The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

An exuberant and insightful work of popular history of how streets got their names, houses their numbers, and what it reveals about class, race, power, and identity n nWhen most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can d

The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

The story of poison is the story of power For centuries, royal families have feared the gut roiling, vomit inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners Servants li

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

n A definitive history of Hollywood s most iconic, storied, and scandalous hotel n n nFor nearly ninety years, Hollywood s brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home An apartment house turned hotel, it has hosted generations of gossip and folklore 1930s bombshell Jean

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement precision in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future n nThe rise of manufacturing could not

One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

On New Year s Day 2013, two time Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat That day chosen completely at random turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day Weingarten spent th

Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood

An eye opening exploration of blood, the lifegiving substance with the power of taboo, the value of diamonds, and the promise of breakthrough scienceBlood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil It can save lives and transmit dead

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

From a Pulitzer Prize winning historian comes a riveting history of New York s iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine Bellevue Hospital, on New York City s East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination a den of mangled crime vict

The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossoms

The remarkable 1,200 year history of the Japanese cherry blossom tree and how it was saved from extinction by an English gardener n nCollingwood Cherry Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907 So taken with the plant, he brought bac