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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
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.
“new, concise, and highly readable history of the Habsburgs . . .”
“’I began to suspect that what H.
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For novelists, filmmakers, and writers of popular history, Shanghai in the years between the two world wars is irresistible.
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
“Behind every great fortune,” observed the 19th century French novelist Honoré de Balzac, “lies a great crime.”
Audubon’s Sparrow is a unique book, a biography in poems of John James Audubon’s wife Lucy Bakewell.
“Barnes is a delightful raconteur, and there’s a good deal of first-person rumination here throughout.
Achilles in The Odyssey is “lord of all the dead.” Like Achilles, Manuel Mena died young, in battle.
“Mobituaries is droll, ironic, sill
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.
"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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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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