Retraces the 1,700-mile Domâinguez-Escalante expedition of 1776, revealing how the team of Franciscans discovered vast regions previously unknown to Europeans while barely surviving dangerous natural hazards.
"A brilliant portrait of two American giants, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and America entering the automobile age, told through the fascinating but little-known narrative of the summer road trips taken by Edison and Ford"—
A memoir by the legendary designer who pioneered high-end streetwear traces his rise from an early-1980s Harlem storefront to the red carpet in Hollywood, working with such celebrities as Salt-N-Pepa and Beyoncé.
A bioethicist's memoir of opioid dependence and withdrawal exposes the American health care system's failures at managing the use of opioids for pain relief and reveals the lack of resources and structures to handle the nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction.
Describes the true story of a shocking murder that took place in 1850s Washington DC's Lafayette Square in broad daylight after a Congressman received an anonymous note that his wife was cheating on him with a close family friend.
Draws on 20 years of research, recently declassified files and interviews with first-person survivors in an account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that also reveals how propaganda and secrets have created additional dangers. 75,000 first printing.
Traces the role of three Hawaiian cowboys who became champions at the 1908 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, detailing how their careers influenced post-annexation Hawaiian identity, island ranching, and the rodeo culture of Cheyenne.
In this stunning debut, a Jewish Arab journalist, through the story of his grandparents' lives in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine and Los Angeles, shatters our contemporary understanding of what makes an Arab, what makes a Jew, and how we draw the lines over which we do battle. 12,500 first printing.
An award-winning journalist provides a detailed account of the downfall of Bill Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in early 2018, after being accused of the crime 13 years prior. 50,000 first printing.
Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
"In the tradition of The Boys in the Boat and Seabiscuit, a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking but forgotten figure—the remarkable Major Taylor, the black man who broke racial barriers by becoming the world's fastest and most famous bicyclist at the height of the Jim Crow era. In the 1890s, the nation's promise of equality had failed spectacularly. While slavery had ended with the Civil War, the Jim Crow laws still separated blacks from whites, and the excesses of the Gilded Age created an elite upper class. Amidst this world arrived Major Taylor, a young black man who wanted to compete in the nation's most popular and mostly white man's sport, cycling. Birdie Munger, a white cyclist who once was the world's fastest man, declared that he could help turn the young black athlete into a champion. Twelve years before boxer Jack Johnson and fifty years before baseball player Jackie Robinson, Taylor faced racism at nearly every turn—especially by whites who feared he would disprove their stereotypes of blacks. In The World's Fastest Man, years in the writing, investigative journalist Michael Kranish reveals new information about Major Taylor based on a rare interview with his daughter and other never-before-uncovered details from Taylor's life. Kranish shows how Taylor indeed became a world champion, traveled the world, was the toast of Paris, and was one of the most chronicled black men of his day. From a moment in time just before the arrival of the automobile when bicycles were king, the populacewas booming with immigrants, and enormous societal changes were about to take place, The World's Fastest Man shines a light on a dramatic moment in American history—the gateway to the twentieth century"—
The award-winning author of A History of Future Cities documents how the citizenship privileges of mixed-race urbanites in 19th-century New Orleans and Charleston were swept away by the political backlashes of the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras.
A geriatrician, writer and professor of medicine challenges the way people think and feel about aging and medicine through stories from her twenty-five years of patient care as well as from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life.
A Muslim doctor recounts how his rural community targeted his family with racism in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election, describing his efforts with a local pastor to give talks raising awareness about the Muslim faith.
An NPR correspondent took a job as a cab driver in China and offered free rides to those willing to engage in honest conversation in order to paint a more accurate picture of this rapidly changing country. 25,000 first printing.
An independent kingdom of runaway slaves founded in the late 16th century, Angola Janga was a beacon of freedom in a land plagued with oppression. In stark black ink and chiaroscuro panel compositions, D'Salete brings history to life; the painful stories of fugitive slaves on the run, the brutal raids by Portuguese colonists, and the tense power struggles within this precarious kingdom.
An account of the Apollo 11 mission discusses the astronauts, flight controllers, and engineers who made it possible, as well as the dangers, challenges, and determination that defined the Apollo program and the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible.
An award-winning historian and perennial New York Times best-selling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy's inspiring challenge and America's race to the moon. (United States history). 200,000 first printing.