Nonfiction Roundup: October 2017

Here is a quick look at the most noteworthy nonfiction titles being released in October. Visit our catalog for a more extensive list.


Grant book coverGrant” by Ron Chernow

This biography is a meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes.


We Were Eight Years in Power book cover

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is a synthesis of the historic Barack Obama era featuring essays originally published in “The Atlantic,” including “Fear of a Black President” and “The Case for Reparations,” as well as new essays revisiting each year of the Obama administration.


Code Girls book coverCode Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II” by Liza Mundy

This documents the contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as code breakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and enabled their subsequent careers.


Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

This biography draws on da Vinci’s notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master’s art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci’s genius was based on ordinary qualities, including curiosity and imagination.