Gangsters of Capitalism, by Jonathan M. Katz

Staff Pick

Smedley Butler (1881-1940) was Zelig. He was on the battlefield during the Opium Wars, the Spanish American War,  and World War I. He led military missions in Panama Canal, Guantanamo Bay, and Haiti. He was one of the most decorated Marines in American history. His story could make for a rich military history, but instead Katz delivers a fascinating analysis of the fairly open secret objective of America's foreign policy during the time, which was to establish a long-lasting economic empire across the globe. Recounted through the eyes of the guy who did it all, this is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in American culture, history, and/or politics.


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ISBN: 9781250135582
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 18th, 2022

The Divorce Colony, by April White

Staff Pick

While South Dakota might come to mind as a socially progressive state, White's study brings us back to the Gilded Age when it was a safe haven for women getting out of bad marriages and other, even worse, situations. For those obsessed with this era, this book is a peek beyond the lavish society balls into what women had to do to claim their agency--and it's a vivid reminder of how far we've come.



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ISBN: 9780306827662
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Published: Hachette Books - June 14th, 2022

Secret City, by James Kirchick

Staff Pick

This book proves that everything you ever knew about official Washington--and Presidential politics from FDR to Clinton--was wrong. Too many of the real stories and the most important thinkers were kept inside a destructive closet.  This incredibly researched book showcases the gay people who really made things happen.

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ISBN: 9781627792325
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 31st, 2022