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No Man's Land

by Wendy Moore Basic Books (April 27, 2020)

The "absorbing and powerful" (Wall Street Journal) story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who shattered social expectations and transformed modern medicine during World War I

A month after war broke out...


The Abandonment of the West

by Michael Kimmage Basic Books (April 20, 2020)

This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving.

Throughout the twentieth century,...


The Broken Heart of America

by Walter Johnson Basic Books (April 13, 2020)

A searing portrait of the racial dynamics that lie inescapably at the heart of our nation, told through the turbulent history of the city of St. Louis.

From Lewis and Clark's 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising...


The Betrayal of the Duchess

by Maurice Samuels Basic Books (April 13, 2020)

Fighting to reclaim the French crown for the Bourbons, the duchesse de Berry faces betrayal at the hands of one of her closest advisors in this dramatic history of power and revolution.

The year was 1832, a...


The Sword and the Shield

by Peniel E. Joseph Basic Books (March 30, 2020)

This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders.

To most Americans, Malcolm...


The Sum of the People

by Andrew Whitby Basic Books (March 30, 2020)

This fascinating three-thousand-year history of the census traces the making of the modern survey and explores its political power in the age of big data and surveillance.

In April 2020, the United States will...


War Fever

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith Basic Books (March 23, 2020)

A "marvelous" (Sports Illustrated) portrait of the three men whose lives were forever changed by WWI-era Boston and the Spanish flu: baseball star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard law student...


Fighting Words

by Nancy F. Cott Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

From a Harvard historian, this riveting portrait of four trailblazing American journalists highlights the power of the press in the interwar period.

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising...


The Fortress

by Alexander Watson Basic Books (February 24, 2020)

A prizewinning historian tells the dramatic story of the siege that changed the course of the First World War

In September 1914, just a month into World War I, the Russian army laid siege to the fortress city...


A Time to Build

by Yuval Levin Basic Books (January 20, 2020)

A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions

Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars...


Transcendence

by Gaia Vince Basic Books (January 20, 2020)

In the tradition of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Sapiens, a winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books shows how four tools enabled has us humans to control the destiny of our species

"A wondrous, visionary...


The Great Democracy

by Ganesh Sitaraman Basic Books (December 09, 2019)

A leading progressive intellectual offers an "illuminating" agenda for how real democracy can triumph in America and beyond (Ari Berman, New York Times).

Since the New Deal in the 1930s, there have been two eras...


A New World Begins

by Jeremy Popkin Basic Books (December 09, 2019)

From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern world

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after...


American Queenmaker

by Julie Des Jardins Basic Books (January 20, 2020)

The first biography of Missy Meloney, the most important woman you've never heard of

Marie "Missy" Mattingly Meloney was born in 1878, in an America where women couldn't vote. Yet she recognized the power that...


Land of Tears

by Robert Harms Basic Books (December 02, 2019)

A prizewinning historian's epic account of the scramble to control equatorial Africa

In just three decades at the end of the nineteenth century, the heart of Africa was utterly transformed. Virtually closed...


America for Americans

by Erika Lee Basic Books (November 25, 2019)

An award-winning historian reframes our continuing debate over immigration with a compelling history of xenophobia in the United States and its devastating impact

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants....


Walter Ralegh

by Alan Gallay Basic Books (November 18, 2019)

From a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, a biography of the famed poet, courtier, and colonizer, showing how he laid the foundations of the English Empire

Sir Walter Ralegh was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth....


Barrio America

by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Basic Books (November 11, 2019)

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight

Thirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are...


The Accursed Tower

by Roger Crowley Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army

The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades...


Give Me Liberty

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

An award-winning historian recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of thirteen essential documents

Nationalism is inevitable: It supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition....


Heirs of an Honored Name

by Douglas R Egerton Basic Books (October 28, 2019)

An enthralling chronicle of the American nineteenth century told through the unraveling of the nation's first political dynasty

John and Abigail Adams founded a famous political family, but they would not witness...


Dominion

by Tom Holland Basic Books (October 28, 2019)

A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination

Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands Basic Books (October 21, 2019)

"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold...


Music

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 14, 2019)

"A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories...


What Was Liberalism?

by James Traub Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future

Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company:...


Double Crossed

by Matthew Avery Sutton Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

The untold story of the Christian missionaries who played a crucial role in the allied victory in World War II

What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought "Wild" Bill Donovan when he secretly...


