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Book Review: “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”

April 16th, 2015
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In time for the hundred-year anniversary of the Ottoman killing of over a million Armenians, a gripping new history tells the whole story of the tragedy

Book Review: The Baltic

April 1st, 2015
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For more than a thousand years, the sprawling area of the Baltic has played host to history, art, and fitful commerce – a new history tells the story.

Book Review: Ravensbruck

March 28th, 2015
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In 1939 the Nazis established their only concentration camp specifically for women; a comprehensive new book tells the history of Ravensbruck

Book Review: Akhenaten & The Origins of Monotheism

March 16th, 2015
akhenaten & the origins of monotheism

The rebel pharaoh who instituted a radical new monotheism gets a highly-detailed and revisionist investigation

Book Review: The Middle Ages

January 18th, 2015
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A nimble and tremendously engaging history of the Middle Ages finally gets translated into English

Book Review: Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination

November 20th, 2014
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It’s well known that Hitler looked to Mussolini’s success in Italy as a model for his own fascism, but a fascinating new book details the lesser-known fact that Hitler had another model as well – an earlier and more exotic one.

Book Review: WWII – A Chronicle of Soldiering

November 10th, 2014
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Fifty years ago, the author of “From Here to Eternity” wrote a vivid, impressionistic account of the Second World War, and that fascinating book now enjoys a new edition

Book Review: The Collapse

October 19th, 2014
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Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall came down and the structure of European politics changed literally overnight. A fantastic new book dissects a turning point in modern history

Book Review: Italian Venice

September 21st, 2014
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An engrossing new history takes readers past the modern Disney version of Venice

Book Review: The Rise of the Seleukid Empire, 323-223 BC

September 1st, 2014
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In the wake of Alexander the Great’s death, many voracious sub-kingdoms sprang up along the routes of his famous conquests. One of these would go on to become the Seleucid Empire, and a new book details its first century of existence

Book Review: Hiroshima Nagasaki

August 17th, 2014
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A sweeping new history looks back half a century to the only wartime use of atomic weapons

Book Review: In the Kingdom of Ice

August 10th, 2014
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Best-selling historian Hampton Sides takes as the subject of his new book a brave and failed 19th-century Arctic expedition

Book Review: Robert the Bruce

August 1st, 2014
Book Review: Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots
by Michael Penman
Yale University Press, 2014
This summer marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the epic confrontation in June 1314 between the English troops of Edward II …

Book Review: The Spanish Armada

July 27th, 2014
Book Review: The Spanish Armada

In 1588 the greatest war-fleet since the Trojan War was launched against the England of Elizabeth I. A gripping new history tells the familiar story for a new generation

Book Review: A Mad Catastrophe

July 11th, 2014
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A gripping account of the final days of the inept, tottering Austro-Hungarian empire – and the military apocalypse it helped to usher in

Book Review: Athens

May 4th, 2014
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A slim and jam-packed new history of the city of Athens

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: Danubia

January 17th, 2014
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The sprawling, disjointed history of the Habsburg Empire forms the backdrop for Simon Winder’s latest combination of history lesson and personal essay.

Book Review: Japan 1941

December 20th, 2013
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A vivid look at the culture and politics that led to Japan’s ill-fated attack on Pearl Harbor

Book Review: The Devil That Never Dies

December 20th, 2013
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The controversial historian returns with a new alarm-call about the rise of international antisemitism

Book Review: The Venetians

December 12th, 2013
the venetians

A quick-paced new history of not just of the city of Venice but of the remarkable men and women who strutted across its stage during the long centuries of its life

Book Review: Heir to the Empire City

December 1st, 2013
heir to the empire city

Fresh from chasing horse-thieves in wild Dakota territories, a rail-tough Theodore Roosevelt returned to New York City to face bandits of quite another sort – the Tammany Hall sort. A lean new history tells the great story.

