Catholics on the Barricades; Poland, France, and “Revolution,” 1939-1956 by Piotr Kosicki. Yale University Press, 2018. Examines two crucial countries – France and Poland – to address the nature of European nationalism since 1939.
One Long Night; A Global History of Concentration Camps by Andrea Pitzer. Little, Brown, 2017. We generally associate concentration camps with World War II and Germany. They have been around for a longer time, maintained by some of the most respectable nations.
The End of Europe; Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchik, Yale University Press, 2017. The disintegration of Europe’s post-Cold War consensus in the face of an older anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial ambition. Looks closely at those Brits who pushed for Brexit.
The Final Act; The Helsinki Accords and the transformation of the Cold War by Michael Morgan. Princeton University Press, 2018. The agreement, signed in 1975, seemed to ring down the long Cold War with its rhetoric and often violent confrontations. Sadly the achievement seems now to be jeopardized by American electoral politics.
Dare Not Linger; The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela, et alii Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017. The first President of democratic South Africa, serving from 1994 to 1999. This was to be a second volume of his autography but was left unfinished at his death.
Yemen Endures; Civil War, Saudi Adventurism, and the Future of Arabia by Ginny Hill. Oxford University Press. The thirty-three-year reign of Ali Abdullah followed by a civil war beginning in 2012 with his departure.
To the Shores of Tripoli; The Battle for the New Libya by Frederic Webrey. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017. The death of Colonel Gaddafi freed Libya from his forty-two years of despotism. But the aftermath was a bitter civil war paving the way for the Islamic State and an ongoing tragic migrant crisis.
The Strange Death of Europe; Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray. Bloomsbury, 2017. A continent and culture caught in the act of suicide with declining birth rates, mass-immigration, and self-hatred.