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A Guest of the Reich

The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre’s Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany

by Peter Finn

New in Hardcover

The thrilling true story of a wealthy heiress taken prisoner and her daring escape from Nazi Germany.

“This riveting account of a little-known historical personality will appeal to World War II and general history fans alike.” —Library Journal



Gender and Our Brains

How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds

by Gina Rippon

New in Hardcover

A breakthrough work that debunks the myth that there are hardwired distinctions between male and female brains.

“Takes a scalpel to the research surrounding sex differences in the brain with precision and humor.” —The Financial Times



The Personality Brokers

The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

by Merve Emre

Now in Paperback

A Best Book of the Year The New York Times Critics, The Economist, The Spectator, NPR, Mental Floss

“Inventive and beguiling. . . . The revelations she uncovers . . . are affecting and occasionally (and delightfully) bizarre.” —The New York Times



Winners Take it All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World

by Anand Giridharadas

Now in Paperback

A Best Book of the Year The New York Times, NPR, The Financial Times, The Washington Post

“A trenchant, provocative and well-researched book about the people who are notionally generating social change. . . . Read it and beware.” —The Financial Times




Heirs of the Founders

Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

by H. W. Brands

Now in Paperback

“A historical spellbinder. . . . A lively, vivid, and thoroughly researched account of a time when discord gripped the nation and wouldn’t let go.” —The Christian Science Monitor




Plagued by Fire

The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

by Paul Hendrickson

New in Hardcover

From the award-winning author of Hemingway’s Boat—an illuminating biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect.

“Riveting.” —Ken Burns