September 8th, 2014
American history books often compress momentous events into capsules, summaries, one-line explanations.
Such has often been the case with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the history-changing document that freed the slaves and changed the course of the Civil War.
Now historian and journalist Todd Brewster restores the detail that’s missing, and shows us the six critical months between the time Lincoln first spoke about his intention to free the slaves and the release of the Emancipation Proclamation.
As Brewster describes it in his book “Lincoln’s Gamble” it was perhaps the most tumultuous six months of Lincoln’s presidency. He fought with his generals, disappointed his cabinet, and sank into painful bouts of clinical depression.
And perhaps most surprising, he had to convince himself that emancipation was, indeed, the right course of action.
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June 17th, 2014
James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do.
But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of the young United States would have been different.
Lynne Cheney‘s book “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” will also change what you thought you knew, if you’ve always remembered how Madison was described as a shy or even sickly young man.by
January 2nd, 2014
Television audiences can’t seem to get enough of “Downton Abbey,” the British series that premiered in 2010 and in the U.S. the following year. But while the series is set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, there is a real story in the British aristocracy that may be even more captivating than the TV series.
“Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey” is the meticulously researched story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon.
And the author of this book has a unique access to the historical material she needed to write it — she is the Countess of Carnarvon.by
December 20th, 2013
The history of the United States is, typically, told in the accomplishments of the iconic greats: George Washington. Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King.
But have you ever heard of Theodore Judah? Thomas MacDonald? Morris Llewellyn Cooke?
They, too, were greats, argues bestselling author Simon Winchester. They did great things for the United States, but they’re largely forgotten. They did things like build the transcontinental railroad, wire rural America for electricity, and create the interstate highway system.
Now Winchester gives new and long-deserved attention to these forgotten heroes of his adopted homeland, in his book “The Men Who United The States.”by
July 10th, 2013
Few authors are as skilled as Steve Berry in blending history with contemporary political intrigue, espionage, and page-turning thrills.
Berry brings back series hero Cotton Malone in his new thriller “The King’s Deception.” Malone is tasked with returning a teenage fugitive back to England, as a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department. Since it seems to be a low-octane assignment, Malone brings his own teenage son along, with plans to continue on to Malone’s European home.
But fresh off the flight in London the trouble begins, and before we know what hit us, Malone is in the thick of a high-stakes diplomatic showdown that involves a centuries-old secret that could change the world.by