Back History | July Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  History  
It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World's #1 Failed State

Jonathan Starr · Henry Holt & Co.
Pages: 250
Format: Print book

A story of David and Goliath proportions, how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone's wildest dreamsJonathan Starr, once a cutthroat hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Medicine: The Definitive Illustrated History

Dk. · Dk Publishing
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Medicine tells the fascinating story of the discipline, from ancient times to the present day, charting developments in healing, diagnosis, surgery, and drugs in a vividly visual and accessible format.Follow the gory pitfalls and the miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Glass Universe

Dava Sobel · Viking
Pages: 324
Format: Print book

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People) , little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy"A joy to read." - The Wall Street JournalNamed one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Economist, Smithsonian,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861

John J Hennessy · Stackpole Books
Pages: 209
Format: Print book

"Unmatched in its description of the battle's tactics and actual fighting."--Ethan Rafuse, author of McClellan's WarOn July 21, 1861, near a Virginia railroad junction twenty-five miles from Washington, DC, the Union and Confederate armies clashed in the first major battle...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Mark Bowden · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. His most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. By January 1968, despite an influx of half...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West

Christopher Knowlton · Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

A revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention...
Read More check catalog
 
 
1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History

Jay Winik · Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Pages: 639
Format: Print book

New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

DAVID KING · W W NORTON
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The never-before-told story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.On the evening of November 8, 1923, the thirty-four-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution....
Read More check catalog
 
 
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

David Maraniss · Simon & Schuster, 2015. ©2015
Pages: 441
Format: Print book

"Elegiac and richly detailed...[Maraniss] succeeds with authoritative, adrenaline-laced flair...evocative." - Michiko Kakutani for The New York Times As David Maraniss captures it with power and affection, Detroit summed up America's path to music and prosperity that was already...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Inga: Kennedy's Great Love, Hitler's Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover's Prime Suspect

Scott Farris · Dreamscape Media
Format: Audiobook

In addition to her romance with Kennedy, Arvad married four times -- including to an Egyptian prince, the brilliant filmmaker Paul Fejos, and the famed cowboy movie star Tim McCoy. She had affairs with Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch, the noted surgeon Dr. William Cahan, and Winston's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

Jesse Holland · LP
Pages: 225
Format: Print book

THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion's most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White...
Read More check catalog
 
 
America's Secret Aristocracy: The Families that Built the United States

Stephen Birmingham · LP/Lyons Press
Pages: 334
Format: Print book

America has always been a constitutionally classless society, yet an American aristocracy emerged anyway - a private club whose members run in the same circles and observe the same unwritten rules. Renowned social historian Stephen Birmingham reveals the inner workings of this aristocracy...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Counterfeit Justice: The True Story of 19th Century Organized Crime

Eric T Alli · Createspace
Pages: 284
Format: Print book

Long before the days of Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and other prohibition era gangsters, existed an organized crime syndicate which lasted almost one hundred years. 19th century organized crime plagued the Midwest at a time when many areas were just being settled. The gang...
Read More check catalog