New; Florida

Coming to Pass Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change by Susan Cerulean & David Moynahan. University of Georgia Press, paper. The little developed string of islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Barrier Islands of the Florida Gulf Coast Peninsula by Richard A. Davis Jr. Pineapple Press. Covers the thirty barrier islands along 200-mile Gulf coast of the Florida peninsula.


Imagining Florida; History and Myth in the Sunshine State by Boca Raton Museum of Art. University of Florida Press, paper. Florida was an inspiration for artists as well as a destination: John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, and Milton Avery.

For Sale – American Paradise; How Our Nation Was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida by Willie Drye. Lyons, paper. How Florida real estate became entwined with our dreams of getting rich, until a catastrophic hurricane came along.

Thatched Roofs and Open Sides; The Architecture of Chickees and Their Changing Role in Seminole Society by Carrie Dilley. University of Florida, paper. Dilley navigates archeology traditional architecture, and oral history.

The Biohistory of Florida; From the Pleistocene to Today by Francis W. Zettle. Pineapple Press, paper.  From vast prairies where shovel-tusked elephants roamed to vast orange groves interlaced with interstate freeways and toll roads. Florida continues to evo

The Global Edge; Miami in the Twenty-First Century by Alejandro Portea & Ariel Armony. University of California Press, paper. The authors talk about Miami as a “global city,” the rise of finance and banking without parallel in the U.S. South.

New : Nature, 2.

Our Universe; An Astronomer’s Guide by Jo Dunkley. Harvard University Press. Dunkley begins with a look at the solar system and then its evolution.

Third Thoughts by Steven Weinberg. Harvard University Press. A personal, wide-ranging meditation on science and society,

Last Days of the Concorde; The Crash of Flight 4590 and the End of Supersonic Passenger Travel by Samme Chittum. Smithsonian. The end of supersonic passenger service when the Concorde perished en route to America. All passengers and crew were killed.

Saving Talk Therapy; How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care by Enrico Guaulati. Beacon Press, paper. Managed care and the selective use of science to privilege quick-fix therapies have undermined in-depth psychotherapy.

Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction; The Late Paleozoic Ice Age World by George McGhee, Jr. Columbia University Press, paper. Three-hundred million years ago there were dog-sized scorpions and millipedes that were dwarfed by Earth’s rainforests. Then came the Permian mass extinction.

Divination and Human Nature; A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity by Peter Stuck. Princeton University Press, paper. Intuition was thought to be a reading of divine signs, oracles, omens, dreams

Windfall; How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power by Meghan O’Sullivan.  Simon & Schuster, paper. Not so certain about its “boosting American power” but this energy abundance has gotten Venezuela and Iran into the same “boat.”

New: Nature. 1

The Empire of the Eagle; An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin & David Tipling. Yale University Press. Much admired for their power, grace and predatory prowess, these raptors capture some of the character of our national culture, the authors claim. .                    


How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls; Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future by David Hu. Princeton University Press. Insects walk on water, fish swim; the world of animal motion, often over great distances.


The Flood Year 1927; A Cultural History by Susan Parrish. Princeton University Press, paper. The Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, displacing more than a half million people.


The Chicken; a Natural History by Joseph Barber. Princeton University Press, paper. Chickens are enjoying a renaissance as members of many households and small farms.


Owls of the World by James Duncan. Johns Hopkins University Press. The behavior and lifecycle of the elusive owl, courtship, nesting, and its adaptation to nocturnal life and predation.


The Way of Coyote; Shared Journeys in the Urban Wild by Gavin Van Horn. University of Chicago Press. The coyote and many other wild animals now roam through urban spaces, at least those that have not been paved over.

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Dreaming in Turtle; A Journey through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures by Pater Laufer. St. Martin’s Press. The turtle, a favored prehistoric creature.


Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service; The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera. William Morrow. The use of homing pigeons by British intelligence in Nazi-occupied France.


The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin 2nd Edition. Island Press, paper. Numerous schemes for water diversion to thirsty communities. The reversal of the flow of the Chicago River has been a disaster. So be careful.


