THE SLAVE SHIP: A human history
With harrowing personal stories and a gripping narrative, Rediker lays bare the terrors of the African slave trade. “I was hardly
prepared for the profound emotional impact of The Slave Ship: A
Human History. Reading it established a transformative and never
to be severed bond with my African ancestors.”—Alice Walker.
“Truly a magnificent and disturbing book”—Robin D. G. Kelley,
author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.
Penguin • 448 pp. • 978-0-14-311425-3• $16.00
Winner of the George Washington Book Prize, and the OAH Merle Curti
Award, a Library Journal Best Book
THE LAST DAY
Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
A riveting history of how the cataclysmic Lisbon earthquake shook
the religious and intellectual foundations of Enlightenment Europe. “An enthralling and highly entertaining account of one of
Europe’s greatest natural disasters.”—Tim Blanning, author of The
Pursuit of Glory. 16 pp. b/w photos.
Penguin • 256 pp. • 978-0-14-311460-4 • $15.00
THE WORDY SHIPMATES
“Sarah Vowell lends her engaging voice and keen powers of observation to a work of social history…Provid[ing] a glimpse of what
life was really like for the people of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
and the founders of Plymouth.”—Los Angeles Times. “[Vowell’s]
a complex blend: part brilliant essayist, part pop-culture-loving
comedian and a full-time unabashed history geek. The mixture
makes her both proudly pointy-headed and forever entertaining.”—
Riverhead • 256 pp. • 978-1-59448-400-1 • $16.00
Gordon S. Wood
What made the founders Different
“A valuable, persuasive account of the Founders and their significance in American history….A remarkable book.”—The New York
Review of Books. “Wood uses his enormous knowledge of the era to
situate his subjects within a historical and political context, stripping
away accretions of myths and commentary.”—The New York Times.
Penguin • 336 pp. • 978-0-14-311208-2 • $16.00
A Washington Post Best Book
Also available: The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin 978-0-14-303528-2
A BRAVE VESSEL
The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued
Jamestown and inspired shakespeare’s The Tempest
The fascinating account of a near-miss in the settling of Virginia,
the true story behind one of Shakespeare’s great plays and the tragedy of the man who failed as an author but who contributed to the
creation of a masterpiece. “At once a penetrating work of literary
analysis and a riveting historical narrative.”—Nathaniel Philbrick.
“Woodward excels at using his source materials to produce a richly
textured adventure story in the service of a literary point.”—
Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Viking • 288 pp. • 978-0-670-02096-6 • $25.95