MISSION AT NUREMBERG by Tim Townsend
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Gerecke's story is only a footnote to "the trial of the century," but Townsend thoroughly understands and skillfully handles the rich, potentially explosive material it contains."
In his first book, Townsend, a writer and editor with the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project, examines World War II's most unusual ministry: the pastoring of the architects of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A powerful book that displays both the malice and the nobility of our species."
An acclaimed historian and biographer returns with an intimate history of the AIDS crisis and its devastations. Read full book review >

ENCOUNTERS AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth A. Fenn
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"An excellent contribution to the truth telling of the American Indian story."
A nonpolemical, engaging study of a once-thriving Indian nation of the American heartland whose origins and demise tell us much about ourselves. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A gossipy, occasionally entertaining who's who that eventually grows tiresome and repetitive."
Another breathless exposé of French horizontal collaboration from cultural historian Mazzeo (English/Colby Coll.; The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A thorough and deeply troubling analysis of a quiet but ominous threat to democracy."
Mettler (Government/Cornell Univ.; The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, 2011, etc.) delivers a broadside to for-profit universities and the politics that enrich them. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 10, 2014

"A work that knowledgeably readjusts Tammany's reputation from a nest of corruption to an important crusader for the poor and downtrodden."
How the Irish mobilized America. Read full book review >
SEVEN FLOWERS by Jennifer Potter
HISTORY
Released: March 6, 2014

"Though Potter is occasionally too thorough in her information, anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author's knowledge and devotion."
Botanical writer Potter (The Rose, 2011) examines the rich history of "the flowers of healing; of delirium and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Dejean obviously knows and loves Paris, and she provides coherent history that effectively explains the evolution of a city built by a few prescient men."
Illuminating portrait of the first modern city, 17th-century Paris, which could "hold a visitor's attention with quite different splendors." Read full book review >
MENACHEM BEGIN by Daniel Gordis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For Gordis, Begin stands as an exemplary leader whose selflessness and deep loyalty to the Jewish people and to Israel should inspire any who may question "the legitimacy of love for a specific people or devotion to its ancestral homeland.""
A life of Menachem Begin (1913-1992) considers his legacy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Though occasionally overwhelming in the sheer volume of material, this is an erudite and passionately argued work."
The third volume of the author's authoritative constitutional trilogy puts forth a brave argument on the importance of popular sovereignty as the galvanizing force in civil rights. Read full book review >
STOKELY by Peniel E. Joseph
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Joseph showcases the brilliance of the man, his exceptional ideals and his pursuit of an equality that was years ahead of his time."
Joseph (History/Tufts Univ.; Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, 2010, etc.) introduces a Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998) few white people ever knew in the 1960s, a man who dared to speak truth to power. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"An insightful, entirely engrossing account of a dysfunctional region that may or may not pull itself together."
Five independent nations emerged from the 1947 partition of British India, but they have yet to escape its dismal influence, writes prolific British journalist Keay (India: A History, 2008, etc.) in this vivid, thoughtful and not terribly optimistic history. Read full book review >