THE INVITATION-ONLY ZONE by Robert S. Boynton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Engaging reading, surreal in some of the Orwellian detail."
A thorough investigative report into the systematic abduction of Japanese citizens by the North Korean intelligence network over many decades. Read full book review >
THE NEW THREAT by Jason Burke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"General readers looking for a comprehensive guide to this serious global challenge will find this a rewarding, if sobering, read."
A concise summary of the background and present state of Islamic militancy. Read full book review >

SPEER by Martin Kitchen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Kitchen ably portrays a hollow, cold, bourgeois man totally lacking in morals or scruples—exactly the type that made National Socialism possible and could do so again."
Kitchen (Emeritus, History/Simon Fraser Univ.; The Third Reich: Charisma and Community, 2014, etc.) sets the record straight on Albert Speer's assertions of ignorance of the Final Solution and claims to being the "good Nazi."Read full book review >
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES by Matthew Spieler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A concise civics handbook that focuses a spotlight on the House's design and where its leadership does not measure up."
In the third volume in the Fundamentals of American Government series, political writer Spieler (co-author: Selecting a President, 2012) takes us on a well-organized tour of the U.S. House of Representatives and introduces the institution's inner workings and history.Read full book review >
ETERNITY STREET by John Mack Faragher
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"A solid study of violence and an even better study of the beginnings of California and its social makeup."
Faragher (History/Yale Univ.; A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland, 2005, etc.) investigates the most lethal place on the planet during the mid-19th century: Los Angeles.Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"For the Art Bell addict in the audience. Risible and sure to sell."
Asteroids melted the poles! Baalbek was erected by "ancient and unknowable minds"! Everything we know is wrong! Read full book review >
EISENHOWER'S ARMIES by Niall Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A detailed, entertaining history of a successful, if bumpy, military alliance."
Anglo-American cooperation during World War II worked, more or less. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An illuminating biography of 'an intelligent and thoughtful man.'"
The life and times of a Spanish monarch who invigorated cultural life. Read full book review >
RICHARD III by David Horspool
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Among the better histories on this subject, this book rocks no boats while delivering a densely detailed account of a man who was no more villainous than the average 15th-century baron."
Richard III's villainy owes much to Shakespeare. Modern histories are more understanding, and this includes this thoughtful biography by Times Literary Supplement history editor Horspool (Alfred the Great, 2014, etc.), who stresses that Richard (1452-1485) was a man of his times, although they were nasty times.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A must for car lovers and plenty of interesting material to keep other curious readers flipping pages."
A chronicle of the frantic, ultracompetitive, and heroic early days of automobile manufacturing. Read full book review >
MY JOURNEY AT THE NUCLEAR BRINK by William J. Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Not an exciting account but a solid record of a terrifically significant public career."
A methodical memoir of a long, top-level government career developing nuclear deterrence strategy. Read full book review >
FOOLS, FRAUDS AND FIREBRANDS by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Caustic, highly recherché, and simply great fun to read for the questing intellectual soul."
Prickly and terrifically entertaining skewering of the left's darling male thinkers—both European and American, from Sartre to Said. 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 >