By 1914 Europeans ruled 84% of the globe. How did they do it? Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater.
“It’s clear from Burns that the execution of foreign policy requires a deep understanding of geopolitical history, a grasp of complex policies, a long strategic view, and almost endless pat
“In The End of the Myth, Greg Grandin reaches devastating conclusions about America’s current trajectory.
“a blinding work of narrative fact that will amaze, enthrall, and, yes, cause every reader to shed tears for the residue of suffering that Chernobyl has left to all humanity.”
“O’Connor and Weatherall’s work will help us face the ‘alternative facts’ that Trump relies upon.”
"White Fury tells a highly readable complete history of the once-powerful colonial Jamaican sugar economy through the letters of Simon Taylor, one of its greatest planters."
For the Hindus, Ganga is a river and a goddess indivisible from each other. All the great rivers in the world are revered but no river has been mythologized more than Ganga.”
“[T]he obsession with Ypres by the warring states, especially the British, increased because so much blood was spilled there.
“Soldier, Priest, and God uses the latest archaeological findings from the Near East and India in order to reexamine what role religion played in Alexander’s massi
“ Storm Clouds over the Pacific is an excellent primer about World War II in Asia prior to the involvement of the United States, . . .
The title of this short but important book is a bit off.
“For an interesting look at a largely obscure part of United States history, this volume is highly recommended.”
If there are any remaining doubts about the central role played by Ronald Reagan in the unraveling of the Soviet empire, Seth Jones’ riveting new book A Covert Action should dispel them.
Anyone seeking to understand the last years of the Cold War should read this book. The central figure is Oleg Gordievsky, now in his eighties and living in a (hopefully) safe house near London.
The “liberal world order” created by the United States after the Second World War is an historical anomaly that may be coming to an end, according to the Brookings Institution’s Robert Kagan in his
“not a lot of books that can be said to change the historiography of events, but this stands as one of them . . .”
In spite of previous written and documentary video accounts of John Wesley Powell’s trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, relatively little is known about the man and the rest of h
In Making the Arab World, Professor Fawaz Gerges, a Christian Lebanese author, examines the clash between Arab nationalists and Arab Islamists.
This present pope—Francis—is probably the most powerful man in the world.
“In Full Flight succeeds as a fascinating character study, a deep ethical quandary, and an engrossing story.”
Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom is an extraordinary book. It is also a difficult book to read.
Katja Petrowskaja has indeed, as her publicist claims, written an “inventive and unique literary debut” as she travels to various countries in search of her family’s dramatic 20th century history.
“Anatomy of a Genocide furnishes well-lit imagination, though shaded with sadness, beneficial for the communities trapped into mutual impairment in various parts o
“Paul Le Blanc’s October Song reminds readers just how difficult it is to make a revolution, especially one that failed.”
Historians and academics always face the challenge of balancing biography with what T. S. Eliot called “those vast impersonal forces” that hold us in their grip and shape history.