For History Lovers

    • Antarctica's Lost Aviator
      Jeff Maynard

      Documents the first solo crossing of Antarctica by unlikely explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, a troubled but wealthy admirer of Wyatt Earp who hired Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to organize the ill-fated Ellsworth Trans-Antarctic Expeditions.

    • Black Klansman
      Ron Stallworth

      Tells the amazing true story of how African American detective Ron Stallworth went undercover to investigate the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in 1978, describing how he disrupted Klan activities and exposed white supremacists in the military during the months-long investigation.

    • Broad Band
      Claire Evans

      The first social history of women and the internet. Evans shines a light on these bright minds whom history forgot, showing us how women have always pushed technology forward and will continue to shape our world in powerful ways that we can no longer ignore.

    • The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books
      Edward Wilson-Lee

      This is the scarcely believable and wholly true story of Christopher Columbus' illegitimate son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world’s knowledge in one place, his library in Seville.

    • The Darkening Day
      Catherine Nixey

      A bold new history of the rise of Christianity, showing how its radical followers ravaged vast swathes of classical culture, plunging the world into an era of dogma and intellectual darkness.

    • The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America
      Ethan Michaeli

      Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen's clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.

    • Empress of the East
      Leslie Peirce

      A portrait of the only queen in the history of the Ottoman Empire. How Roxelana, a Christian slave, was abducted and placed in the harem of Sultan Suleyman, who married her against all conventions before her talents as a diplomat and philanthropist rendered her an invaluable adviser to her husband.

    • The Great Quake
      Henry Fountain

      A narrative account of America's largest recorded earthquake describes how it devastated villages in 1964 Alaska, killing dozens of people and inspiring the work of geologist George Plafker, whose findings helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.

    • The Jersey Brothers
      Sally Mott Freeman

      The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history and save one of their own.

    • The King and the Catholics
      Antonia Fraser

      The award-winning author traces the high-suspense story of how the Gordon Riots of the late-18th century helped secure key protections for Catholics after two centuries of legal discrimination.

    • The Last Palace
      Norman Eisen

      A sweeping yet intimate narrative about the last hundred years of turbulent European history, as seen through one of Mitteleuropa's greatest houses--and the lives of its occupants.

    • The Race to Save the Romanovs
      Helen Rappaport

      A heavily researched investigation into the international efforts to save the Romanov family explores why every measure failed and who was responsible.

    • These Truths
      Jill Lepore

      In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

    • The Wizard and the Prophet
      Charles C. Mann

      An incisive portrait of the two twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world.