Vanity Fair's Presidential Profiles (Mar., $18.95), edited by Graydon Carter, illus. by Mark Summers. This collection of 43 portraits includes commentaries by Vanity Fair contributors. 75,000 first printing.
Celebrating Nurses: A Visual History (Apr., $24.99) by Christine Hallett presents illustrated stories of nursing pioneers.
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Faded Map: The Story of the Lost Kingdoms of Scotland (May, $27.95) by Alistair Moffat brings to life the kings and kingdoms of 2,000 years ago.
The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (May, $25) by Victor Davis Hanson collects the author's essays on war, politics, and military history.
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Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life (May, $24.95) by Don Brophy explores the life and times of the 14th-century mystic.
Strangling the Confederacy: Coastal Operations in the American Civil War (Mar., $32.95) by Kevin Dougherty examines the naval actions and land incursions waged by the Union.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers (May, $24.95) by Donald Keene portrays Japan through the writings of major literary figures.
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History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World (Mar., $60) by Matti Lainema and Juha Numinen enumerates the many explorers who attempted to find the Northwest and Northeast Passages.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty (Mar., $24.95) by Yasmin Sabina Khan looks at Lady Liberty's historical, material, and ideological origins.
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin (Apr., $27.95) by Hampton Sides. 350,000 first printing. Author tour.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership (Aug., $25) by Lewis Hyde brings the past to bear on topics ranging from the Human Genome Project to Bob Dylan's musical roots. Author tour.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral (May, $29.95) by Salvatore Basile examines the 125-year history of its choir.
Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century (June, $30) by Michael Hiltzik recounts the construction of one of the 20th-century's most consequential public works.
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In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (June, $29.95) by Walter Echo-Hawk analyzes cases that embody or expose the roots of injustice.
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Records of Our National Life: American History at the National Archives (Apr., $59.95) by the staff of the National Archives celebrates its 75th anniversary in photos and essays.
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American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People (May, $27) by T.H. Breen traces the development of insurgency back to the farmers who rebelled against imperial authority.
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Concorde: A Photographic Tribute (Apr., $44.95) by Adrian Meredith and Mike Bannister celebrates the aircraft that flies at twice the speed of sound.
Lies, Damned Lies, and History: A Catalogue of Historical Errors and Misunderstandings (May, $24.95) by Graeme Donald shows that historical events didn't always unfold as we think they did.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (May, $30) by Jack Rakove recounts how a group of provincial lawyers, planters, land speculators, and merchants became American revolutionaries. 35,000 first printing. Author tour.
Winston's War: Churchill, 1940—1945 (Apr., $35) by Max Hastings balances his courage and brilliance against his shortcomings. 75,000 first printing.
The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 (May, $29.99) by Evan Thomas describes America's ferocious drive toward empire during the Gilded Age. 6-city author tour.
The Angelic Language: Vol. 1 (Apr., $29.95) by Aaron Leitch explores the traditions that influenced the work of historians John Dee and Edward Kelly.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV. PRESS
Murder in the Metro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (May, $39.95) by Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Crosswhite examines the still unsolved first murder in the Paris Metro.
When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America (Mar., $27.95) by David E. Nye illuminates electricity's increasingly major role in our society.
Bloody Crimes (May, $26.99) by James Swanson depicts the manhunt for Jefferson Davis across the South and the funeral procession for Abraham Lincoln. 300,000 first printing.
NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS
Eyes in the Sky (Mar., $36.95) by Dino A. Brugioni provides a CIA insider's account of Eisenhower's involvement in the use of the U-2 and spy satellites during the cold war.
Portable Patriot (June, $14.99) by Joel Miller and Kristen Parrish collects foundational American documents, speeches, and sermons.
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1877: The Year of Living Violently (June, $26.95) by Michael A. Bellesiles recaptures one of America's most pivotal years.
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America (July, $29.95) by Eric Jay Dolin traces the rise and fall of this industry back to the early 1600s. Author tour.
Capture the Flag: The Stars and Stripes in American History (June, $22.95) by Arnaldo Testi analyzes the symbolic importance of the flag to the national consciousness.
Sugar: A Bittersweet History (Apr., $29.95) by Elizabeth Abbot. This social history includes sugar's roles in the international slave trade and the fast-food revolution.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews (May, $34.95) by Peter Longerich provides a detailed history of the Final Solution.
