The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern history
An absorbing, probing look at the conspiracy theories that operate
on the sidelines of history and the reasons they continue to play
such a seditious role. “Deconstructs a dizzying array of conspiracy
theories...with unsparing logic, common sense, and at times exasperated wit.”—The New York Times.
Riverhead • 400 pp. • 978-1-59448-895-5 • $26.95
Riverhead • 416 pp. • 978-1-59448-498-8 • $16.00
Paperback available January 2011
the wAr thAt Killed AchilleS
The True Story of homer’s iliad and the Trojan War
A groundbreaking reading of the Iliad that restores Homer’s vision
of the tragedy of war. Alexander lets us see why a familiar story
has had such an impact on us for centuries, revealing what Homer
really meant. “In her spectacular and constantly surprising new
book, Caroline Alexander has taken the ‘original’ war book and
turned it upside down, making it, as all wars are, an excruciating
story of loss.”—Ken Burns.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-311826-8 • $16.00
the mAKing of AfricAn AmericA
The Four great Migrations
Berlin rewrites the master narrative of African America, challenging the traditional presentation of a linear path of progress.
“Eloquent, insightful….Berlin broadens his focus, expanding and
redefining the contours of African American history. He argues
that America’s black past comprised a series of four great migrations over four centuries, each transforming then retransforming
what he terms ‘African America.’”—John David Smith, University
of North Carolina Charlotte.
viking • 320 pp. • 978-0-670-02137-6 • $27.95
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-311879-4 • $17.00
Paperback available Janurary 2011
PlAying the enemy
Nelson Mandela and the game That Made a Nation
The story of how Nelson Mandela united post-Apartheid South
Africa behind one of the most unlikely forces: the national rugby
team, who were not only underdogs in the 1995 World Cup, but
were seen by many as a symbol of white power.
Penguin • 288 pp. • 978-0-14-311572-4 • $16.00
Also available as a motion picture tie-in: Invictus 978-0-14-311715-5
A Secret gift
how one Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed
the hidden history of the great Depression
An examination of America at its worst—and Americans at their
best—woven from the stories of Depression-era families who
were helped by gifts from the author’s grandfather. “A deeply researched, poignant, and inspiring account of how ordinary people
endured the singular hardships of the Great Depression.”—Gay
Talese, author of A Writer’s Life.
Penguin Press •384 pp. • 978-1-59420-270-4 • $25.95