Spartacus (Harvard University Press) by Aldo Schiavone tells all we can know about the actual hero.
Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean (University of Chicago Press) by marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin tells of an unexpected threat to our oceans.
Plays Well in Groups: A Journey through the World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield) by Katherine Frank is a wide-ranging look at a surprisingly widespread topic.
Judith Lynne Hanna in Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right (University of Texas Press) tells us why stripdancing needs protection as expression.
Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation (Bloomsbury) by Robert Wilson is the Civil War photographer's first biography.
Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (William Morrow) by Mark Lee Gardner examines the legends.
John Tyler Bonner's Randomness in Evolution (Princeton University Press) tells how differences animals' sizes make other surprising differences.
Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio (Palgrave MacMillan) tells of a magnificent but flawed scientific endeavor.
Per Mollerup's Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Phaidon) appreciates the power in small images.
The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath (John Murray) by Jane Robins reconstructs a series of gruesome murders of brides.