A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America by Elliott CurrieWhat it is: a disturbing exploration of the systemic violence perpetuated against Black people in America.
What's inside: historical and contemporary research from Black scholars including sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois (whose writings inspired the title of this study); persuasive suggestions for policy reforms.
About the author: Criminologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie is the author of Crime and Punishment in America.
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love... by Catherine Grace KatzWhat it's about: Accompanying their fathers to the 1945 Yalta Conference, the daughters of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman offered vital behind-the-scenes contributions in support of an Allied victory.
Read it for: an evocative, intimate, and richly detailed account that reveals the important (and previously untold) roles these young women played during a pivotal moment in the final days of World War II.
The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David NasawWhat it's about: the one million Holocaust survivors, political prisoners, and forced laborers who had no home to return to following World War II.
Why you might like it: This thought-provoking study explores the lingering repercussions of displacement that continue to resonate in contemporary global politics.
Reviewers say: "A searching, vigorously written history of an unsettled time too little known to American readers" (Kirkus Reviews).
Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream by Mychal Denzel SmithWhat it is: an incisive collection of essays exploring the limitations and contradictions of the American Dream, from the New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching.
Is it for you? Mychal Denzel Smith's impassioned treatise offers a clear-eyed perspective on how the Trump presidency has exacerbated long-standing inequities in American society.
The big question: "Is the potential for the American Dream worth enduring the brutality of American life?"
Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation by Jamie ThompsonWhat it's about: the deadly confrontation between Dallas police officers and a lone gunman at a July 2016 rally protesting the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
Why you might like it: Debut author Jamie Thompson's tense, minute-by-minute chronicle offers a nuanced examination of a hot-button issue.
Book buzz: Journalist Thompson won the Edward R. Murrow Award for her reportage on the incident for The Dallas Morning News.
The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future by Chris WhippleWhat it is: an accessible history detailing the role that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) directors play in American politics.
What's inside: revealing interviews with former directors, their family members, and colleagues.
Further reading: Tim Weiner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder... by Karen AbbottHow it began: In Prohibition-era Cincinnati, "King of the Bootleggers" George Remus was at the top of his game, at one point owning 35% of all the liquor in the United States.
But then...he lost it all after killing his wife, whom he discovered was having an affair with the investigator assigned to track his activities.
Book buzz: This suspenseful page-turner was named one of the Ten Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David GrannWhat it's about: In 1920s Oklahoma, a series of murders at the Osage Indian Reservation prompted an investigation by the nascent FBI led by a young J. Edgar Hoover.
Why it matters: Journalist David Grann's extensively researched National Book Award finalist spotlights a little-known slice of Native American history by illuminating the disturbing conspiracies, corruption, and prejudice at the heart of the case.
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden KeefeWhat it's about: In December 1972, Belfast widow and mother of ten Jean McConville was wrongly accused of being an informant for the British Army. Abducted from her home by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), she was never seen again.
Why you might like it: Blending elements of murder mystery, political history, and true crime, this heartwrenching deep dive into The Troubles offers an unflinching portrait of the conflict's lasting impact.
Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer; illustrations by Dame Darcy What it is: a lively yet gruesome history of famous women serial killers.
Featuring: profiles of "The Blood Countess," "The Giggling Grandma," "High Priestess of the Bluebeard Clique," and more, written in a humorous and chatty tone that will appeal to fans of My Favorite Murder.
Art alert: Detailed black and white pen-and-ink illustrations by alternative cartoonist Dame Darcy accompany each chapter.
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