for history buffs and fans of Jonathan Kaufman’s The Last Kings of Shanghai.

Brave Men

Pyle’s words bring out the humanity in the soldiers, communicating their bravery without resorting to gory or sensationalistic descriptions. This collection of heartfelt reports, sensitively conveyed in audio, is highly recommended.

The Things We Make: The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans

Hammack’s appealing scientific history proves that common myths of how inventions came about are largely untrue. This glimpse into humankind’s problem-solving methods is highly recommended for scientists and non-scientists alike.

Hitler’s Aristocrats: The Secret Power Players in Britain and America Who Supported the Nazis, 1923–1941

An insightful look at the forces and people who helped enable Hitler’s rise to power and an excellent addition to any audio history collection.

A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot To Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them

This superb author-narrated work illuminates a terrifying and chillingly relevant time in U.S. history. An essential purchase for all libraries.

The Madam and the Spymaster: Kitty Schmidt, Reinhard Heydrich, and the Secret History of the Most Famous Brothel in Wartime Berlin

The authors are scrupulous in analyzing their findings, but ultimately the number of sources is limited.

Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights

This book’s precise writing creates a memorable portrait of a successful chapter in Humphrey’s complicated career.

Jews in the Garden: A Holocaust Survivor, the Fate of His Family, and the Secret History of Poland in World War II

An engrossing, engagingly written, highly researched account of a journey to find out the truth of what happened to a specific family during the Holocaust. A fantastic title to give to readers interested in Jewish, European, and World War II history.

Beatrice’s Last Smile: A New History of the Middle Ages

Like Dante’s character Beatrice, readers will likely look back on this book with an appreciative smile.

Facing the Sea of Sand: The Sahara and the Peoples of North Africa

A masterpiece of African scholarship featuring stunning full-color photography and edifying maps. This volume should be required reading for academics, but it’s also accessible for general readers.

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Defectors: How the Illicit Flight of Soviet Citizens Built the Borders of the Cold War World

This diplomatic history is dense and detailed. Best suited for academic libraries with collections in modern European history.

Freedom To Win: A Cold War Story of the Courageous Hockey Team That Fought the Soviets for the Soul of Its People—and Olympic Gold

Much more than a book about hockey. Will appeal to hockey fans and readers interested in the relationship between sports and patriotism.

Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race To Save the Treasures of China’s Forbidden City

Listeners will be on the edge of their seats as they learn about the heroic efforts of Chinese scholars and curators throughout this 16-year mission.

Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the California Gold Rush Trail

Armchair travelers and history buffs interested in political and social issues, including immigration, civil rights, and environmental justice will appreciate this unique, solidly narrated title.

Egypt’s Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth

Despite some flaws, this audiobook is a fantastic addition to any collection. Share with listeners looking for a different take on ancient Egyptian royalty; fans of Guy de la Bédoyère’s Pharaohs of the Sun or Arielle P. Kozloff’s Amenhotep III will also likely enjoy this title.

The American Way: A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe

The lives of Schulback and Donenfeld connect old Hollywood, the Golden Age of Comics, and the Holocaust. Fans of celebrity tell-all stories and comic book histories will enjoy.

Crooked: The Roaring ’20s Tale of a Corrupt Attorney General, a Crusading Senator, and the Birth of the American Political Scandal

For fans of G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage. Recommended for general purchase.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

All the trimmings of an admirable shipwreck story are present, including scurvy, mutiny, controversy, and foul weather. Combined with Graham’s hardy narration, Grann’s latest is a riveting must-listen. Expect broad listener appeal and high demand for this enthralling seafaring tale.

Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement

Listeners interested in social justice and the history of the 1960s will likely enjoy this well-narrated deep dive into the early days of the Black Power movement.

Homo Sapiens Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution Rewriting Our Origins

An approachable exploration of humanity’s roots that will likely interest those who loved Sang-Hee Lee’s Close Encounters With Humankind or Annalee Newitz’s explorations of more recent ancient humans in Four Lost Cities.

Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed

This deep dive into the case of Ana Montes is meticulously presented and will captivate true-crime lovers.

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