A World on Fire
By Amanda Foreman (Random House, $24)
THE British scholar earned raves for her history of Britain's role in the American Civil War.
This Crazy Time
By Tzeporah Berman (Vintage, $21)
THE B.C. environmentalist's memoir provides an account of the planet's ecological health.
In the Garden of Beasts
By Erik Larson (Broadway, $19)
THIS acclaimed work of popular history explores the career and family life of an American ambassador in Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War.