The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn - Nathaniel Philbrick

For The Last Stand (Penguin, $18), his study of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, Nathaniel Philbrick surveyed personal narratives and other historical documents. His compelling descriptions of the events leading up to and following the Battle show its significance as a decisive moment in the fate of American westward expansion into the frontier of the Great Plains. In telling this story, Philbrick, author of the acclaimed Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea, also conveys the clash of personalities and the complex political forces at play among the Lakota, Cheyenne, U.S. Army, and government leaders. He finds George Custer ambitious to the point of recklessness, while Sitting Bull was both a spiritual leader and a savvy power broker..

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ISBN: 9780143119609
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance - Edmund de Waal

The Hare With Amber Eyes (Picador, $16) was one of 264 Japanese netsuke Edmund de Waal inherited in 1994. Feeling “a responsibility to them and to the people who had owned them,” de Waal set out to tell the stories of these figures and of the remarkable Ephrussis. His family memoir follows the netsuke from 1871, when Charles Ephrussi (a model for Proust’s Charles Swann) purchased them in Paris during a wave of japonisme. The collection next went to the Vienna branch of the family, gracing a dressing room in the Palais Ephrussi on the Ringstrasse. Barely surviving the First World War, the banking dynasty was shattered by the Second. The netsuke disappeared. Then resurfaced after the War, emigrating with de Waal’s grandmother to England. De Waal is a ceramicist, concerned with how things feel; he has endowed his narrative with the heft and texture of objects, conveying both the fine detail of the lives and the tremendous sweep of the times. His evocation of the Anschluss, for instance, is a pulse-quickening, heart-breaking account of events, told as family history.

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ISBN: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam - Eliza Griswold

In this important and illuminating book, journalist and poet Eliza Griswold roams The Tenth Parallel (Picador, $16) to discover how the globe’s largest populations of Muslims and Christians mingle, co-exist, and clash “from village to village and street corner to street corner.” Griswold spent nearly a decade in Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, where competition—for resources as well as souls—is fierce. She skillfully fills out individual stories with lessons in history and geography: the legacy of colonialism, the implications of climate change. Her sharp curiosity and intimate, compassionate style of reporting highlight the daily realities in some of the world’s most perilous places.

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ISBN: 9780312569365
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

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