Book cover of Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World by Anthony Sattin
History

Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World

The remarkable story of how nomads have fostered and refreshed civilization throughout our history.

Moving across millennia, Nomads explores the transformative and often bloody relationship between settled and mobile societies. Often overlooked in history, the story of the umbilical connections between these two very different ways of living presents a radical new view of human civilization. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland
Biography & Autobiography

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

Award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Jonathan Freedland tells the incredible story of Rudolf Vrba—the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz, a man determined to warn the world and pass on a truth too few were willing to hear—elevating him to his rightful place in the annals of World War II alongside Anne Frank, Primo Levi, and Oskar Schindler and casting a new light on the Holocaust and its aftermath. […Learn More]

Book cover of Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern by Jing Tsu
Asia

Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern

After a meteoric rise, China today is one of the world’s most powerful nations. Just a century ago, it was a crumbling empire with literacy reserved for the elite few, as the world underwent a massive technological transformation that threatened to leave them behind. In Kingdom of Characters, Jing Tsu argues that China’s most daunting challenge was a linguistic one: the century-long fight to make the formidable Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. […Learn More]

Book cover of Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain by Padraic X. Scanlan
Americas

Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain 

The British empire, in sentimental myth, was more free, more just and more fair than its rivals. But this claim that the British empire was ‘free’ and that, for all its flaws, it promised liberty to all its subjects was never true. The British empire was built on slavery. […Learn More]

Book cover of Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by Megan Kate Nelson
Biography & Autobiography

Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America

Each year nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park—one of the most popular of all national parks—but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established. In late July 1871, the geologist-explorer Ferdinand Hayden led a team of scientists through a narrow canyon into Yellowstone Basin, entering one of the last unmapped places in the country. The survey’s discoveries led to the passage of the Yellowstone Act in 1872, which created the first national park in the world. […Learn More]

Book cover of God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou
History

God: An Anatomy 

An astonishing and revelatory history that re-presents God as he was originally envisioned by ancient worshippers—with a distinctly male body, and with superhuman powers, earthly passions, and a penchant for the fantastic and monstrous. […Learn More]

Book cover of Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The surprising story of Britain's economy from boom to bust and back again by Duncan Weldon
Biography & History

Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The surprising story of Britain’s economy from boom to bust and back again

The UK is, at the same time, both one of the world’s most successful economies and one of Europe’s laggards. The country contains some of Western Europe’s richest areas such as the south east of England, but also some of its poorest such as the north east or Wales. It’s really not much of an exaggeration to describe the UK, in economic terms, as ‘Portugal but with Singapore in the bottom corner’. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Making of Oliver Cromwell by Ronald Hutton
Biography & Autobiography

The Making of Oliver Cromwell

The first volume in a pioneering account of Oliver Cromwell—providing a major new interpretation of one of the greatest figures in history

Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)—the only English commoner to become the overall head of state—is one of the great figures of history, but his character was very complex. He was at once courageous and devout, devious and self-serving; as a parliamentarian, he was devoted to his cause; as a soldier, he was ruthless. […Learn More]