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.
5. Out and About for the week of June 28, 2015 ENTERTAINMENT