Category: Unusual histories

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 | March 29, 2017 | 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


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

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

Movement and the Ordering of Freedom

March 6, 2015 | 248 pages
We live within political systems that increasingly seek to control movement, organized around both the desire and ability to determine who is permitted to enter what sorts of spaces, from gated communities to nation-states. In Movement and the Ordering of Freedom, Hagar Kotef examines the roles of... More Info

The Left Side of History

February 20, 2015 | 272 pages
Kristen Ghodsee tells the stories of fighters and activists who worked for Communist ideals in Bulgaria and shows how the dreams of the Communist past hold enduring appeal for those currently disappointed by the promises of democracy.  More Info


Viking Press | March 10, 2015 | 288 pages
In a powerful story of secrets, silences and enduring love, a veteran magazine and book editor returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, to take care of his aging mother, Betty, a strong-willed woman who speaks her mind and has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. Tour.  More Info

The Nazi Officer's Wife

William Morrow Paperbacks | March 10, 2015 | 352 pages
Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner.... More Info

Savage Harvest

William Morrow Paperbacks | March 10, 2015 | 352 pages
Retracing the steps of Michael C. Rockefeller who, in 1961, went missing during an expedition to New Guinea, an avid traveler immerses himself in the world of former headhunters and cannibals to uncover generations of a local native tribe who seemingly know the truth behind Rockefeller's... More Info

The Reckoning

William Collins | January 15, 2015 | 320 pages
From the bestselling author of Fighter Boys, the true story of two ruthless adversaries and a wartime killing that shook the modern world. As the world plunged into global conflict, in British-governed Palestine a killing took place that shook British and Middle East politics. While in neighbouring... More Info


Haus Pub | February 1, 2015 | 198 pages
Patrice Lumumba (1925–61) was one of the most famous leaders of the African independence movement. After his murder, he became an icon of anti-imperialist struggle, and his picture, along with those of Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh, was brandished at demonstrations in the 1960s around the world.... More Info

The Longest August

February 24, 2015 | 528 pages
Pakistan and India were born on the same days, August 14 and 15, 1947, in the midst of savage inter-religious violence: Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. The partition of British India into these two new states resulted in the displacement of 12.5 million refugees and the death... More Info

The Color of Grace

Howard Books | March 3, 2015 | 352 pages
A middle-class white woman in rural America and war-affected children in Africa find common ground in their journeys from brokenness to redemption. Author and psychologist Bethany Haley shares how her own emotional healing led her into treacherous war zones, where she provides care to former child... More Info

Plowed Under

November 11, 2014 | 322 pages
During the Great Depression, with thousands on bread lines, farmers were instructed by the New Deal Agricultural Adjustment Act to produce less food in order to stabilize food prices and restore the market economy. Fruit was left to rot on trees, crops were plowed under, and millions of piglets and... More Info

Gandhi Before India

Vintage Books Canada | February 24, 2015 | 688 pages
The first volume of a magisterial biography: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in modern history. Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his 2... More Info

The Art of War

By Sun TzuSunzi
Canterbury Classics | March 29, 2017 | 224 pages
An ancient Chinese treatise on war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence.  More Info

Mission Life in Cree-Ojibwe Country

Au Press | October 31, 2014 | 280 pages
In May of 1868, Elizabeth Bingham Young and her new husband began a long journey from Hamilton, Ontario, to the Methodist mission of Rossville. For the next eight years, she lived in two mission houses, Norway House and then Berens River. Unprepared for the difficult conditions and the "eight... More Info


Ecco | February 17, 2015 | 656 pages
The Democratic Republic of Congo currently ranks among the world's most critical failed nation-states, second only to war-torn Somalia, and ahead of notoriously dysfunctional countries like Sudan, Rwanda, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  More Info

Useful Enemies

Delphinium | January 6, 2015 | 624 pages
John “Iwan” Demjanjuk was at the center of one of history’s most complex war crimes trials. But why did it take almost sixty years for the United States to bring him to justice as a Nazi collaborator? The answer lies in the annals of the Cold War, when fear and paranoia drove American... More Info