Category: Unusual histories


A Full Life

Simon & Schuster | July 7, 2015 | 272 pages
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail... More Info

The Trip

Atria Books | July 28, 2015 | 336 pages
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol... More Info

Muhammad Ali

Ap Editions | March 3, 2015 | 158 pages
Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing... More Info

A Long Way Home

Wits University Press | November 1, 2014 | 320 pages
In no other society in the world have urbanization and industrialization been as comprehensively based on migrant labor as in South Africa. Rather than focusing on the well-documented narrative of displacement and oppression, A Long Way Home captures the humanity, agency, and creative modes of... More Info

The Complete Muhammad Ali

July 1, 2015 | 400 pages
Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed'sThe Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a biography—it is a fascinating portrait of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. An honest, balanced portrayal of Ali, the book... More Info

Then and Now

Playwrights Canada Press | June 1, 2014 | 350 pages
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Preparing the Ghost

June 29, 2015 | 320 pages
An account detailing the achievements of the first man to photograph a giant squid profile Moses Harvey as an eccentric Newfoundland reverend and obsessive amateur naturalist while describing the author's research trip to Harvey's home. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

Green Hills of Africa

Scribner | July 21, 2015 | 304 pages
The most intimate and elaborately enhanced addition to the Hemingway Library series: Hemingway’s memoir of his safari across the Serengeti—presented with archival material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, and with the never-before-published safari journal of... More Info

A Walk in the Woods

Anchor Canada | July 30, 2015 | 289 pages
God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from... More Info

The Girl With Seven Names

William Collins | September 1, 2014 | 320 pages
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a... More Info

The Forest of Bourg-Marie

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | September 15, 2014 | 150 pages
In The Forest of Bourg-Marie, originally published in 1898, Toronto author and musician S. Frances Harrison draws together a highly mythologized image of Quebec society and the forms of Gothic literature that were already familiar to her English-speaking audience. It tells the story of a... More Info

No Country

Simon & Schuster | June 30, 2015 | 560 pages
“A novel as easy to read as the latest bestseller, No Country is a rousing adventure made up out of the blood and guts and dreams of people on three continents and nearly 150 years of troubled history” (Alan Cheuse, NPR). In the poverty of rural Ireland in 1843, Padraig Aherne and Brendan... More Info

Voices of Time

Macmillan | May 2, 2006 | 341 pages
One of South America's leading authors shares a kaleidoscopic collection of reflections, memories, observations, and folklore that chronicles the author's own life story, from his family's immigration to Uruguay in the early twentieth century to his own literary endeavors and encounters with the... More Info

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Penguin Classics | February 5, 2015 | 334 pages
'You must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you' For twenty years, the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff journeyed through Central Asia and the Middle East.  More Info


Simon and Schuster | April 21, 2015 | 224 pages
From YouTube star vlogger Connor Franta comes an illustrated book that grows out of his massive social media outreach--filled with annotated postcards, notes, texts, tweets, journal entries, emails, and letters that chart his coming of age. The front of the postcards feature his photos, both of... More Info

Gun, Needle, Spoon

May 29, 2015 | 300 pages
During punk rocks heyday in the late '80s and early '90s O'Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco's premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the tour manager for Dead Kennedy's and Flipper. That was before his life got totally out of control: O'Neil... More Info

We're Still Here Ya Bastards

June 9, 2015 | 432 pages
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters is American history. A toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. The storm completely transformed one of the most beloved cities in America, leaving nearly 80 percent of New... More Info

Biko's Ghost

May 1, 2015 | 392 pages
“When you say, 'Black is Beautiful,' what in fact you are saying . . . is: Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being.” With such statements, Stephen Biko became the voice of Black Consciousness. And with Biko's brutal death in the custody of the South African... More Info

