The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Peter Moore is an engaging story of remarkable personalities.
Galileo's Telescope: A European Story (Harvard University Press) by Massimo Bucciantini, Michele Camerota, and Franco Giudice tells just how jarring Galileo's discoveries were.
Brick (Phaidon Press), edited by William Hall, features stunning pictures of bricks at work and play.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead Books) by Jon Ronson shows how internet users punish.
Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News (Hill and Wang) by A. Brad Schwartz explains what really happened during the Martian invasion.
Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen (University of Chicago Press) by Philip Ball gives a history of an inescapably enticing idea.
Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick by Owen Chase is newly produced in a handsome illustrated volume.
Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World (Counterpoint) by James Boyce gives the history of an influential bad idea.
The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland (Harvard University Press), by Robert Douglas-Fairchild fills out a childhood classic.
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (Viking) by Blaine Harden is a dual history.
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