Category Archives: History

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary book description: The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani intelligence, Grenier launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban… Read More »

The Politics of Deception

The Politics of Deception book description: Beneath the myths of Camelot lies the truth of the presidency of John F. Kennedy. Patrick J. Sloyan, a young wire-service reporter during the Kennedy administration, revisits the last year of JFK’s presidency to reveal a ruthless politician. As the president prepared for his 1964 reelection bid that never was, he buried… Read More »

The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls of Atomic City book description: At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the… Read More »

The Heart of Everything That Is

The Heart of Everything That Is book description: An acclaimed New York Times bestseller, selected by Salon as a best book of the year, the astonishing untold story of the life and times of Sioux warrior Red Cloud: “a page-turner with remarkable immediacy…and the narrative sweep of a great Western” (The Boston Globe). Red Cloud was the only… Read More »

Mourning Lincoln

Mourning Lincoln book description: The news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is… Read More »

The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses book description: The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself… Read More »

Van Gogh: A Power Seething

Van Gogh: A Power Seething book description: “I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and—of the artistic life,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. “And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there’s a chance that our hopes won’t be in vain.” His… Read More »