Robert L. Tignor, a ­professor emeritus of history who has lived in Egypt, provides a sweeping narrative history of Egypt from the beginning of human settlement in the Nile River ­valley 5,000 years ago to the present day in Egypt: A Short History (Princeton University Press). ... Nannerl O. Keohane, a visiting professor of public affairs, draws on her experience as the first woman president of Duke University and former president of Wellesley College, as well as her work as a leading political theorist, to explore what leaders do, how and why they do it, and the pitfalls and challenges they face, in Thinking About Leadership (Princeton University Press). ... History professor Gyan Prakash sheds light on one of the world’s most important urban centers in Mumbai Fables (Princeton University Press), examining the city’s mythic inner life and exploring its role as a symbol of opportunity and reinvention. ... English professor Nigel Smith’s biography, Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon (Yale University Press), shows that the 17th-century English poet Andrew Marvell — variously identified as a patriot, spy, conspirator, concealed homosexual, father to the liberal tradition, and incendiary satirical pamphleteer — modulated his religious and political positions in response to changing circumstances. ... In Yeats and Violence (Oxford University Press), Michael Wood, a professor of English and comparative literature, explores W.B. Yeats’ poem “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen” and how it seeks to make sense of a chaotic and dangerous world.