The author of City of Djinns examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as a tragic result of neocolonial ambition, cultural collision and hubris, exploring such topics as the reestablishment of a puppet-leader Shah, the conflict's brutal human toll and the similarities between the war and present-day challenges.
Superman is more than a character — he's a cultural phenomenon, as demonstrated in this exploration of his 75 years of adventure, reinvention and influence.
One hundred years ago, European statesmen were in the process of stumbling, or as Christopher Clark would say, "sleepwalking," into a gigantic war. Clark's book is a history of Europe in the years leading up to World War I.
Traces the efforts of eighteenth-century author and radical Thomas Day to create an ideal wife, describing how he adopted two young orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment.
Combining stories from her own life along with journalistic pieces, Michelle Orange discusses pop culture and how it affects our daily lives and personal interactions.
Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. There, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.
The first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state of Texas and the nation, including Clara Driscoll, who fought to save and preserve The Alamo.
The former State Department adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan offers a reassessment of American foreign policy, offering his advice for directing our country away from failing relations in the Middle East and towards more productive partnerships with other foreign allies. He critiques the executive branch for looking to the military and intelligence agencies for approaches to problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere, rather than working with civilians to find political solutions.