Hitler

by Brendan Simms Basic Books (September 30, 2019)

From a prize-winning historian, the definitive biography of Adolph Hitler

Hitler offers a deeply learned and radically revisionist biography, arguing that the dictator's main strategic enemy, from the start of...


Ways of Heaven

by Roel Sterckx Basic Books (September 16, 2019)

A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China today In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical...


The Irony of Modern Catholic History

by George Weigel Basic Books (September 16, 2019)

A powerful new interpretation of Catholicism's dramatic encounter with modernity, by one of America's leading intellectuals

Throughout much of the nineteenth century, both secular and Catholic leaders assumed...


Lying in State

by Eric Alterman Basic Books (August 11, 2020)

This definitive history of presidential lying reveals how our standards for truthfulness have eroded -- and why Trump's lies are especially dangerous.

If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that...


War Fever

by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith & Craig A. Hart Basic Books (March 24, 2020)

A vivid portrait of Boston in the throes of World War I, and three men whose lives were forever changed by it

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish...


Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning

by Viktor E Frankl Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

Viktor Frankl, bestselling author of Man's Search for Meaning, explains the psychological tools that enabled him to survive the Holocaust

Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of Man's Search for Meaning...


Roman Warfare

by Adrian Goldsworthy Basic Books (May 06, 2019)

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman Empire

Roman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory. A ruthless approach...


Uncommon Grounds

by Mark Pendergrast Basic Books (July 08, 2019)

The definitive history of the world's most popular drug

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic...


Passionate Spirit

by Cate Haste Basic Books (September 09, 2019)

A new biography of Alma Mahler (1879-1964), revealing a woman determined to wield power in a world that denied her agency

History has long vilified Alma Mahler. Critics accused her of distracting Gustav Mahler...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

by Leah Price Basic Books (August 19, 2019)

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated

Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books...


Why Cities Lose

by Jonathan A. Rodden Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

A prizewinning political scientist traces the origins of urban-rural political conflict and shows how geography shapes elections in America and beyond

Why is it so much easier for the Democratic Party to win...


The Royal Society

by Adrian Tinniswood Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

An engaging new history of the Royal Society of London, the club that created modern scientific thought

Founded in 1660 to advance knowledge through experimentally verified facts, The Royal Society of London...


Origins

by Lewis Dartnell Basic Books (May 13, 2019)

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species

When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But...


Cannae

by Adrian Goldsworthy Basic Books (May 20, 2019)

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, the definitive history of Rome's most devastating defeat August 2, 216 BC was one of history's bloodiest single days of fighting. On a narrow plain near the Southern...


A Thousand Small Sanities

by Adam Gopnik Basic Books (May 13, 2019)

A stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time from an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author.

Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under...


The Way We Eat Now

by Bee Wilson Basic Books (May 06, 2019)

An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats--and shows us how we can change it for the better

Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety...


Anointed with Oil

by Darren Dochuk Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

A groundbreaking new history of the United States, showing how Christian faith and the pursuit of petroleum fueled America's rise to global power and shaped today's political clashes

Anointed with Oil places...


The Unsettling of Europe

by Peter Gatrell Basic Books (August 26, 2019)

An acclaimed historian examines postwar migration's fundamental role in shaping modern Europe

Migration is perhaps the most pressing issue of our time, and it has completely decentered European politics in recent...


The Case for Trump

by Victor Davis Hanson Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

This New York Times bestselling Trump biography from a major American intellectual explains how a renegade businessman became one of the most successful -- and necessary -- presidents of all time.

In The Case...


The Socialist Manifesto

by Bhaskar Sunkara Basic Books (April 29, 2019)

A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America...


Children of the Dream

by Rucker C. Johnson Basic Books (April 15, 2019)

An acclaimed economist reveals that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful -- and argues that we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all Americans...


The Chief

by Joan Biskupic Basic Books (March 25, 2019)

An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far.

John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would...


Unruly Waters

by Sunil Amrith Basic Books (December 10, 2018)

From a MacArthur "Genius," a bold new perspective on the history of Asia, highlighting the long quest to tame its waters

Asia's history has been shaped by her waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith...


Army of Empire

by George Morton-Jack Basic Books (December 03, 2018)

Drawing on untapped new sources, the first global history of the Indian Expeditionary Forces in World War I

While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British...