Top Biography & History / Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

  Ackroyd, Peter. Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250003652. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135537. HISTORY Ackroyd has won Whitbread and Somerset Maugham honors for fiction and James Tait Black honors for biography, but that wasn’t enough for him. In […]

Democracy & Fascism | Four Key September 2018 Titles

Fukuyama, Francis. Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment. Farrar. Sept. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780374129293. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374717483. POLITICAL SCIENCE Stanford political scientist Fukuyama, who came swiftly to prominence with The End of History and the Last Man, most recently critiqued the dangerous rise of interest groups in 2014’s prescient Political […]

Eliza Hamilton, Mohandas Gandhi, & Pirates | History & Biography Previews, Sept. 2018

Bunker, Nick. Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781101874417. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874424. BIOGRAPHY Printer, journalist, scientist, Founding Father: that’s our near-mythic image of Benjamin Franklin. But what was he like when he was young? Bunker, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for An Empire on Edge: How Britain Came To […]

From Heiress to Novelist to Impostor | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2018

Bingham, Sallie. The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780374142599. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374142599. CD. BIOGRAPHY Businesswoman, philanthropist, war correspondent, horticulturist, art collector: heiress Doris Duke was once tagged as the richest girl in the world, but obviously she was a whole lot more. Multithreat author/activist Bingham burrowed through […]

Women of the World: Well-Known and Untold Moments in History

A highly readable collective biography of four women who transformed American life; a fresh presentation of thoughtful political commentary from a historical and feminist perspective; a spirited and courageous young woman is honored with an enlightening biography of her life and troubled times

History, Current Events, & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Ambinder, Marc. The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781476760377. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476760391. HISTORY Respected reporter and award-winning television producer Ambinder zeroes in on the nerve-wracking year when Soviet leaders so feared a nuclear strike from America that they put their intercontinental ballistic missiles […]

Renoir Reading | Arts & Humanities Reviews

Highly recommended for all art collections highlighting history and aesthetics; a new look at the intimacy within the paintings of Renoir; this new biography of Renoir shines a fresh light on misconceptions regarding the painter

Historical Perspectives | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Crouch, Gregory. The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Fortune in the American West. Scribner. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781501108198. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501108211. HISTORY Like so many others, Irish immigrant John Mackay rushed to 1840s California in search of gold. It didn’t pan out, but in 1859, he walked 100 miles […]

Memoirs of Family, Harassment, & Black Lives Matter | January Nonfiction on Audio

Highly anticipated memoirs include those from Rose McGowan, Anne Fadiman, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors

From Christine Lahti to the Duchess de Guermantes | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2018

Abrams, Stacey. Minority Leader: How To Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change. Holt. Apr. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250191298. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250191304. SELF-HELP/POLITICAL House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to […]