The Lords of Human Kind

Zed Books | February 12, 2015 | 384 pages
When European explorers went out into the world to open up trade routes and establish colonies, they brought back much more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. Inevitably, they came into contact with the peoples of other parts of the world and formed views of them occasionally admiring, more... More Info

The Retreat

HarperCollins Publishers | April 1, 2015 | 416 pages
From the award-winning co-author of I Am Malala, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers? How did it go so wrong? War Not Peace tells how the West turned success into defeat in the... More Info

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Harper | June 9, 2015 | 336 pages
In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private... More Info

Stalin's Daughter

June 2, 2015 | 352 pages
Stalin's Daughter is a work of narrative non-fiction on a grand scale, combining popular history and biography to tell the incredible story of a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history's most monstrous dictators. Svetlana Stalina, who died on November 22, 2011, at the age of... More Info

What's Your Story?

Harper Design | May 26, 2015 | 240 pages
Everyone has a story to share. What's yours? In 2009, Brandon Doman, who has always been curious about the people with whom we share our world, sat at a local coffeehouse and decided to ask passersby a simple question: "What's your story?" Providing only paper and pens, Doman created an exploratory... More Info

Conflict, Time, Photography

Tate | May 5, 2015 | 224 pages
Conflict Time Photography explores the relationship between photography and sites of conflict over time, highlighting the fact that time itself is a fundamental aspect of the photographic medium. This lavishly illustrated book reveals the different perspectives which artists using cameras have... More Info


May 15, 2015 | 400 pages
From prohibition to immigration, the birth of jazz, the rise of expatriate literature and the original Ponzi scheme, an Emmy award-winning media critic investigates the year of 1920, a critical 12-month period of its own that foretold the future. By the author of Infamous Scribblers. 15,000 first... More Info

Empire of Cotton

Knopf | July 30, 2015 | 640 pages
Details the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy and its making and remaking of global capitalism.  More Info

Out of Ashes

May 25, 2015 | 744 pages
A sweeping history of 20th-century Europe tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.  More Info

Flames of the Tiger

Heritage House Publishing Co | April 1, 2015 | 176 pages
An honest portrayal of the complexities of World War II and the impact of propaganda on the young.  More Info

The Great Fire

Ecco | May 12, 2015 | 512 pages
A bribe, a lie and an empty threat—these were the tools Reverend Asa K. Jennings used to rescue hundreds of thousands of helpless refugees following the 1922 burning of Smyrna, the richest and most cosmopolitan city of the Ottoman Empire. A minister from upstate New York, Jennings had arrived in... More Info


May 19, 2015 | 424 pages
The most authoritative and engrossing biography of the notorious dictator ever written  More Info

Empire's Crossroads

Pan Macmillan Adult | March 26, 2015 | 456 pages
A brilliant new history of the Caribbean In October 1492, an Italian-born, Spanish-funded navigator discovered a new world, thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. In Empire's Crossroads, Carrie Gibson, unfolds the story of the Caribbean from Christopher Columbus's first landing, to the... More Info

The Professor in the Cage

Penguin Press | April 14, 2015 | 304 pages
An English professor begins training in the sport of mixed martial arts and explores the science and history behind the violence of men When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge, and an opportunity. Pushing forty, out of... More Info

Time on Two Crosses

March 24, 2015 | 256 pages
The writings of the openly gay advisor to Martin Luther King cover five decades of important insights into Gandhi's influence on African-Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the anti-war movement, and the assassination of MLK. Original.  More Info

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

Touchstone | April 21, 2015 | 304 pages
This wonderfully quirky book will change the way you look at your desk forever with stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries, and an appreciation for everyday objects, like the humble but perfectly designed paper clip and the utilitarian, irreplaceable pencil. How many of humanity’s... More Info

Days of Rage

Penguin Press | April 7, 2015 | 608 pages
From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary terrorists of the 1970s. The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now,... More Info

