Book cover of The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century by John Mauceri
Entertainment

The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century

A prominent conductor explores how aesthetic criteria masked the political goals of countries during the three great wars of the past century

This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. […Learn More]

Book cover of Impact: How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey Kong by Greg Brennecka
Astronomy & Space Science

Impact: How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey Kong

A Short History of Nearly Everything meets Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in this humorous, accessible exploration of how meteorites have helped not only build our planet but steered the evolution of life and human culture.

The Solar System. Dinosaurs. Donkey Kong. What is the missing link? Surprisingly enough, it’s meteorites. They explain our past, constructed our present, and could define our future. […Learn More]

Book cover of Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival by Tom Clavin
History

Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival

An American fighter pilot doomed to die in Buchenwald but determined to survive.

On August 13, 1944, Joe Moser set off on his forty-fourth combat mission over occupied France. Soon, he would join almost 170 other Allied airmen as prisoners in Buchenwald, one of the most notorious and deadly of Nazi concentration camps. Tom Clavin’s Lightning Down tells this largely untold and riveting true story. […Learn More]

Book cover of Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life by Howard Steven Friedman
Business & Money

Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life

How much is a human life worth? Individuals, families, companies, and governments routinely place a price on human life. The calculations that underlie these price tags are often buried in technical language, yet they influence our economy, laws, behaviors, policies, health, and safety.  […Learn More]

Book cover of The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army by Paul Douglas Lockhart
Biography & Autobiography

The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army 

The true story of the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge is the first biography in half a century of the immigrant Prussian soldier who molded George Washington’s ragged, demoralized troops into the fighting force that eventually triumphed in America’s War of Independence. Praised by renowned historian Thomas Fleming as “an important book for anyone interested in the American Revolution,” The Drillmaster of Valley Forge rights a historical wrong by finally giving a forgotten hero his well-deserved due. […Learn More]

Book cover of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty by Joanne Goldblum and Colleen Shaddow
Politics & Government

Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty

Water. Food. Housing. The most basic and crucial needs for survival, yet 40 percent of people in the United States don’t have the resources to get them. With key policy changes, we could eradicate poverty in this country within our lifetime—but we need to get started now.

Nearly 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line—about $26,200 for a family of four. Low-income families and individuals are everywhere, from cities to rural communities. While poverty is commonly seen as a personal failure, or a deficiency of character or knowledge, it’s actually the result of bad policy. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World by Kara Cooney
Ancient Civilizations

The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World

Written in the tradition of historians like Stacy Schiff and Amanda Foreman who find modern lessons in ancient history, this provocative narrative explores the lives of five remarkable pharaohs who ruled Egypt with absolute power, shining a new light on the country’s 3,000-year empire and its meaning today.

In a new era when democracies around the world are threatened or crumbling, best-selling author Kara Cooney turns to five ancient Egyptian pharaohs–Khufu, Senwosret III, Akenhaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa–to understand why many so often give up power to the few, and what it can mean for our future. […Learn More]

Book cover of Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father by Peter Stark
Biography & Autobiography

Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, from the bestselling author of Astoria

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name by Brian Muraresku
Ancient Civilizations

The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name

A groundbreaking dive into the role psychedelics have played in the origins of Western civilization, and the real-life quest for the Holy Grail that could shake the Church to its foundations.

The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the “best-kept secret” in history. Did the Ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same, secret tradition? […Learn More]