History Previews, Jun. 2022, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

World War II, U.S. intelligence, Black Creeks, and Alabama v. King

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Abrams, Dan & Fred D. Gray with David Fisher. Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Launched the Civil Rights Movement. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781335475190. $27.99. CD. HISTORY

Bissinger, Buzz. The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II. Harper. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780062879929. $29.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

Blum, Howard. The Spy Who Knew Too Much: Pete Bagley’s Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal. Harper. Jun. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780063054219. $28.99. HISTORY

Clague, Mark. O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Norton. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780393651386. $28.95. HISTORY

Dolin, Eric Jay. Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution. Liveright: Norton. May 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781631498251. $32.50. HISTORY

Gardner, Mark Lee. The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 560p. ISBN 9780062669896. $28.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

Gayle, Caleb. We Refuse To Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. Riverhead. Jun. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593329580. $28. HISTORY

Hoffman, David E. Give Me Liberty: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and His Daring Quest for a Free Cuba. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 544p. ISBN 9781982191191. $32.50. CD. HISTORY

Kimmerle, Erin. We Carry Their Bones. Morrow. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780063030244. $27.99. HISTORY

Kissinger, Henry. Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy. Penguin Pr. May 2022. 400p. 9780593489444. $36. CD. HISTORY

Li, Zhuqing. Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War. Norton. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780393541779. $27.95. HISTORY

Mazzeo, Tilar J. Sisters in Resistance: How a German Spy, a Banker’s Wife, and Mussolini’s Daughter Outwitted the Nazis. Grand Central. Jun. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781538735268. $30. HISTORY

Parlett, Jack. Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Jun. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781335475183. $27.99. CD. HISTORY

Reynolds, Nicholas. Need To Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence. Custom House: Morrow. Jun. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780062967473. $29.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORY

White, Ralph. Getting Out of Saigon: How a 27-Year-Old Banker Saved 113 Vietnamese Civilians. S. & S. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781982195175. $28.99. CD. HISTORY

New York Times best-selling authors Abrams and Fisher join forces with Gray, the young Black lawyer who served as Martin Luther King’s defense attorney when King was tried for his part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, to tell the story of the trial in Alabama v. King (150,000-copy first printing). Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bissinger chronicles The Mosquito Bowl, a football game played in the Pacific theater on Christmas Eve 1944 between the 4th and 29th Marine regiments to prove which had the better players (400,000-copy first printing). In The Spy Who Knew Too Much, New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning Blum recounts efforts by Tennent “Pete” Bagley—a rising CIA star accused of being a mole—to redeem his reputation by solving the disappearance of former CIA officer John Paisley and to reconcile with his daughter, who married his accuser’s son (50,000-copy first printing). Associate professor of musicology at the University of Michigan, Clague reveals how The Star-Spangled Banner became the national anthem in O Say Can You Hear? Multiply honored for his many history books, Dolin returns with Rebels at Sea to chronicle the contributions of the freelance sailors—too often called profiteers or pirates—who scurried about on private vessels to help win the Revolutionary War. With The Earth Is All That Lasts, Gardner, the award-winning author of Rough Riders and To Hell on a Fast Horse, offers a dual biography of the significant Indigenous leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull (50,000-copy first printing). With We Refuse To Forget, New America and PEN America fellow Gayle investigates the Creek Nation, which both enslaved Black people and accepted them as full citizens, electing the Black Creek citizen Cow Tom as chief in the mid 1800s but stripping Black Creeks of their citizenship in the 1970s. Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Hoffman’s Give Me Liberty profiles Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, who founded the Christian Liberation Movement in 1987 to challenge Fidel Castro’s Communist regime (50,000-copy first printing). Forensic anthropologist Kimmerle’s We Carry Their Bones the true story of the Dozier Boys School, first brought to light in Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Nickel Boys (75,000-copy first printing). Kissinger’s Leadership plumbs modern statecraft, putting forth Charles de Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer, Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nixon, Lee Kuan Yew, and Anwar Sadat as game-changing leaders who helped create a new world order. From a prominent family that included the tutor to China’s last emperor, Li profiles her aunts Jun and Hong—separated after the Chinese Civil War, with one becoming a committed Communist and the other a committed capitalist—in Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden. New York Times best-selling author Mazzeo (Irena’s Children) reveals that three Sisters in Resistance—a German spy, an American socialite, and Mussolini’s daughter—risked their lives to hand over the secret diaries of Italy's jailed former foreign minister, Galeazzo Ciano, to the Allies; the diaries later figured importantly in the Nuremberg Trials (45,000-copy first printing). A Junior Research Fellowship in English at University College, Oxford, whose PhD dissertation examined how gay cruising manifests in New York poetry, Parlett explains that New York's Fire Island has figured importantly in art, literature, culture, and queer liberation over the past century (75,000-copy first printing). Author of the New York Times best-selling Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy and a former CIA officer, Reynolds argues in Need To Know for the importance of U.S. intelligence during World War II in securing victory. As he reveals in Getting Out of Saigon, White was directed by Chase Manhattan Bank to close its Saigon branch in 1975 and went beyond orders by evacuating not just senior Vietnamese employees but the entire staff and their families (75,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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