Category Archives: History

Dear Madam President

Dear Madam President synopsis: DEAR MADAM PRESIDENT is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards–to name a few–Palmieri through… Read More »

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age synopsis: “Rugoff’s spirited and immensely beguiling book takes a joyful bite out of the nineteenth century.” – The New York Times “King of the Lobbyists” Sam Ward was best known for his talent for throwing parties – courtesy of the U.S. Treasury. And Alva Vanderbilt squandered tens of thousands on one evening… Read More »

Introducing Buddha

Introducing Buddha synopsis: “Introducing Buddha” describes the life and teachings of the Buddha, but it also shows that enlightenment is a matter of experiencing the truth individually and by inspiration which is passed from teacher to student. Superbly illustrated by Borin Van Loon, the book illuminates this process through a rich legacy of stories and… Read More »

Victorious Century

Victorious Century synopsis: To live in nineteenth-century Britain was to experience an astonishing and unprecedented series of changes. Cities grew vast; there were revolutions in transportation, communication, science, and work–all while a growing religious skepticism rendered the intellectual landscape increasingly unrecognizable. It was an exhilarating time, and as a result, most of the countries in… Read More »

Our Vietnam Wars

Our Vietnam Wars synopsis: This could be the most important book you’ll read this year. It isn’t another war book. It is a book about people, and it contains the personal stories of 100 Vietnam Veterans who served there. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, from the late 1950s to 1975 we served from the… Read More »

In Full Flight

In Full Flight synopsis: Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, “Mama Daktari”–“Mother Doctor”–from the people… Read More »

Scouting on Two Continents

Scouting on Two Continents synopsis: Born on a Dakota Sioux reservation he was taught the ways of the Native Americans from as soon as he could walk. At the tender age of fourteen, having had little formal education, he was supporting himself and learning from some of the last cowboys and frontiersmen of the Old… Read More »

Rough Riders

Rough Riders synopsis: The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Lee Gardner’s Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively readable. Its dramatic unfolding of a familiar, yet not-fully-known story will remind readers of James Swanson’s Manhunt. Two months after the sinking of… Read More »

Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima synopsis: The men who fought and survived the deadliest battle of the Pacific—in their own words. On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 combatants died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of… Read More »

The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World synopsis: In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell—clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world—making… Read More »