Offers a broad examination of the subject of longevity, looking at the current scientific understanding of aging, as well as simple things people can do to promote longevity and common myths, misconceptions and scams.
A follow up to Debt: The First 5,000 Years presents a tour through ancient and modern history to trace the evolution of bureaucracy while assessing the efficiencies and casualties of its practices in the modern world.
The prize-winning author of Fire Season recounts the years he spent dealing with the aftermath of his brother's shocking death as he, paying tribute to the dead, unconsciously wills himself into all the wrong places.
Biographer Daisy Hay traces the unconventional 19th-century relationship between Mary Anne Lewis and Benjamin Disraeli, discussing Lewis' late husband's role in Disraeli's career, the events that cultivated their outrageous reputation and Lewis' considerable political acumen.
Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden examines how our sense of touch and emotional responses affect our social interactions as well as our general health and development. In Touch, he explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad.
Argues that the system of meritocracy that dictates the admissions practices of American universities causes elitism and results in the exclusion of minorities and a prejudicial learning environment.
The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist offers essays that discuss the similarities and differences in everyday living between the three countries he was able to call home at different periods of his life: America, Pakistan and England.
A civil rights scholar describes the life of the controversial, charismatic black activist who abandoned advocating for nonviolent protest measures and began calling for "Black Power," which urged African Americans to fight for freedom and their rights through any means necessary.
Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.
An African-American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy, revealing that our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.
Joel Christian Gill collects stories from African-American history that exemplify success in the face of great adversity. Among the stories included are: Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia; the black cycling champion Marshall "Major" Taylor; and Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the old West.