User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

History & Politics

Operation Columba by Gordon Corera

I will read any book about any animal, and while I was somewhat familiar with homing pigeons and the use of them as messengers, this book caught me off guard with its depiction of the amount of work, dedication, and courage put forth by those involved with the pigeons. As with any good hobby, the amount of jealousy and in-fighting involved also have their place in the narrative. The knowledge produced by the pigeons’ efforts is fascinating. Written more for a military history buff than an animal lover, Operation Columba is perfect for history fans who think they’ve read it all. - Rachel

Staff Pick Badge
Operation Columba--The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062667076
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

Heirs of the Founders by H.W. Brands

Heirs of the Founders is the perfect sequel to books like Joseph J. Ellis’s Founding Brothers and The Quartet. While none became president, Webster, who could make an opposing Supreme Court justice cry; Clay, the great compromiser; and Calhoun, chief apologist for slavery, were the giants of American politics and it was their compromises that held the union together and their clashes that sent it flying apart. They died with slavery unresolved and the Civil War looming on the horizon. By the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Traitor to His Class. - Dave

Staff Pick Badge
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542531
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - November 13th, 2018

These Truths by Jill Lepore

A historian with many interests—from Jane Franklin to Wonder Woman—Jill Lepore here explores the very origins of our country. At a time when it feels like the foundation is crumbling, it’s important to look back and understand how the United States was formed. Lepore has a deftness with language that is always a delight to read. The pages of These Truths breezed by pleasurably. Ivy

Staff Pick Badge
These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393635249
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Avast! This book is a delight, making pirate history engaging and fascinating. Every other page had some tidbit about piratical, world, and particularly American history that I couldn’t wait to talk about with people. The pirates are presented as honestly as possible, in their heroic triumphs and in the brutality and violence they were part of. Highly recommend for the pirate or history buff in your life. - Jax

Staff Pick Badge
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631492105
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright - September 18th, 2018

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger

It’s tempting to get swept up in the salacious narratives of recent books on Trump (“Can you believe he really said that/did that/thinks that?”), but for true big-picture analysis, Craig Unger’s book is the one with staying power. Unger cuts through the daily crazy and lays out what has been true and known for a long time (but maddeningly not reported by mainstream media): Donald Trump’s relationship with organized crime, specifically, the Russian mafia. Going back decades, Unger lays out the money laundering, bailouts, and power plays that led to a mobster, beholden to a foreign power, in the White House. - S.B.

Staff Pick Badge
House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524743505
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dutton - August 14th, 2018

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas didn’t know he was an undocumented immigrant until he went to get his driver’s license at the age of 16. Vargas’s story is sadly not unusual, which is part of why it’s so important. His writing is emotional, powerful, and full of purpose. More memoir than political statement, Dear America is a truly eye-opening look at the realities of immigration in America. - Jade

Staff Pick Badge
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062851352
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang

“For the title of his debut collection of essays on race, gender, and American society, Wesley Yang invokes W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic study of race in America. These 13 essays explore the ways in which the American dream shapes and distorts an assortment of people: chefs, strivers, pickup artists, and school shooters. Included here is ‘Paper Tigers,’ Yang’s personal, National Magazine Award–winning look at Asian-American overachievers. As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.” —The Millions

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393241747
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 13th, 2018

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, award-winning author Colm Tóibín (The Master, Brooklyn) profiles the fathers of three great Irish writers— Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce—as a lens through which to view his country’s literary tradition. “Three compelling portraits...a short but entertaining, thoroughly engaging study on the agony of filial influence.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476785172
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - October 30th, 2018

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

On the day I turned 2, Chernobyl was struck by disaster. Three days later, hidden among the news and chaos, the Los Angeles Public Library was in flames. Two thousand degrees, more than a million books destroyed or damaged, and the source of the fire unknown. Susan Orlean centers her book on the fire and then moves outward to include librarians past and present, the role of a library in a community, and our own relationships with books. Like Orlean’s other books, there is some crime, some travelling, fascinating people, and an amazing tangle of details. - Rachel

Staff Pick Badge
The Library Book Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie

Intersectional feminism. If this is a term you are unfamiliar with, or even if you think you know everything about it, pick up this book. What I loved about Can We All Be Feminists? is that it met me where I am on my journey and it actively engages with those who want to learn more about current feminist thought. I have a lot of work to do, but thankfully there are essays by such intelligent and thoughtful minds that can help me expand my view. - Jax

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - History & Politics