The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War (May, $27.95) by Donald Stoker looks at the evolution of strategy between Fort Sumter and Appomattox.
Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (Apr., $37.95) by Geoffrey Wawro traces our current crises in Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, etc., back to their century-old roots.
American Dreams: The United States Since 1945 (June, $35) by H.W. Brands chronicles the events and trends that guided the nation from the A-bomb to the iPhone.
Abundance of Valor: Resistance, Survival, and Liberation, 1944—1945 (Mar., $30) by Will Irwin details the September 1944 airborne assault, when British and American forces dropped three parachute divisions into German-occupied Holland.
The Last Leaf: Voices of History's Last-Known Survivors (Mar., $26) by Stuart Lutz documents the personal stories of witnesses to historic events.
Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It (Apr., $24.95) by Michael Trinklein remembers the bizarrely named states that didn't make the cut.
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Those Who Dared: Stories from the Golden Age of Exploration (May, $26.95) by Richard Nelsson studies explorers' perilous lives from the 19th century to the present.
Time: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Influential Magazine (May, $50) by Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Olivia observes the impact of the iconic weekly.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
The African American Experience During World War II (Mar., $36.95) by Neil A. Wynn analyzes the connection between African-Americans' military service and the burgeoning civil rights movement.
Dust: The Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11th Aftermath (Mar., $34.95) by Paul Lioy investigates the dust that fell—and its impact—in the wake of the Twin Towers' collapse.
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (May, $35) by Daniel Okrent covers the years 1917—1933, when the Constitution was amended to restrict human behavior. 100,000 first printing.
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The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief (May, $24.95) by Otto Dietrich describes his dozen years as an acquaintance of the Führer.
The American GI in Europe in World War II: The Battle in France (Mar., $29.95) by J.E. Kaufmann and H.W. Kaufmann chronicles the post—D-Day experiences of American troops fighting across France in 1944.
Christmas Wishes (Aug., $26.95) by Tim Hollis takes a lighthearted historical look at the Christmas trappings and traditions of the post-WWII generation.
Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That Time Forgot (May, $19.95) by Martin W. Sandler collects historical vignettes about achievements and blunders that changed the course of history.
Norman Mailer, MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 (Apr., $39.99) pairs photographs and Mailer's text—from 1970's Of a Fire on the Moon—to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.
THAMES & HUDSON
Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual (June, $24.95) by Michael Prestwich provides knightly news from the later Middle Ages.
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Illustrated (May, $18) by Jack E. Levin and Mark R. Levin pairs the stirring text with battlefield images. 150,000 first printing.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (Mar., $34.95) by Glyn Williams describes the futile search that obsessed explorers for centuries.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (May, $25) by Michael Kammen looks at the practice of digging up prominent Americans' remains.
UNIV. OF NEBRASKA PRESS
Goodbye Wifes and Daughters (Mar., $24.95) by Susan Kushner Resnick bears witness to the women who survived the 1943 Bearcreek, Mont., mining disaster.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Race and Renaissance: African-Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II (Mar., $29.95) by Joe W. Trotter and Jared Day illustrates how the city's African-Americans arrived at their present moment in history.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESS
Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)significance of Melanin (Mar., $29.95) by Adele Logan Alexander. The lives of this African-American couple reveal the complexities of race in America.
UNIV. PRESS OF FLORIDA
Lucky 73: USS Pampanito's Unlikely Rescue of Allied POWs in WWII (Mar., $24.95) by Aldona Sendzikas tells of 73 POWs picked up out of 2,200 who had been aboard Japanese warships.
UNIV. PRESS OF KANSAS
A Nation of Laws: An Introduction to American Legal History (Apr., $24.95) by Peter Charles Hoffer meditates on the key concepts, history, evolution, and contradictions of law in the nation's 234-year existence.
UNIV. PRESS OF KENTUCKY
The Enemy in Our Hands: America's Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror (May, $34.95) by Robert C. Doyle.
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Quilts 1700—2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories (Mar., $60) by Sue Prichard showcases the Victoria and Albert Museum's extensive collection.
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn (May, $29.95) by Nathaniel Philbrick recounts the famous battle evoking the history and geography of the Great Plains. Author tour.
WALKER & COMPANY
Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman (Mar., $26) by Chloë Schama sheds light on one of Victorian England's biggest scandals.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order (May, $27.50) by Charles Hill discusses classic literary works through the lens of international relations.