Outwitting History: How One Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Civilization (Oct., $24.95) by Aaron Lansky. The man who spearheaded the rescue of Yiddish books recalls his quest. 15-city author tour.
When Cats Reigned like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats (Nov., $24.95) by Georgie Anne Geyer shows that throughout history people have made cats into both royal and sacred figures of worship.
The Dance of Time: The Origins of the Calendar: A Miscellany of History and Myth, Religion and Astronomy, Festivals and Feast Days (Nov., $23) by Michael Judge looks at our changing concept of time and the surprising origins of the calendar.
Raising a President: What They Did Right, What They Did Wrong: These Are the Stories of the Presidents' Parents (Jan., $26) by Doug Wead sheds insight into how presidents' destinies were shaped during childhood. Author publicity. 20-city radio satellite tour.
BOSTON MILLS PRESS
Aviation Century: The Golden Age and
Aviation Century: World War II (Sept., $39.95 each) both by Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick, photos by Dan Patterson, are the second and third titles in a six-volume history of aviation.
The Last Duel (Oct., $25.95) by Eric Jager tells the story of a trial by combat between a knight and the squire accused of raping the knight's wife.
The Mass Avenue Passage (Sept., $25) by Harry J. Miller takes readers down a main street starting in Boston, moving through Cambridge and the towns beyond, commenting on the developments along the way. Ad/promo.
CARROLL & GRAF
Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of a Politician (Jan., $26) by Kenneth D. Ackerman covers the life and comeuppance of the corrupt 1860s—1870s Tammany Hall boss in New York City.
The Sinking of theEastland:
America's Forgotten Tragedy (Oct., $21.95) by Jay Bonansinga recounts the Chicago tragedy in 1915 of the steamship Eastland's sinking, which claimed more lives (844) than the Chicago fire.
CORNELL MARITIME PRESS
Sequoia: Presidential Yacht (Oct., $19.95) by Giles M. Kelly, photos by Ann Stevens, is the history of the wooden motor yacht that hosted eight U.S. presidents.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
Catholics and Contraception: An American History (Nov., $29.95) by Leslie Woodcock Tentler studies the divisive issue of contraception throughout the 20th century.
Radical Conservatives: The Year Republicans Changed America (Feb., $25.95) by Major Garrett focuses on 1995, when the Republicans seized control of Congress.
DA CAPO PRESS
Alexander: The Conqueror (Sept., $35) by Laura Foreman recounts the epic story of the young warrior king.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
Remembering Pinochet's Chile: On the Eve of London 1998 (Sept., $29.95) by Steve J. Stern provides an oral history of those who suffered through the Pinochet years.
History on Trial (Feb., $25.95) by Deborah E. Lipstadt chronicles the author's five-year legal battle in the U.K. with David Irving that began with his denial of the Holocaust. 40,000 first printing.
Mussolini: The Secrets of His Death (Nov., $25) by Luciano Garibaldi. Italian journalist Garibaldi uncovers secrets that Mussolini carried with him at the time of his death, including possible deals with Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
FSG/HILL AND WANG
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (Oct., $23) by Camilla Townsend reviews the confrontation between the Native American tribes and the British Empire. Advertising.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
The Yellow Star: The Persecution of the Jews in Europe, 1933—1945 (Oct., $35) by Gerhard Schoenberner is a comprehensive photographic account of the Holocaust, back in print in the U.S. after 30 years.
Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle (Sept., $26) by David Tripp presents a history of one coin from its inception and theft to its record-breaking sale nearly 70 years later. Advertising. Author tour.
State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time (Oct., $26) by Robert Timberg offers a portrait of America between the "good war" and Vietnam. Advertising. Author publicity.
GILES (dist. by Antique Collectors' Club)
The Charters of Freedom: A New World Is at Hand (Oct., $29.95) by Stacey Bredhoff studies the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom.
To Rule the Waves (Oct., $26.95) by Arthur Herman is a history of the Royal Navy, telling how it dominated the world and laid the foundation for the modern age. 75,000 first printing.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (Nov., $25.95) by Deborah Dash Moore charts the lives of 15 young Jewish men in military service.
Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech that Changed America (Oct., $25) by Thurston Clarke recalls JFK's inaugural week and the speech that inspired a generation. Advertising. Author tour.
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of the End of the Empire in Kenya (Jan., $26) by Caroline Elkins describes the waning days of the British Empire in Kenya, which resulted in the destruction of thousands of Kenyans.
The Living Unknown Soldier: A Story of Grief and the Great War (Sept., $24) by Jean-Yves Le Naour. At the close of WWI, a soldier who had lost his memory and identity is claimed by hundreds of "relatives" who want him to be the brother, husband or father they lost.
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers (Jan., $25) by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn reports on what happened inside the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11.
Bury the Chains: Prophets, Slaves, and Rebels in the First Human Rights Crusade (Jan., $26.95) by Adam Hochschild offers an account of the first grass-roots human rights campaign in the 18th century. 60,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
INDIA BOOK HOUSE
Jaipur: The Last Destination (Sept., $95) by Aman Nath brings nine centuries of a dynasty to life with photos, design details, architecture and genealogy. Ad/promo.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV. PRESS
Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories (Sept., $29.95) by Ronald S. Coddington gathers photos and life stories.
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944—45 (Nov., $30) by Max Hastings is an account of the last eight months of WWII on the European front. 100,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Letters from America (Nov., $35) by Alistair Cooke gathers the most famous and fondly remembered of Cooke's "Letter from America" radio broadcasts.
The 44 Magnum (Nov., $34.99) by Glenn Barnes is the history of the .44 Magnum cartridge and the guns designed to fire it, from their origins to the present.
The Jewish World in the Modern Age (Oct., $29.50) by Jon Bloomberg depicts Jewish life and history in Europe, America and Israel since the 18th century.
HUGH LAUTER LEVIN
The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel (Oct., $60) by Amotz Asa-El examines the origins, travails and future of the Jewish Diaspora.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA
Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough Riders & An Autobiography and
Theodore Roosevelt: Letters and Speeches (Oct., $35 each) by Louis Auchincloss capture Roosevelt's public career.
They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine—Two Centuries of Innovators (Oct., $45.95) by Harold Evans is an illustrated history of American inventors both famous and unknown. Ad/promo. Author publicity. TV satellite tour.
Separated at Birth: How North Korea Became the Evil Twin (Sept., $24.95) by Gordon Cucullu explores this volatile nation.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
The Bully Pulpit and the Melting Pot: American Presidents and the Immigrant, 1897—1933 (Dec., $45) by Hans P. Vought analyzes Presidents McKinley's, Roosevelt's, Taft's and Wilson's praise of new immigrants for embracing American ideals while maintaining their ethnic cultures.
Nazism and War (Nov., $21.95) by Richard Bessel. This history of the Nazi war machine shows that a racist war was the natural outcome of Nazi ideology.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS
Return to Titanic: A New Look at the World's Most Famous Lost Ship (Nov., $30) by Robert D. Ballard with Michael Sweeney. Ballard returns to the Titanic 20 years after his discovery. 50,000 first printing. National Geographic Channel special.
Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of Segregation in America (Feb., $25.95) by James W. Loewen tells a story of racial exclusion in the North.
NEW YORK UNIV. PRESS
On Foot: A History of Walking (Nov., $29.95) by Joseph A. Amato is a history of humans' first mode of travel.
Seeking the Past: Writings from 1832—1905 Relating to the History of the Town of Riverhead (Sept., $35) by the Riverhead Historical Society, edited by Tom Twomey, chronicles the development of Riverhead Town on Long Island, N.Y.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. PRESS
One Nation Under Law: America's Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (Nov., $38) by Mark Douglas McGarvie explores the intellectual, legal and cultural struggles to disentangle church and state through experiences in New York, South Carolina and New Hampshire.
Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation (Jan., $24.95) by Peter L. Bernstein follows the construction of the Erie Canal and how it changed the course of American history. Advertising. Author tour.
