Back History | July Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  History  
30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South

Bill Steigerwald · Lyons Press
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

In 1948 most white people in the North had no idea how unjust and unequal daily life was for the 10 million African Americans living in the South. But that suddenly changed after Ray Sprigle, a famous white journalist from Pittsburgh, went undercover and lived as a black man in the Jim Crow...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

Lauren Elkin · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAYA New York Times Notable Book of 2017The flneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flneuse who captures the imagination...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography

Michael J Hogan · Cambridge University Press
Pages: 315
Format: Hardcover

In his new book, Michael J. Hogan, a leading historian of the American presidency, offers a new perspective on John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as seen not from his life and times but from his afterlife in American memory. The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy considers how Kennedy constructed...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

MICHAEL KORDA · Liveright
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover

Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War Two and the great events that led to Dunkirk.An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

Thomas Neil Gareth Morris · Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

An eye-opening and heroic story of pioneering heart surgeons, structured around eleven operations.For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It

Jeanne Lenzer · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Did you know...- Medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in America, killing more Americans each year than diabetes, murders, car accidents and AIDS combined. - An estimated 10 percent of Americans are implanted with medical devices -- like pacemakers, artificial...
Read More check catalog
 
 
1967: The Year of Fire and Ice

Victor Brooks · Skyhorse Publishing
Pages: 236
Format: Hardcover

Blazing hot meets icy cool in a momentous year in US history On New Year's Day in 1967, the 200 million Americans who lived in the United States were about to experience a fascinating, exciting, and sometimes bewildering twelve months that for many formed an iconic portion of their...
Read More check catalog
 
 
He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty

S Jonathan Bass · Liveright Publishing Corp
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A heroic reconstruction of the forgotten life of a wrongfully convicted man whose story becomes an historic portrait of the Jim Crow South.Caliph Washington's life was never supposed to matter. As a black teenager from the vice-ridden city of Bessemer, Alabama, Washington was wrongfully...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Crimes Unspoken: The Rape of German Women at the End of the Second World War

Miriam Gebhardt · Polity
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover

The soldiers who occupied Germany after the Second World War were not only liberators: they also brought with them a new threat, as women throughout the country became victims of sexual violence. In this disturbing and carefully researched book, the historian Miriam Gebhardt reveals for the first...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff · Dk Publishing
Pages: 360
Format: Print book

Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this authoritative guide chronicles America's fight against Communism in southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s, and comprehensively explores the people, politics, events, and lasting effects of the Vietnam War.Filled with more...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

Christopher de Bellaigue · Liveright Publishing Corporation
Pages: 560
Format: Print book

A revelatory and game-changing narrative that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world. With majestic prose, Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

STEVEN STOLL · Hill and Wang
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

How the United States underdeveloped AppalachiaAppalachia -- among the most storied and yet least understood regions in America -- has long been associated with poverty and backwardness. But how did this image arise and what exactly does it mean? In Ramp Hollow, Steven Stoll launches an original...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Women & Power: A Manifesto

MARY BEARD · Liveright
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

"A modern feminist classic." -- The GuardianFrom the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power. At long last, Mary Beard addresses in one brave book the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America's Special Operations Forces

Mark Moyar · Basic Books
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

Oppose Any Foe is the epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces. Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Air Force...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Dear World: A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace

BANA ALABED · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

"I'm very afraid I will die tonight." - Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016 "Stop killing us." - Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 6, 2016 "I just want to live without fear." - Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter...
Read More check catalog