“My aim in this book,” writes Polish historian Adam Zamoyski in his captivating new biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, “is not to justify or condemn, but to piece together his life . . .
At the time of his death in 1625, at age 55, James I of England had been already ill with several maladies of the time, but rumors immediately surfaced that he had been poisoned by George Villiers,
Was there a way for candidate Barack Obama to address chaos in Iraq while also calling for pursuit of Osama bin Laden lodged in a corner of putative partner Pakistan?
“Statesmen . . . should be judged not by the purity of their ideals and intentions, but by the consequences of their actions and policies.”
“reaffirms the reality of international politics that no resolution is ever permanent; no victory is ever final.”
“There are three ways of influencing a person: blackmail, vodka, or the threat of murder.” This view, attributed here to Vladimir Putin, casts a penumbra over the entire book.
“The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment is a welcome and useful first look by first-rate historians at the still very incompletely excavated record of the hi
“It is hard to imagine a reader who would not be inspired by the momentous life of Heda Margolius depicted in Hitler, Stalin and I.”
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics is an important and informative book that becomes more and more amazing as it progresses.
Historians and academics always face the challenge of balancing biography with what T. S. Eliot called “those vast impersonal forces” that hold us in their grip and shape history.
A funny thing one comes across when reading biographies about Russian revolutionaries is how bourgeois nearly all of their lives were.
"Despite the book's size, the complexity of its subject, and the narrative's variance with common public memory, it is a fast engaging read that corrects, even scatters, misconceptions."
"In The Lost Founding Father Cooper speaks to our times on national best interest in opposition to partisan politics."
Patrick J. Buchanan’s Nixon’s White House Wars is part memoir, part history, and part commentary on his years as a Nixon loyalist and aide in and out of the White House.
“Rising Star is an epic triumph of personal and political biography.”
There have been many instances where one wishes one could have been a fly on the wall in order to know what was said at the time or what really happened, particularly, say, in the commission of a c
Claretta Pitacci, although not the only mistress to Italian Prime Minister and dictator, Benito Mussolini, is possibly best known as the one who died with him.
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.
Brook Allen’s fascinating and succinct book is an easily understood recent history of Pakistan as well as a biography of one of its most famous leaders.
Charles Moore’s second volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher at Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow addresses her rise to the top and her stay there for eleven
“a delightful excursion into Americana.”
Karl Rove is famous for his role in modern political campaigns.
“a shocking and uncomfortable spin on the usual historiography of 1944 as the year the Allies decisively turned the war toward victory.”
“What an inspiring story; and so well told. I could not put it down, despite knowing the ending.