Now and Then Reader publishes original short form nonfiction for Kindle Singles, Apple Quick Reads, Kobo Books Short Reads and Barnes and Noble Nook Books. We concentrate on writings that are historically based but also have relevance for present day events with a focus on American History and European History.
Available for purchase through Amazon Kindle Books, Barnes and Noble Nook Books, Kobo Books and the Apple iBookstore, Now and Then nonfiction titles range from 5,000 to 25,000 words or approximately 15 to 60 pages in length.
Immigrant Jewish Life in New York City in the Late Nineteenth Century
In the great migrations of the later nineteenth century, New York City drew masses of Irish, Italian, and Jewish newcomers, many of them crowded into tenements on the Lower East Side. Jacob Riis describes how Jewish immigrants made their way ...
The Enduring Mystery of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
The great crime of the 20th century was the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator hero. To almost no one’s satisfaction, it resulted in the conviction of a single defendant. Lloyd ...
Abraham Lincoln's Address at Cooper Institute, New York City, February 27, 1860
In this crucial moment, Lincoln supported federal power to prohibit slavery in the western territories, sought to reassure the South about the nature of his Republican party, and considered the moral question of slavery as it affected Southern desires and ...
The Industrial Revolution Remakes England and Creates a Proletariat
Selections from The Condition of the Working Class in England
A vitally important political, social, and historical document, Engels’ account of the proletariat under the new industrialism remains, as Eric Hobsbawm notes, “by far the best single book on the working class of the period.”
The Crime of the Century
The tangled story of the great crime of the 20th century, the 1932 kidnapping and murder ...
'Jewtown' in the New Land
Writing about the tenements of New York, Jacob Riis describes how Jewish immigrants made their way ...
A Matter of Conscience
Still an unannounced candidate, Lincoln viewed this address before Eastern leadership as a crucial moment for ...
The Plight of the Working Class
A vitally important document and the best account of the working class under the new industrialism.
A Streetcar Named Pleiku
The 1965 attack on the U.S. base at Pleiku in South Vietnam was a turning point: ...
Trauma for Everyone
How PTSD became a popular psychological disorder--a story of a questionable diagnosis and of medicine gone ...
Dress British, Think Yiddish
How the Ivy League style at Yale—purveyed by Jewish clothiers—faded while the university changed its ideas ...
Concern over head injuries in football now makes parents and educators fearful, and threatens the future of the game. Michael Oriard, who himself once played football at all levels, brings a unique perspective to this investigation of the physical and cultural aspects of the sport as they affect the role of the head.
In his famous Autobiography, Franklin displays the iconic American virtues of thrift, ambition, hard work, self-improvement, and common sense. In these selections he reflects upon his rise and the self-taught lessons that brought his success.
In their time, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker attracted much less attention than star criminals like John Dillinger. Steven Biel plots the strange path by which this pair of ne’er-do-wells became the stuff of myth and legend.
Walker Evans’s iconic photograph of Ellie Mae Burroughs of Hale County, Alabama, made while he was working with James Agee, has become a memorable symbol of the Great Depression. How it came to be, and what consequences it provoked, make for a fascinating tale.
Turner here lays out his “frontier thesis,” which remains one of the key interpretations of American history. He argued that the circumstances of life on the western frontier were a determining influence on American character and institutions.
“European Discovery Tour” was the title on the travel brochure. But as Ann Birstein knew, the journey that she signed up for included a discovery of the most unhappy places on the continent. Her little tour group, most all of them Jewish, was shepherded not only to some of Eastern Europe’s grandest locales but also to its most terrible, including the remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and other grim reminders of the Holocaust and the lost Jews of Europe. Along the way in what became a search for her own soul, Ms. Birstein offers a moving perspective on a tragic people trapped by history.