New Titles. American History. Spring 2019 1

A Road to Disaster; A New History of America’s Decent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark. Custom House Books. How and why the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations made decisions that set the course of American entry into the path of the Vietnam War.

The Calculus of Violence; How Americans Fought the Civil War by Aaron Sheeham-Dean. Harvard University Press. The American Civil War was deadly, three-quarters of a million lives were lost. Guerilla warfare brought huge numbers of civilians into the path of the wars destruction. Never-the-less it could have been worse.

The Injustice Never Leaves You; Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Mu Martinez. Harvard University Press. Between 1910 and 1920 vigilantes and law enforcement professionals killed Mexican residents living in rural areas, hanging, shooting, burning, and clubbing to death.

President’s Speech; The Stories; Behind the Most Memorable Presidential Address by C. Edwin Vilade. Lyons Press, paper. An Analysis of twenty-five presidential speeches that provides the context and events of their time.

War Beyond Words; Languages of Remembrance from the Great War to the Present by Jay Winter. Cambridge University Press, paper. We need lenses to filter out the horrors of twentieth-century warfare. Shared remembrances, monuments, but also a shared language of memory.

Victory City; A History of New York and New Yorkers during World War II by John Strausbaugh. Twelve Books. German U boats lurking off the city’s shoreline. Plus the Brooklyn Navy yard and the thousands of soldier boys departing for Europe.

Barnum; An American Life by Robert Wilson. Simon & Schuster. A vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment. How were his performances staged? What was the life of an entertainer like in those days?

The Improbable Wendell Willkie; The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country and Conceived a New World Order by David Lewis. This surprising portrait of Wendell Willkie, businessman turned presidential candidate, who proved to be a stabilizing factor the early years of FDR’s Presidencies.

A Conspiracy So Immense; The World of Joe McCarthy by David Oshinsky. Free Press, paper. The forces that launched McCarthy’s political career, what carried him to national prominence but then triggered his decline and fall.

The Republic for Which It Stands; The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865 to 1896 by Richard White. Oxford University Press. This is one of a series in The Oxford History of the United States. It is of particular interest because these decades are often neglected by historians.

The Company They Keep; How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court by Neal Devins & Lawrence Baum. Oxford University Press. Still much to be said on this topic; the book comes out in February 2019.

New Titles. American History Spring 2019 2

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. 

New Titles. American History Spring 2019 3

Women of the Blue and Grey; True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers and Spies by Marianne Monson. Shadow Mountain Press. Many women followed their men into both armies – and continued to do the cooking.

Speaking Freely; Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech by Keith Whitington. Princeton University Press. Why free speech is the lifeblood of high education and why it needs to be defended.

On Desperate Ground; The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides. Doubleday. Korean War veterans are the generation of soldiers to whom we’re saying goodbye.

Hitler’s American Model; The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law by James Whitman. Princeton University Press. Paper. Our influence on the notorious Nuremberg Laws.

Reagan; An American Journey by Bob Spitz. Penguin Press. Our first and only celebrity president.

Standing Soldiers; Kneeling Slaves. Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America by Kirk Savage. Princeton University Press. paperaper. How the history of slavery and its violent end has been told in public spaces.

God, War, and Providence; The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England by James Warren. Scribners, paper. Roger Williams and his devotion to the cause of Native Americans over white settlers. Banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1735, he purchased land from the Narragansett Indians and laid the foundations for the colony of Rhode Island.

The Patient Assassin; The True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence by Anita Anaud. Two British Civil Servants Reginald Dyer and Michael O’Dwyer wanted to restore order in the city of Amritsar.

El Norte; The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson. Atlantic Monthly. A survey of the Spanish in the new world.

New Titles History. Spring 2019 2

The Last Palace; Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Civilizing torture. Crown. One historic Prague building and its notable residents.

The First Soldier; Hitler as Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Civilizing the invasion of Russia, for example.

Reckonings; Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice by Mary Fulbrook. Oxford University Press. The disjuncture between official myths about “dealing with the past and the majority of Nazi perpetrators who were able to evade responsibility in the successor states to the Third Reich – East and West Germany and Austria.

Rescue Board; The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe by Rebecca Erbelding. Anchor. Paper. Our last-ditch effort to save European Jewry in 1944.

Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The two dictators, Beneto Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, conferred many times. Don’t underestimate Mussolini!

Victory City; A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II by John Strausbaugh. Twelve Press. German U-boats lurking on the approaches to the New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Naval Yards. Thousands of soldiers and sailors passing through the city on their way to Europe and needed entertaining.

Wilber’s War; An American Family’s Journey through World War II by Hale Brandt. Van Doirn Books. Paper. A father’s odyssey, a mother’s secret, a son’s story.

The Battle of the Atlantic; How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby. Oxford University Press. Paper. Winston Churchill, and many others in the War Cabinet were not all too sure that Britain was going to gain a victory in the North Atlantic, the true front of the war for Europe.

The Battle of Arnhem; The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II by Anthony Beevor. Viking. Credit should be divided amongst the American airborne landings and tank warfare.

De Gaulle by Julian Jackson. Harvard University Press. De Gaulle insisted that he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France. Thanks to de Gaulle, France was recognized as one of the victorious Allies when Nazi Germany surrendered.

At War’s Summit; The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II by Alexander Statiey. The German war machine had faltered from a shortage of oil after the failed Blitzkrieg against Russia. Operation Edelweiss was their attempt to capture the Russian oil fields in the Baku region.

Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. Before World War II Manila had been an elegant slice of Americana, home to thousands of servicemen, business executives and their families. General Douglas MacArthur declared it an open city and it was quickly occupied by the Japanese.

Landing on the Edge of Eternity; Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach by Robert Kershaw. Pegasus Books. Paper. A reminder of the second phase of the Normandy Landing.

New Titles. History. Spring 2019. 3

The Hidden Places of World War II; Extraordinary Sties Where History Was Made during the War “that saved civilization” by Jerome O’Connor. Lyons Press. For a new generation of readers, places not often mentioned in books about the wars. 

The Year Germany Lost the War:1941  Andrew Nagorski. Simon & Schuster. Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance. Germany could not defeat this formidable military alliance. By 1941 the War had been lost.

The Liberation of Paris; How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and Dietrich von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith. Simon & Schuster. The liberation of Paris at the end of World War II. Hitler had threatened its systematic destruction.

D-Day and Normandy; a Visual History by Anthony Richards. This is a visual history of the hours before dawn on June 6, 1044. The long-awaited, highly secret D-Day invasion was about to begin..

Landing on the Edge of Eternity; Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach by Robert Kershaw. Pegasus. “Omaha Beach,” the landing site for American troops, became three miles of lethal, bunker-protected assault weaponry.

Under a Darkening Sky; The American Experience in Nazi Europe; 1939 o 1941 by Robert Lyman. Survival in the Burmese jungle.  Pegasus. A vivid history of the American expatriate experience in Europe between 1939 and 1941 ad the National Socialist menace brought a shadow over the continent.

Death March Escape; The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust by Jack Hersch. Frontline Press. First, his father was imprisoned in Mauthausen. Then he visited it after the war and experienced that horror all over again.

The Girls Next Door; Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines by Kara Vuic. Harvard University Press. Women’s roles in “military entertainment” from WWI to the 1990s.

Travelers in the Third Reich; The Rise of Fascism; 1919 to 1945 by Julia Pegasus. Most visitors found Germany a charming country with quaint villages and beautiful landscapes.

Going Back; Sixteen Jewish Women Their Life Stories, and Why They Returned to Germany, The Country that Once Wanted to Kill Them by Andrea von Treuenfeld. Independent Book Publishers Association.

New Titles. History. Other Lands. Spring 2019. 3

The Secret World; A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew. Yale University Press. A history of espionage, too often forgotten in accounts of battles, bombardments, and fox holes.

Empires of the Weak; The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order by J.C.Sharman. Princeton University Press. Europeans had no general military superiority in the early modern era. Rather European expansion is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities with which these Europeans could trade.

The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico by Matthew O’Hara. Yale University Press. The author shows how colonial subjects and the resources of tradition and Catholicism in colonial Mexico to peer into the future to gain understand of their present.

Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War by Micah Goodman and Eylon Levy. Yale University Press. The internal Israeli debate over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Walls; A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick by David Frye. Scribners. Walls and wall builders starting with the Great Wall 4000 years ago.

Civilizing Torture; An American Tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage. Harvard University Press. While we avoid the term and contend that we only resort to torture when it is essential that we do so. But those come around rather often.

Iran Rising; The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal. Princeton University Press. Once again our attention returns to Iran and its revolution.

The Global Edge; Miami in the Twenty-First Century by Alejandro Portes & Ariel Armony. University of California Press. Paper. A major new international city, a financial and banking center and a diverse population with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Edge of Empires; A History of Georgia by Donald Rayfield. Reaktion Books. Paper. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a country of rainforests and swamps, snow and glaciers.

The Habsburg Empire; A New History by Pieter Judson. Harvard University Press. The conventional depiction of the Hapsburg Empire: a hopelessly dysfunctional assemblage of squabbling nationalities and cultural residues.

Designs of Destruction; The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century by Lucia Allais. University of Chicago Press. During and after World War II, we began to think in terms of preserving architecture – as we would other kinds of art forms. This gave birth to granting these monuments World Heritage status.

New Titles. Biography. Memoirs. Spring 2019 1

Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Sports. Overlook Press. Paper. Adolf Hitler’s interest in art was as intense as his racism and Anti-Semitism.

The Story of Rufino; Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic by Joãs Reiss,et al. Oxford University Press. A finalist for a Brazilian Book Award. The author narrates the life of a Yoruba Muslim called Rufino.

The Lady Queen; The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily by Nancy Goldstone. Back Bay Books. Goldstone brings to life a remarkable woman, a captivating queen and actress in her medieval world.

Our Man; Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer. Knopf. Although the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, Holbrooke was considered too self-absorbed and his career stalled.

In Extremis; The Life and Death of the War Correspondent, Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Killed in Syria in 2012, Hilsum is exemplary of the tendency for newspaper correspondents to become both our eyes and ears abroad.

Young Castro; The Making of a Revolutionary by Jonathan Hansen. Simon & Schuster. A portrait of the early years of Fidel Castro, how and unlikely young Cuban led his country in revolution and transfixed the world.

The Black Auxiliary; The Untold Story of eighteen African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Deborah Draper et al. Jesse Owens but other winners as well including a brother of Jackie Robinson.

Remembering Emmett Till by Dave Tell. University of Chicago Press. Travel through the Mississippi Delta and you will find a landscape dotted with memorials to important figures and events of the Civil Rights movement. The most moving are those devoted to the murder of Emmett Till.

Alfred Russel Wallace by Patrick Armstrong. Reaktion, Paper. Armstrong illuminates the various facets of Wallace’s long life from 1823 to the eve of World War I.

Tomato; A Global History by Clarissa Hyman. University of Chicago Press. The tomato is a relative newcomer outside of its ancestral home in Mesoamerica. Think about pizza without the tomato. A trusty sauce with French fries (Ketchup). Bolognese sauce for Italian cuisine.

Handel in London; The Making of a Genius by Jane Glover. Pegasus. Handel dazzled the Hanoverian Court. Then he went on to the Tudor court in London and Dublin where he premiered The Messiah.

Queen Victoria; Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley St. Martin’s She ruled Britain for sixty-four years and managed to put her name on her century.

New Titles. Religion. Spring 2019

When Christians Were Jews; The First Generation by Paula Fredricksen. Yale University Press.  A band of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missioners worked to realize God’s promise to Israel and ended up inaugurating a movement that then separated itself from Judaism.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream; The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History by Jane Rubenstein. Oxford University Press. In 1099 crusading Western Europeans occupied Jerusalem. It seemed like a miracle. Did it herald the Second coming?

Learning to Speak God from Scratch; Why Sacred Worlds Are Vanishing- and How We Can Revive Them by Jonathan Merritt. Convergent Publishing. Paper. He rethinks the meaning of key Christian terms in light of low secular society sees the terms.

Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church by Rowan Williams. Eerdmans. Paper. What lessons can be be learned from a study of the many centuries of church history?

Not Your White Jesus; Following a Radical, Refugee Messiah by Sheri Rosendahl. Westminster John Knox. Paper. Jesus isn’t white, nor is he an American wishing intending to make America great again. What we are looking at is a Middle Eastern Jew preaching the notion of love.

