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The Art of War

by Stephen Coonts (St. Martin's Press)


"Coonts has been writing about the U.S. military for more than 30 years, and he still knows how to craft a terrific page-turner oozing with authenticity. Coonts has written another winner in the Grafton series. When it comes to military fiction, Coonts remains on every fan’s A-list." Booklist

"In bestseller Coonts’s superior military thriller, Coonts smoothly juggles a large cast of characters, each of whom has a distinct voice, and the action builds steadily to a satisfying conclusion." Publisher's Weekly



War at the End of the World: Douglas MacArthur and the Forgotten Fight For New Guinea, 1942-1945

by James P. Duffy (NAL/Penguin Random House Group)

Main Selection Military Book Club; Alternate Selection History Book Club

"Historian Duffy (Lincoln’s Admiral) recovers from the annals of nearly lost history the decisive WWII campaign to secure New Guinea from Japanese forces. [A] clear, concise, and comprehensive history." --Publishers Weekly

"Duffy’s portrait of the South Pacific is an entertaining and well-researched war history that will satisfy intrigued novices and devoted students alike."--Kirkus Review



A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

by Steve Kemper (WW Norton)


"In Kemper's sure and enthusiastic hands, Burnham storms through the pages of this rousing volume, outwitting determined foes and collecting mining and ranching interests on two continents that never seemed to pay off. No two-dimensional action hero, the author deftly shows Burnham in the round as an embodiment of contradictions in his attitudes and actions regarding politics, wealth, nature, and family. Thrilling adventures presented with the flair they deserve." -- Kirkus (starred review)



The World's Largest Man, a Memoir

by Harrison Scott Key (HarperCollins)

A Kirkus Best Nonfiction Page-Turner of 2015

“Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep when it is called for. An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry.” --Starred Kirkus Review

"I've rediscovered the joy — the sheer delight of laughing so hard I cry, wet my pants and wake up my wife. Harrison Scott Key is the funniest damn writer I've come across in a long time. His stories are raw and unfiltered and he writes about the sort of things a Southern boy's Mama told him to never mention — the stuff worth writing about." --Neil White, author, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts



My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today

by Nora Pouillon (Knopf)


“A sparkling memoir. . . . Much more than a memoir of one woman's career in food, the book also provides a picture of the growth of the organic food movement in the U.S.—a movement that Nora is still very much a part of. She organizes farmers markets, brings chefs and farmers together, works with consumer advocacy groups, and attends conferences at home and abroad. Pouillon's story is also a feminist one, showing a woman with young children dealing with a failed marriage, working successfully in a male-dominated business and helping other women to succeed in it. An inspiring account and great fun to read.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As the founder of America’s first organic restaurant, and a tireless advocate of local food systems (not to mention a brilliant chef), Nora Pouillon is one of the pioneers of the Food Movement.” —Michael Pollan



The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation

by Thomas Fleming (Da Capo)

A Kirkus Best Book of 2015

“Prolific historian Fleming delivers a vivid, opinionated history of this conflict.... and a fascinating case that Jefferson’s charisma—which peaked early with the Declaration of Independence—was accompanied by fanciful political beliefs that continue to exert a malign influence on the office of the presidency.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fleming looks beyond the standard history of the founding and early years of the nation to detail the contrasts in the backgrounds and personalities of these men [Washington and Jefferson]…A fascinating look at American history from the perspective of personal relationships and political ideals.” Booklist, starred review



The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes

by Scott Wallace (Crown/PenguinRandomHouse Group)

A Booklist Top Ten Literary Travel Book of 2012
Winner of silver Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers

“Wallace’s foreboding is matched by his sense of wonder.” – New York Times Book Review

“A rousing adventure tale.” – Wall Street Journal

“Wallace’s gripping account takes us upriver to a place very few outsiders have ever seen.” – The Boston Globe

“What a great book! An adventure story worthy of Joseph Conrad or Peter Matthiessen.” – The Oregonian



The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer

by Curtis Wilkie (Crown)

Under major Hollywood film option

“Riveting….a remarkable illustration of how far the mighty can fall.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Reads like a John Grisham novel….An epic tale of backbiting, shady deal-making and greed ….Masterful.”—Wall Street Journal

The Fall of the House of Zeus is a riveting American saga of ambition, cunning, greed, corruption, high life and low life in the land of Faulkner and Grisham. These are good ol’ boys gone bad with flair, private jets, and lots of cash to carry. Curtis Wilkie, a child of the South and a reporter’s reporter, is the perfect match for this wild ride.”—Tom Brokaw



