Open Road Media is launching Forbidden Bookshelf, a series devoted to "resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark." The series, which starts June 10, will be curated by Mark Crispin Miller, a professor at New York University, who noted that the line will look to bring back worthwhile books that did not receive much attention when they were first released.
Forbidden Bookshelf kicks off with five titles: Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy by Christopher Simpson; The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam by Douglas Valentine; The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade by Nancy Howell Lee; Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football by Dan E. Moldea; and The Lords of Creation: The History of America’s 1 Percent by Frederick Lewis Allen. Each of the first four titles includes a new introduction.
“This list of books is much deserving of renewed attention," said Open Road CEO Jane Friedman. "The issues they address are as significant today as they were when the books were first published. We believe that we will stimulate new conversation and debate.”
Additional books by I. F. Stone, Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett, Kati Marton, Robert Fitch, Bertram Gross, and John Dinges will be released later this summer.