Gods and Robots; The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life by Adrienne Major. Princeton University Press. The Greeks were the first culture to think about creating artificial life.

The Book of Revelation; A Biography by Timothy Beal. Princeton University Press. The cornerstone of the biblical canon? Or the work of a disturbed individual?

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Virgin Mary; Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah by Brant Pitte. The tradition of the Virgin Mary, the mother of god is repeated in the other monotheistic religions.

God in the Qur’an by Jack Miles. Knopf. Author of the Pulitzer Prize for God; A Biography.

New Titles. Politics. Economics. Spring 2019. 3

The Empire of the Eagle; An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin & David Tipling. Yale University Press. A celebration of the world’s 68 recognized eagle species and their considerable allure.

Ganges; The Many Pasts of an Indian River by Sudipta Sen. Yale University Press. India’s most important and sacred river. Here is an account of the communities that have arisen on its banks.

The Twice Born; Life and Death on the Ganges by Aatish Taseer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A visit to Benares to converse with Brahmins and gain some impression of their priestly business.

Spying on Whales; The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson. Viking. A deep-dive into natural history.

Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism by Hannah Holleman. Yale University Press. This economic and ecological disaster that ravaged the US southern plains. The “Dust Bowl” has become an referent when discussing climate change.

Third Thoughts by Steven Weinberg. Harvard University Press. Essayist and author of the classic The First Three Minutes. Winner of a Nobel Prize.

The Way of Coyote; Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds by Gavin Van Horn. University of Chicago Press. Majestic mountains! Churning oceans! Van Horn finds his nature, to roam our open spaces, landing on our window sills.

Cabbage; A Global History by Meg Muckenhoupt. Reaktown Books. Food lovers and historians who think of cabbage for their daily dose of leafy greens. Maybe not every day!

Eating NAFTA; Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico by Alyshia Gálvez. University of California Press. Paper. Mexican cuisine has emerged as globalization. The taco has claimed ground around the world. But Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food.

The Fishmeal Revolution; The Industrialization of the Humboldt Current Ecosystem by Kristin Wintersteen. University of California Press. Paper. Off the coast of Chile and Peru, this cool current mingles with nutrients from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, fostering a productive ecosystem that supports a huge population of fish. That provides a major source of animal feed for chickens, hogs, and fish farming; that, in turn feeds us.

End of the Megafauna; The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals by Ross MacPhee & Peter Schouten, illus. W.W. Norton. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? The author explores the various extinction theories, weighs the evidenc, and presents his own conclusion.

New Titles. Politics. Economics. Spring 2019 2

Wild Horse Country; The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang, America’s Horse by David Philipps. W.W. Norton. Philipps traces the history of the wild horse in America and the shocking future they face in our time.
How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls; Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future by David Hu. Princeton University Press. Animals move with grace, speed, and versatility. How so? They have had millions of years to perfect their movement.
Timefulness; How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World by Marcia Bjornerud. Princeton University Press. Knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us a better perspective on what we consider to be a sustainable future.
Protecting Pollinators; How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World by Jodi Helmer. Island Press, paper. There are 200,000 species of pollinators, birds, bates, insects, and others. They are threatened.
Candids of the World; Wolves, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Coyotes, and Their Relatives by José Castelló. Princeton University Press. The world’s canids and their near relatives.
Plastic Soup; An Atlas of Ocean Pollution by Michiel Abbing. Island Press. Plastics have transformed our lives. Yet the properties that make them attractive spell disaster when they begin to amass in our seas.
Allowed to Grow Old; Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries by Isa Leshko et al. University of Chicago Press. These animals have, for the most part, been pets, not farm animals in the traditional sense.
50 Hikes in Central Florida by Sandra Friend & John Keatley. Countryman. A marvel of diversity these footpaths wonder through salt marches, river floodplains, and amongst coastal dunes and beaches.
A Florida State of Mind; An Unnatural History of Our Weirdest State by James Wright. St. Martin’s Press. Brightest moments and darkest shadows of Florida’s history.
Nature’s Mutiny; How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present. The effects of this historical climate crisis on Europe.