Book Review: Divine Fury

November 9th, 2013
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They’ve always been among us, those rare individuals we call geniuses – but the distinction’s meaning has subtly altered over the centuries. It’s a big, interesting subject, boiled down by Darrin McMahon into a short, interesting book

Book Review: Naturalists at Sea

October 26th, 2013
naturalists at sea

When the South Pacific opened up for Western exploration, ‘experimental gentlemen’ swarmed there to make discoveries – and to make history

In Paperback: The Great Sea

October 6th, 2013
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David Abulafia’s big book – now in paperback – tackles a subject pivotal to huge swaths of human history: the Mediterraean, that watery intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa

JFK in the Senate

October 5th, 2013
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Before he became one of America’s most famous presidents, John Kennedy was a hot-shot senator and a photogenic winner of the Pulitzer Prize. But did the Senate years help to form the Oval Office years?

From the Archives: In the Pocket of Satan

October 1st, 2013
Six Women of Salem

A girl, a widow, a matriarch, a mother, a businesswoman, and a minister’s slave: a new history traces the Salem Witch Trials through the lives of six women who paid dearly for their proximity to one of the most mysterious incidents in American history

Book Review: William Kent

September 22nd, 2013

A symposium of distinguished scholars dissects the wildly ambitious and varied artistic life of the great William Kent

Book Review: Ecstatic Nation

September 15th, 2013
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A big, riveting new history looks at the unforgettable men and women who filled the history of the most tumultuous three-decade span in American history

Book Review: Armor and Blood

August 30th, 2013
armor and blood

The Battle of Kursk was one of the most epic confrontations in the history of warfare – a vivid new history calls it the turning point of the entire Second World War

Book Review: Long, Obstinate, and Bloody

August 3rd, 2013
long, obstinate

A crucial turning-point battle in the American Revolution is given an extensively detailed and tradition-challenging new history

Book Review: The Anglo-Saxon World

July 30th, 2013
Book Review: The Anglo-Saxon World

A wonderfully-illutrated new volume brings together the latest research about the glittering era that brought us the Sutton Hoo treasure, the epic of Beowulf, and the deep sediment of law

Book Review: 1940

July 13th, 2013

A spirited new account of the divisive American presidential election race that was held amidst the growing clamor of European war

Book Review: Gettysburg – The Last Invasion

July 6th, 2013
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In a magnificent new history, the cataclysmic turning-point battle of the American Civil War is studied in meticulous detail

Book Review: Our Lives, Our Fortunes & Our Sacred Honor

July 5th, 2013
our lives

Richard Beeman’s new book covers some familiar – sacred? – ground

In Paperback: The Long Road to Antietam

June 30th, 2013
long road to antietam

The bloodiest day in United States history is the subject of Richard Slotkin’s riveting book, now out in paperback

Classics Reissued: On Exile

June 9th, 2013

The signature work by one of the prickly fathers of the Italian Renaissance humanism gets its inaugural print edition in the latest offering from Harvard’s magnificent I Tatti Renaissance Library

Book Review: Through the Perilous Fight

June 8th, 2013
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In a stirring new account of the burning of the White House and the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, the individual men and women of the conflict step into the spotlight in all their very human contradictions

Book Review: The Guns at Last Light

May 24th, 2013
guns at last light

A historian’s great trilogy about U.S. forces at war on WWII’s Western front at last comes to its finish

Book Review: The Plantagenets

May 10th, 2013
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Using castles and cunning, swords and statesmanship, guile and guts, they ruled England (and big chunks of France) for over two centuries – they were the Plantagenets, and they’re the subject of a boisterous new history

Book Review: Global Crisis

May 5th, 2013
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The 17th century found itself caught between widespread social upheaval and natural catastrophes unprecedented in human history – an absorbing new history looks at the entire world four centuries ago … and of course glances at our own

Book Review: Europe

May 4th, 2013

That long-standing hotbed of world history, Europe, gets a big new dissection by one of our most engaging historians

Book Review: The Girls of Atomic City

April 26th, 2013
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At the heigh of the Second World War, they traveled to a custom-made town in the middle of nowhere and worked jobs they didn’t understand and were forbidden to question – and a year later, the U.S. had a working atom bomb. They were the girls of Atomic City, and their story finally gets told.