OHIO UNIV. PRESS
Ohio Volunteer: The Childhood and Civil War Memoirs of Captain John Calvin Hartzell (Feb., $28.95) by John Calvin Hartzell documents military strategy, the life of the common soldier, the ecstasy and terror of battle and the wretchedness of the wounded.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Adams vs. Jefferson (Sept., $26) by John Ferling follows the 1800 election, in which two founding fathers waged battle to shape the destiny of the nation. Author tour.
Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia (Oct., $26.95) by John Dickie traces the mafia's origins in the 1860s to the present relationship with Berlusconi's government.
CIA Spy Master (Sept., $24.95) by Clarence Ashley covers the life and career of George Kisevalter, the most highly decorated case officer in CIA history. Author tour.
Subways: The Tracks That Built New York City (Sept., $18) by Lorraine B. Diehl is a nostalgic, illustrated history of New York City's subways and coincides with the Subway Centennial Celebration. Advertising.
High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Oct., $23.95) by Max Frankel recreates the crisis that rocked the world and established President Kennedy's global leadership. Advertising. 6-city author tour.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam (Nov., $22.95) by David Farber is a history of America's first engagement with terrorism.
Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended (Oct., $29.95) by Jack F. Matlock Jr. describes the final, crucial confrontation between the two world leaders. Ad/promo.
Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (Nov., $26.95) by Guy MacLean Rogers is a new biography of the great military figure.
Inventing Public Diplomacy: The Story of the U.S. Information Agency (Sept., $49.95) by Wilson P. Dizard Jr. follows the evolution of public diplomacy within the U.S. foreign policy establishment from WWII to the present.
RIO NUEVO PUBLISHING
The Navajo Long Walk (Oct., $12.95) by Lawrence W. Cheek gives an account of a tragic episode in U.S. military history.
Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle Against Racism in America, 1909—1969 (Oct., $29.95) by Gilbert Jonas traces the first 60 years of the NAACP. Ad/promo. Author tour.
New York Underground: The Anatomy of the City (Nov., $35) by Julia Solis answers amusing and important questions about subterranean New York City. Ad/promo. Author tour.
RUGGED LAND BOOKS
Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage (Sept., $27.95) by Chris Wallace is a reminder of the courage and determination found among our nation's presidents. 100,000 first printing.
Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland (Sept., $19.95) by Malachy McCourt takes a tour through the colorful and turbulent history of the Emerald Isle. Advertising. 10-city author tour.
SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Voices of a People's History of the United States (Oct.; $45, paper $22.95) by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove collects speeches, letters, poems and songs by people who made history.
The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King (Sept., $29.95) by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the story of the love triangle of France's King Henri II; his wife, Catherine de Medici; and his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour. 15-city radio satellite tour.
Smithsonian History of Warfare, Vol. One, The First World War by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson;
Vol. Two, The Second World War in the Far East by H.P. Wilmott;
Vol.Three, The Second World War in Europe by Charles Messenger;
Vol. Four, Wars of the Ancient Greeks by Victor Davis Hanson;
Vol. Five, Warfare in the Seventeenth Century by John Childs (Sept., $17.95 each) cover the battles and politics of war.
We Shall Overcome: A Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle Told in Words, Pictures and the Voices of the Participants (Oct., $45) by Herb Boyd evokes the poignancy and courage of those in the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and '60s; includes two CDs. 100,000 first printing.
Leaders of the Lost Cause: New Perspective on the Confederate High Command (Oct., $24.95), edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Joseph T. Glatthaar, collects essays on eight major Confederate military commanders.
The Maiden and the Jew: The Story of a Fatal Friendship in Nazi Germany (Sept., $23) by Christiane Kohl shows how a government, with the cooperation of many of its citizens, can strip away the most basic rights of others, all in the name of patriotism.
Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt (Sept., $35) by Michael J. Ybarra tells the story of Senator McCarran—shrewd, powerful and vindictive—who wrote laws, held hearings and bullied the State and Justice Departments to his will. Author tour.
Sun and Cross: From Megalithic Culture to Early Christianity in Ireland (Sept., $27.95) by Jakob Streit traces the spiritual history of Irish culture.