When the Last Lion Roars; The Rise and Fall of the King of the Beasts by Sara Evans. Bloomsbury. Shrinking numbers of the “king of the beasts.” Should big-game sportsmen be allowed to shoot the last one?

New; Art. Architecure. Photography

The East End In Colour, 1960 to 1980 by David Granick. Hoxton Mini Press. East End London, was documented in Kodachrome in these years. The result is a fine sensitivity to urban space.

Sicilian Splendors; Discovering the Secret Places That Speak to the Heart by John Keahey. Thomas Dunne Books. From Palermo to Castiglione de Sicilia to Alimena, we follow Keahey and his camera through the Island.

Written in Stone; Public Monuments in Changing Societies by Sanford Levinson. Duke University Press, Paper. A twentieth anniversary edition, which considers the contemporary debate and conflict surrounding controversial monuments, in some cases their removal. their removal in some cases.

Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves; Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America by Kirk Savage. Princeton University Press, The institution of slavery, wars-won or lost, historical events. We tell stories with our monuments. And if we change the story we tell, we figurataively remove the monument.

Between Form and Content; Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence at Black Mountain College by Julie Levin Caro & Jeff Arnal. Duke University Press, paper. A recent exhibition of Lawrence’s art the Harn Museum, Gainesville.

Jewish Comedy; A Serious History by Jeremy Dauber. W.W. Norton, paper. How humor shapes the response to social change. And vice versa.

Schumann; The Faces and the Masks by Judith Chernaik. Knopf. Robert Schumann admired the musical traditions of the past but was also enraptured by the Romantic movement of his day.

Maestros and Their Music; The Art and Alchemy of Conducting by John Mauceri. Vintage, paper. What is all that arm waving about?

Saturday Night at the Movies’ The Extraordinary Partnerships behind Cinema’s Greatest Scores by Jennifer Nelson. Elliott & Thompson Books. Looks at twelve films to examine the partnership between the film media and the musical score.

New Biography

The Battle for Bonhoeffer by Stephen Haynes. Eerdmans, paper.  Secular, radical, liberal, evangelical; Bonhoeffer can be shaped to suit variously shaped legacy that suits pet agendas.

 Stalin Waiting for Hitler, 1929 to 1941 by Stephen Kotkin. Penguin, paper. Joseph Stalin, with dictatorial powers over the Soviet Empire, and having launched the collectivization of Russia’s peasant agriculture, now faced his German rival to the west. 

The Invisible Emperor; Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape by Mark Braude. Penguin. A dramataic jailbreak, Bonaparte’s ten-month exile on the Isle of Elba and its end.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg; A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart. Knopf. A full biography – her private and public life. This 107th Supreme Court Justice is also an interesting person with an interesting life.


Becoming. Michelle Obama. Crown, paper. .An inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the U.S.


Young Frederick Douglass by Dickson Preston & David Blight, forward. Johns Hopkins University Press, paper. The spokesman for nineteenth-century black America.


Comrade Haldane Is Too Busy to Go on Holiday; The Genius Who Spied for Stalin by Gavan Tredoux. Encounter Books. JBS Haldane (1892 to 1964) was a leading scientist of the last century, renowned for helping to reconcile Darwin’s theory of natural selection with Mendel’s discovery of genes. He was also a spy.


Mathew Brady; Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson. Bloomsbury, paper. This famous photography who established the importance of the camera in warfare.

Ansel Adams; A Biography by Mary S. Alinder. Bloomsbury, paper. An updated biography of this photographer’s work and life, 1902 – 1984

A World Ablaze ; The Rise of Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline. Oxford University Press. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in Germany.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know; The Fathers of Wilde, Years, and Joyce by Colm Toibin. Scribner. An intimate study of Irish literature, culture, and history through the lives of three fathers.

A World Ablaze; The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline. Oxford University Press. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in Germany.

New; History. India.

Empress; Queen Victoria and India by Miles Taylor. Yale University Press. Both Victoria and Albert were intrigued by India, by the role that India played in their reign, and by the British role in Indian development.


Ganges; The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen. Yale University Press. A sweeping history of Earth’s third biggest river, held sacred across South Asia and the Hindu Diaspora.


