NEW BOOKS: Conflicts of the Twentieth Century.

The Hello Girls; America’s First Women Soldiers. Harvard University Press, 2017. The story of how America’s first women soldiers, who participated in the Great War, which, in turn contributed to their winning the vote.

For the Motherland! For Stalin!; A Red Army Officer’s Memoir of the Eastern Front by Boris Bogachev, et alii. Oxford University Press, 2017. The years of fighting in the Russian army with its harsh regimes, fearsome German opponents, and trigger-happy political officers in the rear, shooting deserters.

The End of Europe; Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick. Yale University Press, 2017. We are watching the disintegration of the European post-Cold War consensus; our new President has threatened to abandon America’s role as upholder of the liberal world order.

Reporting War; How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture, and Death to Cover World War II by Ray Moseley. Yale University Press, 2017. A collective biography of a remarkable profession and their remarkable achievement.

Pearl Harbor; From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson. Scribners, 2017 paper. Nelson’s road to war begins in 1914 when Franklin Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, attended the laying of the keep for the battleship Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Marshall Plan and the Shaping of American Strategy by Bruce Jones, et alii. Brookings Institute, 2017. Seventy years ago the U.S. launched and paid for an economic aid plan to restore a continent reeling from W.W. II and its aftermath. It was named the Marshall Plan after the then Secretary of state, George Marshall.

Human Rights after Hitler; The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes by Dan Plesch & Benjamin Ferencz. Georgetown University Press, 2017. Thousands of U.S. and Allied war crimes prosecutions of other Axis war criminals for acts committed primarily in Eastern Europe and Russian Asia.

Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler & Shaun Whiteside. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. Germany’s pharmaceutical companies made available drugs (that we now have declared illegal) that were consumed by factor workers, housewives, German soldiers, and even the Nazi leadership.

1944 Diary; by Hans Keilson & Damion Searls. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. A member of the Dutch resistance in the midst of the Holocaust, who was also pursuing a writing career.

Loading… Loading… Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict; Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Implications by David Cortright, Rachel Fiarhurst, & Kristen Wall. University of Chicago Press, 2017 paper. Armed drones have entered the American military arsenal as a core weapon in the fight against terrorism. And bumping off troublesome others.

The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser. Other Press, 2017. Three siblings of a Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance.

The House of Memory; Reflections on Youth and War by John Freely. Knopf, 2017. Irish, he grew up poor in Brooklyn, and served in World War II in the China Theater.

.  Featured Title A Half Century of Occupation; Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict by Gershon Shafir. University of California Press, 2017 paper. Israel’s occupation of the Wet Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem turns fifty this year. The author is bold enough to try some possible future direction for this intractable situation.

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