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How Iceland Changed the World: The Big History of a Small Island

Egill Bjarnason · Penguin Books
Format: Paperback

The history of Iceland began 1,200 years ago, when a frustrated Viking captain and his useless navigator ran aground in the middle of the North Atlantic. Suddenly, the island was no longer just a layover for the Arctic tern. Instead, it became a nation whose diplomats and musicians, sailors...
 
 
Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast

Cynthia Saltzman · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover

Cynthia Saltzman's Plunder recounts the fate of Paolo Veronese's Wedding Feast at Cana, a vast, sublime canvas that the French, under the command of the young Napoleon Bonaparte, tore from a wall of the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, on an island in Venice, in 1797. Painted...
 
 
The Devil's Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation

Lauren Etter · Crown
Format: Hardcover

Howard Willard lusted after Juul. As the CEO of tobacco giant Philip Morris's parent company and a veteran of the industry's long fight to avoid being regulated out of existence, he grew obsessed with a prize he believed could save his company - the e-cigarette, a product with all the addictive...
 
 
The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Tim Madigan · St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback

The definitive account of America's most horrific racial massacre, told in a compelling and unflinching narrative. The Burning is essential reading as America finally comes to terms with its racial past.When first published in 2001, society apparently wasn't ready for such an unstinting...
 
 
America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

Elizabeth Hinton · Liveright
Format: Hardcover

"If you want to understand the massive antiracist protests of 2020, put down the navel-gazing books about racial healing and read America on Fire." -- Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical ImaginationLibrary Journal * "Books and Authors to Know:...
 
 
The Gray Lady Winked

Ashley Rindsberg · Midnight Oil Publishers
Format: Hardcover

"The New York Times is by far the most influential newspaper in the world and thus receives far too little journalistic scrutiny due to its power to affect careers. Any book that casts a critical eye on the Paper of Record's history, as this book does, is performing a valuable...
 
 
Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul

Brandy Schillace · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the Iron Curtain competed to become...
 
 
War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion

Jeff Guinn

 
 
My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor

Selma van de Perre · Scribner
Format: Hardcover

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when World War II began. She lived with her parents, two older brothers, and a younger sister in Amsterdam, and until then, being Jewish in the Netherlands had not presented much of an issue. But by 1941 it had become a matter of life or death. On several...
 
 
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

Julian Sancton
Format: Hardcover

In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica. But de Gerlache's plans to be first to the magnetic...