A People’s History of India 14; Economic History of India, AD 1206 to 1526 by Irfan Habib. The period of the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagara Empire. Columbia University Press, paper.


The British in India; A Social History of the Raj by David Gilmour. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A portrait of the lives of the British in India, merchants and bureaucrats, from the seventeenth century to Independence.


The Greek Experience of India; From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks by Richard Stoneman. Princeton University Press. When the Greek and Macedonian armies reached India’ they entered a new and strange world, one that needed new explanatory models.


Inglorious Empire; What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor. Scribe US. Paper.  Massacred unarmed protestors, institutionalized racism, starvation, etc.


The British in India; A Social History of the Raj by David Gilmour. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux. The lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to independence.


Gandhi; The Years That Changed the World, 1914 to 1948 by Ramachandra Guha. Knopf. The last volume of Guha’s biography; the first was entitled Gandhi before India


Indian Migration and Empire; A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State by Radhika Mongia. Duke University Press, paper. The regulation of Indians moving throughout the Empire from the abolition of slavery in 1834 to the Great War.


The Making of India; The Untold Story of British Enterprise by Kartar Lalvani. Bloomsbury, Paper. A look at the benefits – civil, institution, and political – of British colonial rule.


The Balfour Declaration; Empire, the Mandate, and Resistance in Palestine by Bernard Regan. The imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine. Sadly to no avail Palestinians are dying on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

New Books; Other Lands 2

Red Flags; Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus. Yale University Press. China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad; but there are serious challenges to the economic well-being of its citizens. It is faced with an aging population and a not always popular authoritarianism.


Scots and Catalans; Union and Disunion by John Elliott. Yale University Press. It has been assumed that the European Union would become a solution to Europe’s regionalism. But that doesn’t seem to be the


Tsushima 1905; Death of a Russian Fleet Union  by Mark Lardas &Peter Dennis. Osprey, paper. The naval campaign of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 -1905, focusing on this decisive battle’ defeat for the Russian navy, and a victory for Japanese Imperialists.


Iran Rising; The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal. Princeton University Press. On the fortieth anniversary of the 1978-1979 uprising and the overthrow of the Shah.


The Land of a Thousand Gods; A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World by Christian Marek. Princeton University Press, paper. Asia Minor from prehistory to the Roman Imperial Period: it’s shifting orientation between East and West.


The Wake of the Whale; Hunter Societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic by Russell Fielding. Harvard University Press. Despite environmental restraints, artisanal whaling remains a cultural practice tied to the rhythms of nature.


Weimar Germany; Promise and Tragedy by Eric Weitz. Princeton University Press, paper. Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of the Great War and their revolution to forge new democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of the avant-garde.


The Book Smugglers; Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David Fishman. University Press of New England, paper. Partisans and scholars from Vilna who buried books, saving them first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets.


You’ve Got to Tell Them; A French Girl’s Experience of Auschwitz and After by Ida Grinspan, et al.  LSU Press. Winter of 1944, French police arrested Ida Grinspan, a young Jewish girl hiding in Nazi occupied Paris. .She spent the next year and a half in Auschwitz. And survived. 

Unfinished Empire; The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. Bloomsbury, paper. A new history of Britain’s empire and how it came to rise and fall.


The Balfour Declaration; Empire, the Mandate, and Resistance in Palestine by Bernard Regan. The imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine. Sadly to no avail Palestinians are dying on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.


The Watchers; A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford. Bloomsbury, paper. Elizabeth I’s secret service and the war against the enemies of her realm; a portrait of a “national security state.”

New; The World at War. 2.

1917; War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson. Oxford University Press. A noted historian of the Great War.

Killing the SS; The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Duggard. Henry Holt. Most of the big shot Nazis skedaddled. Eventually they were reunited with their colleagues at Nuremberg.

Home Front; North Carolina during World War II by Julian Pleasants. University of Florida Press. 1939: North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the U.S. Rural, poorly educated the war brought jobs and better working conditions to the State.

