History & Current Events

Books that inform on the past, the present, and the future, told by some of todays leading historians and politicians. More at: http://www.penguin.com/read/category/current-events-history/
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THE JOURNEY OF THE PENGUIN by Emiliano Ponzi -- To celebrate 80 years of Penguin Books, a charming picture book that tells the imagined story of the penguin who waddled his way into history as the symbol of a beloved publisher.

The Journey of the Penguin by Emiliano Ponzi is a picture book entirely of images that tells the 80 year imagined journey of Penguin Books' symbol.

"Hand a copy to the next guy you see wearing flannel." Melanie Tortoroli, Editor at Viking Books recommends THE LAST AMERICAN MAN by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Last American Man.true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived off the land. Sounds like a good read.

TO HELL AND BACK by Ian Kershaw -- The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with acclaimed scholar Ian Kershaw’s long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II.

To Hell and Back: Europe (The Penguin History of Europe) To Hell and Back Europe 1914 1949 Penguin History of Europe Viking

" Is it better to take a high-paying job and give away your fortune, or go to Africa and build the orphanage by hand?" Melanie Tortoroli, Editor at Viking Books recommends STRANGERS DROWNING by Larissa MacFarquhar

New Audio CD Book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help: Larissa MacFarquhar

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES by Brian Kilmeade -- This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.

MAGNA CARTA by Dan Jones -- From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets, a short, lively, action-packed history of how the Magna Carta came to be.

"[Puts] the Magna Carta in its proper historical context… Dan Jones triumphantly answers the questions he poses in his Introduction, about how it came to be granted, what it meant at the time, and.

THE LAGOON by Armand Marie Leroi -- The remarkable but neglected story of Aristotle’s founding role in the scientific study of nature.

THE LAGOON by Armand Marie Leroi -- The remarkable but neglected story of Aristotle’s founding role in the scientific study of nature.

THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME by Sean McMeekin -- An astonishing retelling of twentieth-century history from the Ottoman perspective, delivering profound new insights into World War I and the contemporary Middle East.

Read a free sample or buy The Ottoman Endgame by Sean McMeekin. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

#StaffPick: Melanie Tortoroli, Editor at Viking Books recommends FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan, Illustrated by Maira Kalman

Melanie Tortoroli, Editor at Viking Books recommends FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan, Illustrated by Maira Kalman

WAR AT THE END OF THE WORLD by James P. Duffy -- A harrowing account of an epic, yet nearly forgotten, battle of World War II—General Douglas MacArthur’s four-year assault on the Pacific War’s most hostile battleground: the mountainous, jungle-cloaked island of New Guinea.

Historian James Duffy's new book, War at the End of the World: Douglas MacArthur and the Forgotten Fight for New Guinea, ably redresses this imbalance with a meaty, engrossing narrative history of the New Guinea campaign.

AMERICAN RECKONING by Christian G. Appy -- The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image.

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and our national identity - Christian G. Appy - New Books Section - 2015

THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor -- A spellbinding historical novel about a woman who befriends Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and is drawn into their world of intrigue, from the author of Margot.

In the reimagining of the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg story (the only Americans to be put to death for espionage during the Cold War), The Hours Count, a young

SPEED KINGS by Andy Bull -- A story of risk, adventure, and daring as four Americans race to win the gold medal in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history.

SPEED KINGS by Andy Bull -- A story of risk, adventure, and daring as four Americans race to win the gold medal in the most dangerous competition in Olympic history.

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