Fall 2018. Politics. Economics. 1

Keywords; The New Language of Capitalism by John P. Leary. Haymarket Press, paper. Essays on terms like “entrepreneur,” “sustainability, and “synergy.”

Watch Your Tongue; What Everyday Sayings, Phrases, and Idioms Figuratively Mean by Mark Abley. Simon & Schuster, paper. Why shouldn’t we have a cow by tail instead of a bull by the horns.

The Forgotten Americans; An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation by Isabel Sawhill. Yale University Press. The barriers within American society – economic, cultural, and political. How they keep us apart, and how we might work at surmounting them.

On Press; The Liberal Values That Shaped the News by Matthew Pressman. Harvard University Press. Changes: television and the necessity meet the demands of new audiences; the need to incorporate minorities and women.

The Republican Reversal; Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump by James M. Turner & Andrew Isenberg. Harvard University Press. In the 1970s came the Environmental Protection Agency and an expansion of the Clean Air Act. Less than a half century later the conservatives are now denouncing climate change as a “hoax.”

Playing with Fire; The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell. Penguin, paper. Nothing went according to script mostly because of assassinations and riots during the Democratic Convention in New York City.

In My Father’s House; A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family by Fox Butterfield. Knopf. Our crime and incarceration are surprisingly concentrated in families. Ten percent of families account for two-thirds of the crime.

Rectify; The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction by Lara Bazelon. Beacon. It is comforting to think that justice can happen, but often after years, even decades of incarceration.

The People’s Money; How China Is Building a Global Currency by Paola Subacchi. Columbia University Press. Subacchi traces the development of the renminbi and its potential for global reach, but also a source of friction between the two largest economies.

The Story of Silver; How the White Metal Shaped America and the World by William Silber. Princeton University Press. How silver has influenced two hundred years of world history, acting as a shelter against government default, political instability, and inflation.

A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis. The New Press. Of those strikes, the best known are: the Lowell Mill Girls Strike in 1830, slaves on strike during the Confederacy, the Eight-Hour Day Strike in Chicago, and the Anthracite Strike 1894.

 

Germany’s Hidden Crisis; Social Decline in the Heart of Europe by Oliver Nachtwey. Verso. Paper. How neo-liberalism is causing a crisis in Germany and central Europe.

Fall 2018. Politics. Economics. 2.

Corporations Are People Too; And They Should Act Like It by Kent Greenfield. Yale University Press. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court claimed for citizens most of the same privileges enjoyed by corporations.

Dark Commerce; How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future by Louis Shelley. Princeton University Press. A new world of illicit commerce, vast profits made in the global economy.

Just Giving; Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better by Rob Reich. Princeton University Press. Our giving isn’t just goodness, it is a form of power.

The Internet Trap; How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy by Matthew Hindman. Princeton University Press. The Internet was supposed to fragment audiences and make media monopolies impossible. Instead behemoths have evolved.

Beeronomics; How Beer Explains the World by Johan Swinnen & Devin Briski. Oxford University Press. The taxation and regulation of beer production was an important chapter in the creation of an industrial Britain in the nineteenth century.

The Age of Violence; The Crisis of Political Action and the End of Utopia by Alain Bertho. Is the rising level of violence the result of the radicalization of Islam? Or is it the pressure of globalization?

Impeaching the President; Past, Present, and Future by Alan Hirsch. City Lights. Paper. An historical look at the practice of impeachment and how it impacted the presidential terms of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Perhaps Donald Trump.

The Coming of the American Behemoth; The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920 to 1940 by Michael Roberto. Monthly Review Press. Paper. Monopoly and finance capitalism was the location for the gestation of American fascism.

President Obama; Constitutional Aspirations and Executive Actions by Louis Fisher. University Press of Kansas, paper. Barack Obama took exception to claims by his predecessor, George W. Bush’s notion of “inherent” presidential powers vs. executive actions.

Slavery and Social Death; A Comparative Study by Orlando Patterson. Harvard University Press, paper. Patterson has discussed the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time, past and present.

