A Russian Life

Rosamund Bartlett

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35

The first new biography of the lifelong rebel and genius to use post-glasnost Russian sources.

The Unquiet American

Richard Holbrooke in the World

Edited by Derek Chollet and Samantha Power

Public Affairs, $29.99

A collection of essays on Holbrooke, one of the leading figures in late 20th century American diplomacy.

Unreal Estate

Money, Ambition and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles

Michael Gross

Broadway Books, $30

A social history of the wealthy in the City of Angels told through the prism of high-end real estate.

The Untold Civil War

Exploring the Human Side of War

James Robertson

National Geographic Books, $40

The enduring impact of the Civil War is detailed in 30 self-contained stories on surprising, little-known and fresh aspects of the struggle.