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 Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Biography & Autobiography

Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan 

An uncompromising study of the fictions, the failures, and the real man behind the myth of Magellan.

With Straits, celebrated historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto subjects the surviving sources to the most meticulous scrutiny ever, providing a timely and engrossing biography of the real Ferdinand Magellan. […Learn More]

Book cover of One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic by William Hazelgrove
Engineering & Transportation

One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic

One hundred and sixty minutes. That is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. There was amazing heroism and astounding incompetence against the backdrop of the most advanced ship in history sinking by inches with luminaries from all over the world. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. […Learn More]

Book cover of Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators by Jay Nordlinger
Biography & Autobiography

Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators 

What’s it like to be the son or daughter of a dictator? A monster on the Stalin level? What’s it like to bear a name synonymous with oppression, terror, and evil?

Jay Nordlinger set out to answer that question, and does so in this book. He surveys 20 dictators in all. They are the worst of the worst: Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and so on. The book is not about them, really, though of course they figure in it. It’s about their children. […Learn More]

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Biography & Autobiography

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

by Laurence Bergreen@LBergreen “A first-rate historical page turner.” —New York Times Book Review The acclaimed and bestselling account of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage. Ferdinand Magellan’s daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life […Learn More]

Book cover of Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World by Scott Reynolds Nelson
Biography & History

Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World

To understand the rise and fall of empires, we must follow the paths traveled by grain—along rivers, between ports, and across seas. In Oceans of Grain, historian Scott Reynolds Nelson reveals how the struggle to dominate these routes transformed the balance of world power. […Learn More]

Book cover of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History by Alex von Tunzelman
History

Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History

In this timely and lively look at the act of toppling monuments, the popular historian and author of Blood and Sand explores the vital question of how a society remembers—and confronts—the past.

In 2020, history came tumbling down. From the US and the UK to Belgium, New Zealand, and Bangladesh, Black Lives Matter protesters defaced, and in some cases, hauled down statues of Confederate icons, slaveholders, and imperialists. […Learn More]

Book cover of A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order by G. John Ikenberry
International & World Politics

A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order

For two hundred years, the grand project of liberal internationalism has been to build a world order that is open, loosely rules-based, and oriented toward progressive ideas. Today this project is in crisis, threatened from the outside by illiberal challengers and from the inside by nationalist-populist movements. This timely book offers the first full account of liberal internationalism’s long journey from its nineteenth-century roots to today’s fractured political moment. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Rule of Laws: A 4,000-Year Quest to Order the World by Fernanda Pirie
History

The Rule of Laws: A 4,000-Year Quest to Order the World

From ancient Mesopotamia to today, the epic story of how humans have used laws to forge civilizations  
 
Rulers throughout history have used laws to impose order. But laws were not simply instruments of power and social control. They also offered ordinary people a way to express their diverse visions for a better world.   […Learn More]

Book cover of Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding by Hannah Farber
Biography & History

Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding

Unassuming but formidable, American maritime insurers used their position at the pinnacle of global trade to shape the new nation. The international information they gathered and the capital they generated enabled them to play central roles in state building and economic development. During the Revolution, they helped the U.S. negotiate foreign loans, sell state debts, and establish a single national bank. Afterward, they increased their influence by lending money to the federal government and to its citizens. […Learn More]