Globalization and Inequality by Elhanan Helpman. Harvard University Press. We must look beyond globalization to explain rising economic inequality.

The Black Auxiliary; The Untold Story of Eighteen African Americans Who Defied [Both] Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Atria. Jesse Owens is the most recognized name of the group, but there were other winners, Jackie Robinson’s brother Mack, for instance.

Slavery on the Periphery; The Kansas-Missouri Border in the Antebellum and Civil War Eras Kristen Epps University of Georgia Press. Paper. Epps’s command of a wide range of secondary studies results in a detailed portrayal of slavery and its legacy in western Missouri and eastern Kansas.”

Fall 2018. American Studies.

The Campus Rape Frenzy; The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities by K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor, Jr. Encounter Books. Some observors would have it that our universities are being overwhelmed by political extremists and sexual predators.

Secularism; Politics, Religion, and Freedom by Andrew Copson. Oxford University Press. Of the three, religion has come to be the least important in the creation of a political order.

Road to Disaster; A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark. Harper Row. The decisions made to enter and then expand our involvement by the Kennedy and then the Johnson Administrations.

The Red and the Blue; The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki. Two larger-than-life politicians, Bill Clinton contorting himself around the several factions of the Democratic Party, and Newt Gingrich employing a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House. 

Washington’s Golden Age; Hope R. Miller, the Society Beat, and the Rise of Women Journalists by Joseph Dalton. Rowman & Littlefield. The life of pioneering women journalist who covered the politics and diplomacy of the White House from FDR to LBJ

Talking Back, Talking Black; Truths About America’s Lingua Franca by John McWhorter. Bellevue Literary Press. An authoritative celebration of Black English, how it is deployed and why it matters.

They Call Me George; The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters by Cecil Foster. Biblioasis. Paper. Railway porters and how it was that African Americans dominated that niche in the labor market otherwise hostile.

Vietnam; An Epic Tragedy, 1945 to 1975 by Max Hastings. Harper Row. Both the French and American interventions.

On Desperate Ground; The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides. Doubleday paper. October 1950 General Douglas MacArthur convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces would be defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he proclaimed, would not intervene in the War.

Not All Dead White Men; Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age by Donna Zuckerberg. Harvard University Press. Looks into the virtual communities of the alt-right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege and are strategizing on how they might be recovered.

John Adams and the Fear of American Oligarchy by Luke Mayville. Princeton University Press. Paper. Long before the current “one percent” mania, John Adams was worrying about the rise of an oligarchy.

The Politics of White Rights; Race, Justice, and Integrating Alabama’s Schools by Joseph Bagley. University of Georgia Press. The litigious battles over integration from 1954 to 1973 taught Alabama’s segregationists how to fashion more subtle defenses of white privilege, placing them in the vanguard of a new conservatism.

Beyond the Mountains; Commodifying Appalachian Environments by Drew Swanson. University of Georgia Press, paper. Appalachia is viewed as frontier, wilderness, rural hinterland, a bastion of yeoman farmers, and place to experiment with modernization.

The Hijacked War; The Story of Chinese POWs in the Korean War by David Cheng Chang. Stanford University Press. Paper. Three years of warfare and an armistice that took two years to write. The unwillingness of those involved to bring about an armistice also delayed the eventual end of the Cold War.

Fall 2018. Urban Studies.

Bulldozer Revolutions; A Rural History of the Metropolitan South by Andrew Baker. University of Georgia Press. Adding the examination of the agricultural and environmental history to our view of the southern metropolis.

Workers on Arrival; Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe W. Trotter. University of California Press. The black working class’s contribution to the shaping of the American economy.

The Creative Destruction of New York City; Engineering the City for the Elite by Alessandro Busa. Oxford University Press. Fifteen years of rezoning and branding, an updating of the updating the tale of two New Yorks.

A Generation Prized Out; Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America by Randy Shaw. University of California Press. How increasingly expensive housing in our central cities is banging the door closed on housing opportunities for the less well off.

