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The Head in Football
The former player Michael Oriard brings a unique perspective to this informed discussion of the history ...
The Cause and Cure of Hysteria
Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade prompts Harry Truman to reflect on the nature of demagoguery.
The Capture of Adolf Eichmann
The behind-the-scenes story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann by the Israeli Secret Service.
The Spark in the Tinderbox
A gripping account of the murder of the archduke Franz Ferdinand that triggered World War I.
The Battle of Britain
History’s version of the Battle of Britain, a key moment in World War II, is gallant ...
The Apprenticeship of Alger Hiss
Bruce Craig draws on fresh sources for this account of Alger Hiss's early years, when he ...
The Siege of Blair Mountain
A gripping account of the 1920s conflict between mine workers and their bosses in West Virginia.
The March to the Sea
General William T. Sherman describes his march from Atlanta to Savannah in 1864, the prelude to ...
Visiting Europe’s most unhappy places, Ann Birstein offers a moving perspective on a tragic people trapped ...
Peanuts, Popcorn & American Presidents
Ray Robinson surveys the presidential attitude toward baseball since the ...
Nonfiction Books and Essays
Featuring good writing for serious readers, Now and Then short-form nonfiction books and essays are available exclusively as Kindle books, Nook Books, iPad books or ebooks for other popular mobile devices.
Each week, we publish original titles, excerpts from forthcoming books, and reprints of work worthy of being read again. We focus on writing that is historically based but also has relevance for present day events.
Our latest titles can be found in the list below.
The History of Concussions and the Future of the SportSports History, Sports
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.
Harry Truman on the Fears of Americans
by Merle MillerU.S. History
Throughout American history, unscrupulous politicians have stoked fear among the people by calling certain “outsiders” threats to society. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade prompted Harry Truman to reflect on the nature of demagoguery.
The Inside Story of the Manhunt by the Israeli Secret ServiceEuropean History, Military History
The most celebrated accomplishment in the hunt for Nazi war criminals was the capture, trial, and execution of Adolf Eichmann in 1960—1962. As the Nazi officer overseeing the logistics of the Final Solution, Eichmann had been responsible for sending millions of Jews to their extermination in the death camps of Europe. After World War II he had been living incognito in Argentina when the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, learned of his possible whereabouts. Here is the behind-the-scenes story of Eichmann’s capture.
Assassination in Sarajevo and the Onset of the Great WarEuropean History, Military History
The assassination of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo in June 1914 by Serbian terrorists capped the political tension and instability of the Balkans in the years before World War I. The European continent, beset by intricate diplomacy and complex alliances, fell into war just thirty-seven days later. The Old World nature of the assassination disguises some very modern elements: a cavalcade of automobiles, a squad of suicide bombers, and an avowedly terrorist organization that existed across political borders, without a clear location. Here in gripping detail is the story of what happened on that fateful morning in Sarajevo.
Reality Trumps the MythEuropean History, Military History
A key moment in World War II was Britain’s gallant resistance to the German bombings of its homeland in 1940. With their backs to the wall, as the story goes, the British people staved off a Nazi invasion and thereby perhaps saved Western civilization. Here the distinguished historian William L. O’Neill challenges the commonly held view of the Battle of Britain as a victory against overwhelming odds, arguing that it should not have been unexpected. The British, he writes, were well positioned to repel their foes.
Alger Hiss’s turn toward the political left, leading to his association with Whittaker Chambers, is portrayed in Bruce Craig’s incisive account of Hiss’s early years, drawing upon previously untapped sources.
Class Warfare and High Treason in West Virginia's CoalfieldsUnited States History, Political Science, American History, U.S. History
The so-called Roaring Twenties were not only about loose morality and a devil-may-care display of opulence. In the byways of America, working men and women were seeking labor justice and struggling against the entrenched powers of capitalism. Nowhere was this struggle more poignant and important than in the coalfields of West Virginia. There in the 1920s the United Mine Workers confronted the coal operators who sought to bust their union. The ensuing conflict, violent and bloody, had much to say about the future of relations between working people and their bosses in America.
Sherman Drives Across Georgia to SavannahMilitary History, American History, U.S. History
The most controversial Civil War general was William T. Sherman, an indelible figure whose march through Georgia and the Carolinas typified his unrelenting style of warfare that showed the South no quarter. Sherman’s Memoirs may not be as direct as Grant’s, but they make no compromise. They are the work of an intelligent and literate man who brought to modern warfare a new sensibility that was later to become a subject of ongoing debate. Here is his account of the march from Atlanta to Savannah in November and December 1864, the prelude to Confederate surrender.