A look at racial politics in the arts examines the idea of authenticity and the national fixation on finding "the real thing" by investigating the motives of those that claim to be authentic and those that call those claims into question. 40,000 first printing.
Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments.
The story of the Light Brigade charge of 1854, published to coincide with its 150th anniversary, is drawn from the personal journals of its survivors and documents the inept leadership of British commander in chief Lord Raglan; the high casualty losses that were incurred during the battle's first few minutes; and the harrowing obstacles faced by its survivors. 25,000 first printing.
Collects 367 letters written between 1881 and 1919 in a volume that features his correspondences with such individuals as Rudyard Kipling, Upton Sinclair, and FDR and the texts of four key speeches including "The Strenuous Life" of 1899, "The Big Stick" of 1901, "The Man in the Arena" and "The New Nationalism" of 1910.
Using the author's high-school New York City sandlot football team as a metaphor, a portrait of pre-Vietnam war America describes the period's comparatively uncomplicated lifestyle and remembers the symbolic challenges faced by his teammates and coach. By the author of The Nightingale's Song. 75,000 first printing.
Considers the global impact of the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, documenting its cause of an immense tsunami that killed some 40,000 people, its impact on the weather for several years, and its role in anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism. 200,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo.
More than twenty short works by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder include a profile of film director Roman Polanski, a furniture designer's struggles with Parkinson's disease, and David Hockney's unusual experiments with photography. 25,000 first printing.
A multifaceted study of seventeenth-century Rome captures the political intrigues, personal rivalries, and Byzantine workings of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in a study of the Piarist Order, an educational order abolished in 1646 because of the sexual abuse of children.
The former governor of New York and current Lincoln scholar offers a politicized treatment of the famous president's legacy, arguing that the founder of the Republican Party would scarcely recognize the values preached by the current incarnation of his party. 75,000 first printing.