SHOT DOWN by Steve Snyder
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A gripping story for readers in search of either drama or historical edification."
An account of one pilot's experience in World War II that's part biography and part world history. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Terri Blom Crocker
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"The style is traditional, even stodgy, while the discoveries may be revolutionary in World War I historiography."
A doctoral candidate and senior paralegal debuts with a sharp look at the so-called "Christmas truce" of 1914, discovering that distortion has colored many accounts of it—and of World War I itself. Read full book review >

AND STILL I RISE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A must for the look-it-up shelf and a poignant reminder of how far we have come—and have yet to go."
A stirring chronology of advances—and some backward steps—in the long struggle for African-American civil rights. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Vital reading for those looking to understand, 65 years later, the origins of the continuing conflict in the Middle East."
A Middle East scholar uncovers the post-World War II history of American policy in Palestine. Read full book review >
DYNASTY by Tom Holland
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A vivid account of five Roman emperors, emphasizing their vices and vicious behavior with less attention to the vast empire, which continued to prosper despite them."
A decade after his award-winning life of Julius Caesar (Rubicon, 2004), veteran historian Holland (In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, 2012, etc.) delivers biographies of five descendants who ruled after his death.Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A thoughtfully observed travel memoir and history."
A filmmaker and writer tells the story of the historical figures and ordinary people who have attempted to "control, adapt to, or explore" the largely wild and untamed Andes cordillera. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"An erudite investigation that rewards patient, careful reading."
Ancient Egyptian philosophy revealed in a hieroglyphic text. Read full book review >
THE GATES OF EUROPE by Serhii Plokhy
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A straightforward, useful work that looks frankly at Ukraine's ongoing 'price of freedom' against the rapacious, destabilizing force of Russia."
A sympathetic survey of the history of Ukraine along the East-West divide, from ancient divisions to present turmoil. Read full book review >
STONED by Aja Raden
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A lively, incisive cultural and social history."
A jewelry designer and historian's account of how the desire for diamonds, gold, and other precious stones and metals has shaped history. Read full book review >
BLACK DRAGON RIVER by Dominic Ziegler
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Rich in history but short on personal reflection, this book is more for Asian history buffs than fans of travel literature. "
A journalist's account of his travels along the Amur, a spectacular but largely uncelebrated river on the border between Russia and China. Read full book review >
PT 109 by William Doyle
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Dramatic and revealing. Readers unfamiliar with the Joe Kennedy back story will be startled to learn of his puppet master-like role in orchestrating JFK's rise to the presidency."
The making of war hero John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A well-researched and tensely written yet mechanical history that lacks the emotional depth of more complex Israeli sagas."
In this harrowing account of Israel's special forces, Bar-Zohar and Mishal (Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service, 2012, etc.) delve into the complexity of their nation's covert missions, especially during its violent formative years.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >