New Books: The World at War.

RAF; The Birth of the World’s First Air Force by Richard Overy. W.W. Norton 2018. Stalemate in the trenches on the Western Front. Airplanes were being used for reconnaissance of enemy positions, but then the Germans turned to bombing raids on Britain’s cities.

The Unknowns by Patrick O’Donnell.  Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018. The creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 1921. 

The Killing Season; The Autumn of 1914, Ypres, and the Afternoon that Cost Germany a War by Robert Cowley. Random House, 2018. The month-long battle of Ypres was a turning point in WWI and in the history of warfare.

The Race to Save the Romanovs; The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport. St. Martin’s Press, 2018. This year is the hundredth anniversary of the execution of the Russian Imperial family despite the international plots to save them.

1917; War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2018. The nations of Europe were by the third year of the Great War desperately looking for a way to escape the “war trap.”

Cabinet’s Finest Hour; The Hidden Agenda of May 1940 by David Owen. Haus Publishing, 2018 paper. In May 1940 the British War Cabinet began a fateful debate, Should Britain fight on in the face of overwhelming odds or seek a negotiated peace with Germany? Eight months further into the war, that peaceful decision seemed to have been a mistake.

The Washington War; Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II by James Lacey. Bantam, 2018. The forceful personalities who counseled FDR during the war, leading to machinations and power plays – out of which victory emerged.

Life and Death in the Battle of Britain by Carl Warner, editor. Imperial War Museum, paper. Stories told by young British pilots to their Chaplain in the summer of 1940. What was their mindset as they took to the skies in their “finest hour”?

Joining Hitler’s Crusade; European Nations and the Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 by David Stahel, editor. Cambridge University Press, 2018 paper. What motives prompted other Axis and non-Axis powers to join Operation Barbarossa.

Rescue Board; The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe by Rebecca Erbelding. Doubleday 2018. FDR’s last ditch attempt to save the Jews in Nazi-Occupied Europe.

Blueprint for War; FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America by Susan Dunn. Yale University Press, 2018. FDR used the days between December 1940 and March 1941to mobilize American industry and its citizens.

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