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The Excruciating History of Dentistry

by James Wynbrandt St. Martin's Press (January 27, 2015)

For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose...


Cities of Empire

by Tristram Hunt Henry Holt and Co. (November 25, 2014)

An original history of the most enduring colonial creation, the city, explored through ten portraits of powerful urban centers the British Empire left in its wake

At its peak, the British Empire was an urban...


Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south...


Ghosts

by Roger Clarke St. Martin's Press (October 07, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

"Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James' The Turn of the Screw] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative...


Opium

by Donald Wigal Parkstone International (February 15, 2014)

Opium, once used for ritual purposes, is a substance which dulls pain and offers access to an artificial world, and has long been idealized by artists and markets. Baudelaire, Picasso, and Dickens were all inspired...


A Perfect Fit

by Jenna Weissman Joselit Henry Holt and Co. (April 29, 2014)

A striking and inventive social history of the role of clothing in the making of modern Americans.

While fashions of the rich and famous have been lushly chronicled, little attention has been paid to the meaning...


The Dirt on Clean

by Katherine Ashenburg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

The question of cleanliness is one every age and culture has answered with confidence. For the first-century Roman, being clean meant a two-hour soak in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with...


Flappers

by Judith Mackrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 14, 2014)

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


Distory

by Robert Schnakenberg St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults is a hilarious collection of insulting historical quotations in the vein of The Portable Curmudgeon that will have history buffs and readers of humor books in stitches....


Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

by Simon Winder Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 21, 2014)

A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative, by the author of Germania

For centuries much of Europe and the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar...


We Took the Streets

by Mickey Melendez & Jose Torres St. Martin's Publishing Group (November 26, 2013)

The Young Lords were one of the most provocative and controversial organizations to arise during the tumult of the late 1960s. Inspired by the wave of protest movements sweeping the country, and the world, as...


The Famine Ships

by Edward Laxton Henry Holt and Co. (November 05, 2013)

Between 1846 and 1851, more than one-million people--the potato famine emigrants--sailed from Ireland to America. Now, 150 years later, The Famine Ships tells of the courage and determination of those who crossed...


The Baby Chase

by Leslie Morgan Steiner St. Martin's Press (November 05, 2013)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love comes a riveting new narrative about surrogate pregnancy from both sides of the equation—the parents and the gestational carrier.

Once considered a desperate,...


The Riddle and the Knight

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

Part travelogue/part historical mystery about the most famous traveler--and chronicler-- in medieval Europe.

Giles Milton's first book, The Riddle and the Knight, is a fascinating account of the legend of Sir...


A Massacre in Memphis

by Stephen V. Ash Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 2013)

An unprecedented account of one of the bloodiest and most significant racial clashes in American history

In May 1866, just a year after the Civil War ended, Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence...


Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 08, 2013)

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental book in his The History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry...


The Culture of Defeat

by Wolfgang Schivelbusch & Jefferson Chase Henry Holt and Co. (August 13, 2013)

A fascinating look at history's losers-the myths they create to cope with defeat and the steps they take never to be vanquished again

History may be written by the victors, Wolfgang Schivelbusch argues in his...


Never Done

by Susan Strasser Henry Holt and Co. (June 18, 2013)

Never Done is the first history of American housework. Beginning with a description of household chores of the nineteenth century--cooking at fireplaces and on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with wash boilers...


Lincoln Dreamt He Died

by Andrew Burstein St. Martin's Press (May 28, 2013)

Before Sigmund Freud made dreams the cornerstone of understanding an individual's inner life, Americans shared their dreams unabashedly with one another through letters, diaries, and casual conversation. In...


The History of Montréal

by Paul-André Linteau & Peter McCambridge Baraka Books (March 25, 2013)

Professor Paul-André Linteau tells the fascinating story of Montreal from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century, from the Iroquoian community of Hochelaga to the bustling economic metropolis that Montreal...


Life Below Stairs

by Alison Maloney St. Martin's Press (December 24, 2012)

UPSTAIRS, an Edwardian home would have been a picture of elegance and calm, adorned with social gatherings and extravagantly envisioned dinner parties.

DOWNSTAIRS, it was a hive of domestic activity, supported...


A Very Different Age

by Steven J. Diner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 1997)

The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods,...


The Potato

by Larry Zuckerman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 1999)

The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the...


Showdown at Shepherd's Bush

by David Davis St. Martin's Press (June 19, 2012)

The epic clash of an Irish-American, Italian, and Onondaga-Canadian that jump-started the first marathon mania and heralded the modern age in sports

The eyes of the world watched as three runners—dirt poor...


Americans

by Edward Countryman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 14, 1997)

In this social history, Edward Countryman shows how interactions among America's different ethnic groups have contributed to our sense of nationality. From the earliest settlements along the Atlantic seaboard...


