HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop."
A carefully constructed study—featuring a chilling denouement—of the disruptive effects of "civilizing" mission work among indigenous peoples. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE JEWS by Simon Schama
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 2014

"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."
Witty, nimble and completely in his element, Schama (History and Art History/Columbia Univ.; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother, 2011, etc.), in a book tie-in to a PBS and BBC series, fashions a long-planned "labor of love" that nicely dovetails the biblical account with the archaeological record. Read full book review >

THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING! by Arun Kundnani
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 14, 2014

"Kundnani frankly and refreshingly moves away from ideological symptoms and toward political causes in tackling extremism."
A widely researched argument about why the war on terror will have no success unless the West stops blaming Islam and starts locating the roots of political dissent. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN AND THE WHOLE by Charles S. Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking and entirely humane."
A meaningful portrayal of how tragedy affected and transformed one family and especially one religious leader. Read full book review >
JESUS by James Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"An intelligent, lively travelogue, well-timed to arrive for the Easter season, and a welcome complement to a direct reading of the Gospels."
A consideration of Christ, human and divine, from an on-native-ground perspective. Read full book review >

AMERICAN SAINT by Joan Barthel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Barthel sets Seton's life against the roiling political context of the American Revolution and its aftermath, offering a rounded portrait of an ambitious woman who struggled mightily to fulfill the tenets of her faith: to be obedient, merciful and good."
A biography of the first American saint, who described herself as "the Mad Enthusiast." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >
INDIE SPIRITUALIST by Chris Grosso
RELIGION
Released: March 4, 2014

"It's an artifice, sure, but compared to nonsense like The Secret, indie spiritualism has a lot going for it—maybe even some actual sincerity."
In a mixed bag of introspective insights and navel-gazing, Grosso tells the story of how he finally entered recovery after years of drug and alcohol abuse, which set him on the path of investigating his spiritual side far outside of organized religion. Read full book review >
THE DARK BOX by John Cornwell
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Enlisting a legion of voices attesting to their "soul murder" by confessional priests, Cornwell offers another strong indictment of the church."
A haunting study, both scholarly and personal, that situates the practice of confession as the source of the Catholic Church's clerical abuse. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 3, 2014

"A text that will appeal to philosophers and Kierkegaard-ians but will leave readers with more general interests feeling…anxious."
Noted Kierkegaard scholar, translator and biographer Hannay (Emeritus, Philosophy/Univ. of Oslo; Kierkegaard: A Biography, 2001) offers a new translation of a little-known but significant work (1944) about the relationship between sin and anxiety. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A text sure to give atheists some data and believers another annoyance."
How and why atheism, which has a long and little-known history, has contributed substantially to many of the more humane and enjoyable aspects of the modern world. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >