Charles Slack, Liberty's First Crisis

When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young republic was on the verge of collapse: Partisanship gripped the government, British seizures on the high seas threatened the economy, and war with France looked imminent as its own democratic revolution deteriorated into terror. The First Amendment suddenly no longer seemed as practical. So that July, the Federalists in Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation, which President John Adams signed into law, that made criticism of the government a crime.


Charles Slack is the critically acclaimed author of three previous nonfiction books, including Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon and Noble Obsession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century. He works for Time Inc. in New York and lives in Connecticut with his wife and their daughters.

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ISBN: 9780802124722
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

Pagan Kennedy, Inventology

Find out where great ideas come from. 


Pagan Kennedy was the New York Times Magazine's Who Made That? columnist, and author of the New York Times Notable Book Black Livingstone, the Barnes & Noble Discover pick Spinsters, and other books. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Dwell, The Nation, and elsewhere.

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ISBN: 9780544324008
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 26th, 2016

Bill Morgan, The Beats Abroad

The Beat Generation may be one of the great homegrown countercultures of the United States, but in fact its writers traveled widely and lived abroad for periods of time. Their travels were a vital source of inspiration, and in turn they inspired literary scenes and kindred spirits around the globe.


Bill Morgan is the author and editor of more than a dozen books about the Beat writers, including the acclaimed biography, I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg. For nearly forty years he has worked as an editor and archival consultant for nearly every member of the Beat Generation including Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Diane Di Prima, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, and Edie Kerouac. He lives in Vermont.

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ISBN: 9780872866898
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Published: City Lights Books - February 2nd, 2016

Katherine Towler, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth

"Around town, it was said that he lived on air, though he really lived on coffee and cigarettes. He was a union of unlikely opposites one of the strangest and loveliest of people, one of the poorest and richest, one of the most sardonic and serious. He could be brilliant and intentionally obtuse, or quietly contained and defiant, all in the same moment." 


Katherine Towler is the author of a trilogy of novels, Snow IslandEvening Ferry, and Island Light. She consults with schools and non-profits on publications and promotional materials, and teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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ISBN: 9781619027121
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 15th, 2016

Eric Jay Dolin, Brilliant Beacons

In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America's lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation's hardscrabble coastlines.


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ISBN: 9780871406682
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Published: Liveright - April 18th, 2016

Melissa Burch, My Journey Through War and Peace

My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker is based on Melissa Burch's experiences as a war journalist for BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews allowed in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and she was featured in a New York Times story about her time in Afghanistan. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahideen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000-foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. 


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ISBN: 9781771611770
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Published: Mosaic Press - June 1st, 2016

Dale Peterson, Where Have All the Animals Gone

From the biographer of Jane Goodall comes an eccentric blend of travels and adventures based on the underlying story of two men, sometime friends and allies, who uncover through personal experience the tragedy of animal extinctions in Africa and Asia. By turns ironic, funny, and tender, it contemplates changing landscapes and a vanishing world. 


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ISBN: 9780872332089
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Published: Bauhan Pub - November 3rd, 2015

Julian Borger, The Butcher's Trail

The gripping, untold story of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and how the perpetrators of Balkan war crimes were captured by the most successful manhunt in history.


Julian Borger is the diplomatic editor for The Guardian. He covered the Bosnian War for the BBC and the Guardian, and returned to the Balkans to report on the Kosovo conflict in 1999.

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ISBN: 9781590516058
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Published: Other Press - January 19th, 2016

Robin Lippincott, Blue Territory

Blue Territory is a poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell, the great American abstract expressionist painter. A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning, she is not as well known as her male counterparts because she was a woman and also because she spent most of her working life in France. Still, in 2013, Bloomburg Business listed Mitchell as the bestselling female artist of all time. When asked to talk about her paintings, Joan Mitchell often responded, “If I could say it in words, I’d write a book.” Here is her book. At once unique and universal, Blue Territory is at its core an exploration of love and life, and what it means to love -- and live -- what you do. Meticulously researched and lyrically written, it will appeal to anyone interested in passionate engagement with the world. The book eschews images so as to allow the words to form them, thereby freeing the reader to imagine the paintings, much as Mitchell would have to do before picking up her brush.


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ISBN: 9780984661787
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Published: Tidal Press - December 4th, 2015

Paul Ringel, Commercializing Childhood

Long before activists raised concerns about the dangers of commercials airing during Saturday morning cartoons, America’s young people emerged as a group that businesses should target with goods for sale. As print culture grew rapidly in the nineteenth century, enterprising publishers raced to meet the widespread demand for magazines aimed at middle- and upper-class children, especially those whose families had leisure time and cultural aspirations to gentility. Advertisers realized that these children represented a growing market for more than magazines, and the editors chose stories to help model good consumer behavior for this important new demographic.


Paul Ringel is Associate Professor of History at High Point University and director of the William Penn Project, a service learning initiative through which students explore the history of High Point's African-American high school during the Jim Crow era.

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ISBN: 9781625341914
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - September 23rd, 2015


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