Category: Unusual histories

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

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

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

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 | August 17, 2019 | 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

Give War and Peace a Chance

Simon & Schuster | February 10, 2015 | 304 pages
“This lively appreciation of one of the most intimidating and massive novels ever written should persuade many hesitant readers to try scaling the heights of War and Peace sooner rather than later” (Publishers Weekly). Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is... More Info

Cold War on the Home Front

August 17, 2019 | 278 pages
Greg Castillo presents an illustrated history of the persuasive impact of model homes, appliances, and furniture in Cold War propaganda.  More Info

War and Revolution

Verso Books | February 3, 2015 | 256 pages
War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that's grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It's a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses... More Info


Counterpoint | February 10, 2015 | 448 pages
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and... More Info

Hell and Good Company

Simon & Schuster | February 3, 2015 | 320 pages
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb—the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it. The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) inspired and haunted an... More Info

When the Facts Change

Penguin Press | January 22, 2015 | 400 pages
In an age in which the lack of independent public intellectuals has often been sorely lamented, the historian Tony Judt played a rare and valuable role, bringing together history and current events, Europe and America, what was and what is with what should be. In When the Facts Change, Tony... More Info

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Random House Trade Paperbacks | November 4, 2008 | 380 pages
Describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature, explaining the influence of Lolita, The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, and other works on their lives... More Info

Find Momo

John Donald | January 1, 2014 | 140 pages
Readers are provided with one hundred photographs of landscapes, houses, bridges and other scenes and asked to find the border collie, Momo.  More Info

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Vintage | January 6, 2015 | 448 pages
From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly fifty years in the making. David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National... More Info

The Age of Radiance

Scribner | December 30, 2014 | 448 pages
“A thrilling, intense, and disturbing account of the atomic era, from the discovery of X-rays to the tragic meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant…Rich with powerful images and fraught with drama” (The Christian Science Monitor). When Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Edward... More Info

The Family Jewels

University of Texas Press | September 1, 2014 | 410 pages
In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation. The revelation of illegal activities over many years shocked... More Info

Becoming Belafonte

University of Texas Press | September 15, 2014 | 368 pages
A son of poor Jamaican immigrants who grew up in Depression-era Harlem, Harry Belafonte became the first black performer to gain artistic control over the representation of African Americans in commercial television and film. Forging connections with an astonishing array of consequential players on... More Info

Garvey and Garveyism

December 16, 2014 | 340 pages
Amy Jacques Garvey worked closely with her husband, Marcus Garvey, throughout his crusade. Here she gives an insider detailed account of Garvey, Garveyism and this nascent period of Black Nationalism. Like all great dreamers and planners, Marcus Garvey dreamed and planned ahead of his time and his... More Info

In the Shadow of Zion

NYU Press | November 21, 2014 | 352 pages
From the late nineteenth century through the post-Holocaust era, the world was divided between countries that tried to expel their Jewish populations and those that refused to let them in. The plight of these traumatized refugees inspired numerous proposals for Jewish states. Jews and Christians,... More Info


Bison Books | October 22, 2014 | 304 pages
Downwind is an unflinching tale of the atomic West that reveals the intentional disregard for human and animal life through nuclear testing by the federal government and uranium extraction by mining corporations during and after the Cold War. Sarah Alisabeth Fox highlights the personal cost of... More Info

Walking Home from Mongolia

Hodder & Stoughton | August 14, 2014 | 303 pages
What else would one do after Cycling Home from Siberia, but walk more than 3,000 miles from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong? Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six month journey, walking 3,000 miles across China. Along the way he and cameraman... More Info

Spectacular Mexico

November 1, 2014 | 344 pages
In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico's arrival in the... More Info

Columns of Vengeance

August 25, 2014 | 328 pages
In summer 1862, Minnesotans found themselves fighting interconnected wars—the first against the rebellious Southern states, and the second an internal war against the Sioux. While the Civil War was more important to the future of the United States, the Dakota War of 1862 proved far more... More Info

Uncovering History

October 17, 2014 | 264 pages
Almost as soon as the last shot was fired in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the battlefield became an archaeological site. For many years afterward, as fascination with the famed 1876 fight intensified, visitors to the area scavenged the many relics left behind. It took decades, however, before... More Info