It's About Time: How Long History Took (Nov., $10.95) by Mike Flanagan looks at how long key historical events lasted when they occurred (the Titanic sank in two hours and 40 minutes).
ANTHEM (dist. by Stylus)
Victorian Sensation: Or, the Spectacular, the Shocking and the Scandalous in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Dec., $18.95) by Michael Diamond reveals the Victorian appetite for gruesome and explicit reportage of murders and sex scandals.
The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code (Jan., $TBA) by Sharon Newman. A medieval historian offers a primer on the real history used in the current bestseller.
JOHN F. BLAIR
The Jamestown Adventure: Accounts of the Virginia Colony, 1605—1614 (Oct., $11.95), edited by Ed Southern, describes events up to the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism (Nov.; $25.99, cloth $70) by Zachary Lockman is a survey of the development of Western knowledge about Islam and the Middle East. Advertising.
A Brief History of Saudi Arabia (Oct.; $19.95, cloth $45) by James Wynbrandt provides a balanced and informed history of the country.
Kill the Indian, Save the Man (Nov.; $15.95,cloth $40) by Ward Churchill outlines the impact of a 100-year program to place Native American children in government-sponsored residential schools to eradicate Native North American culture. Advertising. Author tour.
The Character and Greatness of Winston Churchill: Hero in a Time of Crisis (Sept., $16.95) by Stephen Mansfield studies Churchill's leadership skills.
IVAN R. DEE
Daily Life in the United States, 1920—1940 (Sept., $18.95) by David E. Kyvig looks back when cars and home electricity became commonplace, and major social movements such as women's suffrage and prohibition caught the public's attention.
The Lost Colony of the Templars: Verrazono's Secret Mission to America (Dec., $16.95) by Steven Sora examines the secret alliance of Catholic Sulpicians and French Huguenots to preserve the Templar legacy.
DUCKWORTH (dist. by IPM)
Spartacus (Oct., $20) by Theresa Urbainczyk explores the man and the myth.
Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942—1945 (Sept., $26), edited by Helmut Heiber and David M. Glantz, transcribes verbatim all of Hitler's military conferences with his generals.
Myths and Mysteries of the Old West (Oct., $10.95) by Michael Rutter separates truth from fiction regarding the Old West.
Jewish Heroes and Heroines of America: 150 True Stories of Jewish Heroism (Oct., $16.95) by Seymour Brody is an homage to the contributions of Jewish Americans from colonial times to the present.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways ($18, cloth $30) and
The New York Subway: Its Construction and Equipment (Sept., $25), both by Brian J. Cudahy. The first book explains how the city was transformed and the second details the engineering feats.
Silver Palaces (Sept., $24.95) by Douglas Keister reviews the history of the streamlined trailers and looks at today's vintage restorations.
Opium (Sept., $14.95) by Barbara Hodgson traces the drug's history from use in religious rites to it current status as a scourge.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves (Sept., $16.95) by Ira Berlin covers slavery from the 17th century to its demise 300 years later.
When the King Took Flight (Oct., $15.95) by Timothy Tackett underscores how the botched escape of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette changed the course of the French revolution.
The Land of Orange Groves and Jails: Upton Sinclair's California (Nov., $18.95), edited by Lauren Coodley. Pieces written by Sinclair reflect on his impressions of California. A California Legacy book.
Florida: An Illustrated History by Robert A. Taylor and
New Mexico... (Sept., $14.95 each) by Patrick Lavin provide a political and cultural history and are complemented by illustrations, photos and maps.
Mail Call (Jan., $17.95) by R. Lee Ermey. The host of the History Channel program answers questions about the past, present and future of military technology. 40,000 first printing.
The Way of Alexander the Great (Oct., $9.95) by Charles Mercer is an account of the conqueror.
The Mule Men: A History of Stock Packing in the Sierra Nevada (Sept., $12) by Louise A. Jackson observes the adventure, hardships and joys peculiar to the packing trade.
The Truth About Camp David (Sept., $13.95) by Clayton E. Swisher challenges the myth that the U.S. and Israel made the Palestinians a "generous offer."
Alexander the Great (Nov., $12), edited by Tania Gergel, calls on the writings of Arrian, Plutarch and Quintus Curtius Rufus to examine the great conqueror.
PENN STATE UNIV. PRESS
Paris in the Age of Absolutism: An Essay (Nov., $24.95) by Orest Ranum visits Paris of the 18th century when it was the center for science, literature and the arts.
You Did What? (Sept., $12.95) by Bill Fawcett and Brian Thomsen is a fact-filled compendium of historical fiascos and embarrassingly bad ideas. 20,000 first printing. PINEAPPLE PRESS
The Streets of Key West (Oct., $14.95) by J. Wills Burke offers a history of the city through its street names.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (Nov.; $17.95, cloth $55), edited by James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang, is the official companion volume to the Oscar-winning documentary by Errol Morris.
Renewal of Life (Sept., $25.95) by Henri Parens. A child psychiatrist relates his experience with aggression in infants to his escape from Nazi-occupied France as a child.
History of the Underground Railroad (Feb., $14.95) by R.C. Smedley. Originally published in 1883 and based on interviews with actual participants, this book examines the escaped slave network as it operated in southeastern Pennsylvania.
SUTTON PUBLISHING (dist. by NBN)
Life Under the Pharaohs (Sept., $14.95) by Leonard Cottrell reconstructs everyday life in the Egypt of 1,500 BCE.
Warm and Snug: The History of the Bed (Sept., $14.95) by Lawrence Wright traces the origin of the item where we spend much of our lives.
THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS
American Monsters (Oct., $15.95), edited by Jack Newfield and Mark Jacobson. This collection of essays holds up a dark mirror to the U.S. national character.
UNIV. OF ARIZONA PRESS
Don't Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860—1975 (Sept., $50) by Eva Tulene Watt. The author shares biographical sketches of her family and community and descriptions of social practices.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era (Feb., $19.95) by Christopher B. Strain studies the use of self-defense as it was practiced during the civil rights era.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
Western Lives: A Biographical History of the American West (Oct., $23.95), edited by Richard W. Etulain. The life stories of individuals tell the history of the American West.
UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Fish into Wine: The Newfoundland Plantation in the Seventeenth Century (Sept., $24.95) by Peter E. Pope. A historical archeologist excavates the life of this colony.
UNIV. OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS
Interpreters with Lewis and Clark: The Story of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau (Sept., $14.95) by W. Dale Nelson is a family biography.
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH PRESS
A Century of Heroes (Oct., $29.95), edited by Douglas R. Chambers, profiles more than 100 men and women who risked their lives to save others.
UNIV. OF UTAH PRESS
The Salt Lake City 14th Ward Album Quilt, 1857: Stories of the Relief Society Women and Their Quilt (Sept., $24.95) by Carol Holindrake Nielson. When the author inherits half a quilt she goes on a search for the other half.
Exploring Stone Walls: A Field Guide to New England's Stone Walls (Feb., $14) by Robert M. Thorson guides readers to the most interesting walls in the northeast. Author tour.
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS
Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Success (Oct.; $24.95, cloth $45) by Jerry Apps is an illustrated history of the famous circus family.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
A New Republic: A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century (Sept., $19.95) by John Lukacs. A historian observes that American democracy has evolved from individual freedoms and opportunities to a system where special groups dominate.