History

We represent journalists, academics, and writers who bring untold stories to light or who help us understand past events from a new perspective. Our list includes a wide range of titles featuring recent moments like Jeff Nesbit's Poison Tea, important figures like Mark Adams' Mr. America, and defining eras like Michael Meyer's The Year That Changed the World. We look forward to continuing to examine and explore these important moments in our past that influence our present day.

 

A Wide Range

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Mark Adams

Mr. America

Harper/HarperCollins


This biography by journalist Mark Adams pulls Bernarr Macfadden, eccentric health guru and rags-to-riches millionaire, out of historical obscurity. Mr. America: How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet has been praised by Thomas Mallon and Elizabeth Gilbert, who said it's “a delightful and colorful piece of true Americana.” The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Entertain- ment Weeklyand others raved. Booklist praised, “Bravo to Adams for enabling the rediscovery of this phenomenal American.” Film rights were optioned by Meredith Viera.

Bridget Quinn

Broad Strokes

Chronicle

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the art canon. Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian and former-punk Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's feisty, giftable, and gorgeous. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' work and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover and feminist.

Orly Lobel

You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side

W.W. Norton

The battle between Mattel, the makers of the iconic Barbie doll, and MGA, the company that created the Bratz dolls, was not just a war over best-selling toys, but a war over who owns ideas. Carter Bryant began designing the line of Bratz dolls while taking time off from Mattel, where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, selling his concept to rival company MGA. University of San Diego Law professor Orly Lobel reveals the story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle, providing s a thought-provoking contribution to the debate over creativity and intellectual property.

Scott Greenberger

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

Da Capo

Nobody expected the vice president, a New York political hack, to be president. And after President James Garfield died in 1881, nobody expected Chester Arthur to become a courageous anti-corruption reformer and early civil rights advocate. And yet, from the moment Arthur took office, he proved to be honest and brave. In this beautifully written biography, Scott Greenberger, the coauthor of New York Times bestselling Critical and writer for the Boston Globe and GQ among others, tells the dramatic story of a virtually forgotten American president.

Ann Shen

Bad Girls Throughout History

Chronicle Books

Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by illustrator and graphic designer Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive tribute to 100 revolutionary women who were “bad” in the best sense of the word. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, these women challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed them.

Josh Dean

The Taking of K-129

Dutton/Penguin Random House

In 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear missiles vanished in the Pacific ocean. When the U.S. Navy discovered the sunken vessel, however, the CIA undertakes the largest and most daring covert operation in their history to recover the submarine using a mammoth ship supposedly belonging to Howard Hughes. In The Taking of K-129, Josh Dean, a contributor for GQ and Fast Company and the author of Show Dog, tells the almost unbelievable true-life tale of Cold War espionage at its height.