Daniel Sayers examines the Great Dismal Swamp's archaeological record from around 1600 until the time of the Civil War, exposing and unraveling the complex social and economic systems developed by the thousands of Indigenous Americans, African- American maroons, free African-Americans, enslaved company workers and outcast Europeans who made the wwamp their home.
Based on interviews and years of research, a journalist explores the cultural dominance of the Twee movement, an old-fashioned yet highly modern aesthetic that has been embraced in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tattooed Soldier presents a firsthand, official account of the 2010 survival story involving 33 miners who were trapped for a record 69 days in a Chilean mine.
The author of Fordlandia documents an extraordinary early 19th-century event that inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, tracing the cultural, economic and religious clashes that occurred aboard a distressed Spanish ship of West African pirates.
A veteran Iranian journalist explains how the 1979 revolution inadvertently created a booming middle class that yearns for more personal freedom than ever before, and also more contact with the outside world.
Molly Guptill Manning chronicles the U.S. government, the publishing industry and librarians' efforts to boost troop morale during World War II by shipping more than 100 million books to the front lines for soldiers to read during what little downtime they had.
Strong Inside is the dramatic, untold story of Perry Wallace, a brilliant student and talented athlete who became the first African-American basketball player in the SEC at Vanderbilt University during the tumultuous late 1960s. The fast-paced, richly detailed biography places Wallace's struggles and ultimate success into the larger contexts of civil rights and race relations in the South.
In a combination of historical sleuthing and journalistic exploration on four continents, a renowned science writer takes readers on an adventure from prehistory to the modern era that follows the animal most crucial to the spread of civilization across the globe — the chicken.
After finding a collection of her grandfather's letters, a journalist begins a search for the fate of the love he left behind in prewar Vienna six months after the Nazis took Austria.