The Mighty and the Almighty
by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward (HarperCollins)
The former secretary of state muses on the intersection of religion and foreign policy.
The Sack of Rome
by Alexander Stille (Penguin Press)
Silvio Berlusconi, the author argues, is part Bill Gates, part Rupert Murdoch, part George Steinbrenner—and almost entirely awful.
Temptations of the West
by Pankaj Mishra (FSG)
A travelogue covering Bollywood, Afghanistan, Nepal, and points in between.
The Caged Virgin
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Free Press)
An outspoken Dutch-Somali politician makes the case for women’s rights and democracy within Islam.
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
by Mark A. Noll (North Carolina)
Both the Union and the Confederacy thought God was on their side. Something had to give.
When the Astors Owned New York
by Justin Kaplan (Viking)
How family rivalry, the Titanic, and the Jazz Age brought the Astors low.
The American Home Front
by Alistair Cooke (Atlantic Monthly)
A previously unpublished account of the late BBC correspondent’s travels in America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
by Bruce Kuklick (Princeton)
A look at the often obtuse—and occasionally catastrophic—contributions of intellectuals to foreign policy from World War II to Vietnam.
by Nick Bryant (Basic)
John F. Kennedy was a dynamic, inspirational leader, albeit one with a shallow and cynical record on civil rights.
by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss (Little, Brown)
The story of a rogue detachment of U.S. soldiers who massacred civilians during the Vietnam War, based on a Pulitzer Prize–winning newspaper investigation.
by Christopher Leslie Brown (North Carolina)
Slavery was an accepted feature of the British Empire until—in the late 1780s—it suddenly wasn’t.
Empires of the Atlantic World
by J. H. Elliott (Yale)
A comparative study of Britain’s and Spain’s colonial holdings, covering the period between the late fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Wake of Wellington
by Peter W. Sinnema (Ohio)
The Duke of Wellington’s funeral lured a million and a half visitors to London and sparked a cultural outpouring that captured the very essence of Englishness, circa 1852.
by Juliet Barker (Little, Brown)
English soldiers—outnumbered nearly six to one—won at Agincourt in 1415, slaying in the process “almost the whole nobility among the soldiery of France.” A balanced look at St. Crispin’s Day.
by Peter R. Henriques (Virginia)
A biography of George Washington focusing on his religious convictions, romantic entanglements, and views on slavery.
by David S. Brown (Chicago)
A biography of the influential historian who, the author reveals, had a paranoid style all his own.
The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton
by Kathryn Hughes (Knopf)
Isabella Beeton died at age twenty-eight, but not before writing the book that would define Victorian housewifery.
by Alice Goldfarb Marquis (MFA)
A life of Clement Greenberg, the most influential American art critic of the twentieth century.
by Stefan Timmermans (Chicago)
A sociologist examines the world of medical examiners, a life-and-death realm where little is black and white.
by Tom Lutz (FSG)
A cultural history of idleness, surveying contributions to the field from Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Maynard G. Krebs, and others.
by Anthony Flint (Johns Hopkins)
A look at the long odds faced by the “smart growth” movement as suburban sprawl goes unchecked and its negative consequences become increasingly clear.
When Sex Goes to School
by Kristin Luker (Norton)
A sociologist examines the fate of sex education in America, from the early twentieth century to the present.
The Central Liberal Truth
by Lawrence E. Harrison (Oxford)
An attempt to isolate the cultural values and practices most responsible for successful civilization. Literacy, education, and transparency loom large.
The Bourgeois Virtues
by Deirdre N. McCloskey (Chicago)
The first of four volumes that aim to defend the integrity of capitalism and the innate goodness of the middle class.
by R. A. Scotti (Viking)
The construction of St. Peter’s in Rome required the combined efforts of Michelangelo, Raphael, and more than twenty popes, not to mention countless others.