• Smithsonian's Best History Books of 2022

    Candice Millard, Jonathan Freedland, Kerri K. Greenidge, April White, Beverly Gage, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Matthew Delmont, Megan Kate Nelson, Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Estelle Paranque are recognized as authors of the top books in history this year. 

  • James Kirchick's "Secret City" Tells the Story of Closeted Washington

    by Samuel Clowes Huneke

    Samuel Huneke reviews a new history of the capital city's gay residents, which focuses on those in government and conservative politics and the gradual lessening of hostility to gays in public service, a choice that undermines the book's usefulness for understanding contemporary queer liberation issues. 

  • These Books Tell of Change Happening Slowly, then Suddenly

    Historians Lynn Hunt, Adam Hochschild, Kate Clifford-Larse and Keenaga-Yamahtta Taylor are among the authors whose books dig beneath the surface of famous leaders to describe how social movements built the strength to change laws, institutions and ideas. 

  • The Conservative and the Murderer

    Sarah Weinman's book on the friendship between William F. Buckley and convicted murderer Edgar Smith reveals uncomfortable truths about the balance of principle and self-interest in modern conservatism and the persistent tolerance of violence against women. 

  • Teaching Fannie Lou Hamer, Past and Present

    by Nicole M. Gipson

    Keisha N. Blain's biography of the Mississippi freedom activist is an important addition to the literature, but also an excellent roadmap to teaching African American history and its linkages to present struggles for justice. 

  • In Praise of Search Tools

    by Diedre Lynch

    Books by Dennis Duncan and Craig Robertson examine the history of indexing, filing, and other technologies for locating information in books and the resultant culture of research.

  • A Descent into Textual Paranoia

    by Christopher S. Celenza

    "Doing one's own research" in an environment of proliferating information and few gatekeepers isn't new to the internet age.