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“The story is filled with tension, conflict, and explicit details to make it an enjoyable as well as educational read.”

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“Snyder’s book graphically, relentlessly details the horrific murders committed by the Nazi and Soviet regimes in the vast geographic region between Germany and Russia.”

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“This is a well-written monograph on one of those largely unknown incidents of our history. The story of these Americans deserves to be told.”

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“With bright thumbnails on key figures and entertaining vignettes on memorable moments, The BBC sheds considerable light on the history of a leading broadcaster.”

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“a fascinating and well-illustrated look at this neglected aspect of Roman and ancient war history, describing the long-term successes and failures of a succession of emperors to conquer th

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In this utterly fascinating and ultimately disturbing book about modern Ireland, Fintan O’Toole, the Irish Times journalist, is at his best as a reporter and commentator.

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“The Great War and the Birth of Modern Medicine could stand as a solid highly readable history of World War I, even ignoring its important contribution to the history of the advanc

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The King’s Painter is an outstanding publication that requires and repays a very close and careful reading.”

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“This is an important addition to the library of Holocaust literature, but it should be read with other historical post-war texts that examine the perpetrators of the Holocaust more deeply.

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“an incomplete, unconvincing picture.”

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“provides a more nuanced picture of an almost tragic figure trying to bridge the old and new political order between representative democracy and the oligarchy of the English nobility.”

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The “masterpiece” in the title of Birmingham’s big new intriguing book is Crime and Punishment—the grandfather of modern crime fiction and the contemporary detective novel—which was publis

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“Pomfret’s book focuses on the relationship between the intelligence services of Poland and the United States after the end of the Cold War.

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“As a biography of the title character, Miss Dior falls short, but as an exceptional discussion on France during WWII and the couture industry, it is fascinating reading and will n

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A thoughtful and admiring account of a young British man’s rise from lackluster roots to world fame as a science fiction writer.”

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“An expansive history . . . with concise clarity, managing to capture the uniquely Greek identity throughout.”

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Nothing that Wheatcroft writes can erase Churchill’s greatness. At one of the darkest hours of human history, Churchill saved Western Civilization.”

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Singing Like Germans is a superb piece of historical research enlivened by its author’s deep fascination with her subject matter.”

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“Marton’s prologue and epilogue sum up Merkel’s astounding political life, and yet all the chapters in between are what provide the immaculate details of how she came to be Angela Merkel.”

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“The author explains the important feminine side of a royal court with the histories of two of the mistresses of Great Britain’s famous monarchs, George I and II.”

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The human animal loves puzzles, and it’s all the more enticing if it’s a puzzle that others can’t solve.

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“The long history (and struggle) behind every jar of fruit preserve makes for a gripping read, and this little book will not disappoint neither culinary historians nor home cooks.”

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“threads of When Women Ruled the World make up a history of women not just as rulers but as women who were rulers. . . .”

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“. . . Cervantes describes the exploring, the diplomatic activity, the rivalries, the fighting, and the personalities with delicious granularity.”

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