These Schools Belong to You and Me; Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools by Deborah Meier & Emily Gasoi. Beacon Press, paper. Supporting public education to ensure that all students will become competent citizens.

Ebony and Ivy; Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig S. Wilder. Bloomsbury. Paper. The intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education.

The Schoolhouse Gate; Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind by Justin Driver. Pantheon. True, there are a lot of ways in which the school kid is ignored when it comes to basic, constitutionally mandated rights.

 The Splintering of the American Mind; Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses by William Eggington. Macmillan. Politically correct culture is flourishing on college campuses.

The City-State of Boston; The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630 to 1865. 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 provisioning its citizenry.

The Occupation of Havana; War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World by Elena Schneider. University of North Carolina Press. In 1762 a British force of 230 ships and 26,000 soldiers, sailors, and enslaved Africans attacked Havana. One of the wealthiest post in the new world, Havanna was also the site of one of the largest slave rebellion.

Fall 2018. American History.

Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. MacArthur was already planning his victory parade in Manila. However he faced a major obstacle, a Japanese army instructed to fight to its death.

Black Klansman; Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth. Flatiron Press. An African-American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the local KKK.

No Property in Man; Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding by Sean Wilentz. Harvard University Press. A reconstruction of the founders’ debate over slavery and the Constitution.

The Global Interior; Mineral Frontiers and American Power by Megan Black. Harvard University Press. Best known for managing natural resources and national parks, the Department of Interior’s first task was to oversee settler colonialism in the American West.

Heirs of the Founders; The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants by H.W. Brands. Doubleday. America’s second generation of politicians who battled to complete the unfinished work of the first, amid growing regionalism.

Chaos in the Liberal Order; The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Robert Jervis, et al. Columbia University Press, paper. The global trends that led to President Donald Trump’s victory and the prolonged impact his presidency will have on the international political landscape.

Charging Up San Juan Hill; Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America by John Van Atta. Johns Hopkins University Press, paper. But also the making of the imperial Mr. Roosevelt.

The Postwar Movement; Progressive Forces in Britain, France, and United States after World War II by Isser Woloch. Yale University Press. A progressive agenda in Britain, in U.S. and in France, with attention to the inner-war period and how the inner-war period helped shape that progressive movement.

They Call Me George; The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters by Cecil Foster. Biblioasis, paper. The story behind black railway porters – “Pullman” which drifted down from Canada.

Marooned; Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly. Bloomsbury. Fleeing Persecution and hence New England; or maybe making the best of a bad situation.

Pirates of the Prairie; Outlaws and Vigilantes in America’s Heartland by Ken Lizzio. Lyons Press. Before there were those outlaws and vigilantes on the Western frontier there was a similar lawlessness in the frontier state of Illinois.

Pemmican Empire; Food Trade, and the Last Bison Hunt s in the North American Plains, 1780 to 1882 by George Colpittz. Cambidge University Press; PLaper the importance of pemmican, a meat preparation and a trading item in British North America.

Fall 2018. The Great War.

Robert Graves; From Great War Poet to Goodbye to All That (1895-1929) by Jean Moorcroft Wilson. Bloomsbury Press. .Left for dead on the battlefield at Somme, Graves’ poetry was shaped by his war experiences, but also his shifting attitude toward it.

The Splintered Empires; The Eastern Front, 1917 to 1921 by Prit Buttar. Osprey Press. The Kerensky offensive collapsed making it plain to all that Russia must exit the war.

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 year is the centenary of that agreement.

Fall 2018. The World at War. 2.

1917; War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson. Oxford University Press. A noted historian of the Great War.

Killing the SS; The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Duggard. Henry Holt. Most of the big shot Nazis skedaddled. They were eventually reunited with their colleagues at Nuremberg.

Big Week; Smashing the Luftwaffe, February 1944 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic. A round-the-clock bombing offensive, taking off from Britain and Italy.

The Allies Strike Back,The War in the West, 1941 to 1943 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic Volume two of a three volumned history of World War II. Holland argues that it was the Allied technological and military skills that were the vital factor in turning the tides of war.