The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

Meg Lukens Noonan (Spiegal & Grau/Random House Group)

Winner of American Society of Journalists and Authors "2014 Outstanding Book Award, General Nonfiction"

“Lush writing and eagle-eyed reportage uncloak the insular world of bespoke fashion. . . . Globe-trekking travel writer Noonan is well-equipped to bridge the chasm and bring back a narrative every bit as finely rendered as the title's subject. Outfitted with an infectious curiosity and enviable eye for detail, the seasoned correspondent executes a sartorial odyssey that spans a remarkable portion of the planet. The fantastic journey is both fast-paced and rich.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A spirited tour of fashion history . . . The Coat Route compels us to remember that behind every garment is a deep history and a pair of human hands—whether those hands stitched the dress’s hem or pulled a lever that stringed together that $30 must-have jacket.”—The Wall Street Journal



Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street's Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

Barbara T. Dreyfuss (Random House)

Named One of the Top Ten Business & Economic Books of the Season by Publishers Weekly

“Regulators, legislators and judges inclined to sympathize with the industry ought to rush out and buy a copy of Barbara Dreyfuss’s Hedge Hogs, a wonderfully instructive tale about Amaranth Advisors. . . . Dreyfuss, a Wall Street analyst turned investigative journalist, not only plowed through what turned out to be a treasure trove of official records and transcripts, but supplemented it with plenty of her own reporting. She manages to organize it all into a tight, riveting and understandable yarn.”—The Washington Post

“If you are an avid follower of Wall Street, you’ll read [Hedge Hogs] in one sitting. . . . Dreyfuss is able to strategically select the essential elements that make for an accurate and fast-paced read laced with illuminating Wall Street lore while sparing the lay reader useless financial jargon. This riveting book gives us much to think about.”—Wall Street on Parade



Habitat: A Field Guide to Decorating

by Lauren Liess (Harry N. Abrams)


“In her first book, famed DC-based interior designer and blogger of Pure Style Home brings readers back to the basics by breaking down room essentials (color, texture, lighting) and incorporating natural components into the home (cue backyard greenery). Stunningly simple, this field guide is a survival book for any budding decorator.”
(USA Today)

“Rich with thoughtful advice on how to create livable, comfortable rooms that bring the beauty of the outdoors inside.”
(Garden & Gun)



The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox

by Nina Burleigh (Broadway/PenguinRandom House Group)


“[In] this powerful example of narrative non-fiction…Burleigh, who parses how the Knox trial was perhaps tainted, still presents a fair and unbiased portrait of a girl adrift in a foreign legal system and a culture rife with preconceptions about young American women.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Burleigh’s propulsive narrative and the many unsettling
aspects of the case make this a standout among recent
true-crime titles.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Savvy true-crime reporting combined with a headline-hogging murder trial.”—Booklist



A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse

by Mimi Thorisson (Clarkson Potter)


“In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson…brings readers into her farmhouse in Médoc… [W]hile the appeal of this collection rests firmly on its recipes, the incredible photographs capture life in the French countryside. Sidebars on everything from dried grapevines and wine to garlic and visits to the butcher add little details that transport the reader to this bucolic, idyllic world where Thorisson is the perfect host.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Equally enthralling as her recipes is Thorisson’s seemingly effortless conjuring of a rustic dream life, often exquisitely illustrated by her husband’s photography…”—Vogue



Savage Will: The Daring Escape of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines

By Tim Gay (NAL/Penguin Group)


“Amazing… Timothy M. Gay’s book informs us of the courage and ‘savage will’ of the men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron after their Dakota C-53 aircraft crashed-landed in Nazi-held Albania, 850 miles from Allied lines…. As this was one of the rare cases of women being trapped behind enemy lines, the British SOE and the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), along with the Allied air forces, put together a desperate rescue mission to get the nurses and medics out of Albania. Looking over their shoulders with impatience were FDR and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill…. This interesting, well-researched story reads like a thriller, and I suspect, like Argo, it would make an interesting movie.” —The Washington Times

Savage Will is a wonderfully entertaining and moving story of survival, heroism, and escape, one of the best to emerge from World War II.”—Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator



Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers

by Paul Dickson (Bloomsbury)


"This genial book celebrates above all the dazzling inventiveness of authors." –Henry Hitchings, The Wall Street Journal

