The Italian political scientist Gaetano Mosca in The Ruling Class (1896) noted that political leaders in all countries propagate myths or “political formulas” that resonate with citizens a
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
One facet of Nazi Germany about which many people do not know or of which they are unaware is the extent of chemical dependency in its society and regime.
One can always trust the police to be dogged and to keep voluminous records, though they’re not always accurate.
“Tremlett writes so well as to make this read almost as entertaining as a traditional Spanish novel but with thorough balanced scholarship.”
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“a marvelous companion to this series, with wonderful illustrations and an engaging backstory . . .”
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.
“If twelve or fifteen thousand Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas . . . the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.”
“a fascinating and informative account of the personal lives of the Tudors.”
For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.
“Emer O’Sullivan’s The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family seems the Oscar.
“Drink it in with a cup of Earl Grey Tea on a cold winter evening.”
“a brilliant exploration of the final days of the European theater, valuable in its military analysis and generous use of eyewitness accounts.”
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
One need not be an equestrian or horse lover in order to appreciate this story.
It is hard to wrap one’s mind around a thirteen-year-old child in Victorian England killing his mother, and yet in Kate Summerscale’s book The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murde
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.
Adam Hochschild’s book, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 gives us a different take on reporting about wars and their effect.
“Booth writes with humor and intelligence while exploring serious ideas in this charming narrative.”
“cannot be recommended too highly . . . another smoking gun . . .”
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This particular publication is not what it might seem at first glance.
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.