PRIVATE EMPIRE by Steve Coll
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 2012

"Leaks, reserves, PACs, hydrofracking, bloated corporate profits and more: all pertinent concerns nicely handled by Coll in this engaging, hard-hitting work."
A thorough, sobering study of the pernicious consolidation of Big Oil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 4, 2012

"A timely portrait of Texas delivered with Collins' unique brand of insightful humor."
New York Times political columnist Collins (When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, 2009, etc.) zeroes in on what makes Texas so important and why the rest of the country needs to know and care about what's happening there. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 23, 2012

"Some casual readers may be turned off by the page count, but this is likely to be the authoritative history of the origins and progress of the Iranian policy morass for years to come."
An encyclopedic account of the ongoing military and diplomatic conflict between the United States and Iran. Read full book review >
AFTERMATH by Rachel Cusk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Bold, gripping, original and occasionally darkly funny."
A novelist's unflinching analysis of her failed marriage. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 10, 2012

"A rich, highly readable examination of the seeds of poppies, trade, greed, grandeur and an international partnership that remains uneasy and perilous."
The author of Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America (2010) returns with the story of America's first voyages to the Middle Kingdom, where Americans and Chinese looked at each other with wonder, alarm and calculation. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A profound demonstration of what needs to be recognized, reconciled and forgiven if current crises are to be overcome."
A vigorous retelling of Haiti's history intended to revive the promise of the world's first black-led republic. Read full book review >
TURING'S CATHEDRAL by George Dyson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 6, 2012

"Meticulously researched and packed with not just technological details, but sociopolitical and cultural details as well—the definitive history of the computer."
That we live in a digital universe is indisputable; how we got there is a mesmerizing tale brilliantly told by science historian Dyson (Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship 1957-1965, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
LIFE AFTER DEATH by Damien Echols
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Essential reading for anyone interested in justice or memoir."
Exceptional memoir by the most famous of the West Memphis Three. Read full book review >