"Dickson … has written a dozen word books and dictionaries. In Authorisms, it’s clear he has perfected the genre. His tone is light but informed. He sprinkles in his own wit and several amusing digressions, involving recipe-containing footnotes. Authorisms is an unputdownable (Raymond Chandler) exercise in philology that makes you chortle (Lewis Carroll). As James Fenimore Cooper would have said, "A-Number-1.""—The Washington Post



Colorblind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball's Color Line

by Tom Dunkel (Grove/Atlantic)


“Award-winning journalist Dunkel has not only researched and presented a virtually forgotten but very significant piece of sports history, he has also done it in a very entertaining, narrative nonfiction style. The principals, particularly Churchill and his players (including Satchel Paige) just simply come alive. Baseball fans will cherish this book, and it will become required reading among those who feel we can better understand today’s racial tensions by looking to the past. “ —Booklist (starred review)

"A decade before Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line in 1947, an integrated team captured the imagination of Bismarck, North Dakota . . . Dunkel delves into the history of players, towns, and baseball itself in constructing this portrait of a harmonious team rising above a segregated society. . . . a story that transcends championships, and an inspirational reflection on an otherwise dismal human rights history." —Publishers Weekly



Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral

by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays (Hachette Book Group)

Quill Award Finalist; Book Sense Pick; 200,000 copies sold

“Metcalfe, a lifelong Southerner who’s been hiding out in the social circles of Greenville, Miss., exposes the culinary and cultural last rites of the deep South in a fashion that is as sidesplitting as it is politically incorrect, as sincere as it is back-stabbingly brutal.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“If you want a good laugh in this uptight, power-obsessed city, pick up a copy of Being Dead Is No Excuse. And if you are a Southerner, you will laugh until the tears come.”—Washington Post



Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game

By John Sexton with Thomas Oliphant and Peter J. Schwartz, Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Gotham Books/Penguin Group)

A New York Times bestseller
Selected by Publisher’s Weekly as a Top Ten Sports Book for Spring 2013

“An elegant little meditation on life and the afterlife, well worth reading while waiting for spring." –Kirkus

“A surprisingly profound new look at America’s national pastime.” Booklist
 
 



Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't

By Mark Geragos and Pat Harris (Gotham Books/Penguin Group)


“A win: engaging, enlightening and entertaining. . . .provides a salutary reminder that criminal-defense lawyers, far from being criminals themselves, play a vital role in our adversarial system of justice.” ---The Wall Street Journal

Mistrial is the story of extraordinary careers as the go-to lawyers for the celebrated (or notorious, or both) defendant. Don't miss it!" —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, legal affairs writer for The New Yorker, and senior legal analyst for CNN



I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet

by Ken Foster (Viking Studio)

A Vanity Fair Best Book of 2012

“A beautiful book about some of the most beautiful and big-hearted dogs in the world—dogs who've been misunderstood and discriminated against for far too long. Ken Foster and his rescue work are a gift to animals and people alike. Everyone should read I'm a Good Dog to learn the truth about pit bulls, and celebrate them.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“Ken Foster's I'm a Good Dog is the definitive book on the dog that's been so hard to define, the misunderstood pit bull. Visually stunning images are surrounded by Ken's magical dog stories; this book is a gift, and one I'll be giving many times.”—Julie Klam, author of You Had Me at Woof



The Disciple, A Novel

by Stephen Coonts (St. Martin’s Press)

New York Times Bestseller

“[A] nail-biting near-future thriller . . . Coonts carefully builds his plot using a wide cast of characters, from insider Iranian spies to cutting-edge aircraft pilots and government officials both high and low. Hardly a page passes without nerve-stretching tension or flat-out action.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review



The Burning Shore: How Hitler’s U-Boats Brought World War II to America

By Ed Offley (Basic Books)


“An authoritative work on the awful, early effectiveness of German U-boats in disrupting shipping traffic off the east coast of the United States.... A knowledgeable overview and exciting re-creation of the final U-701 attack and defeat.” —Kirkus Reviews

"[The Burning Shore] will be, I think, a real eye-opener for readers who assume that the war was fought in Europe, Asia and Africa, but not here.... It would be foolish to wax sentimental about [Kane and Degen’s] story, and Offley wisely refrains from doing so, but it does bring the history of the U-boats to an unexpected and quite gratifying conclusion.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post



Deep Black: Death Wave

by Stephen Coonts and Bill Keith (St. Martin’s Press)


“Coonts and Keith take international espionage and terrorism to a whole, new level…. The story has all the elements of a best-selling thriller.” —Portland Book Review



Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick

by Paul Dickson (Walker and Company)

Winner of the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick incorporates the picaresque anecdotes and populist charm of Veeck’s memoirs into a narrative marked by Mr. Dickson’s broad knowledge and fluid authority. The result is a biography that newcomers to the Veeck legend are likely to find immensely appealing, but one that also makes him new again for those who have already savored the baseball showman’s own episodic volumes.”—Maxwell Carter, The Wall Street Journal

“An engaging biography of Bill Veeck…[Dickson] expertly evokes Veeck’s populist, garrulous public persona. Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be. Dickson’s book is a skillful corrective.”–Kirkus



An Honorable German, A Novel of WWII

By Charles McCain (Grand Central/Hachette Group)


"Novels of naval warfare have long captured readers' attention and imagination, perhaps because many of them, in addition to simply being great yarns, illuminate the moral dilemmas of command, offer glimpses of social and political history, and describe life at sea. An Honorable German does all those things... A gripping and eye-opening first novel." (Booklist)

"The action sequences are undeniably stunning...Fans of naval fiction couldn't ask for more authentic action." (Publishers Weekly)



A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa

by Steve Kemper (W. W. Norton & Company)


“A spirited reconstruction of the arduous five-year trek into Central Africa by Heinrich Barth (1821–1865), a German scientist exploring for England…. A nicely rounded literary study of an intrepid explorer undone by the cultural biases of the time.”—Kirkus Reviews

An elegant, richly rewarding book chronicling Heinrich Barth’s journey through North and Central Africa, from Tripoli south through the desert to the great Islamic empires. It’s also an astute character study of an explorer out of step with his fellow Europeans. For those with colonial ambitions, Africa was a blank slate to be tamed; for Barth, it was “a vibrant multidimensional place with a long and complex cultural history worth studying.”–Boston Globe (Best Nonfiction of 2012)



A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran

by Trita Parsi (Yale University Press)


“You gotta get this, A Single Roll of the Dice. It’s on bookshelves now. Really, it is an amazing perspective on all the elements that go into even the smallest of diplomatic deals.”—Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”

“A must-read for all those interested in the relationship between Washington and Tehran.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The most incisive account available of U.S.-Iranian diplomacy…. eminently readable, gripping…” Foreign Affairs (Best Book of 2012)

“Perfectly-timed. . . . A carefully balanced and thoroughly researched account of the tortured US-Iranian relationship in recent years. Parsi is the ideal person to write it.”—Julian Borger, The Guardian



Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle

by Timothy M. Gay (New American Library)

A Main Selection of the Military Book Club

“Assignment to Hell is a book every modern journalist—and citizen—should read.” Tom Brokaw

“If one can say that reading a book titled Assignment to Hell was a delight, I say it now. The stories are so vivid and alive all these years later that I felt I was there with the legendary correspondents of World War II as they wrote their way from France to Germany.”—
David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into Sunlight



Heart in the Right Place, A Memoir

by Carolyn Jourdan (Algonquin Books)


Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year; Book Sense Best Book Club Book; Family Circle Magazine’s First Ever Book of the Month; Elle Magazine Reader’s Prize; The Literary Guild Selection; Doubleday Book Club; American Compass Book Club; Satellite Sisters Radio Book Club; The Pulpwood Queens Book Club

“Jourdan’s dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“This is a soul-touching memoir mostly about character—the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight.”— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“With lavish affection, genuine respect, and exuberant humor, Jourdan offers a zestfully compassionate portrait of a poor community rich in the ways of true humanity.”—Booklist



Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest—Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga

by Jack Hurst (Basic Books)


“Making sophisticated use of archival and printed sources, Hurst maintains that the marginalization of Forrest, a blacksmith’s son, by a Confederacy insisting on ‘blue-blood leadership’ was ‘a chief cause of the Confederacy’s death.’ The Union, by contrast, made effective use of the equally lowborn and unpolished Grant. Both, Hurst asserts, exemplified the common men who did most of the war’s dying. Both understood what soldiers could do in particular situations. And both were accustomed by peacetime hardship to the fears and anxieties of wartime command. The comparison…is original and provocative.” Publishers Weekly

“It is rare indeed to have a writer like Jack Hurst, both a careful and meticulous historian and a first-rate storyteller. Born to Battle is what Jack Hurst does best. Drawing on many years of examination and research, Hurst has laid out the details of history as if he were crafting an epic myth. Grant and Forrest come alive as they take on the roles of the very human giants of the war. Hurst’s epic tale of history gives us a better understanding of why the war would be won or lost far from the borders of Virginia.” Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country



Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His Private Letters

by Elizabeth Brown Pryor (Viking Press)

Lincoln Prize Winner

“Pryor has taken an icon and given us the soul of a complex man and his turbulent age, and has delivered it wrapped in lithe and graceful prose that many novelists might envy. She has, in short, written a masterpiece.”—Fergus Bordewich, The Wall Street Journal

“[A] work of prodigious scholarship and accomplished style, which challenges many of our deep seated assumptions about Robert E. Lee.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Elizabeth Pryor delivers an unorthodox, critical, and engaging biography of Lee….She impressively captures Lee’s character and personality….Pryor writes with a sure hand, informed by strong research….”—The Boston Globe



The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace

By Aaron David Miller (Bantam/PeguinRandom House Group)


“Extraordinary…. Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict … while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions…. Miller’s writing is both approachable and deeply smart.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A book of great significance, owing to its breadth, objectivity, and judgment.”—Library Journal, starred review

"A revealing and well-written memoir.... Miller fills his pages with real characters and sly observations... [and] sobering tales from the front."—The New York Times



Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents

by Paul Dickson (Walker and Company)


"A compendious, entertaining look at our nation's leaders through words and turns of phrase."--Kirkus Reviews

“An entertaining and informative book.” --Vick Mickunas, Dayton Daily News



The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (And Doesn't Want) Another Great President

by Aaron David Miller (Palgrave Macmillan)


" “Will American ever again have a great president? To this intriguing question, Aaron David Miller brings a delightfully provocative sensibility, a lively and engaging pen, and, not least, thirty years of government experience. Whether one agrees with his conclusions or not, this book should spark a thoughtful debate about what we can realistically expect from our presidents as we enter the next electoral season.”—Robert Kagan, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; author of The World America Made

“It's time to abandon our illusions and take a more realistic view of the presidency…A provocative and highly readable analysis.”—Kirkus



Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse

by Jay Rubenstein

Winner of the 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Emerson Book Award

“[A] rich harvest of legends and writings from the period, often apocalyptic in nature, that give us a keener insight into the minds of those who lived these tumultuous years. Rubenstein offers up a heady mix of soldiers and prophets, militants and supplicants, weaving it all into a wonderfully readable account that puts flesh on the story. A satisfying and highly recommended read in every respect.”— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Jay Rubenstein evocatively tells the story of this apocalyptic journey in a narrative bristling with sharp erudition and exhilarating prose. Armies of Heaven is the most intelligent, thought-provoking, and enthralling history of the First Crusade written in the last fifty years. A marvelous achievement.”— Mark Gregory Pegg, author of A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom

“Jay Rubenstein’s Armies of Heaven is a beautifully researched, well written, and highly accessible account of the first Holy Crusade, recounting it through the lens of eschatological theory…. In unflinching detail, Armies of Heaven walks us step by step through the process of ‘taking the cross’: the preliminary pogroms against Jews, the mobilization of the armies, and their ever more violent and uncontrolled adventure to Constantinople and beyond.”— James Reston Jr., BookForum



Ethan Allen: His Life and Times

by Willard Sterne Randall (W. W. Norton & Company)

A Main Selection of the History Book Club

“The definitive biography of the frontier hero and founder of Vermont….Authoritative, vivid…. Colorful, well-written and nuanced.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A rich portrait… incorporates a wealth of research and colorful detail into an absorbing, well-paced narrative.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Willard Sterne Randall has few equals as a writer. A careful and meticulous historian, and an esteemed biographer, Randall has marshaled his many talents to produce the definite biography of Ethan Allen, one of the most fascinating figures in the founding of the American nation…. a must read.”—John Ferling, author of Independence



Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics

by Eleanor Clift (Basic Books)


A powerful mix of opinion, reporting and poignant recollection.” –Kirkus Reviews

“In this elegant, heartrending account of the final choices we make, journalist Clift juxtaposes the death of two people, one close to her and the other a national cause célèbre..The two main narratives work surprisingly well together, the tenderness and pathos of the first serving to illuminate the complex moral issues of the second, and visa versa. The result is a moving portrait.”—-Publishers Weekly



Turning The Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic

by Ed Offley (Basic Books)


“The author focuses on individual combatants, from the lowest ranks to the highest, emphasizing the human elements and making for an extremely readable text that should appeal to neophytes as well as professionals.” –Publishers Weekly

