Impeachment; An American History by John Meacham, et al. Modern Library. Four experts on the American presidency look at the three impeachments in our history –Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton.
The Final Act; The Helsinki Accords and the Transformation of the Cold War by Michael Morgan. Thirty-five European and North American leaders signed the Accord in 1975. It was a huge accomplishment for international diplomacy.
Empire of Democracy; The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War by Simon Reid-Henry. Simon & Schuster. A history of the Western World from the 970s to the present.
Suicidal; Why We Kill Ourselves by Jesse Baring. University of Chicago Press. Celebrity suicides, internet suicide packs, and glamorized media depictions. – new reasons to kill yourself.
Celebrity; A History of Fame by Andrea McDonnell & Susan Douglas. NYU Press, paper. Today mass media relies upon an ever-changing set of celebrities to grab our attention and money. New stars contest new platforms to build their adoring audiences.
The Road to Unfreedom; Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder. Tim Duggan, paper. At the end of WWII it was thought that the future would be dominated by liberal democracies. But authoritarianism has returned, first to Russia and then spreading from east to west.
Stalin’s Scribe; Literature, Ambition, and Survival; The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov by Brian Boeck. Pegagus. Boeck managed his literary career as Stalin’s scribe.
Lioness; Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel by Francine Klagsburn. Schocken, paper. Born in Tsarist Russia in 1898, Meir migrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee.
Fearing the Black Body; The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings. NYU Press, paper. The author argues that the fat phobia isn’t about health, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, Class, and gender prejudice.
Ballpark; Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger. Random House. A history of baseball told through the stories of ballparks.
Homeschooling; The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice by James Dwyer & Shawn Peters. University of Chicago Press, Paper. Homeschooling, its methods and the fundamental questions at the root of the debate over whether and how the state should oversee and regulate it.
Bee by Claire Preston. Reaktion. Preston talks the story of this busy and much admired insect.
Fraternity; An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins. Dutton. The “Greek life” at universities.
Buying Gay; How the Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement by David Kohnson. Columbia University Press. American gay history spanning 1951 through 1967- or there abouts.