The Lost Soldier; The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the H rtgen Forest by Chris Hartley. Stackpole. The story of a young couple in WWII, weaving together an intimate narrative and a military history of the western front.

The First Soldier; Hitler As Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Contrary to historians of World War II, the German generals had similar strategies and political goals to those of der Führer. All Germans were seeking to reverse many of the outcomes of the Great War.

Brothers in Valor; Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor by Robert Jefferson, Jr, & Guion Bluford (forward). Lyons Press. Their valor is especially to be celebrated because, for the greater part of the war, they were segregated from white units and excluded from combat..

Joining Hitler’s Crusade; European Nations and the Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 by David Stqahel, ed. The motives behind Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Russia are well known. What about those who joined the Axis?

The Berlin Airlift; A New History of the Cold War’s Decisive Relief Operation by Barry Turner. Icon Books. Paper. A vivid picture of the airlift including new material on the US and its attempted intervention, the Russian threat, and the German ascendancy.

Churchill and Attlee; The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War by David Cohen. Biteback Publishing. In 1940, Clemet Attlee and Winston Churchill entered into a political alliance that fought World War II.

Fall 2018. Other Lands. 2.

Red Flags; Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus. Yale University Press. China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad; but there are serious challenges to the economic well-being of its citizens, facing an aging population and a not always popular authoritarianism.

 

Scots and Catalans; Union and Disunion by John Elliott. Yale University Press. It has been assumed that the European Union would become a solution to Europe’s regionalism. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

 

The Age of Walls; How Barriers between Nations Are Changing Our World by Tim Marshall. Scribners. Borders, walls, and boundaries that divide up countries and their citizens.

Tsushima 1905; Death of a Russian Fleet by Mark Lardas &Peter Dennis. Osprey Press. Paper. The naval campaign of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 -1905, focusing on this decisive battle’ defeat for the Russian navy, and a victory for Japanese Imperialists.

 

Iran Rising; The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic by Amin Saikal. Princeton University Press. The fortieth anniversary of the 1978-1979 uprising and the overthrow of the Shah.

 

The Land of a Thousand Gods; A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World by Christian Marek. Princeton University Press, paper. Asia Minor from prehistory to the Roman Imperial Period; it’s shifting orientation between East and West.

 

Weimar Germany; Promise and Tragedy by Eric Weitz. Princeton University Press, paper. Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of the Great War, the foraging of new democratic institutions, and make Berlin a world capital of the avant-garde.

 

The Book Smugglers; Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David Fishman. University Press of New England, paper. Partisans and scholars from Vilna who buried books, saving them first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets.

 

You’ve Got to Tell Them; A French Girl’s Experience of Auschwitz and After by Ida Grinspan, et al.  LSU Press. Winter of 1944, French police arrested Ida Grinspan, a young Jewish girl hiding in Nazi occupied Paris. .She spent the next year and a half in Auschwitz. And survived.

 

The Dawn of Eurasia; On the Trail of the New World Order by Bruno Macaes. Yale University Press. Tracking economic integration of the two continents in the shifting borderlands between Europe and Asia.

 

A History of the Bible; The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book by John Barton. Viking Press. Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete and fixed religious tradition but rather the product of an intriguing process that inspired two world religion.

 

The Global Age; Europe 1850 to 2017 by Ian Kershaw. Viking Press. A volume in series Penguin History of Europe.

Fall 2018. The World at War. 1

How America Won World War I by Alan Axelrod. Lyons Press. When asked who had won the Great War Germany’s Von Hindenburg did not hesitate “It was the American infantry in the Argonne.

/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 Books. 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.

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.

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 from German occupation.

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 in the two World Wars.

Home Front; North Carolina during World War II by Julian Pleasants. University of Florida Press. North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the U.S. Rural, poorly educated the war brought jobs and better working conditions to the State.

Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The decade-long alliance and how historians have under-represented the il Duce’s influence on his German ally, Heir Hitler.

