Back | December Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  Then and Now  
The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

Mark K Updegrove · Harper
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

An historian's revealing and intimate portrait of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush that explores their relationship as presidents and as father and son - the first major biographical treatment of these two consequential presidents and figures in American history.In 2016 the Republican...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Great Halifax Explosion

JOHN U BACON · William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima: in 1917 a ship laden with the most explosives ever packed on a vessel sailed out of Brooklyn's harbor for the battlegrounds of World War I; when it stopped...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink

Anthony McCarten · Harper Perennial
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revelatory look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill's ascendancy to Prime Minister - soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman."He was speaking to the nation, the world,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

MALCOLM HARRIS · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

A Millennial's groundbreaking investigation into why his generation is economically worse off than their parents, creating a radical and devastating portrait of what it means to be young in America.Millennials have been called lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature, but when you push...
Read More check catalog
 
 
God: A Human History

REZA ASLAN · Random House
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine, and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God. In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast

JEFF FAGER · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A history of 60 Minutes - the iconic American TV news broadcast - going behind the scenes of the most famous breakthrough stories of its remarkable fifty-year run to reveal the secrets of the program's success.Fifty Years of 60 Minutes tells the inside story of the legendary program, from...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend

Steve Paul · Chicago Review Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

In the summer of 1917, Ernest Hemingway was an eighteen-year-old high school graduate unsure of his future. The American entry into the Great War stirred thoughts of joining the army. While many of his friends in Oak Park, Illinois, were heading to college, Hemingway couldn't make up his mind...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Wilder Muir: The Curious Nature of John Muir

John Muir · Yosemite Conservancy
Pages: 191
Format: Paperback

Whether he is cheering for untamed mountain sheep or braving a high-country storm that would sweep away lesser mortals, John Muir - naturalist, author, and advocate - is forever passionate, often droll, and always inspirational. This collection of his little-known pieces have been culled...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

Denise Kiernan · Touchstone
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore - the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books

Marta McDowell · Timber Press
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover

"For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship to nature." - Publishers Weekly The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books springs from a life lived in partnership with the land,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Bettany Hughes · Da Capo Press
Pages: 856
Format: Hardcover

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide.From the Koran to Shakespeare, this city with three names--Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul--resonates as an idea and a place, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, it has been the capital...
Read More check catalog
 
 
We Were Eight Years in Power: A Journey Through the Obama Era

TA-NEHISI COATES · One World
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

In these "urgently relevant essays,"* the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me "reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath"* - including the election of Donald Trump."We were eight years in power" was the lament...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism, and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis

Richard L Pifer · Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

The Great War Comes to Wisconsin examines Wisconsin's response to World War I, the first "total war" of the twentieth century, a war so large that it engaged virtually everyone. Instead of a comprehensive history of the battlefield, this book captures the homefront experience:...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Thomas Childers · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 651
Format: Hardcover

The dramatic story of the Third Reich - how Adolf Hitler and a core group of Nazis rose to power and plunged the world into a horrific war, perpetrating the genocidal Holocaust while sacrificing the lives of millions of ordinary Germans.In The Third Reich, Thomas Childers shows how the young...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

A J BAIME · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman's first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town former farmer and haberdasher had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Heroes are often defined as ordinary...
Read More check catalog
 
 
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

E J JR DIONNE · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

With Donald Trump's election we find ourselves at an existential moment in our republic's history. His campaign, victory, and first months in office, egregious in previously unimaginable ways, suggest a threat to the well-being of our country and the sustainability of our democracy. In One Nation...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

LINDA GORDON · Liveright
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

By legitimizing bigotry and redefining so-called American values, a revived Klan in the 1920s left a toxic legacy that demands reexamination today. Boasting 4 to 6 million members, the reassembled Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s dramatically challenged our preconceptions of hooded Klansmen, who through...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

JESSICA BRUDER · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 273
Format: Hardcover

The end of retirement?From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

SHARYL ATTKISSON · Harper
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

New York Times BestsellerEver wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.Behind...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Historic Denali National Park and Preserve: The Stories Behind One of America's Great Treasures

Tracy Salcedo-Chourre? · Lyons Press
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback

Celebrating our national parksDenali National Park celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2017The park attracts more than 400,000 visitors annuallyMore than 60 historic photographs throughoutHistoric Denali National Park is a vibrant narrative that covers different parts of the park's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Nelson Mandela · Thorndike Press Large Print
Pages: 830
Format: Library Binding

"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."
Read More check catalog
 
 
Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One

ALISON WEIR · Ballantine Books
Pages: 592
Format: Hardcover

The lives of England's medieval queens were packed with incident - love, intrigue, betrayal, adultery, and warfare - but their stories have been largely obscured by centuries of myth and moralizing. Now, in the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author and esteemed biographer...
Read More check catalog
 
 
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. · Pantheon
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat

Michael Giorgione · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The first insider account, timed to the 75th anniversary of Camp DavidCamp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims

Jay Milbrandt · Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A page-turning story of the Pilgrims, the courageous band of freedom-seekers who set out for a new life for themselves and forever changed the course of history.Once a year at Thanksgiving, we encounter Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats before promptly forgetting them. In the centuries...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill

Deanne Stillman · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The little known story of the unlikely friendship of two famous figures of the American West - Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull - told through their time in Cody's Wild West show in the 1880s.It was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody - known across the land as Buffalo...
Read More check catalog
 
 
John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea

J David Hoeveler · The University of Wisconsin Press
Pages: 229
Format: Print book

In the Progressive Era of American history, the state of Wisconsin gained national attention for its innovative economic and political reforms. Amidst this ferment, the "Wisconsin Idea" was popularized - the idea that a public university should improve the lives of people beyond...
Read More check catalog