Pioneer CIA director and espionage historian Allen Dulles famously wrote that more spy craft commonly went on in any Italian city state in the Renaissance than in the whole of the relatively modern
There has been a revival of interest in the life and career of General Douglas MacArthur, perhaps because the United States has “pivoted” to the Asia-Pacific in its current foreign policy.
The Oxford Companion to English Literature calls Moby-Dick “the closest approach the U.S.
Russia, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The key to understanding Russia, however, lies in her history.
Stories about history are listed in the nonfiction category, but the classification is misleading. Historical facts are not neutral truths awaiting discovery and exposition.
The Most Wanted Man in China is Fang Lizhi’s memoir, written in 1989 but not published until now, four years after his death.
“Rublack creates an astute and informative study of witchcraft and witch trials.”
“[S]he wrote, ‘I do not desire ecstatic, disembodied sainthood . . . I would be human, and American, and a woman.’”
In the 19th century there were many individuals who could be considered larger than life, particularly in the United States.
“More Was Lost is a memoir of two parts; the first reads like a fairy tale and the second like a nightmare.”
Marriage is impossible.
“a delightful excursion into Americana.”
“a well-written, family memoir that tackles broad questions of identity . . .”
Fans of Verdi's opera La Traviata and readers who enjoy biographies of courtesans won't want to miss this gem by Rene Weis, a regular contributor to the Royal Opera House programs.
Enough books appear on individual race-hatred-based lynching in the South to constitute a genre.
On September 18, 1931, the Regensburger Echo ran a front-page article, “Suicide in Hitler's Apartment.” The body of Geli Raubal, Hitler's niece, was found with a single gunshot wound to th
Prior to David A. Bell’s new work, detailed investigations of the “life and times of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821)” did not evoke notions of a short, slim volume.
The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel: A Story of Marriage and Money in the Early Republic by Margaret A.
“read this book to truly understand how this dynamic duo formed a loving and unprecedented marriage and intellectual partnership . . .”
“carefully crafted, readable, honest, and concise work.”
“a shocking and uncomfortable spin on the usual historiography of 1944 as the year the Allies decisively turned the war toward victory.”
“In this intricate and intimate journey Rita Gabis brings macrocosmic Holocaust horror into the microcosm of our dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms—a noble feat, one you will not soon for
“May we find the courage . . . to make this land . . . a more just, more reasonable, and more tolerant place.”
Napoleon: a Life is an epic biography by a popular writer who has done the “on the ground work” needed to make the latest of the thousands of biographies of Napoleon something new.
In his book The Cost of Courage author Charles Kaiser brings the horror of existing in occupied France during World War II front and center.