HELL IS A VERY SMALL PLACE by Jean  Casella
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole."
The founders of a watchdog group dedicated to stopping the practice of solitary confinement gather voices from victims of this hellish punishment. Read full book review >
WHILE THE CITY SLEPT by Eli Sanders
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An exceptional story of compelling interest in a time of school shootings, ethnic and class strife, and other unbound expressions of madness and illness."
Disturbing, sometimes-horrifying story of true crime and justice only partially served. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Although the author's meticulous reconstruction of the case sometimes leads to repetition, she succeeds in conveying the unsettled world in which it occurred."
A sordid murder reveals beliefs about race, sex, and justice in post-Civil War Philadelphia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A well-organized, deeply researched work that ably digests the Balkan war, the criminals, the criminal court, and its legacy."
A bracing history of the hunt for Balkan war criminals and the seminal establishment of the Hague Tribunal in 1993. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A striking exploration of the horrors of mass violence in the Western Hemisphere, with the author offering hope that radical policies could provide positive change."
British journalist Grillo (El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency, 2011) risks life and limb to interview gangsters, police, and victims of violence in this harrowing account of Latin American crime syndicates.Read full book review >

THE INVITATION-ONLY ZONE by Robert S. Boynton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Engaging reading, surreal in some of the Orwellian detail."
A thorough investigative report into the systematic abduction of Japanese citizens by the North Korean intelligence network over many decades. Read full book review >
NYPD GREEN by Luke Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Amusing recollections of 'The Job' with some insider details, but it's unlikely to stand out among a recent flood of law enforcement memoirs."
The memoir of an Irish-American's service with the New York Police Department, told with equal parts Gaelic charm and cop cynicism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A book that will appeal to readers convinced that Benghazi and Hillary Clinton's email habits are the most pressing concerns Americans now face."
A conservative polemic against "big government" disguised as a memoir of government service. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A ghastly, dizzying descent into the coldblooded clannishness of the Southern racist mindset."
A dogged pursuit takes a journalist into uncomfortable corners of her Southern family's complicity in a small-town lynching. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A useful primer on the enduring nature of political machines and the slippery qualities of power."
An unadorned memoir of prosecuting political corruption in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
WANTED by Robert M. Utley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A rollicking but thin nonfictional rendering of two of history's most mythologized outlaws."
A comparative study of the simultaneous late-19th-century rises of iconic gunfighters Billy the Kid (1859-1881) and Ned Kelly (1854-1880). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An urgent but evenhanded treatise that deserves a wide readership."
In Norwegian-born attorney Turrettini's dispiriting estimation, there are plenty of lone wolves out there, young men—almost always young men—so disconnected from the world that killing is the only form of self-expression they think is left to them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >