From the earliest civilizations to today, Matthew Hart explores the human obsession with this precious yellow metal, which has, since the 2008 financial crisis, more than doubled in price, causing a global gold rush.
Boston historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson introduced 28 flavors of ice cream, the "Tendersweet" clam strips, grilled frankforts and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.
The linguist and historian Bernard Lewis began his career before World War II, and since then he has both witnessed and participated in many of the tumultuous events in the Middle East. At 96 years old, Lewis looks back on close to a century's worth of work and study, covering issues as wide-ranging and as sensitive as race and slavery in Islam and his role as adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney — not to mention a few indelible moments with Ted Kennedy and Moammar Gadhafi.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Finding Mañana documents the true story of a Long Island immigrant's murder in 2008, citing the hate biases that compelled a group of teens to attack the Ecuadorean victim, who became a symbol of flaws in America's immigration system.
The author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation offers a new history of the Kennedy assassination.
"Indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature's gifts. Their menus were truly the "original local," celebrated here in 135 home-tested recipes paired with stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs"—
Examines the influences and ingredients that characterize soul food, and explores the social histories of such dishes as macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and black-eyed peas.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor details how runaway slaves turned to invading British forces for freedom and protection during the War of 1812. In exchange, the former slaves put their intimate knowledge of American waterways and countryside toward the British war effort.
During World War II, hundreds of thousands of German women seized what they thought of as an unprecedented career — and marital — opportunity and joined the Nazi cause on the Eastern Front. Once there, nurses, teachers, secretaries and SS wives became plunderers, witnesses and executioners of the Holocaust. In Hitler's Furies, Wendy Lower — a consultant for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. — explores what she describes as a "historical blind spot": the history of women in Hitler's killing fields.
American History professor Jill Lepore delivers a revealing portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, who spent much of her life cooking, cleaning and raising children. Despite obscurity and poverty, Jane shared a lot of her brother's talents: She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?
An account of JFK's final months examines his roles in advancing civil rights and the Limited Test Ban Treaty, recounts the death of his premature infant son and considers what might have occurred had he not been assassinated.
Fifty years on, most Americans still feel they have not been told the truth about President Kennedy's death. Chief Justice Warren, who chaired the first inquiry, said "some things" that "involve security" might not be released in our lifetime. Millions of pages of assassination records were finally made public in the late 1990s. Yet the CIA is withholding more than a thousand documents under "national security" — until 2017. Why? Why hold these records back if — as we were told half a century ago —Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin? Anthony Summers set out to write a reliable account of the murder mystery that haunts America.
Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis present an explosive and unsettling account of the radicals, reactionaries and extremists who turned Dallas into a city infamous for the assassination of JFK.
In this dual biography, uncovered family papers allow Eve LaPlante to revise the common conceptions of Louisa May Alcott's home life. Most biographers focus on Alcott's relationship with her father, but as it turns out, the author of Little Women had a deeply influential relationship with her hardworking mother. Abigail May Alcott served as the intellectual and emotional center of Louisa's life, acting as a moral beacon on issues like social reform and gender inequality. When Louisa began writing her classic novel, it was to her mother's diaries that she first turned.
During The Great Leap Forward, an estimated 36 million Chinese starved to death in less than four years. The famine was among the worst the world has known — but the disaster was man-made. In Tombstone, Yang Jisheng offers an extensive account of those tragic years, drawing on a decade of undercover investigation to expose the role of Communist agricultural reform — and political violence — in exacerbating the harsh conditions. Banned in China and only recently translated into English, this history revises what once was recorded as truth.