The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI (Knopf) by Betty Medsger recalls a brilliant act of civil disobedience.
Errol Fuller's _Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record_ (Princeton University Press) gives us pictures of what we have lost.
Richard Holmes's Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (Pantheon) is a grand history of ballooning.
The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (J. Paul Getty Museum) by John H. Oakley is a fine primer to a distant art form.
Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War (Smithsonian Books) by Richard A. Serrano tells stories false and true about the last veterans.
Birds & People_ (Jonathan Cape) by Mark Cocker with photographs by David Tipling extensively documents the partnership.
Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (Columbia University Press) by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero shows how monsters can teach principles of science.
A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (Bloomsbury) by natural historian Joel Greenberg commemorates a sad centennial.
Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz (Simon and Schuster) by Thomas Harding follows parallel lives in WWII.
Steven V. Ash's A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year after the Civil War (Hill and Wang) restores a massacre into its historic place.
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