The Third Reich; A History of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers. Simon & Schuster, paper. A decade before Hitler’s Nazi Party rose to power, you wouldn’t have given it a “ghost of a chance.”
The Land of the Elephant Kings; Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Selucid Empire by Paul Kosmin. Harvard University Press, paper. A kingdom of great ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity, stretching from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan.
The Story of Greece and Rome by Tony Spawforth. Yale University Press. The intermingled civilization, Greek and Roman, and its reception to external influences from the eastern Mediterranean.
Stone Circles by Hugh Newman. Bloomsbury. Stonehenge and other stone circles in Britain and around the world. by Antonia Fraser. Random House. The dramatic story of how Catholics in the United Kingdom won back their rights after two centuries of official discrimination.
The King Who Had to Go; Edward VIII, Mrs. Simpson, and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis by Adrian Phillips. Biteback Publishing. The marriage between Edward and the American, Wallis Simpson in 1937. The behind the scene machinations of the Baldwin Administration.
The Good Friday Agreement by Siobhán Fenton. Backbite. A look at the peace process in Northern Ireland and how it has survived in the intervening years.
Twilight of the Elite; The Prosperous, the Periphery, and the Future of France by Christophe Guilluy & Malcolm DeBevoise, trans. Yale University Press. There is no unifying economic structure. France is in many ways closed off into various multicultural nations.
The Golden Rhinoceros; Histories of the African Middle Ages by François-Xavier Fauvelle. Princeton University Press. A new look at medieval Africa. In the fifteenth-century the African continent was the center for a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas.
DeGaulle by Julian Jackson. Harvard University Press. This military leader refused to accept the Nazi domination of France, escaped to Britain, and began the long struggle to free France.
A Specter Haunting Europe; The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism by Paul Hanebrink. Harvard University Press. The paranoid fantasy that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe.
Dictators’ Dinners by Victoria Clark. Gilgamesh Publishing. Twenty-five former national figureheads across the world were asked to design their ideal meal. Often their humble origins or embarrassing medical conditions resulted in their choosing rather pedestrian dishes.
Under the Starry Flag; How a Band of Irish-Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship by Lucy Salyer. Harvard University Press. They began their fight for Irish independence as American citizens, only to be arrested for treason by the British.
The City-State of Boston; The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630 to 1865 by Mark Peterson Princeton University Press. A self-governing Atlantic trading center, begun as a refuge from Britain’s Stuart monarchs.
Feeding Gotham; The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1796 to 1860 by Gergely Baics. Princeton University Press, paper. As New York City population grew so did the complexity of feeding its citizenry.
The Longest Line on the Map; The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas by Eric Rutkow. Scribner. A quest to link the Americas with the world’s longest road – the Pan American Highway.