Versailles: A History by Robert B. Abrams—History versus fiction: How Netflix’s Versailles distorts the facts

The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand – The story of the Amritsar Massacre that sped up the Indian independence movement

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding… Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis by Sam Anderson—America revealed through the lens of a single mid-sized city

A Warning by Anonymous, a Senior Trump Administration Official—An anonymous White House Republican tells all

Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II by Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney—When FDR, Churchill, and Stalin planned the Normandy invasion

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer BartovThe Holocaust under the microscope of history

Hitler’s Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Story by Richard Bassett—The secret history of World War II

Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles—An impressionistic history of libraries and librarians through the ages

The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser—We never think about it, but our civilization is built on sand

A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook—Urbanization, globalization and the future of humanity

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John CarreyrouA cautionary tale about corporate power in Silicon Valley

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang—They shaped twentieth-century Chinese history

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian—A survey of Big History by the man who created the field

Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary by Geoffrey Cowan—Teddy Roosevelt: progressive, champion of primary elections, and a racist

The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between by Michael Dobbs—Did FDR betray the Jews of Europe?

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin DreyerA top copyeditor explains how to write clear English

The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield—A revealing, up-to-date biography of Kim Jong Un

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée—How a novel helped speed the collapse of the Soviet Union

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox—Life undercover in the CIA chasing suitcase nukes

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman—An amazing true story of Israeli spies in the country’s War of Independence

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell—Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book explains recent history

The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman’s Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret by Eve Haas—One woman’s obsessive quest to learn how her grandmother died in the Holocaust

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board by Vince Houghton—Cockamamie schemes of the CIA and the Pentagon

The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando by Paul Kix—A story of an anti-Nazi commando worthy of Hollywood

The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy by Robert Kuttner—Why we need to elect a progressive Democratic President in 2020

The Last Ditch: Britain’s Secret Resistance and the Nazi Invasion Plans by David Lampe—Why Hitler didn’t invade Great Britain

Freedom’s Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror by Charles Lane—The first man who fought the Ku Klux Klan—and won

Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann—Economic inequality deconstructed in a brilliant historical study

Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became World War II’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis—A woman was World War II’s most highly decorated spy

Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother by Lillian McCloy—Under deep cover in the CIA during the Cold War

1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee, Jr.—The World War I peace treaty that led to World War II

Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter—A gripping history of China in World War II

The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley—James Jesus Angleton, the man who nearly destroyed the CIA

More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement by Ramez Naam—How to make humans smarter, stronger, and healthier

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee—Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and the man who made their careers

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris—A peek inside the editorial process at The New Yorker

Becoming by Michelle Obama—The Michelle Obama memoir is an extraordinary story

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson—The truth about the French Resistance, dug out of old records

The Library Book by Susan Orlean—An arson fire, the expanded role of libraries, and eccentric librarians

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell—The WWII American woman spy who kept the French Resistance alive

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose—The women who parachuted behind German lines and helped secure the Normandy landing

Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal, and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn by James Srodes—The female Jewish spy who helped pave the way to the State of Israel

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley—Donald Trump’s playbook revealed in a penetrating new book

Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson—Women programmers, blue-collar coders, and the world they’re building

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells—Climate change is worse than you think—much, much worse

2062: The World That AI Made by Toby Walsh—An AI expert worries about the robots of the future

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb—An artificial intelligence skeptic paints a chilling picture of a future dominated by AI

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover—A remarkably candid memoir about growing up survivalist

Russia Without Putin: Money, Power, and the Myths of the New Cold War by Tony Wood—Why is the Russian oligarchy hostile to the West?

The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age by Tim Wu—It’s time for antitrust: break up big corporations to restore democracy

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