History, Biography, and Politics

Millard has done for young Winston Churchill what she did for Teddy Roosevelt in The River of Doubt, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Her new biography focuses on Churchill’s involvement in the Boer War, and his capture, escape, and ambitious derring-do through it all. Although plenty has been written on Churchill, Millard’s gift is breathing new life into her subjects; her research is impeccable, her narrative drive unstoppable, and her books, pure historical magic. —Melinda

 

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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385535731
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 20th, 2016

Wesley Lowery began covering the Black Lives Matter movement in August 2014, during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of Michael Brown. What he thought would be a few days of journalism became several months of covering the activism surrounding the troubling and ever-growing list of names at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement. They Can’t Kill Us All is Lowery’s reflection, sourced from his own notes and experiences. —Molly

 

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They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316312479
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 15th, 2016

Twenty-seven feminists. That feels like a lot—and like far too few. But each woman in the inspirational new book Dead Feminists is given a gorgeous letterpress art tribute, devotedly and distinctly designed to fit each of its subjects, which include Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Using art and the written word to capture the spirit and strength of these women, this intricate and beautiful book honors feminists of the past while tying their causes to today. —Jocelyn

 

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Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632170576
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 11th, 2016

From 1985 to 1987, a thousand workers, mostly Mexican women, went on strike against Watsonville Canning. In an era when unions were struggling, and while unprepared and disorganized, the workers came together, organized, and held the picket line for 18 months, not breaking it once. While they ultimately triumphed, they also sacrificed and struggled. I’m thrilled to see this important chapter in Watsonville’s history added to the local history section. —Flannery

 

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Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608466801
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 25th, 2016

In time for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor this December, Craig Nelson’s new book charts the path to the Pearl Harbor attack from both the American and Japanese perspectives, recounts the events of the bombing in thorough detail, and concludes with an examination of the lasting effects of the attack, starting with the United States’ entry into World War II. Using newly discovered and reanalyzed information, this is a painstakingly researched, absorbing account.  —Flannery

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Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781451660494
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2016

This is a stunning account of the tragic and brutal history of Forsyth County, Georgia, and the campaign of atrocious racial terror used to force African Americans out of the community and to keep the area “all white” into the 1990s. Extensively researched and carefully constructed, it is a shocking story from our collective past that needs to be acknowledged and shared. The ugly tendencies toward racism and violence are not gone from our society; facing the truth of the past is only a small step, but it is a first step and an important step. Phillips’ compelling narrative, powerful prose, and personal honesty will help start that journey. —Nici

 

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Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393293012
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

During World War II, a young British officer conceived the idea of a special force that would operate in small groups, darting in and hitting the enemy before they knew what was happening. Thus began Britain’s Special Air Service, which helped shift the tide of the war in favor of the Allies. This new book tells the story of the men of the SAS and follows its influence on modern warfare. It’s perfect for military history enthusiasts.    —Flannery

 

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Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904169
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 4th, 2016

This illustrated guide to more than 75 American inventions—from the telephone to the Golden Gate Bridge—would make a great gift for any history buff. “Kevin Baker’s ingenious, eclectic, and breathtaking chronicle of American invention reminds us of the daring, the love for experimentation, and the resilient optimism that is America at its very best—a land of freedom, imagination, diversity, and grand-hearted authors like Kevin Baker.” —Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation

 

America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579656942
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

Because of her no-nonsense, eloquent speeches and her civil rights–minded court rulings, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes. This collection of writings, selected and introduced by Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, is filled with life stories and opinions on everything from gender equality to lawyers in opera. It gives us a glimpse into Ginsburg’s life, beliefs, and witty sense of humor and has a good doseof wisdom. —Flannery

 

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My Own Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501145247
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 4th, 2016

If you wonder what any new book can add to the story of Al Capone, this one might surprise you. It looks at the man behind the legend through a new perspective—that of his family. Written with the full cooperation of his surviving family, this engrossing book explores Capone’s life and legacy through the eyes of the people who loved him. It’s the story we know, but with new layers and depths. —Flannery

 

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Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385537155
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

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