David

1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

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ISBN: 9780802125118
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

Tuesday Nights in 1980

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ISBN: 9781501121043
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 5th, 2016

Whether you remember 1980 or not and whether you lived in New York or not, this terrific debut gives a vivid sense of art scene in the city at that time.  You feel you've been dumped right into it.  The three principal characters' stories intertwine serendipitously and effortlessly, and by the time it's over you can't believe it's been only a year start to finish.  A book you just about feel compelled to read in one (long) sitting.

 

David

 


Secret History Of Wonder Woman

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ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

I can guarantee that you don't know the real story of Wonder Woman. Margaret Sanger and the early 20th century feminist movement, the Harvard psychologist who claims to have invented the lie detector test, the women's suffrage movement, and one of the most bizarre family arrangements imaginable ­ all are a part of the amazing history of the third most popular comic character in the US, behind only Superman and Batman. Cultural history at its finest.

 

David


A History of the Twentieth Century In 100 Maps

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ISBN: 9780226202471
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2014

Whether or not you're a map geek, you will want to buy this book as a gift and then keep it for yourself and not give it away.  Maps are much more than geography - 20th century history and culture can be viewed through its maps, and this is an eclectic, diverse and beautiful collection.  A 1901 map of Jewish East London, the world map of Orwell's 1984, a trench map used by soldiers

in the Somme offensive - and 97 more.    

David

 


Lafayette In the Somewhat United States

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ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

Sarah Vowell is certainly not your typical historian. There's been some great colonial history published in the past few years, but hers is chatty, sassy, snarky, and hilarious and thus eminently readable. Lafayette really was as great a friend of the United States as he's chalked up to be, and this unconventional and insightful recounting of his adventures is combined with a larger view of the dysfunction of the early US government and its often inept political and military establishments.

David

 


SO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED

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ISBN: 9781594487132
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2015

The internet has enabled a level of public humiliation that had been unknown in this country for nearly 200 years. Journalist Ronson explores the experiences and emotions of both shamers and shamees in an effort to understand this curiously modern throwback.

DAVID

 


WARS OF THE ROSES: STORMBIRD

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ISBN: 9780425275443
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 5th, 2015

Go back 50 years from Hilary Mantel's Henry VIII trilogy and you are in a very different time Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses. Like much great historical fiction, this novel reads more like fiction than history, with rich, fully drawn characters, intricate plots and vivid scenery. It is the first of three (the second is due out in June, and the author will be here at PSB) as an added bonus, if you want to see the Bard's version on stage, Actor's Shakespeare Project is performing Henry VI, Part 2 from May 13 through June 7.

David


THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN

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ISBN: 9780385354042
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 28th, 2014

I can guarantee that you don't know the real story of Wonder Woman. Margaret Sanger and the early 20th century feminist movement, the Harvard psychologist who claims to have invented the lie detector test, the women's suffrage movement, and one of the most bizarre family arrangements imaginable - all are a part of the amazing history of the third most popular comic character in the US, behind only Superman and Batman. Cultural history at its finest.

David


West of Sunset

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ISBN: 9780670785957
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Published: Viking - January 13th, 2015

This book beautifully walks the fine line between historical fiction and biography. It depicts Fitzgerald's troubled and frustrating last years in Hollywood, struggling against being a has-been and desperately trying to get work to pay for Zelda's sanitarium and their daughter Scottie's education, all while dealing with his own alcoholism and trying to live a "normal" life with his mistress Sheila Graham. Half of the literary and film worlds of the 1930s makes an appearance, and O'Nan intersperses flashbacks of Scott's and Zelda's lives for rich background and context.   

David


The Spinning Heart

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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth Press - February 25th, 2014

Squarely in the great Irish tradition of magnificent writing about hardship, rage, longing and fear, this debut novel is set in recession-smitten Ireland about five years ago. Its 21 chapters are narrated by 21 different characters, each with a unique and piercing voice. The writing is rhythmic, raw, often comic and always brilliant. The book won a slew of awards in Ireland and the UK, and is just published in the US.

David


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