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 >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An elegant, erudite historical survey employing deep research and excellent examples, even from the author's own family."
In a fluid translation, a German historian soundly explores the numerous attractions of the Nazi agenda to a deeply insecure, unsettled people. Read full book review >

SUPREME COMMANDER by Seymour Morris Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A gung-ho, breezily entertaining study for lay readers."
An unabashedly admiring reappraisal of Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) as supreme protector of a great fallen nation at the close of World War II. Read full book review >
A WORLD WITHOUT JEWS by Alon Confino
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A thoughtful study that represents Nazism less as a "banality of evil" and more as an "intimate brutality.""
An insightful new study that develops the theme of Jewish annihilation as necessary to the Nazi myth of genesis. Read full book review >
CENSORING QUEEN VICTORIA by Yvonne Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Rich in intrigue, Ward's book offers not only an enlightening look at the two men who defined Queen Victoria to the future, but also the ways that notions about gender influenced early-20th-century biographical portraiture."
An Australian historian's study of the two men who edited Queen Victoria's letters and how their methods and choices affected posterity's view of her. Read full book review >
RED LOVE by Maxim Leo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"In this winner of the European Book Prize, Leo not only produces a moving family memoir, but also a probing exploration of the human need to believe and belong."
A prize-winning German journalist's account of how he revisited his family's socialist past to find answers about his parents' relationship to him and to each other. Read full book review >
THE LAST WHITE ROSE by Desmond Seward
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fresh look at a well-worn field of study, appropriate for general readers."
The Tudors have been written about ad nauseam, but historian Seward (Eugenie: The Empress and Her Empire, 2004, etc.) opens another branch of study harkening back to their beginnings at the Battle of Bosworth of 1485. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"An enjoyable, swift read, and the author's final solution to Archie's wartime dilemma makes it as fun as a work of historical fiction."
Australian transplant and longtime Paris resident Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, 2011) has spent years trying to discover what it was that changed his grandfather so much when he returned from World War I. Read full book review >
HOW THE BIBLE BECAME HOLY by Michael L. Satlow
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Regardless of the reader's familiarity with the material, the author's expertise cannot be doubted."
Satlow (Religious and Judaic Studies/Brown Univ.; The Gift in Antiquity, 2013) explores the holy writings of the Bible back more than 10,000 years. Read full book review >