Book cover of The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Biological Sciences

The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean

For all of human history, the deep ocean has been a source of wonder and terror, an unknown realm that evoked a singular, compelling question: What’s down there? Unable to answer this for centuries, people believed the deep was a sinister realm of fiendish creatures and deadly peril. But now, cutting-edge technologies allow scientists and explorers to dive miles beneath the surface, and we are beginning to understand this strange and exotic underworld […Learn More]

Book cover of Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America by Benjamin Woolley
Americas

Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America

Four centuries ago, and 14 years before the Mayflower, a group of men—led by a one-armed ex-pirate, an epileptic aristocrat, a reprobate cleric and a government spy—left London aboard a fleet of three ships. Despite their shortcomings, and against the odds, they built Jamestown, a ramshackle outpost that laid the foundations of the British Empire and the United States of America. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance by Mensun Bound
Arctic & Antarctica

The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton’s Endurance

The inside story of how the Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s legendary lost ship, was found in the most hostile sea on Earth, told by the expedition’s Director of Exploration.

On November 21, 1914, after sailing more than ten thousand miles from Norway to the Antarctic Ocean, the Endurance finally succumbed to the surrounding ice. […Learn More]

Book cover of Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Biography & Autobiography

Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan 

An uncompromising study of the fictions, the failures, and the real man behind the myth of Magellan.

With Straits, celebrated historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto subjects the surviving sources to the most meticulous scrutiny ever, providing a timely and engrossing biography of the real Ferdinand Magellan. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Young T. E. Lawrence by Anthony Sattin
Biography & Autobiography

The Young T. E. Lawrence

An intimate biography of the years that turned T. E. Lawrence into Lawrence of Arabia.

Lawrence of Arabia’s heroism during the Arab revolt and his disgust at the subsequent betrayal of the Arabs in the postwar negotiations have become the stuff of legend. But T. E. Lawrence’s adventures in the Levant began long before the outbreak of war. This intimate biography is the first to focus on Lawrence in his twenties, the untold story of the awkward archaeologist from Oxford who, on first visiting “The East,” fell in love with Arab culture and found his life’s mission. […Learn More]

Book cover of River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard
Africa

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

The harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time and its complicated legacy—from the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic

For millennia the location of the Nile River’s headwaters was shrouded in mystery. In the 19th century, there was  a frenzy of interest in ancient Egypt. At the same time, European powers sent off waves of explorations intended to map the unknown corners of the globe – and extend their colonial empires. […Learn More]

Book cover of Freedom by Sebastian Junger
History

Freedom

A profound rumination on the concept of freedom from the New York Times bestselling author of Tribe.

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don’t coexist easily. We value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking book, Sebastian Junger examines the tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human. […Learn More]