Hippie (Sept., $24.95) by Barry Miles takes a groovy look at the 1960s counterculture.
Ancient Americas: The Great Civilizations (Sept., $29.95) by Nicholas J. Saunders offers an account of the major civilizations in Mesoamerica and the Andes. Advertising.
The Reign of Arthur: From History to Legend (Oct., $34.95) by Christopher Gidlow looks at the early sources describing Arthur's life and compares them to the reality of Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries. Advertising.
THAMES & HUDSON
The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World (Nov., $40), edited by Brian Fagan. Scientists reveal extraordinary inventions from two and a half million years ago to the early medieval period. Selection of the BOMC, History and Discovery Channel book clubs.
Shogun's Most Dreaded Samurai Corps (Jan., $29.95) by Romulus Hillsborough tells of the assassination and intimidation that occurred when renegade samurai overthrew the Tokugawa Shogunate in the 19th century.
UNIV. OF ARIZONA PRESS
Shame and Endurance: The Untold Story of the Chiricahua Apache Prisoners of War (Sept., $35) by H. Henrietta Stockel. Many Apache prisoners died from disease during their 27-year imprisonment 100 years ago before political pressure forced policy changes.
UNIV. OF ARKANSAS PRESS
A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas (Oct., $34.95) by Billy D. Higgins looks at the life of a pioneering African-American community leader.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives (Oct., $27.50) by Simon Goldhill reveals the Greek and Roman roots that influence our lives today.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
Crusades The Illustrated History: Christendom • Islam • Pilgrimage • War (Sept., $35), edited by Thomas F. Madden, depicts the large-scale tensions between civilizations and their values.
The Land Between the Rivers: Thomas Nuttall's Ascent of the Arkansas, 1819 (Sept., $27) by Russell M. Lawson is an account of botanist Nuttall's travels within the uncharted Louisiana Purchase.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910—1920 (Sept., $37.50) by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler documents the secret role of the Mexican president behind the insurgency against Anglos during the Mexican revolution.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile: On the Road in Cuba (Sept., $27.50) by Richard Schweid blends the history of cars, trucks and buses in Cuba with stories from the author's own experiences there.
UNIV. OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
A Decent, Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes (Nov., $34.95) by Frederick Allen is an account of a deadly episode of vigilante justice in American history.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
Front-Page Pittsburgh: Two Hundred Years of the Post-Gazette (Oct., $34.95) by Clarke M. Thomas follows the history of the newspaper started in 1786.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESS
Bitter Fruits of Bondage: The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861—1865 (Dec., $34.95) by Armstead L. Robinson is a controversial history.
UNIV. PRESS OF KANSAS
Indians in Unexpected Places (Oct., $24.95) by Philip J. Deloria reveals pioneering Indians who have found their place as film directors, baseball pitchers, opera singers and in other high-profile professions.
The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History (Oct., $24.95) by Athan Theoharis exposes the flaws of our intelligence-gathering efforts.
The Soviet Century (Feb., $35) by Moshe Lewin guides readers through the inner workings of Soviet power from October 1917 to the final collapse in 1991.
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova (Sept., $24.95) by Antony Beevor reveals new information about Chekhov's niece who became Hitler's favorite actress and a Soviet agent. 5-city author tour.
Ecocide: How Civilizations Fail and Disappear and the Lessons for the Modern World (Jan., $TBA) by Jared Diamond seeks to understand how past societies collapsed for ecological reasons.
WALKER & COMPANY
The Bonus Army: An American Epic (Jan., $27) by Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen. In the summer of 1932, 45,000 WWI veterans descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the bonus promised them for their wartime service. Author tour.
WESLEYAN UNIV. PRESS
Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity (Oct., $24.95) by Reviel Netz explores how the controlling and pain-inducing invention developed.
History of African Cities South of the Sahara (Nov., $84.95) by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch covers 1,000 years of civilization.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
Bicycle: The History (Nov., $39.95) by David V. Herlihy recounts the saga of this invention and the passions it aroused.