Nonfiction Potpourri

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Crashed : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the WorldCrashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze
The dramatic meltdown of international financial markets in 2008-2009 forced a rearrangement of global governance.

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler
In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English settlement in the New World, but when the new colony’s leader returned from a resupply mission, the settlers had vanished.

In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust by Max Wallace
Recently declassified documents uncovered the astounding story of secret negotiations to end the holocaust in November 1944, by deceiving Heinrich Himmler who sought to enter an alliance with the West against the Soviet Union.

Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else) by Ken Auletta
The traditional advertising industry is under assault as more and more ad buying is done by machine and viewers distain commercials as interruptions, employing technology to get rid of them.

The Square and the Tower : Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to FacebookThe Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson
The author believes power has resided in networks throughout history, from the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance to Facebook.

Visualizing the Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite Band by John Pring
Graphic artists present a visual history of The Beatles, illustrating the evolution of their style and sound.

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
A growing coalition of scientists and ranchers recognize that ecosystems with beavers, once trapped by the millions for their fur, are far healthier than those without and are hard at work restoring the industrious rodents to their former habitats.

Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television by Joy Press
Following decades of preconceived ideas and prejudice, female writers, directors and producers have shaken up the entertainment business.

The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World by Bart D. Ehrman
A religion, whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire, became the official religion of Rome, converting thirty million people in just four centuries.

Upon Further Review : The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports HistoryUpon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History edited by Mike Pesca
The greatest sports minds imagine how the world would change if a play, trade, injury or referee’s call had just gone the other way.

The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation by Michael Cassutt
From a young pilot to engineer, bureaucrat and finally director of the Johnson Space Center, George W.S. Abbey oversaw the selection of every astronaut class from 1978 to 1987, deciding who got to fly and when.

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester
Focusing on one single component crucial to advancement, the author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
In 2009, a twenty-year-old American stole hundreds of bird skins from one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, feathers worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared his obsession for the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom
In 1899, the author’s great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450, one of the most profitable business deals in American history and the beginning a family story that includes suicides, cancer, alcoholism and mysterious ailments.

October 12, 2018