“Shelley Emling . . . brings Bernadotte to life. Written in an unpretentious style, it portrays close up the . . . most modest of men.
"Einstein's War is a parallel biography of the great thinker and Arthur Stanley Eddington who used Einstein's work to heal the world scientific co
“this engaging, well-written book is must reading for anyone who thinks climate change is just about the weather.”
“Had Harper Lee completed The Reverend, would it have become the unparalleled great American true crime book? We’ll never know.
"Stephen Turnbull in Pirate teaches history with charm, fun, humor, and sarcasm. You will want to sign on board!"
“There could not be a better subject for a work of graphic nonfiction (to use the author’s term) than the great Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.”
“If one man can be said to have gotten Americans to the moon, it was definitely John F. Kennedy . . .”
"In Sea People, Pacific historian Christina Thompson tells of the European discovery of the Polynesians and the island people's opening to the wor
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 . . .”
Readers may open this book expecting to find a familiar story.