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Articles by A.C. Childers

A Very Narrow Area

July 1, 2011

A pivotal part of the Second World War was fought not on land or sea but under the waves – and a new history attributes heroism to both sides.

Forever Nell

April 1, 2011
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She was an orange-seller, an actress, a whore, and the most popular of Charles II’s many mistresses: Nell Gwynn stars in two new novels.

May the Devil Be His Companion

March 1, 2011

There was talk that Elizabeth I might make her favorite, Robert Dudley, king – if he weren’t already married. When he wife suddenly died, court and country cried foul, and an immortal mystery was born: what really happened to Amy Robsart?

The Beginning of the End, the Battle at the End, and the End

January 1, 2011

In 1941 Hitler had everything: all of Europe had fallen to his stormtroopers, and he could dispose of lone, defiant England at his leisure. Then he made a Napoleonic gamble: he invaded his one-time ally, Russia. Three new books deal with the Napoleonic results of that gamble.

A Day Such as This

November 1, 2010

The Battle of the Somme has become a watch-word for useless slaughter over worthless ground, but a new book contends that the Somme was actually a victory for the good guys–a ghastly, horrifying victory, but a victory just the same.

The Summer’s Rage of Fire

June 1, 2010

World War I is known for its inching attrition, but both sides tried their hand at massive, all-or-nothing ‘pushes’ – including two of the worst, the Marne and the Somme.

“… and is there nothing more you want?”

December 1, 2009

In 1938 Neville Chamberlain faced the ultimate ‘what if’ scenario, negotiating peace with Hitler; A.C. Childers weighs in on David Faber’s new account of the results.