Bestselling author of Data and Goliath, Harvard Berkman Center fellow Bruce Schneier’s Hacking Society, Hacking Humanity: How Power Subverts Systems, and How Systems Can Evolve in Response, a book that examines how the powerful are employing the tools of hacking to bend our social, economic, and political systems to their will. To Norton.
Bestselling-and-prize-winning author of Democracy in Chains, Nancy MacLean’s untitled book on the coming constitutional crisis between democracy and free-market capitalism. To Viking.
University of Virginia history professor William Hitchcock’s, America and the Dictators; FDR, the Fascist Threat, and the Road to World War II, a cautionary tale about a time when America went to war to save democracy. To Simon and Schuster.
Anthropologists Brian Fagan and Natalie Dhurrani’s Climate of the Ancients—the rise and fall of the great civilizations of the past through the lens of climate change. To Public Affairs.
Journalist and former physics editor for American Scientist, George Musser’s Putting Ourselves in the Equation: Why a “Theory of Everything” May Have to Include the Conscious Mind, the story of the physicists who believe that by studying the human brain, and in particular the nature of consciousness, they may finally resolve some of the most important open questions in modern physics today. To Farrar Straus.
First woman to head the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell’s A Lab of One’s Own, written with Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, a story of scientific discovery while exposing the sexism she’s seen in her seven decades as a science pioneer. To Simon and Schuster.
Alison Bechdel’s next graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, about her love affair with exertion and exercise, in which her lifelong pursuit of fitness is set against the history of fitness culture in America and illuminated by texts ranging from Jane Fonda’s Workout Book to classic Buddhist works. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Berggruen Prize winner and University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s A Just and Lasting Peace? Accountability and Reconciliation in Our Crisis of Sexual Abuse, about the evolution since the 1970s in attitudes and the law on sexual violence and harassment, the individuals who have moved it forward and those who still don’t get it, and where we go from here. To Norton.
TV political commentator, University of Virginia political scientist, author of the bestselling The Kennedy Half-Century, Larry Sabato’s A Conspiracy of Silence, an examination of the newly released documents on the Kennedy assassination that finally explains why the American people still feel their government is hiding something from them about that tragic event. To Basic Books.
Winner of the American Society of Magazine Editors’ General Excellence, Special Interest award, Kazoo Magazine‘s Erin Bried’s second book in the Kazoo anthology series for young girls on the lives of amazing women, featuring comic mazes. To Knopf Children’s.
National Book Award finalist and Bancroft Award-winner for The Other Slavery Andres Resendez’s Running with the Wind, an adventure story of a secret Spanish mission — to achieve Magellan’s failed goal of traveling from Europe via the Americas to the Spice Islands, that lead to the discovery of how to navigate the Pacific back to America–a daring accomplishment that made our world a truly globalized one for the first time in human history. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Bancroft Award-winner Anne Hyde’s Hearts, Minds, and Blood: The Tragic Story of Indian-White Families and What Might Have Been in the Settlement of the American West, a groundbreaking history of the mixed race communities that were the heart of the fur trade – for a time America’s central economic engine – and whose prime role in settling the West held out the hope of a nation that would be truly blended, only to be destroyed by racism and religious intolerance, then lost to history. To Norton.
Associate Dean at UVA, and Leonardo scholar Francesca Fiorani’s The Shadow Drawing: How Science Shaped the Painting of Leonardo and How Leonardo Changed the Painting of the Renaissance, the story of the young Leonardo. To Farrar, Straus.
PEN and PLUTARCH award-winner in biography, as well as finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, Linda Leavell’s The Spirit of 291, a nonfiction narrative of the artists drawn together by Alfred Stieglitz and the powerful artistic atmosphere he created at his famed exhibition space. To Farrar, Straus.
Marya Hornbacher’s We’ve Been Healing All Along: Real Lives, Real Strategies on the Road to Mental Health, using profiles of scientists, psychiatrists, and patients who are pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of mental illness to tell the story of how disorders previously viewed as impossible to cure may not be merely manageable but healed. To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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.
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.
University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s Our Fellow Animals, a philosophical manifesto that gives us a new theory of animal rights by challenging our very idea of what is “animal” and redefining how we consider the role animals play in our world. To Simon and Schuster.
Historian Pamela Haag’s Revise: Style Notes, Methods, and Parables for the Scholar-Writer, a guidebook to good writing for academics seeking publication—from dissertation to books for the general interest reader. To Yale.
Columbia University historian Victoria de Grazia’s The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy, a new examination of how the personal and the political converged to reshape Italian society and culture under Il Duce. To Harvard University Press.
Holder of the Daniel M. Lyons Chair of History at Brooklyn College and a scholar of the American Revolution Benjamin Carp’s The Night Broadway Burned, solving the mystery of who really set New York City ablaze in the Great Fire of 1776, one of the Revolution’s most controversial episodes and an event that might just be the first real instance of fake news in American history. To Yale.