The Kelloggs; The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markiel. Pantheon, 2017. John, founded the Battle Creek Sanitarium; his brother Will, experimented with wheat and corn meal to produce what he called corn flakes, shredded wheat, bran flakes, etc.
Terror in the City of Champions; Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit by Tom Standon. Lyons Press, 2017 paper. Mid-1930s, racist mobs, and clandestine groups planning more havoc in a baseball city.
Dawn of Detroit; A Chronicle of Bondage and Freedom in the City of the Straits by Tiya Miles. New Press, 2017. Slavery was an important part of the economic success of this northern city in the early Republic.
Fins; Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit by William Knoedelseder. Harper, 2018. He is given credit for introducing style – and, therefore, the annual style changes – into General Motors’ automobiles.
Texas Blood; Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger Hodge. Knopf, 2017. Fuses memoir and history to tell the story of the Texas borderlands. Seven generations of the author’s ranching family.
Bunk; The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young. Graywolf Press, 2017. Young starts with P.T. Barnum’s “humbug” and ends with an all-too familiar post-factual world.
The Myths of Tet; The Most Misunderstood Event of the Vietnam War by Edwin Moise. University Press of Kansas, 2017. The Tet Offensive was no great victory for the North Vietnamese, but it was a defeat for the US because it undermined support for the War.
The Odyssey of Echo Company; The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War by Dough Stanton. Scribners, 2017. On 31 January 1968 some one hundred thousand North Vietnamese soldiers moved south. Echo Company, a reconnaissance platoon, was overrun.
Armed in America; A History of Gun Rights From Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry by Patrick Charles. The right to bear arms, how it figures in our Bill of Rights and how it has changed since its first appearance in 1689.