The United States has always been a nation of immigrants---never more so than in 1917 when the nation entered the First World War. Of the 2.5 million soldiers who fought with U.S. armed forces in the trenches of France and Belgium, some half a million---nearly one out of every five men---were immigrants. In The Long Way Home, David Laskin, author of the prizewinning history The Children's Blizzard, tells the stories of 12 of these immigrant heroes.
Fifty years ago, a young, white lawyer from Boston headed to the deep South to help black Mississippians fighting for the right to vote. Gordon Martin served as a Justice Department attorney for the prosecution of a watershed lawsuit, a case that predated the national Civil Rights movement and helped reshape the South. Martin has written a book about the experience titled Count Them One by One.