IN THE HOUR OF VICTORY by Sam Willis
HISTORY
Released: April 21, 2014

"Willis shares his joy and thorough knowledge of the period, and the letters themselves bring it all to life."
Archaeologist and maritime historian Willis (The Glorious First of June, 2011) asked for a seemingly innocuous document at the British Library while researching one of his books. The treasure that was delivered was bound in velvet and gilt and contained the dispatches from eight of the British Navy's greatest fleet victories fought between 1794 and 1806. Read full book review >
THE FIGHT FOR THE FOUR FREEDOMS by Harvey J. Kaye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A systematic, heady dose of American history by a frustrated, even outraged progressive thinker."
A spirited call to remember and act on the original progressive intent of Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. Read full book review >

CUBED by Nikil Saval
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 2014

"Ferociously lucid and witty."
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents. Read full book review >
THE FRENCH INTIFADA by Andrew Hussey
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A vivid illumination of the ongoing, painful and perhaps insoluble French dilemma."
Many readers recall demonstrations that followed a recent French law banning the Islamic veil. According to Guardian and New Statesman contributor Hussey (Dean, Univ. of London Institute in Paris; Paris: The Secret History, 2008), these merely continue France's two centuries of conflict with the Arab world and the nation's growing Muslim population, now the largest in Europe. Read full book review >
VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as "a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish" than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Clear and sometimes-passionate prose shows us the persistent nastiness underlying our founding narrative."
Horne (History and African-American Studies/Univ. of Houston; Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation, 2012, etc.) returns with insights about the American Revolution that fracture even more some comforting myths about the Founding Fathers. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE by Dan Falk
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An odd but appealing mixture of science and literary analysis."
European and English science during the time of Shakespeare (1564–1616), as revealed in his works. It's a peculiar juxtaposition, but it works…mostly. Read full book review >
LAST STAND AT KHE SANH by Gregg Jones
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An imperfectly told story about a long-abandoned fire base where too many died, which makes it a story worth remembering."
An acclaimed journalist recounts the hell that was the siege of Khe Sanh. Read full book review >
THE CLANDESTINE HISTORY OF THE KOVNO JEWISH GHETTO POLICE by Samuel Schalkowsky
HISTORY
Released: April 25, 2014

"Amid all the unspeakable brutality, cruelty, fear, loss and despair, hope somehow lingers until the final gunshot."
Some unknown members of the ghetto police chart both their own brief histories and the darkness of the human soul during the Holocaust in Lithuania. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 29, 2014

"On this centennial of the Great War's beginning, Wawro has composed a thoroughly researched and well-written account, mercilessly debunking any nostalgia for the old monarch and the deeply dysfunctional empire over which he presided."
A distinguished historian's takedown of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's spectacularly inept leadership, which helped usher in the 20th century's greatest tragedy. Read full book review >
A VERY PRINCIPLED BOY by Mark A. Bradley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"A murky effort exacerbated by myriad shadowy agencies and a deeply unsympathetic protagonist."
An obscure wartime spy working for the OSS, the wartime precursor to the CIA, gets a thorough exposé by a government lawyer and former CIA officer. Read full book review >
THE LOST ART OF DRESS by Linda Przybyszewski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Przybyszewski's fashion history shines a much-needed spotlight on a contingent of forgotten professionals and the role they played in dressing American women with style."
Historian and prizewinning dressmaker Przybyszewski (History/Univ. of Notre Dame; The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan, 1999, etc.) recounts the social history of a group of talented women, the "Dress Doctors," who once instructed young American women in the art of dress. Read full book review >