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Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld

SubversivesSubversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power
Seth Rosenfeld
Picador Paperback
On sale: July 23

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Seth Rosenfeld, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.

Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize

PRAISE FOR SUBVERSIVES
Subversives has a powerful story to tell about the vanity and stupidity of political leaders of any persuasion who squander public resources spying on personal enemies…and the frightening weakness of the laws designed to restrain their authority.”—Matt Taibbi, The New York Times Book Review

“Crucial history. It’s also a warning….Rosenfeld has an agenda in this book of patience and passion: setting straight a previously hidden—and consequential—record….Chilling.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A well-written, dramatic narrative on Berkeley in the 1960s containing many scoops…Significant.”The Wall Street Journal

“Masterfully researched…A potent reminder of the explosiveness of 1960s politics and how far elements of the government were (and perhaps still are) willing to go to undermine civil liberties.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Narrative nonfiction at its best.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

ABOUT SUBVERSIVES
Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, SUBVERSIVES is a fresh look at the legacy of the sixties and a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked power.

SUBVERSIVES traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through their converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists.

The FBI spent more than one million dollars trying to block the release of the secret files on which SUBVERSIVES is based. This is an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation’s history.

ABOUT SETH ROSENFELD
SETH ROSENFELD
was for many years an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, where his article about the FBI and the Free Speech Movement won seven national awards.

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The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone

Maid and the Queen:
The Secret History of  Joan of Arc

Viking
On Sale: April 2, 2012
Biography / History 

Praise for The Maid and the Queen

“With compelling storytelling, Goldstone colorfully weaves together the tales of these two women [Yolande of Aragon and Joan of Arc] —one rich, one poor; one educated, one illiterate; one worldly, one simple—whose powerful personalities and deep allegiance to France helped shape the country’s future.”—Publishers Weekly

“Goldstone’s vivid retelling of Joan’s astounding victories and her capture and martyrdom by the English is as gripping as ever . . . [A] knowledgeable and accessible account of a turning point in French history.”—Kirkus

“[Nancy’s] entertaining narrative will intrigue general readers interested in the Middle Ages, Joan of Arc (whose 600th birthday is this year), or biographies of royal figures or women in history.”—Library Journal

“Goldstone adds an enlightening new chapter to a legendary saga and rescues another unjustly neglected woman from the dust pile of conventional history.” —Booklist

 About The Maid and the Queen 

Starting with her marvelous Four Queens, Goldstone has taken the stories of long-forgotten but remarkable women and created spellbinding, informative histories. Now, in this mesmerizing account, THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, she takes one of the Middle Age’s most fascinating woman, Joan of Arc, and shows that behind every great woman there is—what else?—another great woman. In riveting detail, Goldstone shares the untold story of the extraordinary queen who championed Joan of Arc.

Politically astute, ambitious and beautiful, Yolande of Aragon, Queen of Sicily, was the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages; without her there may well not have been a Joan of Arc. Trained by her parents and her formidable mother-in-law, Marie of Blois, Yolande took matters into her own hands to help save France. THE MAID AND THE QUEEN shows how she tirelessly plotted to hold together the oft-divided party attempting to defeat the English and Burgundians.

About Nancy Goldstone

Nancy Goldstone is the author of Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe and The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily. She has also co-authored five books with her husband Lawrence Goldstone. She can be found at http://nancygoldstone.com/.

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Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Decline by Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker

Viking
On Sale: October 4, 2011
This title is available on Netgalley

“Classic Pinker, jammed with facts, figures, and points of speculative departure; a big, complex book, well worth the effort for the good news that it delivers.”—Kirkus Reviews

In his most important and provocative book to date, Steven Pinker broadens his ongoing inquiry into the nature of human nature to tackle a paradox of modern life: that contrary to what most people believe, violence has been in decline for millennia, and we may be living in the most peaceful era in human history. In THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined (Viking; On-Sale Date: October 4, 2011; ISBN: 978-0670022953; Pages: 848; $40.00), Pinker—psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, linguist, intellectual polymath—pulls out all the stops in this dazzling sweep across centuries of human life.

About the Author:
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received six honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

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Planning Ahead: Winter 2012

Here’s a list of books I’m working on for our Winter 2012 season. I have a limited number of galleys but feel free to request. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. Please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com to be included on a book’s mailing list. More information about these titles will be posted as it becomes available.

