Spying on the South is a beautiful narrative by Tony Horwitz as he travels through the American South on the very same paths Fredrick Law Olmsted took in the mid 1800s. Whether you have never been to the south or you were born and raised there, this book is a glimpse into the most hated, loved, and mythologized region in America. His trip, filled with steamboat rides down the Mississippi, monster truck rallies, and iconic plantations, weaves together the historical and political and reflects on how the south has or (mostly) has not changed since the Civil War. Plaques and confederate soldier statues serve as physical reminders of that brutal divide in American history, and the question still remains: is America just as divided now?
Journey through the Lone Star state as Wright explores the landscape of Texas’ past, present, and future. City by city, Wright confronts the good and bad, the charming and alarming aspects of Texas that could serve as a looking glass into America's future. By weaving together the political and personal narratives of the state, Wright argues that we must save Texas's soul in order to save all of America.
In his Peer-to-Peer Conversations for The David Rubenstein Show on PBS, David M. Rubenstein, a philanthropist and financier, has engaged with top figures in the business world to explore the question of what makes a good leader. Extending the discussion to American historians, The American Story (Simon & Schuster, $30) is a collection of dynamic exchanges with preeminent writers and scholars. Covering the pivotal events and people from the founding to the late 20th century, the collection features Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Caro on LBJ, Ron Chernow on Hamilton, Doris Kearns Goodwin on Lincoln, David McCullough on Adams, as well as a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts and a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.