Back History | December Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  History  
Revolution

Peter Ackroyd · Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

In Revolution, Peter Ackroyd takes readers from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was -- again -- at war with France, a war that would...

Read More check catalog
 
 
The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

Michael Wallis · Liveright Publishing Corp
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion.

"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!"

In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement...

Read More check catalog
 
 
Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

Neil Swidey · Broadway Books
Format: Paperback

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results  A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Farmer, Paul · FARRAR STRAUSS & GIROUX

The public health legend Paul Farmer offers a provocative account of the 2014 Ebola crisis and why it occurredIn 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities...
Read More check catalog
 
 
My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

Joseph Madison Beck · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 218
Format: Print book

The story of Foster Beck, the author's late father, whose defense of a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird.

As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories -- when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously...

Read More check catalog
 
 
The Soda Fountain: Floats, Sundaes, Egg Creams & More--Stories and Flavors of an American Original

Gia Giasullo · Ten Speed Press
Format: Hardcover

A collection of 70 recipes celebrating the history and stories of the classic American soda fountain from one of the most-celebrated revival soda fountains in the country, Brooklyn Farmacy. A century ago, soda fountains on almost every Main Street in America served as the heart of the community,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots

David Fisher · Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 310
Format: Print book

The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historical docudrama Legends and Lies: The Patriots, an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders

The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors...

Read More check catalog
 
 
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

Tilar J. Mazzeo · Harper
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris's world-famous Hôtel Ritz - a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance - from Tilar J. Mazzeo,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

Jill Watts · Grove Press
Pages: 560
Format: Hardcover

In the early 20th century, most African Americans still lived in the South, disenfranchised, impoverished, terrorized by white violence, and denied the basic rights of citizenship. As the Democrats swept into the White House on a wave of black defectors from the Party of Lincoln, a group...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Mazzetti · Penguin Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

A Pulitzer Prizewinning reporters riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and Americas special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the worlds dark spaces the new American way of warThe most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken...
Read More check catalog