Book cover of Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
History

Jerusalem: The Biography

The epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, from thebestselling author of The Romanovs • “Impossible to put down…. Vastly enjoyable.” —The New York Times Book Review […Learn More]

Book cover of Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Colonial Period

Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

Killing the Witches revisits one of the most frightening and inexplicable episodes in American history: the events of 1692 and 1693 in Salem Village, Massachusetts. What began as a mysterious affliction of two young girls who suffered violent fits and exhibited strange behavior soon spread to other young women. Rumors of demonic possession and witchcraft consumed Salem. […Learn More]

Book cover of Heathen: Religion and Race in American History by Kathryn Gin Lum
History

Heathen: Religion and Race in American History

An innovative history that shows how the religious idea of the heathen in need of salvation undergirds American conceptions of race.

If an eighteenth-century parson told you that the difference between “civilization and heathenism is sky-high and star-far,” the words would hardly come as a shock. […Learn More]

Book cover of Dust on the Throne: The Search for Buddhism in Modern India by Douglas Ober
Asia

Dust on the Throne: The Search for Buddhism in Modern India

Received wisdom has it that Buddhism disappeared from India, the land of its birth, between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, long forgotten until British colonial scholars re-discovered it in the early 1800s. Its full-fledged revival, so the story goes, only occurred in 1956, when the Indian civil rights pioneer Dr. B.R. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with half a million of his Dalit (formerly “untouchable”) followers. This, however, is only part of the story.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism by Peter Coviello
History

Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism

From the perspective of Protestant America, nineteenth-century Mormons were the victims of a peculiar zealotry, a population deranged––socially, sexually, even racially––by the extravagances of belief they called “religion.” Make Yourselves Gods offers a counter-history of early Mormon theology and practice, tracking the Saints from their emergence as a dissident sect to their renunciation of polygamy at century’s end. […Learn More]

Book cover of Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium by Levi Roach
Europe

Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium

An in-depth exploration of documentary forgery at the turn of the first millennium

Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium takes a fresh look at documentary forgery and historical memory in the Middle Ages. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, religious houses across Europe began falsifying texts to improve local documentary records on an unprecedented scale. […Learn More]