“American Presidents in Diplomacy and War is a tutorial on foreign policy 'realism' as the most effective approach to international politics.”
There are few surprises in The Midnight Kingdom, Jared Yates Sexton’s history of power corrupting absolutely, but there aren’t meant to be.
“Zelikow proves an effective storyteller with an easy, uncomplicated narrative that makes for good reading of solid, honest scholarship reminiscent sometimes of Barbara Tuschman’s The G
“Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh explores Jefferson’s great contradictions and ideas, especially around religion and slavery, yet the vi
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“Montefiore synthesizes human history by ‘using the stories of families across time’ and ‘connecting great events with individual human drama.’”
“Ancient Egypt produced a continuous stream of tales of intrigue, murder, power, religion, etc. within a culture incompatible with ours . . .”
“Jestice succeeds in proving that queens have played important parts throughout history—and continue to do so.”
“Cleveland’s personal history offered no foreshadowing of future greatness.
“Jefferson Morley’s new book Scorpions’ Dance uses the relationship between CIA Director Richard Helms and President Richard Nixon as a window through which to take another look at
“In his 99th year, Henry Kissinger . . . continues to contribute to our understanding of the world.”
“Alford tells the remarkable story of spiritualism as it affected the lives of the members of the respective families of Abraham Lincoln and his assassin John Wilkes Booth.”
“James Horn has put together an incredible lost history of an important figure whose life decided the future of America and all that has entailed since.”
“Advocacy for the Magnitsky Act, which would freeze Russian assets abroad, made the author a target for Putin.
“not only eminently readable, but highly relevant to tell this remarkable story of ordinary people standing up to real tyranny against a determined and ruthless occupation
“Maybe this work is not a new way of seeing Benjamin Franklin but a way to consider many ideas about Benjamin Franklin in much the way that Franklin explored the world.”
“Despite the many, many books on Abraham Lincoln, books such as this one bring us the closest to the real man.”
Among the literally thousands of publications whose primary subject is Abraham Lincoln, there have been some previously that have dealt with his presidential relationship relative to the Constituti
“threads of When Women Ruled the World make up a history of women not just as rulers but as women who were rulers. . . .”
“In The Road Less Traveled, Zelikow brilliantly tells the diplomatic story of what he calls ‘the lost peace’ of August 1916–January 1917.”
“a truly fresh look at one of the most chronicled figures in American history. Washington literally spent his entire life learning about politics and public service . . .”
“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 . . .’”
“This is not an easy journey, but neither has the evolution of humans from the savannahs of Africa to the surface of the moon been idyllic.”
“Thompson shows that throughout his presidency, Roosevelt worked assiduously to overcome the restraints of domestic politics on his foreign policies by using his ‘bully pulpit’ and cultivat
“Kotkin’s exhaustive research, careful historical judgments, shrewd insights, and splendid writing . . .”