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“Gerhardt is fluent in Lincoln history and political philosophy, but he stays close to his aspiration for the book—not to cover every event, but to demonstrate how an untutored, Western, sm

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“The author writes clearly and entertainingly of the rich history of the Plantagenet queens of England and for an audience unfamiliar with the subject.”

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Russia has never had a greater, more devoted patriot than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.”

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“Ronald Grigor Suny has written a massive, extensively researched biography of Josef Stalin’s early years—from his childhood days in Gori, Georgia, to the Bolshevik seizure of power in Octo

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What if Jane Austen could write meticulous diplomatic history combined with a social portrait of American and British aristocracy? The product might resemble The Daughters of Yalta by Cath

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In boyhood, enthralled by an old radio recovered from a dump, Darran Anderson accessed “the world of adults . . .

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“It took Europe arguably two generations to fully face up to its shameful Holocaust past.

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“Highly readable, A Traitor to His Species ably details the ‘uncomfortable debate about the proper balance between animal rights and human interests . . .’”

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“new, concise, and highly readable history of the Habsburgs . . .”

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“Abramsky offers a fascinating portrait of the life of this forgotten sports heroine in fluid prose.”

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For novelists, filmmakers, and writers of popular history, Shanghai in the years between the two world wars is irresistible.

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Auschwitz, Buckenwald, Bergen-Belsen: the names are familiar to readers who have taken an interest in the German concentration camps that operated from the mid-1930s until 1945, when Russian soldie

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“Behind every great fortune,” observed the 19th century French novelist Honoré de Balzac, “lies a great crime.”

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Audubon’s Sparrow is a unique book, a biography in poems of John James Audubon’s wife Lucy Bakewell.

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“Barnes is a delightful raconteur, and there’s a good deal of first-person rumination here throughout.

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Achilles in The Odyssey is “lord of all the dead.” Like Achilles, Manuel Mena died young, in battle.

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Mobituaries is droll, ironic, sill

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This book is absolutely essential reading for anyone hoping to understand post-Soviet Russia and America’s role in shaping its trajectories at home and on the world stage.

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"No one needs a background in the Renaissance and its Holy Roman Church to enjoy this epic and fast- paced tale of debauchery, intrigue, politics, and more."

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Barnum: An American Life, an engaging, insightful, and richly researched new biography by American Scholar editor Robert Wilson, chronic

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The Widow Washington represents an engaging, although not a necessarily convincing new portrait of George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington.

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"’While he seethed, the big world seethed around him. War was imminent. He was powerless. He was nobody. Nothing—no money, nor influence, nor status . .

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“The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation is not only an important book that reminds us of a historical moment we might have been

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