An evocative portrait of the thriving African-American community on the island of Martha's Vineyard describes the various groups who settled in Oak Bluffs, including black middle-class families seeking a vacation refuge, local domestics who built their own haven, and the multi-generational professionals who visit or live on the island. 17,500 first printing.
Traces the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the debates and controversies that have surrounded it, in a story that ranges from the flag's composition in 1892 to the Supreme Court's action in 2004 regarding objection to the words "under God."
The author of Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm and Secrets and Lies offers a nuanced and complicated portait of modern-day Iran, a country stereotyped by Americans that is nevertheless a politically and culturally dynamic country. Original.
A portrait of highly regarded Marine Corps gunner sergeant Jack Coughlin traces his successful active duty record and his personal life, offering readers an inside glimpse into the covert world of long-range precision rifle shooters and the off-duty challenges of emotionally managing his career. 50,000 first printing.
A history of the American flag traces its evolution from the colonial period to its present-day role as a symbol of American resolve, discussing such topics as the myths surrounding Betsy Ross, the stars-and-stripes design, and the impact of war on the flag's appearance. 10,000 first printing.
Jared Diamond dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
The author of An American Story speaks out candidly on the issue of race, condemning the manipulative racial myths and prejudices, as well as the social ills and pathologies, that are rampant in both black and white society, calling for self-reliance in the African-American community. 35,000 first printing.
A behind-the-scenes look into the careers of New York detectives charged with solving cold cases from the past half century follows their often exhaustive pursuits of leads and use of new technologies in the face of department politics. By the author of Waiting for My Cats to Die. 50,000 first printing.
Relates the D-Day activities of the elite U.S. Army 2nd Rangers, recounting how they defended themselves for two days against Nazi counterattacks, and describes President Reagan's fortieth-anniversary speech that commended their achievements.