Lyons Press is partnering with A+E Networks to publish a series of illustrated titles based on the History channel’s “Breaking History” programs. The first volume, Breaking History: Vanished!: America’s Most Mysterious Kidnappings, Castaways, and the Forever Lost, will be published in October 2017.
The books will follow the format of the History television shows, which are currently broadcast to 96 million homes. Historians and non-fiction writers will present historical events from the viewpoint of breaking news, alongside color images, maps, and photographs. History.com contributor Sarah Pruitt will write the series debut.
The partnership with Lyons, which is an imprint of Globe Pequot, will add to the publisher’s existing catalog of history titles. In a press release, Globe Pequot publisher Jim Childs called the partnership, “a great way to bring History's programming to the printed page.”
A second volume, entitled Breaking History: Lost America! is slated for release in Spring 2018. It will examine unresolved mysteries and controversies surrounding historical movements and events in the U.S. from the collapse of Roanoke Colony to the demise of the Detroit bootleggers known as the Purple Gang.
Subsequent titles in the series will be announced at a later date.