Explores the life and work of psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein through a feminist and mytho-poetic lens.
Long stigmatized as Carl Jung’s hysterical mistress, Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942) was in fact a key figure in the history of psychoanalytic thought. Born into a Russian Jewish family, she was institutionalized at nineteen in Zurich and became Jung’s patient. Spielrein went on to earn a doctora...(Read More)
The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Vanessa K. Valdés - Author
Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad.
A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educ...(Read More)
The definitive biography of New York State’s four-term Governor, US Senator, humanitarian, and Jewish liberal political reformer.
This new biography of Herbert Lehman—the first in a half century—fills the void left by historians and political scientists who have neglected one of the truly great liberal icons of the mid-twentieth century. Based on extensive research in archival sources, Herbe...(Read More)
The Life and Times of John Drake Sloat, 1781-1867 Bruce A. Castleman - Author
Explores the life and times of John Drake Sloat, the US Navy Pacific Squadron commander who occupied Monterey and declared the annexation of California at the beginning of the war with Mexico.
Knickerbocker Commodore chronicles the life of Rear Admiral John Drake Sloat, an important but understudied naval figure in US history. Born and raised by a slave-owning gentry family in New York’s Hudson Val...(Read More)
How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.
Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the f...(Read More)
Beirut on the Bayou
Alfred Nicola, Louisiana, and the Making of Modern Lebanon Raif Shwayri - Author
Weaves a people’s history of Lebanon with the personal storytelling of a family saga.
Raif Shwayri begins his family’s story with his grandfather Habib Shwayri’s arrival at Ellis Island in 1902. Having left Beirut, then a harbor city on the Syrian coast of the Ottoman Empire, only weeks before, he took the name Alfred Nicola and made his way to relatives in New Orleans. There, he began peddling...(Read More)
A Most Glorious Ride
The Diaries of Theodore Roosevelt, 1877-1886 Edward P. Kohn - Editor
FINALIST 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the History Category
Encompasses key years and important events in Theodore Roosevelt’s early life and career.
A Most Glorious Ride presents the complete diaries of Theodore Roosevelt from 1877 to 1886. Covering the formativ...(Read More)
Examines the life of education activist Audrey Cohen and her founding of Metropolitan College of New York.
In 1964 educational activist Audrey Cohen and her colleagues developed a unique curricular structure that enables urban college students to integrate their academic studies with meaningful work in community settings. Creating a College That Works chronicles Cohen’s efforts to create an innovative...(Read More)
Two Inventive Lives from the American Industrial Revolution Anthony J. Connors - Author
Uses the stories of two inventors who took different paths to examine the early industrial revolution in New York and New England.
Ingenious Machinists recounts the early development of industrialization in New England and New York through the lives of two prominent innovators whose work advanced the transformation to factory work and corporations, the rise of the middle class, and other momentous change...(Read More)