The Secret World; A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew. Yale University Press. A history of espionage, too often forgotten in accounts of battles, bombardments, and fox holes.
Empires of the Weak; The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order by J.C.Sharman. Princeton University Press. Europeans had no general military superiority in the early modern era. Rather European expansion is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities with which these Europeans could trade.
The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico by Matthew O’Hara. Yale University Press. The author shows how colonial subjects and the resources of tradition and Catholicism in colonial Mexico to peer into the future to gain understand of their present.
Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War by Micah Goodman and Eylon Levy. Yale University Press. The internal Israeli debate over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Walls; A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick by David Frye. Scribners. Walls and wall builders starting with the Great Wall 4000 years ago.
Civilizing Torture; An American Tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage. Harvard University Press. While we avoid the term and contend that we only resort to torture when it is essential that we do so. But those come around rather often.
Iran Rising; The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal. Princeton University Press. Once again our attention returns to Iran and its revolution.
The Global Edge; Miami in the Twenty-First Century by Alejandro Portes & Ariel Armony. University of California Press. Paper. A major new international city, a financial and banking center and a diverse population with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Edge of Empires; A History of Georgia by Donald Rayfield. Reaktion Books. Paper. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a country of rainforests and swamps, snow and glaciers.
The Habsburg Empire; A New History by Pieter Judson. Harvard University Press. The conventional depiction of the Hapsburg Empire: a hopelessly dysfunctional assemblage of squabbling nationalities and cultural residues.
Designs of Destruction; The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century by Lucia Allais. University of Chicago Press. During and after World War II, we began to think in terms of preserving architecture – as we would other kinds of art forms. This gave birth to granting these monuments World Heritage status.