Book cover of Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie D. Ferreiro
Europe

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It

Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year Award

At the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the American colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts Larrie Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded. […Learn More]

Book Cover for 1774: The Long Year of Revolution by Mary Beth Norton
History

1774: The Long Year of Revolution

From one of our most acclaimed and original colonial historians, a groundbreaking book tracing the critical “long year” of 1774 and the revolutionary change that took place from the Boston Tea Party and the First Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. […Learn More]

Book cover for Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944 -1945 by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio
Asia

Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944 – 1945

May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day—shortened to “V.E. Day”—brought with it the demise of Nazi Germany. But for the Allies, the war was only half-won. Exhausted but exuberant American soldiers, ready to return home, were sent to join the fighting in the Pacific, which by the spring and summer of 1945 had turned into a grueling campaign of bloody attrition against an enemy determined to fight to the last man. Germany had surrendered unconditionally. The Japanese would clearly make the conditions of victory extraordinarily high. […Learn More]

Europe

Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria – Hungary in World War I

A prize-winning, magisterial history of World War I from the perspective of the defeated Central Powers
For the Central Powers, the First World War started with high hopes for an easy victory. But those hopes soon deteriorated as Germany’s attack on France failed, Austria-Hungary’s armies suffered catastrophic losses, and Britain’s ruthless blockade brought both nations to the brink of starvation. The Central powers were trapped in the Allies’ ever-tightening Ring of Steel. […Learn More]

Civil War

The Three – Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

A dramatic, riveting, and “fresh look at a region typically obscured in accounts of the Civil War. American history buffs will relish this entertaining and eye-opening portrait” (Publishers Weekly).

Megan Kate Nelson “expands our understanding of how the Civil War affected Indigenous peoples and helped to shape the nation” (Library Journal, starred review), reframing the era as one of national conflict—involving not just the North and South, but also the West. […Learn More]

History

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

In a thrilling dramatic narrative, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents.
 
   When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. […Learn More]

Europe

The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History

Austerlitz, Wagram, Borodino, Trafalgar, Leipzig, Waterloo: these are the places most closely associated with the era of the Napoleonic Wars. But how did this period of nearly continuous conflict affect the world beyond Europe? The immensity of the fighting waged by France against England, Prussia, Austria, and Russia, and the immediate consequences of the tremors that spread throughout the world. […Learn More]

History

Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World

The first book to tell the full story of American isolationism, from the founding era through the Trump presidency.

In his Farewell Address of 1796, President George Washington admonished the young nation “to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” Isolationism thereafter became one of the most influential political trends in American history. […Learn More]

History

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

The thrilling and definitive history of World War I in the Middle East

By 1914 the powers of Europe were sliding inexorably toward war, and they pulled the Middle East along with them into one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. In The Fall of the Ottomans, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life, uncovering the often ignored story of the region’s crucial role in the conflict. […Learn More]