The Half Has Never Been Told
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
This ambitious socioeconomic history suggests that slavery in the antebellum South was a chapter in the nascent global economy.
The Warrior Queen
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $35
A new biography of the controversial queen, best known for sponsoring Christopher Columbus and establishing the Spanish Inquisition.
Oxford University Press, $29.95
A French historian and former diplomat turns his eyes to the Gaza Strip, home to decades of rancor between Israel and Palestine.
Political Order and Political Decay
From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35
In a follow-up to his acclaimed "The Origins of Political Order," Fukuyama considers what makes modern politics work and why we get it wrong so often.
How We Got to Now
Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
There are no lone inventors, argues Johnson — innovations like glass and clocks are the work of networks, and new inventions help spawn others in complex ways.
The Return of George Washington
William Morrow, $29.99
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks at what might be called Washington's missing years, between the end of the American Revolution and his presidency.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Alfred A. Knopf, $29.95
The surprising story of the creator of Wonder Woman, a polyamorous academic who invented the lie-detector test and surrounded himself with strong women.
The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
The Yale history professor argues that World War I led to the decline of Europe as the world's seat of political power and the ascent of the U.S.