The award-winning author of A History of Future Cities documents how the citizenship privileges of mixed-race urbanites in 19th-century New Orleans and Charleston were swept away by the political backlashes of the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras.
An NPR correspondent took a job as a cab driver in China and offered free rides to those willing to engage in honest conversation in order to paint a more accurate picture of this rapidly changing country. 25,000 first printing.
An account of one of the most violent bank heists in U.S. history relates how five heavily armed young men, led by a religious fanatic, orchestrated a plot that culminated in several deaths, massive destruction, and a community-dividing trial.
Draws on interviews with a range of sources to present an account of Kim Jong-un's rise to leadership in North Korea, while providing insight into the country's cultural history and oppressive regime.
From CNN's veteran chief White House correspondent comes an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump's war on truth. 100,000 first printing.
"From the best-selling author of These Truths, a work that examines the dilemma of nationalism and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century. At a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Harvard historian Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation in This America. Since the end of the Cold War, Lepore writes, American historians have largely retreated from the idea of 'the nation,' in part because postmodernism has corroded faith in grand narratives, and in part because the rise of political nationalism has rendered it suspect and unpalatable. Bucking this trend, however, Lepore argues forcefully that the nation demands scrutiny. Without an honest reckoning with America's collective past, we will be at the mercy of unscrupulous demagogues who spin their own version of the national story for their own purposes. 'When serious historians abandon the study of the nation,' Lepore tellingly writes, 'nationalism doesn't die. Instead, it eats liberalism.' A trenchant work of political philosophy as well as a reclamation of America's national history, This America asks us to look our nation's sovereign past square in the eye to reveal not only a history of contradictions, but a path of promise for the future"—
Chronicles the epic 1915 libel case in which Theodore Roosevelt, weighing a last presidential run, turned on former allies to challenge corruption in the political party that made him.
A timely defense of liberalism by the award-winning New Yorker writer and best-selling author of Paris to the Moon profiles the individuals and movements that formed its tradition of radical change through humane measures. 50,000 first printing.
One of the most prominent jurists of our time offers personal account of life on the Supreme Court that offers a unique understanding of American history. By the author of Fire Chiefs. 30,000 first printing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse offers a new theory of how and why some nations recover from national trauma and others don't. 200,000 first printing.
Draws on firsthand writings in a narrative portrait of the influential American diplomat that explores how his achievements over half a century of history were complicated by his political ambitions.
Explores America's epidemic of domestic violence and how it has been misunderstood, sharing insights into what domestic violence portends about other types of violence and what countermeasures are needed today.
A timely call to action for women's empowerment by the influential co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation identifies the link between women's equality and societal health, sharing uplifting insights by international advocates in the fight against gender bias. (social science). Illustrations.
Peter Bagge returns with a biography of another fascinating twentieth-century trailblazer — the writer, feminist, war correspondent, and libertarian Rose Wilder Lane. Following the popularity and critical acclaim of Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story and Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story is a fast-paced, charming, informative look at the brilliant Lane.
Blends historical analysis with on-the-ground reporting to examine the relevance of modern conspiracy theories, discussing how contemporary social conditions have created a climate of alienation and resentment that fuels suspicion and paranoia.
The author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho combines personal reflection and social observation in a first work of nonfiction that explores such subjects as self-inflicted censorship and the cult of likeability that has overshadowed the social-media age.
Chronicles the story of the Reconstruction-era Secret Service and its battle against the KKK's effort to suppress the emancipated African-American vote, sharing particular insights into the career of controversial Secret Service chief, Hiram C. Whitley.