THE AMBIGUITY OF VIRTUE by Bernard Wasserstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"A scholarly, thoroughly documented work that elucidates historical issues and explores moral ones."
Was she a heroine or collaborator, a saint or sinner? How should we view Gertrude van Tijn (1891–1974), a woman tasked with saving Jews from the Nazi's gas chambers? Read full book review >
DYING EVERY DAY by James Romm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2014

"The task of determining Seneca's true nature is daunting, but the wide body of information available to Romm enables him to give us tantalizing but ambiguous clues to the man's mind. Like any good philosopher, he only shows us the questions and leaves readers to figure out the answers."
There were many sides to the great Roman philosopher and writer Seneca. Romm (Classics/Bard Coll.; Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire, 2011) explores his contrasting, even conflicting, skills in surviving at the dangerous court of Nero. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 12, 2014

"The most comprehensive and certainly one of the most entertaining accounts of atomic accidents."
Having delivered a delightfully astute history of atomic power in Atomic Awakening (2009), nuclear engineer Mahaffey goes over the same ground with the same combination of expertise and wit, this time describing what happens when things go wrong. Read full book review >
THE GODS OF OLYMPUS by Barbara Graziosi
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Graziosi's easy style and focus on the history of the world as told by the gods of Olympus make this a book to savor."
Graziosi (Classics/Durham Univ.; Inventing Homer: The Early Reception of Epic, 2002, etc.) celebrates the longevity of the "cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly" Olympian gods, "the most uncivilized ambassadors of classical civilization." Read full book review >
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 >

HOLD TIGHT GENTLY by Martin Duberman
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 >
MACHINE MADE by Terry Golway
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 >
HOW PARIS BECAME PARIS by Joan DeJean
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 >