Book Review: The Undivided Past

April 14th, 2013
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One of our greatest living historians argues that far more unites humanity than divides it – but is anybody listening?

Book Review: The Creation of Anne Boleyn

April 2nd, 2013
Book Review: The Creation of Anne Boleyn

She’s an icon, a cautionary tale, a baleful notoriety – she’s Anne Boleyn, who bewitched a king and drove him to remake a world, all for the sake of a dream she could never give him. A fascinating new book looks at the way all the ways history has made and re-made Henry VIII’s most infamous queen

Book Review: Edwardian Opulence

March 31st, 2013
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The richest denizens of the Edwardian Era swan around in their finest stuff, immortalized by the likes of Sargent and Boldini, and a sumptuous new book from Yale University Press records it all

Back in Paperback: The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy

March 22nd, 2013
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David Halberstam’s 1968 profile of candidate Robert Kennedy gets a new reprint for a new generation

Book Review: Invisible Armies

March 20th, 2013
Book Review: Invisible Armies

A big new book looks at the long history of guerrilla warfare and centers its lessons on our own time.

Book Review: Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment

March 16th, 2013
adam ferguson in the scottish englightenment

The greatest enemy of freedom is … democracy? Come get to know Scottish Enlightenment thinker Adam Ferguson, ladies and gentlemen!

Book Review: Blood Sisters

February 23rd, 2013
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Sarah Gristwood (author of the utterly delightful “Arbella: England’s Lost Queen”) charts the triumphs and tragedies of the seven key women in the Wars of the Roses

Book Review: A Great and Monstrous Thing

February 14th, 2013
a great and monstrous thing

“Houses, Churches, mix’d together – Streets, unpleasant in all Weather” – so wrote the poet about resolute, dissolute London, whose 18th century excesses are the subject of a grand new book

Book Review: Europe Before Rome

February 8th, 2013
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A profusely illustrated you-are-there look at the excavations into European prehistory

Book Review: Furies

February 8th, 2013

The Italian Renaissance of Michelangelo and Raphael was built by – and traumatized by – the constant tramping of hired armies. A provocative new study looks at the birth-price of the modern era

Book Review: Engineers of Victory

February 1st, 2013
engineers of victory

A new history of the Second World War focuses on the mid-level thinkers and technicians whose innovations made the grand strategies work

Book Review: The Making of the First World War

January 29th, 2013
the making of the first world war

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

Book Review: World War Two

January 9th, 2013
world war two

The military crucible of the 20th Century gets a new hardcover history that can be read in one hour and fifteen minutes.

Book Review: Constantine the Emperor

December 17th, 2012

He put Christianity on the road to world domination – and he did a lot of other horrid things as well. He’s Constantine the Great, and he’s got a new biographer

New in Paperback: Cry Havoc

November 22nd, 2012
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Dramatized in the pages of this brilliant book, the Nazi state’s embracing of accelerated war-production set a dark pattern for the entire world

Book Review: The Founders and Finance

October 20th, 2012
founders and finance

The newly-born United States was a disorganized and largely bucolic hodge-podge until three clear-eyed financiers – all of them immigrants – worked to create a new and more monetized system

Book Review: Listening In

October 11th, 2012
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A new book authorized by the Kennedy Library provides some slices of living history: tapes and transcripts of President John F. Kennedy at work in the White House.

Book Review: Beyond Rosie the Riveter

September 22nd, 2012
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During World War Two, thousands of men left U.S. jobs in order to join the military – and thousands of women stepped in to fill those jobs … and in some cases join the military too. A fascinating new book looks at what magazine cartoons had to say about all this.

Now in Paperback: Song of Wrath

September 14th, 2012
song of wrath

The ancient Greek historian Thucydides is virtually synonymous with the Peloponnesian War, but a new history gives the master a much-needed makeover

Book Review: Legions of Rome

September 3rd, 2012
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A comprehensive – and visually stunning – overview of the mighty Roman legions and the world they helped to shape.