January
Title: A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America 
Author: Tom Zoellner
Imprint: Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale: December 29, 2011
Category: Current Events / Politics
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Title: Island of Wings: A Novel
Author:
Karin Altenberg
Imprint: Penguin (Paperback Original)
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Category: Fiction
Penguin Group page

February
Title: The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home
Author: Arlie Hochschild
Imprint: Penguin (Paperback Reissue with Updated Material)
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Category: Social Sciences / Women’s Studies
Penguin Group page 

Title: Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North
Author: 
Ibn Fadlan; Translated with Introduction by Paul Lunde & Caroline Stone
Imprint:
 Penguin Classics
On Sale:
January 31, 2012
Category:
Travel / History / Essays / Middle East
Penguin Group page

March
Title: Reading For My Life: Writings, 1958-2008
Author:
 John Leonard
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 15, 2012
Category: Literary Criticism / Essays

Title: Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Author:
 Ahmed Rashid
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 15, 2012
Category: Foreign Relations / Current Affairs / Politics / Southeast Asia
Author’s Penguin Group page 

April
Title: The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
Author:
 Nancy Goldstone
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 29, 2012
Category: History / Biography
Author’s Website

Title: The Nobleman and Other Romance
Author: Isabelle de Charriere
Imprint: Penguin Classics (Paperback)
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Category: Classics / Short Stories

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The Girls of Murder City

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback / On Sale: July 26, 2011

The Girls of Murder City spans several categories—true-crime, comedy, social history. It turns out that behind ‘Chicago’ there was a sexy, swaggering, historical tale in no need of a soundtrack. Liked the movie. Loved the book.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“For true crime buffs, history fans or anyone interested in the roaring 1920s, this one’s a sure-fire hit.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] well-researched, fast-paced story behind the story.”
Booklist

“Entertaining…wised up…savvy, flamboyant social history”
Publishers Weekly

“Perry takes a sturdy foundation of murder, sex and Chicago’s scandal-happy newspapers and builds a nonfiction marvel. His bouncy, exuberant prose perfectly complements the theatricality of the proceedings, and he deftly maneuvers away from the main story without ever losing momentum . . . The Girls of Murder City not only illustrates the origins of a new media monster, but reminds us that we’ve
never been that innocent.”
BookPage

“Recaptures a moment in which the Victorian feminine ideal was (and wasn’t) giving way to the “churning change” of the flapper lifestyle — and ebulliently elucidates the emergence of the criminal as celebrity. It’s this summer’s “not guilty” pleasure.”
—NPR, Books We Like

From Al Capone to Leopold and Loeb, the history of Prohibition-era Chicago violence is the stuff of legend. But what of the fairer sex? On the bookshelf beside SIN IN THE SECOND CITY and THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, Douglas Perry has recreated the glamour, intensity, and notoriety of this iconic time and place in The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago. Fueled by rich period detail, a narrative voice that perfectly channels the pulse of Jazz Age Chicago, and a cast of characters that seem destined for the stage, Perry has written a crackling history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.

Why did you write The Girls of Murder City?
Douglas Perry: Because no one else had. When I first saw Chicago: The Musical, back in the late ’90s, I read in the playbill that Maurine Watkins had based the original play on actual murder trials she covered for the Chicago Tribune in 1924. I expected to be able to find a book about the real events but none existed. This surprised me because the real story is so amazing. It has beautiful women, wanton sex, cold-blooded murder, all-consuming corruption, devastating heartbreak. Even Al Capone and Leopold and Loeb make appearances.

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Planning Ahead: Summer and Fall 2011

Here’s a list of books I’m working on this coming Summer and Fall. Limited galleys are available where noted. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. If you would like to be included on the review copy list, please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com.

August
Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback Reprint / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Press Release
Cover Image
Q&A with Douglas
Author’s Website

Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson
Viking / On Sale: August 18, 2011
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Review Copies Now Available
Book’s page

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Second book in the Magicians series
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011
Penguin Group page
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If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please contact me

September
The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: August 30, 2011
Physical advance copies now available. Limited availability through Netgalley.
Press Release
Cover Image
Author on Twitter

A Man of Parts: A Novel of H. G. Wells by David Lodge
Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011
Limited advance copies available
Penguin Group page
David Lodge on H.G. Wells (Guardian UK)
David Lodge’s top H.G. Wells books (Guardian UK)
Cover Image
H.G. Wells books available from Penguin Classics

Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work
by David Lodge
Penguin / On Sale: September 27, 2011

A collection of three works by David Lodge
Press Release
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October
Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: September 27, 2011
Penguin Group page
Cover Image 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Viking / On Sale: October 4, 2011
Now available on Netgalley with limited approval. Booksellers, librarians, and long lead magazine reviewers only until Wednesday, Aug. 24th.
Penguin Group page
Author’s website
Steven Pinker at TED on the myth of violence (opens with sound)

December
Charles Dickens: A Life by Jane Smiley
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Penguin Group page (hardcover edition)

James Joyce: A Life by Edna O’Brien
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Details to come

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Mary Chesnut’s Diary

Mary Chesnut’s Diary by Mary Boykin Chesnut with an introduction from Catherine Clinton
Penguin Classics / On Sale: April  26, 2011

Considered one of the best accounts of the Civil War from the Southern perspective, Mary Chesnut’s Diary, written between 1861 and 1865 narrates the Confederate perspective of the Civil War from the very first shots of battle in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mary Boykin Chesnut (1823-1886) was born into a well-connected South Carolina planter family and attended an exclusive Charleston French boarding school for girls before her marriage at seventeen to James Chesnut, Jr. In 1858, when her husband became the U.S. Senator from South Carolina, she relished her role as society hostess in Washington.

Catherine Clinton (Introduction and Further Reading) is an American historian. She currently holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen’s University Belfast where she heads a postgraduate program in American history.

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