Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis share the distinction of being two of the most important writers of the twentieth century, but they were also close friends, bonded by their shared experiences of the First World War and its aftermath. In his book, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War, historian Joseph Loconte details the immense influence of the First World War on Tolkien and Lewis and the impact that it had on their respective literary works.
In his illustrated memoir I Was A Child, Bruce Eric Kaplan details his suburban upbringing with musings on his family, friends, and earliest memories. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to Kaplan about everything from his relationship with his parents to his obsessive love for television.
As chief-of-staff for President George H.W. Bush, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu gained unparalleled insider knowledge during his time in the White House. In his new book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, Sununu discusses the former President’s personality and details the greatest achievements, biggest failures, and most important moments of his presidency.
With services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, music has never been more accessible to the public. Yet, few know the riveting secret history of digital music. In his book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and The Patient Zero of Piracy, journalist Stephen Witt details the fascinating history of digital music […]
Like many New Yorkers, Donald Albrecht and Andrew Dolkart love the landmarks, buildings, and neighborhoods that make New York unique. For these two preservationists, this passion for the city’s architecture is the topic of their new book, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.
Monopoly is a household name; many have played the famous board game. Yet, few know its tangled history. In her best-selling book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, journalist Mary Pilon presents a fascinating story of greed and board game politics.
The New York Police Department has been an iconic part of the city since its official formation in 1898. NYPD Lieutenant Bernard Whalen, who has been on the force for over thirty years, set out to chronicle this history, doing research in the library during his lunch hour and writing in the evenings after a full day on the job.
As a television reporter, editor and critic for over 30 years, including 10 years as the TV critic for the New York Post, Adam Buckman has had what many would consider a dream job, watching TV for a living. In his entertaining and insightful book, Jerk: How I Wasted My Life Watching Television, Buckman offers a compelling critique of his own work.
Sheryl WuDunn and her husband, Nicholas Kristof, have traveled the globe highlighting individuals and organizations working to make the world a better place.