“Offley meticulously re-creates the terrifying U-boat assaults during this pivotal spring…and explains how the Allies turned the tide of the years-long battle…. An intensely focused account that cuts through the battle’s sprawl and duration, supplying the general reader with an appreciation of its character and importance.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This sound, readable WWII naval history…is a fine addition to material on the epic Battle of the Atlantic.” –Booklist



Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan

by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Thomas Dunne Books)

New York Times Bestseller

“Anthony Shaffer has written a gripping account, filled with amazing detail, of an otherwise secret world. Shaffer has the instincts of a thriller writer and the knowledge and perspective of the professional insider. Operation Dark Heart is a fascinating page-turner.” —Doug Stanton, Author of Horse Soldiers

A nonfiction book that frequently reads like an adventure novel…a fascinating, eye-opening book. —Booklist

“A fascinating look into the highly complex world of modern combat, clandestine intelligence and bureaucrats run amok. Tony Shaffer walks and runs us through a critical time in the history in the war in Afghanistan. From the opening to the closing, you are on the edge of your seat. Tony is, in all aspects, the real Jack Bauer – but with an intellect.”—Dr. Christopher M. Lehman, former Special Assistant to President Reagan, National Security Counsel



The Sea Witch

by Stephen Coonts (Forge/Macmillan Books)


“Coonts knows how to write and build suspense . . . a natural storyteller.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Stephen Coonts has an absolute lock on the secret of good story telling…. My only disappointment was that the stories ended—I wanted more.”—David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Abyss

The Sea Witch is…one of a kind.”—Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and The Officers’ Club



Nam-A-Rama, A Novel

by Phillip Jennings (Forge Books/Macmillan)


Los Angeles Times Top Ten Books; Washington Post Best Fiction of the Year; New York Library Association Book of the Season Nominee; Military Book Club Editor’s Choice; Book Sense Notable Book; New York Post Required Reading; Amazon.com 100 Coolest Things to Buy; Amazon.com Twenty Breakout Books editors pick

“These pages will stay with me as do the best of Tim O’Brien and John Del Vecchio’s The Thirteenth Valley . . . what moved me to outrage and heartbreak were the pages in which he goes beyond satirizing venal leaders and to write fiercely and humanely as a man who was there, served his country, and is still clearly losing sleep over real flesh-and-blood kids with freckles and nervous knees.”—The Washington Post

“In this wonderfully irreverent novel, evocative of vintage Max Shulman, hearty belly laughs contrast with chilling insights into high level political machinations.”—Publishers Weekly Starred review

Nam-a-Rama is masterful, vivid and haunting—and it’s funny, too.”—The Wall Street Journal



Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder

by Gus Russo and Stephen Molton (Bloomsbury Press)


“Relying on past histories and innumerable interviews, the authors vividly reconstruct the Cold War atmosphere of the ’60s…A serious, intriguing look at the blood feud whose horrible consequences continue to reverberate.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have fashioned heroic investigative reporting into a Shakespearean reckoning: lush with psychological and historical nuance, of the fateful symmetry between the personal and the political. Brothers in Arms is the wisest explanation I’ve seen of the Kennedy assassination.”—Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Carry Me Home

Brothers in Arms has the pace of a page-turning thriller as it reveals the truth about an era of assassinations that influenced the course of history among the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.”—Joseph Califano, Jr., former Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara



Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family’s Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers

by Thomas Oliphant (Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan)

New York Times Bestseller

“The story builds to a beautiful and moving resolution, proving that the true center of this book is not the seventh game of the World Series. The heart of the story is the love of a family for place, a baseball team, and mostly for each other.”—The Boston Globe

“Written with power and clarity, this is a brilliant work that captures the majesty of baseball, the issue of race in America, and the love that one young boy, his parents, and the borough of Brooklyn had for their team. In Praying for Gil Hodges, Tom Oliphant has created a small masterpiece.”—-Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the bestselling Wait Till Next Year

“Tom Oliphant is one of our most lyrical writers and he has written a love story—-about his parents, about baseball, and most of all about the American values that shaped their lives.” –Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation”



The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons

by Susan McDougal with Pat Harris (Carroll & Graf Publishers)

New York Times Bestseller; Book Sense Pick

“She knows that readers want to learn about her experiences being grilled, then jailed for contempt for refusing to give Starr his smoking gun—and she lays on the horrific details with righteous fury. She also . . . looks back on her travails with humor. McDougal . . . gives her account a historical and emotional perspective many of her predecessors lacked.”—Publishers Weekly