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Book Review: The Treaty of Versailles

August 2nd, 2017

A new short treatment of the pivotal Treaty of Versailles by one of the greatest working historians of the First World War.

Book Review: The War That Used Up Words

March 17th, 2015
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At the outbreak of the First World War, American writers flocked to Europe and headed for the Western Front in order to find their Muse – and to make some quick cash. A new book follows a handful of these earliest chroniclers

Book Review: The Fall of the Ottomans

March 4th, 2015
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The Ottoman Empire joined the fighting of the First World War deeply misunderstood by both sides; a charismatic new book seeks to clarify the story of that odd meeting of East and West

Book Review: A Land of Aching Hearts

November 24th, 2014
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When the chaos of the First World War swept over the Middle East, it disrupted patterns of life that had been steady for centuries – and left conflicts that roil still today

Book Review: Fire and Movement

November 6th, 2014
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The British Expeditionary Force in the First World War has accrued a great many legends over the last century; Peter Hart’s new account aims to delete the mythology – and still preserve the heroism

Book Review: The Unsubstantial Air

October 8th, 2014
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Even before America entered the First World War, daring young Americans were taking to the skies over France, and during the war some of their exploits became legendary; a gripping new history tells the story of America’s first air war.

Book Review: Ring of Steel

October 1st, 2014
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An exemplary new history tells the story of the First World War from the viewpoints of the aggressors

Book Review: No Man’s Land

September 7th, 2014
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The First World War provided the dark inspiration for an entire generation of great writing, and a big new anthology assembles a stunning variety of that work, from the familiar to the obscure

Book Review: War of Attrition

July 12th, 2014
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One of the foremost historians of the First World War offers a comprehensive and brutal overview of the conflict that gave birth to the modern world

Book Review: Hundred Days

February 15th, 2014
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The vivid story of the months when the long, slogging stalemate of the First World War exploded into violence

Book Review: Verdun

December 19th, 2013

A prickly-smart new analysis contends that we too easily simplify the great World War I battle of Verdun

Book Review: Catastrophe 1914

October 12th, 2013
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A master military historian joins the crowd writing about the outbreak of the First World War

Book Review: July 1914

April 21st, 2013
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A gripping new book examines just what happened in the crucial interval between the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of general hostilities – and reaches some unusual conclusions.

Book Review: The Making of the First World War

January 29th, 2013
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A new history of World War I looks at twelve fragile moments, twelve turning points when small factors determined very large outcomes

Book Review: The Lost History of 1914

March 10th, 2012
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A new look at the outbreak of World War I reminds readers of the individual people involved – and presents some intriguing might-have-beens.

Time Wounds All Heels

October 1st, 2011

In Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel The Stranger’s Child the renown of a minor English poet balloons and distorts in each succeeding decade after his death

A Very Ordinary Person

August 1st, 2011
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When his brother the king abdicated, shy Prince Bertie suddenly became king – and he was just settling in when the World War II threw his kingdom into chaos. ‘A Year with the Windsors’ continues.

Sophistication and Recklessness: Patrick Leigh Fermor

July 1st, 2011

With Patrick Leigh Fermor’s death, the world lost a gracious host, a tireless traveller, and one of the best prose stylists of the 20th century. We pause to appreciate him.

Edward the Last

July 1st, 2011

When he was Prince of Wales, he was the nation’s darling, but when Edward VIII came to the throne, he became the greatest threat the monarchy had ever faced.

That Indescribable Something

June 1st, 2011
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She was married to two kings, reigned during the advent of trench warfare and the suppression of suffragettes, and stayed all her life a delightful dinner guest; A Year With the Windsors continues with the fascinating and fastidious Queen Mary.

Book Review: Dance of the Furies

April 16th, 2011

A provocative and fascinating new book challenges what we think we know about the causes and nature of the First World War.

The Greatness that was Downton

February 1st, 2011

Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey” was shot in a castle, but it may have a nearer relationship to “Mad Men” than “Brideshead Revisited.” Joanna Scutts tracks the evolution of the British costume drama.

Debo Speaks!

January 1st, 2011

For most of the 20th century, the vivacious, controversial Mitford sisters captivated the imagination of the Western world. In a long-awaited memoir, Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last living Mitford sister, tells her story at last.

A Day Such as This

November 1st, 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 1st, 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.