Susan Jacoby's The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press) recalls a unique American thinker.
In Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure (Harper), Christopher S. Stewart hunts for the fabled White City.
_The Coffee Table Book of Doom_ (Plume) by writer Steven Appleby and cartoonist Art Lester laughs in the face of megadisasters.
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.