Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by history professor David A. Bell explores the qualities that define political leadership in a revolutionary age that shunned monarchs endowed by divine right. He argues that the history of democracy is inextricable from the history of charisma.

Magical Habits (Duke University Press) by English and American studies professor Monica Huerta *06 unravels the relationship between self, place, race, and storytelling by drawing on her life experiences working in her family’s Mexican restaurants and as a scholar of literature and culture. Huerta offers new perspectives on both our singular and collective histories. 

The Age of Hiroshima (Princeton University Press), edited by Michael D. Gordin, professor of history, and G. John Ikenberry, professor of politics and international affairs, traces the complex legacies of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, revealing how the tragedy gave rise to new conceptions of our world and how we continue to live in its shadow today.