History’s Great Untold Stories: Larger than Life Characters & Dramatic Events that Changed the World by Joseph Cummins
Spanning more than a dozen countries and a thousand years, the riveting tales in this beautifully illustrated volume range from “the leper king of Jerusalem” to “Nazis in Tibet.”
The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power by Marina Belozerskaya
A captivating exploration of the role played by exotic animals in history and politics, ranging from ancient Egypt and Rome to Renaissance Italy, Aztec Mexico and current day America.
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield
When Spanish Conquistadores discovered a red dye being sold in the Aztec marketplaces of Mexico in 1519, this set off a global competition — complete with spies and pirates — to obtain the material.
Battle of Wits: The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II by Stephen Budiansky
A fascinating study, based on newly declassified files, of the crucial role played by Allied cryptanalysts during World War II.