American Caliph, by Shahan Mufti

Staff Pick

9/11 and January 6 are forever associated with atrocious acts of domestic terrorism. Here, Mufti makes the case that March 9 also belongs on this list of infamous dates. On that day in 1977, the Hanafi Movement, a splinter Black Muslim group, raided three DC locations simultaneously. A reporter was killed, Marion Barry (then a DC Council Member) was shot, and 149 people were held hostage at gun- and knife-point. Despite bringing the city to a screeching halt and making national and international headlines, the event has largely been forgotten--something this page-turner rectifies by walking us through how and why the whole thing went down, and what it means today.


American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC By Shahan Mufti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374208585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 22nd, 2022

Gangsters of Capitalism, by Jonathan M. Katz

Staff Pick

Smedley Butler (1881-1940) was Zelig. He was on the battlefield during the Opium Wars, the Spanish American War,  and World War I. He led military missions in Panama Canal, Guantanamo Bay, and Haiti. He was one of the most decorated Marines in American history. His story could make for a rich military history, but instead Katz delivers a fascinating analysis of the fairly open secret objective of America's foreign policy during the time, which was to establish a long-lasting economic empire across the globe. Recounted through the eyes of the guy who did it all, this is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in American culture, history, and/or politics.


Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire By Jonathan M. Katz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250135582
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 18th, 2022

The Divorce Colony, by April White

Staff Pick

While South Dakota might come to mind as a socially progressive state, White's study brings us back to the Gilded Age when it was a safe haven for women getting out of bad marriages and other, even worse, situations. For those obsessed with this era, this book is a peek beyond the lavish society balls into what women had to do to claim their agency--and it's a vivid reminder of how far we've come.



The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier By April White Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306827662
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Published: Hachette Books - June 14th, 2022