Captured from her homeland in 1806, Anna Kingsley became first an American slave, later a slaveowner and eventually a central figure in a free black community. Her story adds a dramatic chapter to the history of the South, the state of Florida and the African diaspora. 223 pp.
Through profiles of the most colorful and powerful crime bosses, gang members, corrupt cops and numerous mob associates, as well as pivotal events in the history of organized crime, this book reveals just how influential the mob has been in controlling large numbers of businesses, not just in New York, but also in other cities. 213 pp.
The author of the Hatching Cat blog traces the feline overpopulation in 19th-century New York City and how the adoption of strays by a diverse range of rescuers led humble alley cats to become famous and influential sports team mascots, artist muses and presidential pets. 274 pp.
Tells the gripping story of a moment when race relations in the United States might have taken a dramatically different turn, offering a sober lesson for those engaged in the ongoing work of fulfilling the American promise of equality for all. 361 pp.
Provides the first full account of Nazi spies in 1930s America and how they were exposed in a high-profile FBI case that became a national sensation. 309 pp.