NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
AN ARGUMENT OPEN TO ALL by Sanford Levinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A cleareyed description and analysis of the thinking of some of the most iconic figures in the political history of the United States."
Levinson (Law and Government/Univ. of Texas; Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance, 2012, etc.) takes us through each of the 85 essays composing The Federalist, looking both at key arguments in those landmark documents and at their enduring relevance.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A studious, provocative hodgepodge of history, conspiracy theory, and philosophy that's heavier on vitriol than veritas."
Debut author Divjak attempts to rebut Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 prizewinning memoir Between the World and Me.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A nuanced study of the illusory, troubling early arguments over emancipation and integration."
How the concept of "separate but equal" emerged from whites' inability to envision full civil rights for blacks and Native Americans after emancipation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 26, 2016

"A cogent, organized history of the beginnings of free speech in the United States."
Accessible study of America's fierce devotion to freedom of speech through the vociferous public reactions to Britain's perceived tyranny. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"An enjoyable look at a man on the 'edge of politics' who had a strong influence on Lincoln's development."
An examination of one of Abraham Lincoln's male friendships that has been profoundly "misunderstood." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A sympathetic but also gimlet-eyed scholar's look at a towering physical and political presence who learned, to his sorrow, that good intentions were insufficient."
Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and the War on Poverty have had mixed but lingering results, mostly positive. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Between the dizzying sums lost and gained, Zacks offers a rollicking history perfect for Twain's countless fans."
An amusing, singular account of the world tour by the nation's most famous humorist, chased by creditors. Read full book review >
LADIES NIGHT AT THE DREAMLAND by Sonja Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Wise, fresh, captivating essays."
Radiant essays inspired by "slivers and bits" of real women's lives. Read full book review >
SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >
GHETTO by Mitchell Duneier
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 2016

"Americans did not create the ghetto, but in this well-documented study, we see clearly how those urban areas have come to embody so many of our shortcomings when it comes to matters of race."
How communities—especially in the United States—created, ostracized, and condemned the idea and reality of the ghetto. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure."
A history of the American Revolution, focused on George Washington (1732-1799) and Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), in which the author acknowledges Arnold's good points but does not fully rehabilitate him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >