After marrying Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill, socialite Jennie Jerome (the future mother of Winston Churchill) is denied romantic affection but finds kinship in Charles Kinsky, a foreign diplomat, sparking a complex relationship. While fictional, (Francine) Stephanie Barron ’85’s That Churchill Woman (Ballantine) draws from Jerome’s letters and facts about the Churchill family.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has helped solidify the industrial base of the economy since 1895. Jennifer Delton *91’s The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism (Princeton University Press) shows how the NAM both made American industry wildly profitable and eventually contributed to manufacturing’s decline.

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (Scribner), Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne ’74’s latest book, tells the dramatic story of the Civil War’s last chapter — from Lincoln’s reelection and assassination to the mindsets of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant as they fought their way toward the war’s bloody end.