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In the American Civil War, Confederate leaders fought for states' rights and to keep slaves, but the North's motivations were more complex.
Arthur Brooks, a conservative policy analyst who calls the Dalai Lama a mentor, explores how a ‘culture of contempt’ is hurting America and what can be done about it.
Jeffrey S. Cramer combs through hundreds of letters to document the highs and lows of the two men's relationship.
Two new books – on Sandra Day O'Connor and John Roberts – shed light on the personalities and motivations of two highly accomplished jurists.
Seven baseball writers share their favorite classic books about the game.
In this young adult novel, a high school student moves from Canada to Texas and begins writing down his impressions of fellow students in a ‘field guide.’ He realizes a thing or two about labels along the way.
Yale Prof. Nicholas Christakis’ new book, “Blueprint,” looks at how humans have evolved into a species that is fundamentally good.
As a young mother, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade took over the leadership of the alliance network. Her name faded from the record, but a new biography offers a carefully researched and compulsively readable account of her escapades.
National Book Award winner Barry Lopez mines his travel diaries of exotic trips to celebrate the continents he's visited and also to muse on the state of the environment.
Barry Strauss' more or less explicit model is the Roman historian Suetonius, who wrote 2000 years ago and whose book famously profiled 12 caesars instead of 10.
A wide-ranging collection of biographies includes a Hollywood special effects artist, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a sculptor, and a Soviet dissident writer.
Once called ‘the Thoreau of our era,’ W.S. Merwin was an environmentalist who transformed concrete language into evanescent poetry that reflected on war, spirituality, and the natural and metaphysical worlds.
From Toni Morrison to Wild Bill Hickok, from animal rescuers to cultural travelers, March audio releases offer a stimulating listening experience.
The activists have openly opposed the Saudi government's ban on women driving and the restriction of women's rights to travel and education without approval from a male guardian. PEN hopes the attention generated by the award may eventually lead to their release.
'Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix' brims with sorcerers and poisoned apples.
Patrick Radden Keefe's history is packed with true crime, terrorism, grinding poverty, and rampant police and military corruption.
Elizabeth McCracken's first novel in almost two decades is a quirky delight.
The rescuers of refugees washing up on the Italian island of Lampedusa face an impossible choice, as memoirist and playwright Davide Enia describes in 'Notes on a Shipwreck: A Story of Refugees, Borders, and Hope.'
The biography 'Monument Man' shows how Daniel Chester French stepped away from classical sculpture to create a more realistic portrait in marble of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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