“For students of history, and also for casual readers who simply enjoy learning new and unusual aspects of history, this book is a real gem.
The popular British historian John Julius Norwich’s last book (he died at age 88 on June 1, 2018), A History of France, is a treasure of historical narrative, witty observations, and trenc
“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 . . .
Carl von Clausewitz is best known for his magnum opus, On War, which has long been considered the standard for Western thought on war and strategy. Although generations of graduate and wa
On June 21, 1969, an estimated three-quarters of the British population tuned into Royal Family, a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary that captured the royals as surprisingly ord
Many Americans were shocked last year to watch neo-Nazis marching and chanting racist profanity in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.
"This very thick book makes a fast entertaining read that illuminates facts about the times on almost every page.
“Wars are not won by evacuations,” remarked Winston Churchill after 338,226 British and French soldiers were safely transferred from the beaches at Dunkirk to England in late May-early June 1940.
This account of the rise of punk in East Germany is openly the work of a devoted fan of that scene. Tim Mohr is upfront about his emotional investment in the topic.
For the most part, what attention has been paid in the last 70 years to the events of the Holocaust in Italy has largely been a matter of the “good Italians” who protected, opposed, and/or actively
“wonderful photos and illustrations make this book entertaining . . .”
To the world at large, Galway summons thoughts of one of Ireland’s most idyllic destinations, with rows of quaint shops and pubs leading down to the sea and the Spanish Gate in lanes filled with mu
Every so often in this unusual and uneven book, a phrase or a scene makes a sudden unexpected connection between past and present, like the spark when an electric current flashes across a gap betwe
“Studies from the Holocaust have revealed how social death preceded physical death, tracing the creep of generalizations, exclusions and dehumanization of Jews that made mass murder possible.
There are few topics more controversial in modern American life than the right of citizens to own firearms.
A social history and even personal memoirs may not be everyone’s cup of tea and, at first glance, that might appear to be the case here.
“describes the sweeping changes to England’s economy, government, culture, and influence in Europe . . .”
“[This] book is a must not only for specialists but for any reader trying to understand how and why U.S.-Russian relations have gone from Bill Clinton’s embrace of Boris Yeltsin to confront
Many authors are currently interested in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.
Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Hollywood, television, and true crime publications have depicted the Russian mob (known as the mafiya) as almost superhuman—a va
Why did Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant explode on April 26, 1986? Was it operator error? Was it a design flaw? Should we look deeper into the Soviet system for the cause?
"Francis' 'achievements were extraordinary' in no small part from his 'Machiavellian skill that put his peers to shame.’"
Some of the generals of the Great War have entered into common currency. Almost everyone knows about the American General John J.
“The Kremlinologist is part biography, part Cold War history, and a fitting tribute by his daughters to a consequential American diplomat.”
“Fascinating and atmospheric, the narrative is complimented with beautifully illustrated images . . . For anyone who loves Dublin . . .”