• Reading Peter Frankopan's Ambitious Planetary History

    by Walter G. Moss

    The Oxford historian's new book is a work of immense scope that succeeds in making human interaction with the environment a central character in history and argues for urgent action against the climate change that could write the final pages of that story.

  • How Bob Dylan Ran Afoul of the FBI

    by Aaron J. Leonard

    The combination of alcohol and unconsidered remarks about Lee Harvey Oswald in the wake of the Kennedy assassination helped ensure that the FBI opened a file on the singer. 

  • Carolyn Woods Eisenberg on Nixon's War Deceptions

    by James Thornton Harris

    A new history of Nixon and Kissinger's Vietnam policy shows a president driven by the abstract goal of credibility instead of concrete steps to conclude the conflict, at the cost of tens of thousands of American and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives. 

  • Excerpt: The March to Battle at Fort Sumter

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The words of Jefferson Davis, his inner circle, and his critics trace the path to war in an exerpt from a new book telling the story of the conflict through the firsthand observations of the participants.

  • Excerpt: The Akan Forest Kingdom of Asante

    by John Parker

    This excerpt from a new collection of essays on the precolonial kingdoms of Africa examines the sophisticated way that the Asante integrated the political power of their ruling elite with the spiritual and ceremonial to rule. 

  • The Pope at War: Pius XII and the Vatican's Secret Archives

    by James Thornton Harris

    David Kertzer's book argues that defenders of Pope Pius XII's actions during the Holocaust mistake his defense of the prerogatives of the Catholic Church for a defense of the victims of Nazi persecution and genocide. 

  • Rediscovering the Lost Midwest (Excerpt)

    by Jon K. Lauck

    The contemporary troubles of the Midwest shouldn't blind historians and readers to the region's important history as an incubator of a democratic culture. 

  • Songs for Sale: Tin Pan Alley (Excerpt)

    by Bob Stanley

    American popular music didn't start with Elvis. It emerged when musical fads onstage converged with a new mass market for in-home record players to make song publishing big business.