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Book Review: Snow and Steel

December 23rd, 2014
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The bloodiest American encounter of the Second World War took place in a vast and icebound forest; a sprawling new history tells the story of the Battle of the Bulge

Book Review: The War of 1812

November 24th, 2014
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A fiery new history seeks to reclaim the lost honor of both Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans

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: 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: Band of Giants

September 8th, 2014
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We all know the names of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams, but a terrifically engaging new book reminds us that the American Revolution’s supporting cast was no less fascinating

Book Review: The Great War for Peace

July 14th, 2014
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Did the cataclysmic First World War actually have a hidden peace-dividend? Did it change the vocabulary of rapprochement forever? A vigorous new study makes a daring case

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: Fatal Rivalry

September 8th, 2013
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While Henry VIII was away fighting the French, his kingdom was invaded from the north by James of Scotland. It was defended by thousands of brave soldiers, a handful of ambitious courtiers – and one remarkable woman.

Book Review: Armor and Blood

August 30th, 2013
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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
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A crucial turning-point battle in the American Revolution is given an extensively detailed and tradition-challenging new history

Book Review: Nelson – The Sword of Albion

July 9th, 2013
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A monumental deck-clearing two-volume biography of Admiral Horatio Nelson reaches its thundering conclusion

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

In Paperback: The Long Road to Antietam

June 30th, 2013
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The bloodiest day in United States history is the subject of Richard Slotkin’s riveting book, now out in paperback

Book Review: The Guns at Last Light

May 24th, 2013
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A historian’s great trilogy about U.S. forces at war on WWII’s Western front at last comes to its finish

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: 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
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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
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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: World War Two

January 9th, 2013
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The military crucible of the 20th Century gets a new hardcover history that can be read in one hour and fifteen minutes.

Book Review: Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron

December 13th, 2012
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In a rip-snorting new blood-and-swash history of the War of 1812, the men and their fighting ships take center stage

Book Review: Rise to Greatness

November 1st, 2012
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“It was the year in which the Civil War became a cataclysm, the federal government became a colossus, and the Confederacy came nearest to winning its independence …”

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: Terrible Swift Sword

August 19th, 2012
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An engaging – perhaps a touch too engaging – new biography of fourth four-star general in U.S. history: Phil Sheridan

Book Review: Fatal Colours

August 12th, 2012
Fatal Colours

A lively new account of the bloodbath of Towton, one of the key battles of the Wars of the Roses

Book Review: Conquest

July 26th, 2012
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For thirty hard-fought years, the King of England was also the King of France – new in US bookstores is a thrilling account of those years

Book Review: The Second World War

July 24th, 2012
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A magisterial new one-volume history of the Second World War

Now in Paperback: The Storm of War

July 8th, 2012
the storm of war

A new one-volume history of the Second World War ends with the big question: could the bad guys have won?

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 Weight of Vengeance

June 10th, 2012
the weight of vengeance – may 2012

A fine and fact-filled new account of the War of 1812

Book Review: Elusive Victories

June 9th, 2012
elusive victories

A stunning and insightful new book about the ways modern American presidents go to war, stay at war, and exit war.

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: The Lost History of 1914

March 10th, 2012
the lost history of 1914

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

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: Kiev 1941

February 16th, 2012
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In Hitler’s great gamble of attacking the Soviet Union in 1941, the legendary victories at Kiev weren’t so glorious as standard histories would have us believe – so says a new book on the subject