THE BLACK PRESIDENCY by Michael Eric Dyson
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Dyson succeeds admirably in creating a base line for future interpretations of this historic presidency. His well-written book thoroughly illuminates the challenges facing a black man elected to govern a society that is far from post-racial."
An early assessment of America's first black presidency. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A TUDOR by Ruth Goodman
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Fresh and illuminating history."
An intimate look inside the 16th-century household. Read full book review >

Released: March 22, 2016

"Students of American history will appreciate the detail and the thoroughness of this account of what Churchill called the 'first world war.'"
MacLeod (The Canadian Iroquois and the Seven Years' War, 2012, etc.) uses diaries, letters, and other personal accounts to demonstrate the effects of the pivotal battle of the Seven Years' War, showing how it resounded throughout the Western world for years.Read full book review >
HAIR by Kurt Stenn
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A spirited, informative history of a fascinating fiber."
A hair-follicle scientist offers an edifying look at the biology, physiology, and history of hair. Read full book review >

"A poignant reminder of the Jonestown madness and the lives it destroyed."
The victims of one of the most bizarre tragedies in American history, the mass suicide of 909 members of the San Francisco-based People's Temple Christian Church in their jungle compound, are memorialized in this haunting photo album. Read full book review >

We Have Dared to Be Free by Dady Chery
Released: July 28, 2015

"A book that offers an important perspective on Haiti's redevelopment, despite its inclination toward rhetorical stridency."
An energetic defense of Haitian culture coupled with an indictment of alleged Western attempts to destroy it under the pretense of international assistance. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched and vigorous history of an institution that has 'gained new vigor and proliferated progeny not only in the United States but around the globe.'"
A celebration of America's elite research universities. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND EARTH by Kevin Bales
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A cleareyed account of man's inhumanity to man and Earth. Read it to get informed, and then take action."
In a heart-wrenching narrative, Bales (Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves, 2007, etc.) explores modern slavery and the devastating effects on its victims as well as the environmental degradation caused by this morally reprehensible institution.Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Detailed, acronym-mad, well-wrought, and exciting."
A well-developed look inside the life and work of an accomplished private military contractor. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2016

"A clear, concise look at one aspect of Lincoln, the man and the president."
Lincoln scholar Guelzo (Civil War Era/Gettysburg Coll.; Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, 2013, etc.) explores race in America as an element of African-American history as affected by Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Declaration.Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2016

"Out of a 'fractured and fractious time,' the author asserts persuasively, the medieval mind evolved into the modern. Another thought-provoking winner from Grayling."
A British philosopher examines a century of profound intellectual change. Read full book review >
STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >