Frederick Jackson Turner prize winner David Sehat’s The Jefferson Syndrome, a book that spotlights the role Thomas Jefferson played in fostering the misperception that the Founding Fathers spoke with one voice on the major issues of American governance and then examines the consequences through two hundred years of American political history. To Simon and Schuster.
University of Pittsburgh historian Holger Hoock’s The Scars of Independence, a provocative new look at the American Revolution, arguing that it was not just a high-minded battle over principles, as many historians have painted it, but also a profoundly violent civil war involving rape, torture, prisoner abuse, and other atrocities. To Crown.
Chief correspondent of Business Insider Nicholas Carlson’s book about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, expanding on his recent profile of her, a narrative account of what it takes for an established tech company to stay relevant and what it means for someone like Mayer to reach the top job. To Business Plus.
Former public radio’s Marketplace host Tess Vigeland’s What the Hell am I Doing?, based on her standing-ovation talk at the World Domination Summit that went viral, exploring that nagging impulse many of us have to bail from our professional roles without yet being sure of the dream we’re chasing, to Harmony.
Top CEO coach and the most read Forbes leadership blogger Mike Myatt’s Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Leader Needs to Close, laying out the plan he’s perfected working with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PepsiCo. To Wiley.
University of Texas Business School Professor Raj Raghunathan’s If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, based on the author’s research, looking at why highly successful people often make choices antithetical to personal happiness — including the way traits that lead to career success can lead you away from life success. To Basic.
Former Marine sniper and co-founder/president of Team Rubicon Jake Wood’s Take Command, offering lessons learned from the disaster zone and the battlefield to show how to be a “first responder” in today’s high-stakes, high-pressure, highly volatile business climate. To Crown.
Science writer and Discover Magazine blogger Christie Wilcox’s Venom, a globe-spanning hands-on adventure into the biology of venomous creatures and what they reveal about evolution, weaving in cultural history and ultimately showing how venoms may hold the key to saving millions of lives. To Farrar, Straus.
Atlantic correspondent and EFF Board member Bruce Schneier’s The Feudal Internet, explaining that the digital revolution that empowered the masses will soon only empower governments and businesses, with everyday users having only the illusion of control. To Norton.
Science journalists Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham’s The Evidence-Based Parent, presenting unbiased, up-to-date information on pregnancy, baby care, and early childhood on topics ranging from circumcision and sleep training to vaccinations, organic food, and screen time. To Perigee.
Editor of ThinkProgress Justice Ian Millhiser’s The Case Against the Supreme Court: An Unflinching History of Modern America’s Most Troubling Institution, looking at over a century of Court decisions which demonstrate that David, contrary to popular belief, almost never prevails over Goliath. To Nation Books.
Based on her Slate series that went viral, Sarah Wildman’s Everyone is Missing Here, chronicling her search for her grandfather’s lost love whom he left when he fled Vienna in 1938, and looking at family identity, myth, and memory. To Riverhead.
NYU Dean of Social Sciences and HONKY author Dalton Conley’s Parentology, about how he applied cutting-edge research and the scientific method to raising his two children. To Simon & Schuster.
Martha Nussbaum’s Against Forgiveness, a rethinking of a characteristically modern and often destructive preoccupation that has come to represent the routine pieties of our time. To Oxford.
NPR contributor Glen Weldon’s The Caped Crusade: The Rise of Batman and The Triumph of Comic Book Culture, a humorous history that explains how Batman helped nerds dominate mainstream popular culture, and why he holds the key to understanding our fears, hopes, and goals. To Simon and Schuster.
Twelve-year veteran of Goldman Sachs and adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School, Steven Mandis’s insider’s account of what every executive can learn from what went wrong at Goldman. To Harvard Business School Press.
Evolutionary Behavioral Biologist Lee Dugatkin and Evolutionary Geneticist and Lead, the Fox Farm Experiment, Lyudmila Trut’s Tamed: How the Silver Fox became the Dog, and how We, Maybe, Possibly became Us, the story of the famous seventy-year Russian experiment that has changed our understanding of the evolutionary implications of domestication. To Atria.
Author of It’s Okay to be the Boss, Founder of RainmakerThinking, Bruce Tulgan’s One-on-One Management, about how to keep the dialogue going between managers and those who report to them, and Managing Generation Z, about how to get the best out of the generation coming of age into the workforce in 2010. To Jossey-Bass.
NPR contributor ’s The Caped Crusade: The Rise of Batman and The Triumph of Comic Book Culture, a humorous history that explains how Batman helped nerds dominate mainstream popular culture, and why he holds the key to understanding our fears, hopes, and goals. To Simon & Schuster.
|Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, a project-filled book designed to inspire and guide parents and children to make celebratory crafts together, to Roost Books.
Love My Rifle More Than You author Kayla Williams’s A Different Kind of War, the love story of two Iraq War veterans, one suffering from traumatic brain injury and both from post traumatic stress, who find their battles on returning home from war are more demoralizing and nearly as dangerous as the battlefield, and require new reinforcements of courage. To Norton.
Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoir New Kid, a memoir-in-comics of Knisley’s high school years, detailing her experiences with friends, drugs, sex, and her desire to make art in a school system that seemed determined to prevent her from doing so. To First Second Books.
Devin Fergus’s Land of the Fee, a detailed investigation of the hidden charges buried in the fine print of all our financial transactions and amount to a secret tax that has increased economic inequality in the US. To Oxford.
Winner-Take-All Politics authors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Paleocapitalism, on how the “mixed economy” that created America’s broad middle class after World War II is being supplanted by an economy resembling what we had at the end of the nineteenth century—rapacious, weakly regulated, and corrosive of social progress and democratic values, to Simon & Schuster.
The Extra 2%’s Jonah Keri’s untitled history of the Montreal Expos and the broken promises, linguistic and cultural prejudices, and self-interested business interests that doomed baseball’s most unusual franchise. To Random House Canada.
Harvard Ph.D. candidate Yascha Mounk’s part-memoir, part-political meditation A Foreigner in My Own Country, about growing up Jewish in modern Germany and what that tells us about the nature of political reconciliation, whether a nation can overcome a dark history and an oppressed people can forgive, and what the Jewish experience in Germany says about the Muslim experience in the West. To Farrar Straus.
University of California historian and author of A Land So Strange, Andres Resendez’s The Other Slavery, a history of 300 years of Indian slavery that shatters our national myth of Native American extinction and draws on new evidence to reveal the horrific kidnapping, rape, and enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Indians across the American Southwest. To Houghton.
Pamela Katz’s The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink, a freshly researched group portrait of the Weimar-era working relationship between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, which resulted in the masterpieces “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” and the three women–Lotte Lenya, Helene Weigl and Elisabeth Hauptmann–who were their wives, lovers, and sometimes unacknowledged collaborators. To Doubleday for Nan A. Talese Books.
Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate’s That Infamous Woman Polly Adler: a story of gangsters, gamblers, and the NY literati, and how prostitution played a key role in the emergence of women in the work force, from seamstresses to starlets. To Knopf Doubleday.
Sharon Hays’s definitive new textbook in sociology, Social Problems, Social Solutions. To Norton.
Wesleyan Science and Society fellow Gretchen Bakke’s The Grid, a revelatory narrative about America’s need for electricity, the dangers of the fragile system that brings it to us, and the future of energy. To Bloomsbury.
Scientific American editor George Musser’s Emergent Space, a book that brings together research that suggests that space may not be fundamental, and that if we can figure out how it emerged, we may finally make sense of the origin and ultimate fate of the universe. To Simon & Schuster.
Betty Caroli’s Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Story of the Marriage that Shaped Johnson: a long-overdue re-examination of the role Lady Bird played in Lyndon’s life, in politics, and in the marriage.To Simon & Schuster
Helen Zia’s Exodus, Shanghai: Fleeing Mao, Changing the World, the first history of the Shanghai diaspora at the end of the Chinese civil war and how it changed the futures of Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, and China, based on original research uncovered during her Fulbright in China. To Ballantine.
Pulitzer finalist for nonfiction, William Hitchcock’s The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, a history of the Eisenhower years. To The Free Press.
Visiting Scholar at Berkeley’s History of Science department Joshua Roebke’s The Invisible World, a sweeping historical narrative of what physicists accomplished in the twentieth century in their quest to understand the fundamental laws and fabric of the universe–and a cultural history that illuminates what that tumultuous century, in all its beauty and terror, did, in turn to them. To Farrar, Straus.