100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Lawrence King Publishing) by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne has good graphics to show a history of graphics.
In Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image (The Free Press) Toby Lester gives the history of a famous drawing's ideas.
Type Matters!: Simple Tips for Everyday Typography (Merrell Publishers) by Jim Williams gives the basics on how to lay out a page.
Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (The University Press of Kentucky) by Brian Taves rescues an early Hollywood innovator from a phony scandal around his death.
A new translation of Pocket Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire from Oxford University Press
Framing the Dark: Dread by Design in Motion Pictures (Dal LaMagna Publishing) by David Aldrich thinks about the unthinkable.
In The Life of Slang (Oxford University Press), Julie Coleman tells how slang begins and is sustained.
In The Castrato and His Wife (Oxford University Press), Helen Berry has told a strange, scandalous, and sad story.
The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two (Bloomsbury Press) by Piers Paul Read is a fine narrative of important history.
How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back (University of California Press) by entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer details the protective strategies evolution has given to insects.
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