The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote. Coming September 1, 2017 from Excelsior Editions           … continue reading

Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception

In this provocative book, Brooke Kroeger argues for a reconsideration of the place of oft-maligned journalistic practices. While it may seem paradoxical, much of the valuable journalism of the past century and a half has emerged from undercover investigations or … continue reading

Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are

Despite the many social changes of the last half-century, many Americans still “pass”: black for white, gay for straight, and now in many new ways as well. We tend to think of passing in negative terms–as deceitful, cowardly, a betrayal of one’s self. But this compassionate book reveals that many passers today are people of good heart and purpose whose decision to pass is an attempt to bypass injustice, and to be more truly themselves. continue reading

Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst

In the first half of the twentieth century, Fannie Hurst was known as much for the startling particulars of her extraordinary life as for writing stories that penetrated the human heart. Hers is the story of a Jewish girl from the Middle West turned dynamic celebrity author, the kid down the street who spoke her dreams out loud and then managed to fulfill every one of them. continue reading

Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist

Nellie Bly was “the best reporter in America” wrote THE NEW YORK EVENING JOURNAL on the occasion of her death in 1922. NELLIE BLY: DAREDEVIL, REPORTER, FEMINIST is the first fully documented biography of Bly and integrates a wealth of previously unknown information with a reporter’s zeal for the hard fact. It is the first attempt to give us this legendary figure in all her complexity: the most famous woman journalist of her day, an extraordinary American industrialist, and a compelling humanitarian. Hers is not only an inspiring personal tale, but the story of an exemplar of an age when American women were vigorously asserting their right – indeed, their need – to shape history itself. continue reading

Brooke for Tabletmag.com on a rabbincal smackdown over women’s suffrage … THE SUFFRAGENTS launches Sept. 1 … NHD contestants, please read this.