Big Week; Smashing the Luftwaffe, February 1944 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic. A round-the-clock bombing offensive, taking off from Britain and Italy.

The Allies Strike Back, 1941 to 1943 The War in the West by James Holland. Grove Atlantic Volume two of a three volumned history of World War II. Holland argues that it was the Allied technological and military skills that were the vital factor in turning the war’s tide.

How America Won World War I by Alan Axelrod. Lyons Press. When asked who had won the Great War Germany’s Von Hindenburg did not hesitate “It was the American infantry in the Argonne.

The Lost Soldier; The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hrtgen Forest by Chris Hartley. Stackpole. The story of a young couple in WWII, weaving together an intimate narrative and a gripping military history of the western front.

The First Soldier; Hitler and Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Contrary to historians of World War II, the German generals had very similar strategies and political goals to those of der Führer. All Germans were seeking to reverse many of the outcomes of the Great War.

Brothers in Valor; Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor by Robert Jefferson, Jr, & Guion Bluford (forward) Lyons Their valor is especially to be celebrated because, for the greater part of the war, they were segregated from white units and did little of the fighting.

Joining Hitler’s Crusade; European Nations and the Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 by David Stqahel, ed. The strategies behind Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Russia are well known. What about those who joined the Axis?

New; The World at War. 1.

Peace at Last; A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 by Guy Cuthbertson. Yale University Press. A vivid and intimate account of Armistice Day in the fall of 1918. This is the centenary of that agreement.

The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard & Mark Polizzotti, trans. Other Press. The annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938.

The First Day on the Eastern Front; German Invades the Soviet Union, 22 June 1941 by Craig Luther. Stackpole Operation Barbarossa: three million German soldiers invade Russia.

 The Kremlin Letters; Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt by David Reynolds, trans. & Vladimir Pehatnov, editor. Yale University Press. Joseph Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Winston Churchill and FDR during World War II. Some were personal greetings, but most involved matters of war and peace.

The Fear and the Freedom; How the Second World War Changed Us by Keith Lowe. Picador, paper. Amid the waves of revolution and idealism that shaped the post-war world, there was also the fear of an unknown world of atomic weaponry. We kept practicing for  this disaster, seeking shelter from it under our school desks.

Robert Graves; From Great War Poet to Goodbye to All That (1895-1929) by Jean Moorcroft Wilson. Bloomsbury .Left for dead on the battlefield at Somme, his poetry was shaped by his war experiences, but also his thinking about the conflict in the inner-war period and his shifting attitude toward it.

The Splintered Empires; The Eastern Front, 1917 to 1921 by Prit Buttar.Osprey.The Kerensky offensive collapsed making it plain to all that Russia must exit the war.

Churchill and Attlee by David Cohen. Attlee took the British Labor Party into Churchill’s wartime coalition government. Winston Churchill ran the war effort; Clement Attlee, domestic affairs

Atlas of World War II; History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New cartography by Neil Kagan, ed. National Geographic Press. From the invasion of Poland to the Battle of the Bulge, which lays out planning and strategy as well as battlefield results.

The Girls Next Door; Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines by Kara Dixon Vuic. Harvard University Press. The women who volunteered to help entertain American servicemen fighting overseas from the two World Wars through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

New; American History.

Forging the Franchise; The Political Origins of the Women’s Vote by Dawn L. Teele. Princeton University Press. What causes and what political constituencies benefited from the passage of the women’s vote.

Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. MacArthur was already planning his victory parade in Manila, but he faced a major obstacle, a Japanese army instructed to fight to its death.

Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The decade-long alliance and how historians have under-represented the il Duce’s influence on his German ally.

Black Klansman; Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Flatiron. 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 radical 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 inietial 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 Trump’s victory and the 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. And also the making of the imperial Mr. Roosevelt.

Why Wilson Maters; The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today by Tony Smith. Princeton University Press, paper. Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a post-war world order: his goal settled on collective security. After World War II his model no longer served as a beacon of democracy. We settled on old fashioned imperialism.

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 those years 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.

Lincoln’s White House; The People’s House in Wartime by James Conroy. Rowman & Littlefield, paper. The look and feel of the executive mansion from Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865.