The Authentic Animal

by Dave Madden St. Martin's Press (August 02, 2011)

Why would someone want to create or own the mounted skin of a dead animal? That's the question Dave Madden explores in The Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the...


Red Summer

by Cameron McWhirter Henry Holt and Co. (July 19, 2011)

A narrative history of America's deadliest episode of race riots and lynchings

After World War I, black Americans fervently hoped for a new epoch of peace, prosperity, and equality. Black soldiers believed their...


Hoboes

by Mark Wyman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2010)

When the railroad stretched its steel rails across the American West in the 1870s, it opened up a vast expanse of territory with very few people but enormous agricultural potential: a second Western frontier,...


The Shadows of Youth

by Andrew B. Lewis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 27, 2009)

Through the lives of Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, Bob Zellner, Julian Bond, Marion Barry, John Lewis, and their contemporaries, The Shadows of Youth provides a carefully woven group biography of...


White Gold

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 13, 2006)

The true story of white European slaves in eighteenth century Algiers, Tunis, and Morocco

In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-one of his comrades were captured at sea by the...


This Land Is Our Land

by Suketu Mehta Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2019)

A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But...


The League of Wives

by Heath Hardage Lee St. Martin's Press (April 02, 2019)

"With astonishing verve, The League of Wives persisted to speak truth to power to bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. And with astonishing verve, Heath Hardage Lee has chronicled their little-known...


The British in India

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2018)

An immersive portrait of the lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to Independence

Who of the British went to India, and why? We know about Kipling and Forster, Orwell and Scott, but what...


The Husband Hunters

by Anne De Courcy St. Martin's Publishing Group (August 07, 2018)

A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century – The real women who inspired Downton Abbey...


Devil's Mile

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou St. Martin's Publishing Group (July 24, 2018)

The New York Times Book Review: "Alexiou guides us through this checkered history with gusto."

Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd: "Devil's Mile is a terrific read. Alice Sparberg Alexiou knows her history,...


The Mayflower

by Rebecca Fraser St. Martin's Publishing Group (November 07, 2017)

From acclaimed historian and biographer Rebecca Fraser comes a vivid narrative history of the Mayflower and of the Winslow family, who traveled to America in search of a new world.

“There is nothing sleep-inducing...


Christmas

by Judith Flanders St. Martin's Press (October 24, 2017)

A critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author explores the Christmas holiday, from the original festival through present day traditions.

Christmas has always been a magical time. Or has it? Thirty...


The Lowells of Massachusetts

by Nina Sankovitch St. Martin's Press (April 11, 2017)

The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in...


Martin Luther King

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (February 28, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the life and political...


The Industrial Revolution

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (February 28, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the history of the Industrial Revolution in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Industrial Revolution....


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (February 28, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of...


Get Well Soon

by Jennifer Wright Henry Holt and Co. (February 07, 2017)

A witty, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues—from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio—and a celebration of the heroes who fought them

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing...


Doing Nothing

by Tom Lutz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2006)

From the author of Crying, a witty, wide-ranging cultural history of our attitudes toward work—and getting out of it

Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since...


Service and Style

by Jan Whitaker St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2007)

Downtown department stores were once the heart and soul of America's pulsing Broadways and Main Streets. With names such as City of Paris, Penn Traffic, The Maze, Maison Blanche, or The Popular, they suggested...


In These Times

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 27, 2015)

A beautifully observed history of the British home front during the Napoleonic Wars by a celebrated historian

We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic Wars—but what of those...


Time

by Eva Hoffman Picador (October 27, 2009)

Novelist, cultural commentator, memoirist, and historian Eva Hoffman examines our ever-changing perception of time in this inspired addition to the BIG IDEAS/small books series

Time has always been the great...


When the Rivers Ran Red

by Vivienne Sosnowski St. Martin's Press (June 09, 2009)

Today, millions of people around the world enjoy California's legendary wines, unaware that 90 years ago the families who made these wines--and in many cases still do – turned to struggle and subterfuge to...


Our Family Dreams

by Daniel Blake Smith St. Martin's Press (August 02, 2016)

In the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life. And, more than the church or the school or the courthouse, it was the family that nurtured the American...


A Short History of Rudeness

by Mark Caldwell Picador (January 13, 2015)

A funny and provocative cultural history of class, manners, and the decline of civility

In his smart and thought provoking new book, literary/social critic Mark Caldwell gives us a history of the demise of manners...


The New American Judaism

by Rabbi Dr. Arthur Blecher St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2007)

Popular Washington, D.C. rabbi and psychotherapist Arthur Blecher believes that the American Jewish community is actually flourishing amidst fears of dying out. He shows us that intermarriage strengthens Judaism--a...