Back History | January Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  History  
America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age

Rework America. · W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

It is time for a new conversation.Amid the biggest economic transformation in a century, the challenge of our time is to make sure that all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions around the world that have permeated and upended modern life. Yet today's economic arguments...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics

Michael Barone · Crown Forum
Format: Hardcover

It is often said that America has become culturally diverse only in the past quarter century. But from the country’s beginning, cultural variety and conflict have been a centrifugal force in American politics and a crucial reason for our rise to power.   The peopling of the United...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

Brian Fagan · Bloomsbury Press
Pages: 308
Format: Print book

Animals, and our ever-changing relationship with them, have left an indelible mark on human history. From the dawn of our existence, animals and humans have been constantly redefining their relationship with one another, and entire civilizations have risen and fallen upon this curious bond...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity

Peter Brown · Harvard University Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Romes fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Churchs...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story

Thanassis Cambanis · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells the wonderfully readable and insightful Booklist, starred review inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Cambanis brings to life the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that—for...
Read More check catalog
 
 
You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

Hiawatha Bray · Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group
Pages: 385
Format: eBook

The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS - and the consequent decline of privacyWhat does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience - or how we came to know exactly where...
Read More check catalog
 
 
After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate

Mary Ziegler · Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover

Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to make headlines. After Roe The Lost History of the Abortion Debate cuts through the myths and misunderstandings to present a clear-eyed account of cultural and political responses...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Carlotta Gall · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 329
Format: Hardcover

Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government...
Read More check catalog