Book cover of France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain by Julian Jackson
Biography & Autobiography

France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain

For three weeks in July 1945 all eyes were fixed on a humid Paris, where France’s disgraced former head of state was on trial, accused of masterminding a plot to overthrow democracy. Would Philippe Pétain, hero of Verdun, be condemned as the traitor of Vichy? […Learn More]

Book cover of The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale
Biography & Autobiography

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story

London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a storm of chaos. In Alma Fielding’s modest home, china flies off the shelves and eggs fly through the air; stolen jewelry appears on her fingers, white mice crawl out of her handbag, beetles appear from under her gloves; in the middle of a car journey, a turtle materializes on her lap. The culprit is incorporeal. As Alma cannot call the police, she calls the papers instead. […Learn More]

Book cover of Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff by Lydia Pyne
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff

Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original? […Learn More]

Book cover of A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury
Biography & Autobiography

A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them

A brilliant blend of science and crime, A TASTE FOR POISON reveals how eleven notorious poisons affect the body–through the murders in which they were used.

As any reader of murder mysteries can tell you, poison is one of the most enduring—and popular—weapons of choice for a scheming murderer. It can be slipped into a drink, smeared onto the tip of an arrow or the handle of a door, even filtered through the air we breathe. But how exactly do these poisons work to break our bodies down, and what can we learn from the damage they inflict? […Learn More]

Book cover of Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia by Diana Kim
Asia

Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia

A history of opium’s dramatic fall from favor in colonial Southeast Asia

During the late nineteenth century, opium was integral to European colonial rule in Southeast Asia. The taxation of opium was a major source of revenue for British and French colonizers, who also derived moral authority from imposing a tax on a peculiar vice of their non-European subjects. Yet between the 1890s and the 1940s, colonial states began to ban opium, upsetting the very foundations of overseas rule―how did this happen? […Learn More]

Book cover of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars by Jamie L. H. Goodall
Colonial Period

Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars

The story of Chesapeake pirates and patriots begins with a land dispute and ends with the untimely death of an oyster dredger at the hands of the Maryland Oyster Navy.

From the golden age of piracy to Confederate privateers and oyster pirates, the maritime communities of the Chesapeake Bay are intimately tied to a fascinating history of intrigue, plunder and illicit commerce raiding. […Learn More]