The First Conspiracy; The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzere & Josh Mensch. Macmillan. The group of the soldiers that had been handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. They turned out to be part of a treasonous plot to assassinate him.
How to Hide an Empire; A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Americans had an empire, but we knew little about the actual territories – mostly distant islands, atolls, archipelagos – how they were governed.
The Phoney Victory; The World War II Delusion by Peter Hitchens I.B. Tauris Press. Hitchens suggests that Britain went to war in 1939 not to save civilization but to maintain its waning status as a great power.
The Crowded Hour; Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders, and the dawn of the American Century by Clay Risen. Scribners, The US Army had just 26,000 men, stationed throughout the country. In desperation, Teddy Roosevelt’s motley group of Rough Riders was born.
Republic of Lies; American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan. Metropolitan. Our political life has always been vulnerable to conspiracy theories. President Trump has built on that vulnerability.
Let the People See; The Story of Emmett Till by Elliot Gorn. Oxford University Press. The murder of fourteen-year-old Till in Mississippi in 1955.
Lincoln’s Spies; Their Secret War to Save a Nation by Douglas Waller. Simon & Schuster. An account of the battles wooed by Union agents during the Civil War and filled with espionage, sabotage and intrigue.
The City-State of Boston; The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630 to 1865 by Mark Peterson. Princeton University Press. Boston’s overlooked past as an autonomous city-state and its role in the history of early America.
Rush; Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried. Crown. Rush inspired Thomas Paine to enlist and they both served in the American Revolutionary War.