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A groundbreaking investigation of how the Nazis helped German tycoons make billions off the horrors of the Third Reich and World War II—and how America allowed them to get away with it.

The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties
by David de Jong
‎ Mariner Books/HarperCollins, April 2022

In 1946, Günther Quandt—patriarch of Germany’s most iconic industrial empire, a dynasty that today controls BMW—was arrested for suspected Nazi collaboration. Quandt claimed that he had been forced to join the party by his archrival, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, and the courts acquitted him. But Quandt lied. And his heirs, and those of other Nazi billionaires, have only grown wealthier in the generations since, while their reckoning with this dark past remains incomplete at best. Many of them continue to control swaths of the world economy, owning iconic brands whose products blanket the globe. The brutal legacy of the dynasties that dominated Daimler-Benz, cofounded Allianz, and still control Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW has remained hidden in plain sight—until now.
In this landmark work of investigative journalism, David de Jong reveals the true story of how Germany’s wealthiest business dynasties amassed untold money and power by abetting the atrocities of the Third Reich. Using a wealth of untapped sources, de Jong shows how these tycoons seized Jewish businesses, procured slave laborers, and ramped up weapons production to equip Hitler’s army as Europe burned around them. Most shocking of all, de Jong exposes how America’s political expediency enabled these billionaires to get away with their crimes, covering up a bloodstain that defiles the German and global economy to this day.

A provocative group portrait of five industrialists who expanded their fortunes by colluding with Hitler and then, after World War II, walked away with minimal punishment and barely a dent in their bottom lines… In this meticulously researched book, Mr. de Jong, an investigative journalist and former reporter at Bloomberg News, compels us to confront the current-day legacy of these Nazi ties. »—The Wall Street Journal

David de Jong is a journalist who previously covered European banking and finance from Amsterdam and hidden wealth and billionaire fortunes from New York for Bloomberg News. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Dutch Financial Daily. A native of the Netherlands, de Jong currently lives in Tel Aviv. He spent four years researching and writing this book from Berlin.


From a Forbes 30 Under 30 award-winning journalist comes a critical and nuanced look at the topic of cancel culture, arguing that cancel culture has been a fundamental means of democratic expression throughout history and is a timely necessity aimed at combating systems of oppression.

Why Uncensored Accountability Liberates
by Ernest Owens
‎ St. Martin’s Press, February 2023

Cancel culture. Chances are you’ve heard about this a lot lately, but what really is it? Blacklisting celebrities? Censorship? Up until this point, this has been the general consensus in the media. But it’s time to raise the bar on our definition—to think of cancel culture less as scandal or suppression and more as an essential means of democratic expression and accountability. THE CASE FOR CANCEL CULTURE offers a fresh progressive lens in favor of cancel culture as a tool for activism and change. It will help readers reflect on and learn the long history of canceling (the Boston Tea Party was cancel culture); how the left and right uniquely equip it as part of their political toolkits; how intersections of society wield it for justice; and ultimately how it levels the playing field for the everyday person’s voice to matter. Why should we care? Because in a world where protest and free speech are being challenged by the most powerful institutions, those without power deserve to understand the nuance and importance of this democratic tool available to them. Rather than seeing cancel culture as a nasty byproduct of the digital age, it should be seen as a powerful instrument for change. Ernest Owens shows readers exactly how with examples from politics, pop culture, and his own personal experience. Readers will walk away from this first-of-its-kind exploration not despising cancel culture but embracing it as a form of democratic expression that’s always been leading the charge in liberating us all.

Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He is the Editor at Large for Philadelphia Magazine and President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He hosts the hit podcast « Ernestly Speaking! ». As an openly Black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. In 2018, he launched his growing media company that specializes in multimedia production, consulting, and communications. His versatile talent has taken him from Ghana to the White House, where he’s interviewed countless political leaders (such as Vice President Kamala Harris) to Hollywood where he’s interviewed industry heavyweights (such as Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney). His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MTV, NBC, NPR, and other prominent media outlets.


