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Articles by A.C. Childers

A Very Narrow Area

July 1, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.