Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. MacArthur was already planning his victory parade in Manila. However he faced a major obstacle, a Japanese army instructed to fight to its death.
Black Klansman; Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Flatiron Press. An African-American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the local KKK.
No Property in Man; Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding by Sean Wilentz. Harvard University Press. A reconstruction of the founders’ debate over slavery and the Constitution.
The Global Interior; Mineral Frontiers and American Power by Megan Black. Harvard University Press. Best known for managing natural resources and national parks, the Department of Interior’s first task was to oversee settler colonialism in the American West.
Heirs of the Founders; The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants by H.W. Brands. Doubleday. America’s second generation of politicians who battled to complete the unfinished work of the first, amid growing regionalism.
Chaos in the Liberal Order; The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Robert Jervis, et al. Columbia University Press, paper. The global trends that led to President Donald Trump’s victory and the prolonged impact his presidency will have on the international political landscape.
Charging Up San Juan Hill; Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America by John Van Atta. Johns Hopkins University Press, paper. But also the making of the imperial Mr. Roosevelt.
The Postwar Movement; Progressive Forces in Britain, France, and United States after World War II by Isser Woloch. Yale University Press. A progressive agenda in Britain, in U.S. and in France, with attention to the inner-war period and how the inner-war period helped shape that progressive movement.
They Call Me George; The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters by Cecil Foster. Biblioasis, paper. The story behind black railway porters – “Pullman” which drifted down from Canada.
Marooned; Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly. Bloomsbury. Fleeing Persecution and hence New England; or maybe making the best of a bad situation.
Pirates of the Prairie; Outlaws and Vigilantes in America’s Heartland by Ken Lizzio. Lyons Press. Before there were those outlaws and vigilantes on the Western frontier there was a similar lawlessness in the frontier state of Illinois.
Pemmican Empire; Food Trade, and the Last Bison Hunt s in the North American Plains, 1780 to 1882 by George Colpittz. Cambidge University Press; PLaper the importance of pemmican, a meat preparation and a trading item in British North America.