Titanic book cover: Gilded Lives

The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic should have been a celebratory event from start to finish.

In every way, she was a testament to human ingenuity.

Paul Revere

The name Paul Revere is synonymous with revolution. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty, took part in the Boston Tea Party, and set out on his now legendary ride to alert colonists of the approaching British forces.

Doubtless, most Americans are familiar with what Paul Revere did, but how much do we know about who he was?

The Lucky Greyhound

This brief and beguiling book by artist Beverly Hembold Erschell ( attracts a wide audience—art lovers, dog lovers, and all ages. It’s ideal to share with grandchildren, or simply to enjoy by oneself. Erschell, in prose and in paintings, tells us about her dog Maple, a greyhound who just never fit into the normal greyhound lifestyle.

Mark Twain sitting on front porch

No author occupies a more prominent place in the pantheon of American literature than Mark Twain. The father of endearing characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, he has managed to remain as indelible as his stories are timeless.

Book: Backstage at the Lincoln assassination

Everyone thinks they’ve heard the whole story. On the evening of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary visited Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., to see the comedy Our American Cousin.

John Milton Jay

Few characters have enjoyed such a sweeping role in American history as John Milton Hay. Starting in his early 20s, he embarked on a 40-year career at the highest levels of the U.S. government as a player in some of the most pivotal episodes of politics and war.

Lincoln Deception book

For several years, David Stewart has made his literary bones in the realm of nonfiction with award-winning bestsellers like The Summer of 1787 (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Impeached (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and American Emperor (Simon & Schuster, 2011). His latest book, The Lincoln Deception (Kensington, 2013), is something of a departure.

Robert Ripley biography

Since his death in 1949, Robert Ripley’s name has become more familiar than the man himself. The passage of time has reduced his presence to a title on TV, a sign on a museum, and the catch phrase “Believe it or not.”

But Robert Ripley was indeed a living, breathing human being. 

Prince Albert

What is more British, and more male, than the London clubs that have clustered on or near the street of Pall Mall since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? In their way they define a society, so it’s a surprise to find a definitive book about them, A Room of His Own—A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press), by an American.