Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,
Diplomatic editor for The Guardian Julian Borger returns to the Balkans in this chronicle of the pursuit and capture of war criminals by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
Those who are members of groups that have historically been subject to discrimination and even genocide—religious, ethnic, and racial minorities—may contemplate how they would react were their wors
“For me, the hardest thing to bear is not that Jews were massacred in Jedwabne and the area, but that it was done with such cruelty and that the killing gave so much joy.”
“refreshing, interesting, and engaging.”
Beginning with the Siegestor (Victory Gate) in Munich and ending with the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor seeks to understand four centuries o
On September 18, 1931, the Regensburger Echo ran a front-page article, “Suicide in Hitler's Apartment.” The body of Geli Raubal, Hitler's niece, was found with a single gunshot wound to th
Prior to David A. Bell’s new work, detailed investigations of the “life and times of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821)” did not evoke notions of a short, slim volume.
“brings to light a truth that should be told of how ordinary men and women struggled for four years to help liberate their country . . .”
Anghiari was a minor battle on June 29, 1440, in a series of otherwise all too common Florentine defeats as this commune spiraled toward the bottom in the years of the Italian Renaissance.
“does an admirable job of showing how national identity, myth-making, and popular culture can influence the historical narrative . . .”
MI6 and CIA be damned! The Vatican and Pope Pius XII during World War II could have put any espionage agency to shame.
“an illuminating linguistic, cartographic, and historical exploration of Parisian lusts.”
Seventy-five years ago, humanity witnessed the most horrific crime in all of history. Tens of millions of innocent people were murdered in an effort to make Germany the leading world power.
In his book The Cost of Courage author Charles Kaiser brings the horror of existing in occupied France during World War II front and center.
“For those who like history and drama, there is plenty of both in this novel, with good plot twists and turns.”
“good storytelling built on solid scholarship . . .”
“[a] powerful and compelling novel.”
“He tells the story of how his company had to separate from a beverages industry partner, because the latter was too worried about the quarterly bottom line.
“. . . a well-written piece of investigative journalism that asks some deeply troubling questions . . .”
“. . . an entertaining account that strings together fascinating factoids into a tapestry of urban history and cultural anthropology.”
“. . . informative and entertaining, filled with grisly anecdotes and case histories, religious, social, and medical interpretations . . .”
“. . . assured and compelling. . . . fascinating and perceptive . . .”
“Alan Jacobs offers a handy introduction to the cultural and social effects . . . of this book . . .”
“. . . a richly researched, carefully crafted, balanced history of personal privacy . . .”