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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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“Allport demonstrates vast knowledge of relevant primary and secondary sources and covers a broad range of events and activities.

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“Eric Vuillard’s book is an aphoristic masterpiece.

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“Paul Betts’ Ruin and Renewal bills itself as interpretative post-World War II history, but it is instead another left-wing assault on Western civilization.”

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“Demons haunted Germany after World War II, and Germans turned to ancient rites and rituals to seek redress and recovery. Professor Black tells that story well.”

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

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The Perfect Fascist has contemporary political relevance, as ultra-nationalist politics have gained traction in several western democracies.”

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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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Kings and queens continue to captivate the popular imagination. Although dwindling in the modern era, most medieval European states had a monarchy.

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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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“Ullrich’s work is a remarkable treatise on the malevolence of power in modern times. Take care, lest we fall into the trap of autocracy.”  

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"Children of Ash and Elm is a thorough, readable, one-volume history of the Viking culture built on the documentary and on archaeology."

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“Thomas Penn in A Royal Tragedy covers the three brothers of the House of York in ‘one of the most seductive and contested stories in English history . . .’”

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“Fletcher tells a familiar tale of cultural genius, global exploration, religious conflict and reform, and geopolitical rivalry.

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"The Life and Death of Ancient Cities joins a shelf full of enlightening new fun reads on understanding our beginnings in the ancient world."

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According to Victor Hugo, a barbarian of civilization is preferable to a civilized barbarian. Alaric the Goth was supposedly the former.

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“Hansen’s narrative illuminates the Dark Ages in this masterwork on globalism.”

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The 1936 Summer Olympiad marked pivotal moments in history for world athletes and world politics.

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“Ian Fleming himself could not have written such an improbable yet actual plot . . .”

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On June 1, 1943, Germans “pacified” the Polish village of Sochy. Anna Janko’s mother was orphaned. Sochy had “eighty-eight houses, most with thatched roofs. Two or three made of stone.

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“We should teach philosophers like Roa. We owe it to Galileo. But it’s unlikely because of science deniers, more prevalent than Livio allows.”

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“powerful raw material . . . stunningly beautiful prose. [But] it’s a shame that Thomson’s gifts and these women’s lives were not put to better use.”

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Curzio Malaparte is pictured on the cover at his desk with official-looking papers wearing a satin mask and indeed, his many masks are (in)visible in A Foreigner in Paris, newly translated

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Wendy Moore’s skill as a writer delivers the story of these women and the history of the war with exceptional power, laying out a compelling combination of casual

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Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh did not meet in Paris. They briefly lived a short distance from each other on the Left Bank. This book is about how Paris affected them.

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