The complete illustrated history of Black barbecue in America, from its creation and evolution in the agricultural South to its widespread popularity today, as retraced by the craft’s most ardent preservationist.

The Craft and Legends of the Pit Through the Generations
by Dr. Howard Conyers
Ten Speed Press, March 2023

The descendant of farmers and barbecuing masters, Dr. Howard Conyers is a structural dynamicist at NASA by day and a preserver of barbecue history after hours. In THE UNTOLD STORY OF UNITED STATES’ BARBECUE, Dr. Conyers details the real and complete history of barbecue in America, tracing its roots back to the enslaved people who are believed to have brought the practice to the American South to today’s Black experts all across the country. Dr. Conyers shares oral histories and photographs from Black whole-animal barbecue cooks from across the South and describes the traditional methods of roasting hogs and other animals over pits in the ground—a practice that dates back well over 400 years. The history of Black barbecue has never before been fully documented by someone born into the craft, who has uncovered and pieced together the fascinating first-person narratives that finally tell the complete cultural story.

Trained as an aerospace engineer at Duke University, Dr. Howard Conyers is a structural dynamicist at NASA by day—but his second passion is researching and documenting the history of African American barbecue, farming, and foodways. He has been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living, Bon Appétit, The Post and Courier, BBQ Beat, and many more publications, and has been a regular speaker at universities, foundations, and events.

Michael Nazir Shaikh

From human rights activist Michael Shaikh, a sweeping narrative survey on how food and food culture are invisible casualties of war and political violence.

by Michael Nazir Shaikh
Crown, April 2024

From human rights activist Michael Shaikh, this will be a sweeping survey on how food and food culture are invisible casualties of war and political violence. From Syria to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan to Bolivia, Shaikh examines how a community’s sense of history and identity is lost when food traditions are lost, and the people who are trying to restore and reclaim their heritage.

Michael Shaikh is a climate and human rights activist and writer. He has investigated war crimes in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, genocide in Myanmar and civilian casualties in Mali and Syria for organizations like the United Nations and Human Rights Watch. In 2014, he left the UN in protest to bring public and media attention to UN’s refusal to speak out against the genocide. Since then, he’s been at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis, helping the New York City Mayor’s Office embed human rights protections for the city’s most vulnerable communities into its multibillion-dollar climate agenda. Michael has written for LitHub and contributed commentary to The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, BBC, VICE, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and PBS Newshour. He lives in Brooklyn and cooks regularly for CHiPS, his neighborhood’s women’s shelter and soup kitchen.

1922: WunderJahr der Worte de Norbert Hummelt

The birth of modernity: a journey through a trailblazing literary year in a turbulent world.

1922: WunderJahr der Worte
(1922: An Annus Mirabilis for Words)
by Norbert Hummelt
Luchterhand Literaturverlag/PRH Verlagsgruppe, February 2022

It’s an eventful year: a new Pope is elected in Rome, Howard Carter discovers the tomb of Tutankhamun, Albert Einstein receives the Nobel Prize, and the assassination of Germany’s foreign secretary Walther Rathenau foreshadows the rise of Adolf Hitler.
At the same time, 1922 is a year of unprecedented creative energy – Kandinsky is appointed to the Bauhaus in Dessau, Louis Armstrong makes jazz history in Chicago, and literary works by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Marie Rilke, Katherine Mansfield and T.S. Eliot that will change the course of world literature usher in the birth of modernity. In Paris, London, Trieste, Valais and Margate, Norbert Hummelt accompanies these authors through a groundbreaking literary year, capturing Europe’s highly charged atmosphere along the way.

Norbert Hummelt, born in 1962, works as a freelancing author in Berlin. In 2021, he received the Rainer Malkowski Prize for his life’s oeuvre. Further awards for his poems include the Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Prize, the Mondsee Lyric Prize, the Hermann Lenz Scholarship and Lower Rhine Literature Prize. He has been teaching at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig since 2002.