Remarkable Women & Civil Rights Struggle | History Previews, Apr. 2018

Barnet, Andrea. Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. Ecco. Apr. 2018. 528p. ISBN 9780062310729. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062310743. HISTORY
Rachel Carson fought for the environment and Jane Jacobs for livable cities; Jane Goodall shows us the link between humans and animals and Alice Waters how to eat well in every sense of the word. Barnet, whose All-Night Party was a Lambda nonfiction finalist, shows how these women swept aside convention, battled mostly male power, and helped launch the modern progressive movement. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Gaddis, John Lewis. On Grand Strategy. Penguin Pr. Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781594203510. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525557296. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORY/STRATEGIC THINKING
Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Gaddis has taught a “Studies in Grand Strategy” seminar with Paul Kennedy and Charles Hill for the last two decades that uses history and the classics to offer students basic lessons in leadership. Competition to get into the class is fierce, but now you don’t have to be a Yalie to benefit from its insights. Gaddis here provides his own master class on strategy.

Goldstone, Nancy. Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots. Little, Brown. Apr. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780316387910. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316387880. HISTORY
Daughter of the English king James I, Elizabeth Stuart married Frederick V, Count Palatine of the Rhine, who was offered the throne of Bohemia. Their reign lasted only a year (hence, their being known as the Winter King and Winter Queen), and they took up exile in the Hague. There, Elizabeth’s four daughters made their mark with their intelligence and beauty; every English monarch since George I, the son of youngest daughter Sophia, has descended from this family. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

Honey, Michael K. To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice. Norton. Apr. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780393651263. $25.95. HISTORY
An award-winning author (Going Down Jericho Road, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Book Award), former civil rights organizer, and Haley Professor of Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma, Honey explores Martin Luther King’s legacy beyond civil rights to show his commitment to improving the lot of the poor and working class.

Huang, Yunte. Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780871404473. $28.95. HISTORY
The author of Charlie Chan, an Edgar Award winner, National Book Critics Circle finalist, and national best seller, Huang adds a distinctively Asian perspective to a story heretofore told mostly by whites: how Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined twins brought from Siam to America in 1824, started out as sideshow freaks but became smart businessmen, happily married to two white sisters. With a seven-city tour to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, San Diego, and Raleigh-Durham.

Kurson, Robert. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon. Random. Apr. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780812988703. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812988727. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY
In 1968, a momentous year by any measure, humans first sallied forth to the moon, with American astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders looping Apollo 8 around the moon at Christmas. It was a risky mission—until then, no one had traveled more than 850 miles from Earth, and there was no rescue plan in case of emergency. New York Times best-selling author Kurson (Pirate Hunters) interviewed the astronauts, their families, and NASA personnel for this account.

Kurtz-Phelan, Daniel. The China Mission: George C. Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947. Norton. Apr. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780393240955. $28.95. HISTORY
At first, things were looking up when Gen. George C. Marshall headed to China as a U.S. special representative, tasked with setting up a coalition government between the embattled Nationalists and Communists. Then came civil war. From a former senior editor of Foreign Affairs, now a fellow at NYU.

Rossellini, Ingrid. Know Thyself: Western Identity from Classical Greece to the Renaissance. Doubleday. Apr. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780385541886. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541893. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY
Don’t get distracted by Rossellini’s backstory as the daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini and the twin sister of Isabella. Columbia Ph.D. Rossellini has taught literature, philosophy, and European history at distinguished universities nationwide. Here she examines the concept of self-understanding as it unfolded from ancient Greece through the Renaissance.

Satia, Priya. Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution. Penguin Pr. ISBN 9780735221864. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780735221871. Downloadable: Penguin Pr. HISTORY
Most people identify the Industrial Revolution with rapid technological innovation. But not Stanford historian Satia, whose Spies in Arabia won a major award from the American Historical Association. Satia sees the advent of industrial capitalism and concomitant expansion of the British Empire as intimately tied up with the gun trade. All of which brings us to today’s gun-control debates.

Simon, James F. Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9780871407559. $35. HISTORY
President Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted a gradualist approach to integration, while Chief Justice Earl Warren, author of the Supreme Court’s historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, wanted immediate action. Dean emeritus at New York Law School, Simon focuses on this head-on collision for the first time, showing how it shaped the civil rights movement.

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