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The Widowed Ones: Beyond the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Readers interested in 19th-century, women’s, and military history will be drawn into this thoroughly humane and sympathetic treatment of U.S. army widows.

France: An Adventure History

In this refreshing history, Robb will challenge U.S. readers’ assumptions about France by interjecting new discoveries, more diversity, and an aptitude for strong storytelling.

Danger Close! A Vietnam Memoir

This Vietnam War memoir balances a first-hand account of the horrors of war with a historical perspective on the military leadership of the time.

Conspiracy on Cato Street: A Tale of Liberty and Revolution in Regency London

Gatrell asks all the right questions of his subject, and his answers are sound and illuminating. Of equal pleasure for academics and lay readers.

The Times They Were A-Changin’: 1964—The Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn

Despite its flaws, McElvaine’s book will be enjoyable for readers who like popular history, and particularly for Baby Boomers feeling wistful about the past.

Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

A delightful read about humanity’s fascination and obsession with the sea and sea-wrecks.

1368: China and the Making of the Modern World

Highly recommended for all students of East Asian history.

Incomparable Realms: Spain During the Golden Age, 1500–1700

The illustrations alone make Robbins’s book worth purchasing, but it is also a defining study of a seminal period in the history of Western art.

Hitler’s Girl

Though it will be primarily of interest to history buffs, this may be a cautionary tale for today. Democratic institutions are fragile and many of the problems roiling the waters of the ’30s are ascendant again.

Hotbed: Bohemian Greenwich Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism

A fascinating view of feminist activism at the beginning of the 20th century.

Rules: A Short History of What We Live By

A timely release that will satisfy the mathematically curious, who hunger to know how algorithms actually work, as well anyone who loves debating policy.

The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler

Cadbury’s captivating book enhances an already voluminous body of WWII writing and is a testament to the best humanity has to offer. It has the potential to be a book club favorite.

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

This book will interest both general readers and historians of medicine, and will remind readers of the long-term costs of the horrors of modern war.

Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World

A fun book that both instructs and entertains on every page. Highly recommended.

Hitler’s Winter: The German Battle of the Bulge

This highly readable account of the Battle of the Bulge will appeal to those interested in World War II and military history.

We Refuse To Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power

Illuminating a little-known aspect of American history, this book will especially appeal to those interested in the history of Indigenous and Black Americans.

Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker’s Wife, and Mussolini’s Daughter Outwitted the Nazis

A nail-biting account of state crimes and secrets, real world action pitting spy versus spy and diplomat versus diplomat.


Offering a unique point of view that includes many valuable insights about cities, however, it regularly departs from the urban theme to discuss global issues such as colonialism and slavery. This can give the feeling of two different books in one.

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

It’s been nearly six years since popular Millard published Hero of the Empire, and eager fans and armchair travelers will gladly sign up for this enthralling and heartbreaking adventure.

Red List: MI5 and British Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century

Lacking an over-arching narrative, Caute’s study offers instead a flood of individual cases, laying them out in detail to show how clueless MI5 agents often were in their activities.

Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939–1945

This title will be appreciated by specialists but is not for the general reader.

Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor

This accessible, inspiring, and instructive read belongs in school libraries, in university classrooms, and in general readers’ hands for its lessons about workers’ united power and the unfinished business of workplace justice.

Geography Is Destiny: Britain’s Place in the World: A 10,000-Year History

Morris provides a very comprehensive history of Britain while keeping readers engaged. It is a skill to cover such a vast timeline and still keep a reader wanting more. A satisfying read for both readers new to British history those looking for a new take.

Born To Be Hanged: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Raided the South Seas, Rescued a Princess, and Stole a Fortune

Every action-packed page is certain to thrill connoisseurs of piracy and seafaring history.

Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws: And Other Classical Myths, Historical Oddities, and Scientific Curiosities

A solid purchase for a public library’s nonfiction section.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution

Scholars and general readers will enhance their knowledge of an often-neglected yet essential aspect of Revolutionary War history with Dolin’s cogent, absorbing, thoroughly researched account.

In the Shadow of the Gods: The Emperor in World History

Definitely a must-have for any academic library that supports history research. Will also appeal to advanced general readers with an interest in history or comparative biography.

African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Freedom

This riveting, extensive study will prove invaluable to students of the history of slavery and African American history.

Return to Uluru: The Hidden History of a Murder in Outback Australia

Honest and thought-provoking, this book takes a hard look at some uncomfortable truths in Australia’s history. Recommended for anyone wanting to examine racism, colonialism, and their continued effects.

Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad

This extremely well written scholarly work addresses the fact that much of the history of Black Americans has been tied to their inability to freely move about the nation.

The Colony: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land

Riveting, insightful, ripped from the headlines, this should appeal to fans of true crime and of Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven.

A World Transformed: Slavery in the Americas and the Origins of Global Power

This general history of the slave trade provides a thorough and humane treatment of the subject that will appeal to non-specialists and specialists alike.

Team America: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged

Ultimately a good biography and analysis of four important leaders; should be valuable for any readers interested in World War II history or leadership studies.