Book Review: Venice from the Water

August 31st, 2012
venice from the water

Before the advent of modern times, every visitor to Venice approached the city slowly, from the water – and according to a visually-stunning new book, Venetians very much wanted it that way.

Book Review: Venice & Vitruvius

August 30th, 2012
venice and vitruvius

The ancient Roman architect Vitruvius influenced the Renaissance architect Alberti, who in turn influenced the architect Palladio and the humanist Barbaro – a strong new book traces the genealogy.

Book Review: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

July 23rd, 2012

The novel’s greatest age gets a stunning, multi-voiced celebration

Book Review: Wellington’s Wars

July 5th, 2012
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A new – and sometimes unforgiving – military history of the Iron Duke!

Book Review: The Last Full Measure

June 7th, 2012
the last full measure – march 2012

A sharp new work seeks to get at the gory reality behind the Hollywood images of warfare.

Book Review: Midnight in Peking

May 28th, 2012
midnight in peking

In pre-war Peking, a young girl is brutally murdered, and an investigation is working against time as Japanese forces converge on the city. But the girl’s father wants justice, even if he has to find it himself.

Book Review: The Crimes of Elagabalus

March 29th, 2012

A solid, enjoyable new biography of one of ancient Rome’s most notorious gay teen-emperors!

Book Review: The Last Pre-Raphaelite

March 23rd, 2012
the last pre-raphaelite

A big new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, whose vivid and dreamlike artwork caught the sentimentality of his time and shaped it to immortal perfection.

Now in Paperback: The Hemlock Cup

March 12th, 2012
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Now in paperback: one of the best books ever written about the life and times of Socrates

Book Review: Enterprise

February 26th, 2012

a lean and pugnacious new history of the second-greatest fighting ship in United States history!

Book Review: The Frontiers of Imperial Rome

February 20th, 2012

The frontiers of ancient Rome – the limits by which it defined both itself and its enemies – stretched from the Tigris and Euphrates to the Irish Sea. In this muscular new study, those frontiers take center stage.

Book Review: City of Fortune

February 8th, 2012
city of fortune

An intensely readable history of the wars that made – and then broke – the city of Venice as ruler of the seas.

Now in Paperback: From Colony to Superpower

December 12th, 2011
from colony to superpower

An epic history of America’s foreign policy-making, from a defeated King George III to a defeated Saddam Hussein, with every dictator, diplomat, and sometimes befuddled President in between.

Now in Paperback: China, a History

December 1st, 2011
history of china

A big, bustling new history of China, now out in paperback

Book Review: Catherine the Great

November 19th, 2011
catherine the great

She nearly doubled the size of the Russian empire, she debated with philosophers, she endowed the first women’s college in Russia, and she was a beloved mother to her people for 34 years – and she had a steady stream of lovers through it all. She was Catherine the Great.

Classics Reissued: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

November 5th, 2011
rise and fall of the third reich anniversary edition

One of the greatest works of 20th century – and of all time – gets a handsome paperback reprint as it turns 50.

Book Review: Exodus from the Alamo

October 9th, 2011
exodus from the alamo

A revisionary new account takes a hammer to every cherished myth about the heroic last stand at the Alamo.

Now in Paperback: Too Much to Know

August 28th, 2011
too much to know

Now in paperback: a fascinating look at the intellectual Dark Ages (i.e. before Wikipedia)

The Civil War: A Narrative

July 1st, 2011
civil war vol 3 – pru, june 2011

Shelby Foote’s massive three-volume military history of the Civil War is re-issued for the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning.

Book Review: Exorcising Hitler

June 7th, 2011
Exorcising Hitler

A new history examines the problems the Allies faced when they took on the job of occupying a defeated Germany in 1945.

Book Review: She-Wolves

May 2nd, 2011

An immensely enjoyable new book looks at four women who ruled England in the centuries before Queen Elizabeth I.