Book cover of The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America by Philip Bump
Politics & Government

The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America

A popular Washington Post columnist takes a deep dive into what the end of the baby boom means for American politics and economics.

Philip Bump, a reporter as adept with a graph as with a paragraph, is popular for his ability to distill vast amounts of data into accessible stories. THE AFTERMATH is a sweeping assessment of how the baby boom created modern America, and where power, wealth, and politics will shift as the boom ends. […Learn More]

Book cover of Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson by Rebecca Boggs Roberts
Biography & Autobiography

Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson 

While this nation has yet to elect its first woman president—and though history has downplayed her role—just over a century ago a woman became the nation’s first acting president. In fact, she was born in 1872, and her name was Edith Bolling Galt Wilson. She climbed her way out of Appalachian poverty and into the highest echelons of American power and in 1919 effectively acted as the first woman president of the U.S. (before women could even vote nationwide) when her husband, Woodrow Wilson, was incapacitated. […Learn More]

Book cover of Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English by Valerie Fridland
Politics & Social Science

Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English

A lively linguistic exploration of the speech habits we love to hate—and why our “like”s  and “literally”s actually make us better communicators

Paranoid about the “ums” and “uhs” that pepper your presentations? Concerned that people notice your vocal fry? Bewildered by “hella” or the meteoric rise of “so”?  What if these features of our speech weren’t a sign of cultural and linguistic degeneration, but rather, some of the most dynamic and revolutionary tools at our disposal? […Learn More]

Book cover for How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going by Vaclav Smil
Business & Money

How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going

An essential analysis of the modern science and technology that makes our twenty-first century lives possible—a scientist’s investigation into what science really does, and does not, accomplish.

We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us don’t know how the world really works. This book explains seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity. […Learn More]

Book cover of His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels
Biography & Autobiography

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice 

A landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd’s life and legacy—from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change. […Learn More]

Book cover of Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor
Eastern Europe

Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921

An epic new account of the conflict that reshaped Eastern Europe and set the stage for the rest of the twentieth century.

Between 1917 and 1921 a devastating struggle took place in Russia following the collapse of the Tsarist empire. The doomed White alliance of moderate socialists and reactionary monarchists stood little chance against Trotsky’s Red Army and the single-minded Communist dictatorship under Lenin. […Learn More]

Book cover of Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination by Mark Bergen
Business & Money

Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination

The gripping inside story of YouTube, the company that upended media, culture, industry, and democracy—by a leading tech journalist

Across the world, people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube every day. Every minute, more than five hundred additional hours of footage are uploaded to the site, a technical feat unmatched in the history of computing. […Learn More]