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

A memorable cold case investigation that answers numerous nagging questions about how the Nazis discovered where Anne Frank and seven others were hiding during World War II.

Great Cities: The Stories Behind the World’s Most Fascinating Places

An attractive coffee-table book, highly recommended for fans of history and travel.

Women Who Changed the World: Their Lives, Challenges, and Accomplishments Through History

For high school and university students and general readers, this encyclopedia adds balance to history collections.

Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton’s Rise to Glory

Readers interested in World War II and the books of James Holland and Alex Kershaw will enjoy this tale of the American victory in North Africa under Patton.

A Scientific Revolution: Ten Men and Women Who Reinvented American Medicine

While this is an easy-to-read collection of selective biographies, it will mainly be of interest to those interested in Johns Hopkins.

The Last Survivor: The Incredible Story of the Man Who Survived Three Concentration Camps and a Major Maritime Disaster Near the End of World War II

Accounts of the experiences of different groups targeted by the Nazis remain important and continue to be relevant today. Krake’s contribution is written in an accessible style, suitable for both academic collections and AP high school collections.

Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778

Impeccably researched, this is a needed addition to the story of the war for independence.

The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Readers of Big Science and Big History will like this wide-angle look at one of humanity’s most persistent and dangerous problems.

Spare Parts: The Story of Medicine Through the History of Transplant Surgery

This fascinating and lively medical history will appeal to lay readers and anyone interested in the history of medicine.

Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren’t Supposed To Do

A quirky volume that brings together stories of many interesting women for readers looking for a laugh and an education.

The Greatest Raid: St. Nazaire, 1942

Readers interested in World War II, British naval and commando raids, and German defensive action in wartime France will enjoy this book.

The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway

This non-specialist history will appeal to general readers of World War II and naval history.

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Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe

This Love Canal story exposes the nation’s utter unpreparedness to respond to that public health crisis and is very timely during the COVID pandemic. This authoritative book deserves a wide audience and should provoke reflection on just how much we have progressed in the 45 years since the Love Canal disaster.

Persians: The Age of the Great Kings

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

Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth

Ford’s forceful arguments and writing will compel readers to face the facts of the long history of exploitation and appropriation that have defined so much of America’s struggle with itself to give substance and meaning to its promise of “freedom” for all.

The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria

A romp through a dramatic landscape and events that will be exciting for anyone interested in history and, in particular, classical archaeology.

The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain’s Most Terrifying Prison

A powerful depiction of race relations, international politics, and governmental neglect in the early years of the American republic.

The Last Baron: The Paris Kidnapping That Brought Down an Empire

This is an immensely readable, impeccably written, and thoroughly researched tale of a kidnapping gone wrong. Ideal for readers who enjoy biography, social, political, and cultural history.

Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast

The level of detail in this scrupulously researched tale makes for slow reading at times but it brings to light the contribution of these formidable women to the early history of Gulf Coast France, a contribution till now has largely swept under the carpet. A fascinating book for history lovers, not just academics.

The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won World War II

This highly readable account of the lives of two of the most consequential people in the United States’ involvement in the Second World War will appeal to those interested in U.S. history and biography.

Rebels Against the Raj: Western Fighters for India’s Freedom

For those looking for a new perspective on India’s fight for independence and beyond, and what drives people to devote their life and freedom to a cause not their own.

After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War

This narrative nonfiction will appeal to those interested in Russian history, especially the Russian Revolution, and to readers of historical fiction by authors like Ken Follett or Marie Benedict.

Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire

Thoroughly researched and presented in scrupulous detail, this tale of “legalized violence,” founded on a racism not even thinly disguised, is a must-read for serious students of history.

The Schlager Anthology of the American Revolution: A Student’s Guide to Essential Primary Sources

A worthwhile resource for public libraries and community colleges.

Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II

Fans of James Holland or Kershaw’s earlier works, as well as readers interested in military and World War II history, will enjoy the sharp storytelling and prose on display here.

Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War

Based on Chase’s papers and other documents, Lowenstein’s clearly argued book shines a light on an oft-neglected history of the American Civil War and how it shaped the U.S. economy.

The Vortex: A True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation

An essential history of the infuriatingly tragic creation of Bangladesh amid a devastating storm, genocide, war, political intrigue, and hope.

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: Reporters of the Lost Generation in a World at War

Highly recommended for readers who enjoy biographies, modern history, and politics.

Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America

Scrupulously researched and written in appealing journalistic style, this book should attract enthusiasts of Western and U.S. history.

The Religious Revolution: The Birth of Modern Spirituality, 1848–1898

While some of Green’s interpretations might not stand up to academic criticism, he does offer a fascinating picture of the intellectual world of the late 19th century.

To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner

Emberton’s sensitive and sympathetic recovery of Joyner’s story speaks volumes on what freedom meant and might mean, and why the best way to know a person is to listen to and learn from the stories they choose to tell.

Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century

Riggs provides an unparalleled behind-the-curtain view of the challenges and complications involved in mounting a major international traveling museum exhibition. The inclusion of her personal museum and archaeological experiences and her desire to reveal the previously overlooked contributions of women and Egyptians make this a fascinating and moving narrative.

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.

Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from Willam the Conqueror to Elizabeth II

Those already familiar with English history won’t find new material here but this would be a good introduction for others, and Borman’s bibliography leads to more focused biographies and histories.

The Color of Abolition: How a Printer, a Prophet, and a Contessa Moved a Nation

Hirshman brings much-needed attention to the little-known triangulation between Garrison, Douglass, and Chapman, opening a new realm of inquiry for readers of the history of slavery and abolition.

Watergate: A New History

The 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in in 2022 will undoubtedly witness an abundance of books with which to compare this work.

Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern

Essential reading for anyone interested in Chinese language or modern Chinese history.

Index, a History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age

Backmatter has never enjoyed such a spotlight; sure to amuse bibliophiles and casual readers alike.

The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific

Presser does an able job blending Pitcairn Island’s dark present with its darker past. Travel enthusiasts and armchair explorers will find a lot to like here.

Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945–1955

Highly recommended for readers of modern European political and cultural history, especially those with little knowledge of the period.

Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past

History lovers will find this exceptionally well-written book as insightful as it is a pleasure to read.

The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade

Rooks’s sensitive treatment of enslaved people and the crew of the Black Joke makes this a recommended read for those interested in slavery studies and British or West African history.


Lincoln and the Fight for Peace

Avlon sometimes strains to make Lincoln’s Civil War–era approach to peace applicable to world wars, and relies too much on post-assassination memoirs for his Lincoln tales, but he does make the case that to win a war one must also know how to win the peace and invest in doing so.

Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City

This archeological exploration of Jerusalem will find a welcome audience among readers interest in or curious about the historic city.

Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed-Descent Peoples and the Making of the American West

By focusing on families, Hyde has made this history relatable and personal. The engaging narrative is highly recommended for all biography and history collections.

A House Built by Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House

An original and revealing book on a subject heretofore surprisingly missing from the large Lincoln literature.

Extreme North: A Cultural History

As content creators continue to find inspiration in the mythical north, readers interested in why these themes have had such longevity will find this book invaluable.

The Glass Wall: Lives on the Baltic Frontier

Offering no easy answers but plenty to think about, this book will be of interest to readers interested in Eastern European history and current events.

Insurrection: Rebellion, Civil Rights, and the Paradoxical State of Black Citizenship

Allan’s prose seamlessly draws the personal and historical together in a book that general readers of U.S. history will find interesting and thought-provoking.

The Last Slave Ship: The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning

Raines effectively blends historical research and journalism into a gripping transatlantic tale of trauma, hope, and reconciliation. An absolutely essential book.


Seven Games: A Human History

A surprisingly introspective look at the history of machine learning as it relates to games, and its impact on gameplay and society. This will have appeal across game enthusiasts, technologists, and those interested in the interplay of it all.

The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America

This fresh and new reading of Lincoln’s presidency and the Constitution will find a home among readers interested in the Civil War and American constitutional history.

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

This well-reasoned survey of anthropological history should intrigue historians, social activists, and fans of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens or Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel.

The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe

This accessible trip through the medieval world is well worth taking for anyone wishing to better understand its complexity.

Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire

This book is really two books mashed into one, and not as successfully as they might have been. Katz's account of his own visits intrudes on his account of Smedley's life, and his indictment of military policy is interrupted by the constant return to biography. Only for military history completists.


The Fifties: An Underground History

This work by Gaines follows in the footsteps of David Halberstam’s 1993 book of the same title and will be enjoyed by readers seeking solid historical research that is also an informative read. Recommended.

The Landmark Xenophon’s ‘Anabasis’

History, literature, and classics departments will be grateful for this edition’s supplementary teaching and research material, but libraries geared toward a more casual readership might question the number of checkouts it will receive.

The Library: A Fragile History

This is sure to be a new addition to library and information school curricula and will be fascinating for all bibliophiles and people who want libraries to survive and improve.

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States

Much like David Treuer’s Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, this work presents an Indigenous voice in the interpretation of U.S. history that is highly relevant to current discourse on the country’s history and present society; it will likely be much sought-after in college classrooms.

His Greatest Speeches: How Lincoln Moved the Nation

An essential work on the purpose, poetry, and power of Lincoln’s words.

The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe

Mazower contextualizes a major transformation in 19th-century Eastern Europe for readers of European history and provides a solid background of modern Greece for students of ancient history.

Year of the Hawk: America’s Descent into Vietnam, 1965

Highly recommended as a concise study of the United States’ entrance into the Vietnam War. Further, it’s an excellent primer on how countries can charge down the wrong warpath.

Brothers in Arms

An excellent addition to other World War II unit histories and a must-read for anybody interested in military history and the Second World War.

Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival

This is an engaging and captivating story capturing the courage and strength of humanity under extreme conditions. Highly recommended, especially for those interested in World War II history, U.S. history, and biography.

Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944

Readers interested in military history and the Pacific theater will enjoy McManus’s second contribution in this military history trilogy.

Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

This engaging book, which includes often-neglected Indigenous and Black perspectives of the war, reads like the story of a contentious extended family, as opposed to a traditional military history. It will appeal to a wide audience.


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