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 >
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 >

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 >
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 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 >
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 >
GANDHI BEFORE INDIA by Ramachandra Guha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2014

"Guha offers a full, relaxed portrait of how the "Mahatma" came to be, as he gained his voice as a writer, seeker and leader."
The first in a two-volume biography of Gandhi (1869-1948) by a seasoned Indian scholar distinguishes itself from legions of others by its clarity and many facets. Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS by Paul Buhle
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A terrific appraisal of culture's gypsies, tramps and thieves, worthy of the editors' judgment: "Obituaries for bohemia have, in short, always been premature.""
What do Walt Whitman, Josephine Baker and Woody Guthrie have in common? Here, their lives are interwoven with the artistic and cultural movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, all under the umbrella of "bohemianism." Read full book review >
AMERICAN SMOKE by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Melding reportage and memoir, this gossipy, idiosyncratic cultural history offers a fresh, unvarnished look at an eccentric, brash and dynamic cast of literary rebels."
An intrepid British writer takes to the road in search of the Beats. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A disturbing, transformative text that veers toward essential reading."
A profoundly uncomfortable but provocative argument that "productive war" promotes greater safety, a decrease in violence and economic growth. Read full book review >