The Man from Muscle Shoals

March 17, 2015 | 400 pages
This is the story of legendary record producer Rick Hall and his historic role in the development of the world-famous “Muscle Shoals sound.” Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios, the first professional recording studio in the entire state of Alabama. After... More Info

Tibetan Peach Pie

Ecco | April 14, 2015 | 384 pages
Now in paperback, internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins's long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, at home and around the globe Tom Robbins's warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates,... More Info

Male Beauty

Suny Press | January 2, 2015 | 366 pages
Explores how a younger and more sensitive form of masculinity emerged in the United States after World War II.  More Info

Children of the Days

March 3, 2015 | 440 pages
Galeano's new book is his richest and most poetic yet, a joyous calendar of the sacred and the damned.  More Info

Little Green

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | April 7, 2015 | 128 pages
In this stunning, lyrical memoir that includes a curriculum guide, author Chun Yu recalls the Chinese Cultural Revolution from the perspective of a ten-year-old. When Chun Yu was born in a small city in China, she was born into a country in revolution. The streets were filled with roaming Red... More Info

Rocks in the Water, Rocks in the Sun

Athabasca Univ | November 20, 2014 | 400 pages
In honest, reflective prose, Joegodson allows us to walk in the ditches of Cité Soleil, to hide from the macoutes under the bed, to feel the ache of an empty stomach. But, most importantly, he provides an account of life in Haiti from a perspective that is rarely heard. Free of sentimentality and... More Info

Off the Radar

March 24, 2015 | 368 pages
Part mystery, part reportage and part detective work, a gripping story follows the author as he, more than 30 years after his father was arrested in Iran for spying at the time of the 1979 hostage crisis, sets out to find the truth about his father and his role in the Iranian hostage crisis.  More Info

Protest on the Page

April 20, 2015 | 288 pages
Explores the intertwined histories of print and protest in the United States from Reconstruction to the 2000s. Ten essays look at how protestors of all political and religious persuasions, as well as aesthetic and ethical temperaments, have used the printed page to wage battles over free speech;... More Info

Revolutions Without Borders

March 31, 2015 | 392 pages
A sweeping exploration of revolutionary ideas that traveled the Atlantic in the late eighteenth century  More Info

A Tender Struggle

Algonquin Books | January 13, 2015 | 304 pages
A full-length account of a Pushcart Prize-winning essay describes the author's experiences as the journalist wife of a Libyan-born Muslim with whom she lives in the American south, a relationship that has endured prejudices and respective views about family and parenting. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

The Hippest Trip in America

William Morrow Paperbacks | March 24, 2015 | 256 pages
An authoritative history of the groundbreaking syndicated television show that has become an icon of American pop culture, from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, “the most accomplished black music critic of his generation” (Washington Post Book World). When it debuted in October... More Info


April 1, 2015 | 246 pages
Detailing the clandestine campaign of Operation Condor--a secret military plan implemented in 1975 by six Latin American countries ruled by right-wing military dictatorships to eliminate their political opponents--this book stands as a tribute to the memory of the victims who lost their lives in... More Info

The French Revolution

Sussex Academic Press | March 1, 2015 | 180 pages
This is the story of the French Revolution told from a psychological and group dynamic perspective. The aim is to throw light on the workings of the revolutionary mind and the emotions at work in society which pave the way towards revolution and war. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are presented as... More Info

Egypt's African Empire

March 1, 2014 | 240 pages
Readers relive the infrequent yet heroic triumphs of this hardy band of explorer-conquerors. The Journal of African History Deepens our knowledge of events on the Upper Nile. International Journal of African Historical Studies This book is a detailed and original study of the creation of the... More Info

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

Viking Press | March 17, 2015 | 288 pages
Documents the rise of Kim Il Sung, the origins of North Korea's anti-American stance and the daring theft of a Soviet MiG-15 warplane to benefit the United States by fighter pilot No Kum Sok. By theNew York Times best-selling author of Escape From Camp 14. Illustrations. Map(s). Tour.  More Info