Making Patton: A Classic War Film's Epic Journey to the Silver Screen (University Press of Kansas) by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes details the torturous route from history to movie.
London Underground by Design (Penguin Books) by subway enthusiast Mark Ovenden shows how design succeeds in many ways.
_Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food_ (Columbia University Press) by Jon Krampner gives the facts on a snack favorite.
In The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century (Riverhead Books), a daughter examines her father's life in American entertainment.
The Damnation of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case of Death and Scandal in Georgian England (Walker) by Elizabeth Cooke resurrects a forgotten and curious case.
Leonardo and the Last Supper (Walker) by Ross King lets us see the painting anew.
Birds in a Cage (Short Books) by Derek Niemann tells an inspiring story of how birdwatchers came through their war imprisonment.
The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces (Harper Design) by Stephen Coles is a handsome reference guide.
Perilous Moon: Occupied France, 1944 - The End Game (Casemate) by Stuart Nimmo is about his RAF father and the Nazi who shot him down.
Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League (Lyons Press) by Julie Zauzmer tells of an elaborate fraud that was successful for years.