Presents a portrait of the Civil War general and eighteenth president, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration, and the rise and fall of his fortunes.
Based on her popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, the author, in this first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens, delves into the cruel and cunning minds of 14 women who, largely forgotten by history, had a penchant for murder and mayhem. Original. 25,000 first printing.
A dramatic account of how 19th-century Quaker surgeon Joseph Lister developed an antiseptic method that indelibly changed medicine, describes the practices and risks of early operating theaters as well as the belief systems of Lister's contemporaries. By the creator of the YouTube series, Under the Knife.
The author of the best-selling Prisoners of Geography draws on more than 25 years of global reporting experience to share insights into the symbolism and power of flags representing the beliefs of nations and non-state organizations, revealing how flags and the politics they represent unite and divide world populations.
José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision of a better life. But they chose different paths that would end at the same violent crossroads — with considerable help from the FBI and an enigmatic, all-American snitch.
A compelling portrait of the historic Barack Obama era, combining new and annotated essays from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, includes the articles, "Fear of a Black President" and "The Case for Reparations" as well as two new pieces on the Obama administration and what is coming next.
The story of "spirit photographer" William Mumler documents how his images of the ghosts of loved ones were highly sought and infamously denounced, tracing the story of his successful defense against charges of fraud, the yet-unsolved mystery behind his photography and what his successes reveal about period culture. 25,000 first printing.
An acclaimed historian explores 450 years of food history to describe how the British Empire's quest for tasty nourishment changed the world, including how Africans taught Americans how to grow rice and how the East India Company turned opium into tea. 20,000 first printing.
"In Greater Gotham Mike Wallace, co-author of GOTHAM, picks up the story of New York at the critical juncture of 1898 and carries it forward during the period when it became not just the country's greatest urban center but a megapolis on an internationalscale, and with global reach. Between consolidation and the end of World War One, New York was transformed and transforming, mirroring the juggernauting dynamism of the country at large—and largely fueling it. The names of two its streets encapsulate the degree of the city's preeminence: Wall Street and Broadway. Greater Gotham reveals the workings of the city's consolidation; the emerging hegemony of its financial markets, which effectively reconstructed U.S. capitalism; the influx of migrants from other continents and from the American South; the development of its massive infrastructure—subways and waterways and electrical grid; and New York's growing dominance over the arts, media, and entertainment. It captures and illuminates the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom, to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, to the labor upheavals and repressions during and after the World War One. By 1920, New York was the second-largest city in the world and arguably its new capital"—Provided by publisher.
Traces the life of Elizebeth Smith, who met and married groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.
Author Candice Millard presents a narrative account of Churchill's lesser-known heroics during the Boer War, describing his daring escape from rebel captors, trek through hundreds of miles with virtually no supplies and eventual return to South Africa to liberate the soldiers captured with him in "Hero of the Empire."
The best-selling author of The Evolution of God philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.
The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A.
The co-founder of the award-winning diversity nonprofit Project Include shares the full story behind her landmark 2015 whistleblower lawsuit against powerhouse venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins, exploring what her case and refusal to settle revealed about Silicon Valley discrimination and complicity in revenge porn and online harassment.
Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — And Completely Unprepared For Adulthood — And What That Means For The Rest Of Us
Analyzes how the young people born in the mid-1990s and later significantly differ from those of previous generations, examining how social media and texting may be behind today's unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
A true story of Cold War espionage and engineering reveals how the CIA, the U.S. Navy and an eccentric billionaire spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine after it sank in the Pacific Ocean. By the author of Show Dog.
A chronicle of contemporary immigration follows the journey of a pair of teenaged twins from El Salvador who were forced by gang violence to seek safety and a better life in the United States.
The National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve investigates the enduring story of humanity's biblical first parents, examining the tale's indelible influence as well as the considerable theological, artistic and cultural investments of centuries that have made Adam and Eve profoundly resonant in all major world religions.
A blistering and personal polemic against today's monolithic tech companies argues that in spite of the conveniences of their products, today's ambitious corporations are triggering consequences in the form of privacy compromises, intellectual property loss and the negative homogenization of social, political and intellectual arenas.