Peace at Last; A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 by Guy Cuthbertson. Yale University Press. A vivid and intimate account of Armistice Day in the fall of 1918. This is the centenary of that agreement.
The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard & Mark Polizzotti, trans. Other Press. The annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938.
The First Day on the Eastern Front; German Invades the Soviet Union, 22 June 1941 by Craig Luther. Stackpole Operation Barbarossa: three million German soldiers invade Russia.
The Kremlin Letters; Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt by David Reynolds, trans. & Vladimir Pehatnov, editor. Yale University Press. Joseph Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Winston Churchill and FDR during World War II. Some were personal greetings, but most involved matters of war and peace.
The Fear and the Freedom; How the Second World War Changed Us by Keith Lowe. Picador, paper. Amid the waves of revolution and idealism that shaped the post-war world, there was also the fear of an unknown world of atomic weaponry. We kept practicing for this disaster, seeking shelter from it under our school desks.
Robert Graves; From Great War Poet to Goodbye to All That (1895-1929) by Jean Moorcroft Wilson. Bloomsbury .Left for dead on the battlefield at Somme, his poetry was shaped by his war experiences, but also his thinking about the conflict in the inner-war period and his shifting attitude toward it.
The Splintered Empires; The Eastern Front, 1917 to 1921 by Prit Buttar.Osprey.The Kerensky offensive collapsed making it plain to all that Russia must exit the war.
Churchill and Attlee by David Cohen. Attlee took the British Labor Party into Churchill’s wartime coalition government. Winston Churchill ran the war effort; Clement Attlee, domestic affairs
Atlas of World War II; History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New cartography by Neil Kagan, ed. National Geographic Press. From the invasion of Poland to the Battle of the Bulge, which lays out planning and strategy as well as battlefield results.
The Girls Next Door; Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines by Kara Dixon Vuic. Harvard University Press. The women who volunteered to help entertain American servicemen fighting overseas from the two World Wars through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.