Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson considers the interplay of genius, creativity, and collaboration that helped to produce the computer.
Linguist Steven Pinker offers a “Guide to Writing in the 21st Century,” with a look back at the 20th century’s lingual lessons.
This haunted and haunting tale of Jamaica’s bloody political struggles turns on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.
Science writer Steven Johnson takes readers on a rapid but interesting tour of world history as he traces the development of technologies from glass-making to radio broadcasting.
Pulitzer-winning historian James M. McPherson determines that Confederate President Jefferson Davis devised a credible strategy for fighting the war.
Can philanthropists save the world? NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl Wudunn take a look at well-intentioned efforts to give.
Meticulously reported and beautifully written, 'Boy on Ice" uses the life of NHL player Derek Boogaard to explore the systemic culture surrounding fighting in professional hockey.
Author Scholastique Mukasonga is a gifted storyteller with a sure sense of plot construction, and an aptitude for crafting piquant descriptions.
Ellen T. Harris uses Handel's music to analyze and contextualize his life and times, concentrating on the composer's interesting, albeit 'less famous' friends.
Burly, red-headed, and Danish, Morten Storm was an unlikely double agent in the war on transnational terrorism.
Nicholas Carr wonders how human beings will learn to enjoy technology – without losing the edge that comes from striving.
Florence Gordon is the grouchy old feminist that no reader will be able to resist.
'The Looming Tower' author Lawrence Wright delivers what will likely be one of the best accounts of the talks between then-President Jimmy Carter, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1978.
The concluding book of Ken Follett's 'Century' trilogy turns the second half of the 20th century into gripping reading.
Matt Richtel’s tragic probe of a texting-and-driving case is also an examination of the role technology plays in our lives.
New Yorker critic John Lahr examines the damaged, tormented life that inspired the work of Tennessee Williams.
Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron carefully and engagingly trace the history of the Metropolitan Opera from its birth in 1883 to the present day.
Jacqueline Woodson's memoir-in-verse is filled with perfect tiny moments about family, about friends, and about writing and reading, and about following your dreams.
Ted Rall's writing and cartooning creates a series of blunt, witty, and precarious images of his experiences in Afghanistan.
Michelangelo was one of the first artists to demand to be treated not just as an artisan but as an aristocrat of the spirit.