Why Wilson Matters; The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today by Tony Smith. Princeton University Press, paper. Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a post-war world order: his goal settled on collective security. After World War II and thirty-some years, his model no longer served as a beacon of democracy. We have settled on old fashioned imperialism.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018. The World at War. 2.

1917; War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson. Oxford University Press. A noted historian of the Great War.

Killing the SS; The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Duggard. Henry Holt. Most of the big shot Nazis skedaddled. They were eventually reunited with their colleagues at Nuremberg.

Big Week; Smashing the Luftwaffe, February 1944 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic. A round-the-clock bombing offensive, taking off from Britain and Italy.

The Allies Strike Back,The War in the West, 1941 to 1943 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic Volume two of a three volumned history of World War II. Holland argues that it was the Allied technological and military skills that were the vital factor in turning the tides of war.

The Lost Soldier; The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hrtgen Forest by Chris Hartley. Stackpole. The story of a young couple in WWII, weaving together an intimate narrative and a military history of the western front.

The First Soldier; Hitler As Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Contrary to historians of World War II, the German generals had similar strategies and political goals to those of der Führer. All Germans were seeking to reverse many of the outcomes of the Great War.

Brothers in Valor; Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor by Robert Jefferson, Jr, & Guion Bluford (forward). Lyons Press. Their valor is especially to be celebrated because, for the greater part of the war, they were segregated from white units and excluded from combat..

Joining Hitler’s Crusade; European Nations and the Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 by David Stqahel, ed. The motives behind Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Russia are well known. What about those who joined the Axis?

The Berlin Airlift; A New History of the Cold War’s Decisive Relief Operation by Barry Turner. Icon Books. Paper. A vivid picture of the airlift including new material on the US and its attempted intervention, the Russian threat, and the German ascendancy.

 

Churchill and Attlee; The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War by David Cohen. Biteback Publishing. In 1940, Clemet Attlee and Winston Churchill entered into a political alliance that fought World War II.

How America Won World War I by Alan Axelrod. Lyons Press. When asked who had won the Great War Germany’s Von Hindenburg did not hesitate “It was the American infantry in the Argonne.

/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 Books. 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.

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.

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 from German occupation.

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 in the two World Wars.

Home Front; North Carolina during World War II by Julian Pleasants. University of Florida Press. North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the U.S. Rural, poorly educated the war brought jobs and better working conditions to the State.

Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The decade-long alliance and how historians have under-represented the il Duce’s influence on his German ally, Heir Hitler.

Why Wilson Matters; The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today by Tony Smith. Princeton University Press, paper. Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a post-war world order: his goal settled on collective security. After World War II and thirty-some years, his model no longer served as a beacon of democracy. We have settled on old fashioned imperialism.

 

 

 

 

 

1917; War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson. Oxford University Press. A noted historian of the Great War.

Killing the SS; The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Duggard. Henry Holt. Most of the big shot Nazis skedaddled. They were eventually reunited with their colleagues at Nuremberg.

Big Week; Smashing the Luftwaffe, February 1944 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic. A round-the-clock bombing offensive, taking off from Britain and Italy.

The Allies Strike Back,The War in the West, 1941 to 1943 by James Holland. Grove Atlantic Volume two of a three volumned history of World War II. Holland argues that it was the Allied technological and military skills that were the vital factor in turning the tides of war.

The Lost Soldier; The Ordeal of a World War II GI from the Home Front to the Hrtgen Forest by Chris Hartley. Stackpole. The story of a young couple in WWII, weaving together an intimate narrative and a military history of the western front.

The First Soldier; Hitler As Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Contrary to historians of World War II, the German generals had similar strategies and political goals to those of der Führer. All Germans were seeking to reverse many of the outcomes of the Great War.

Brothers in Valor; Battlefield Stories of the 89 African Americans Awarded the Medal of Honor by Robert Jefferson, Jr, & Guion Bluford (forward). Lyons Press. Their valor is especially to be celebrated because, for the greater part of the war, they were segregated from white units and excluded from combat..

Joining Hitler’s Crusade; European Nations and the Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 by David Stqahel, ed. The motives behind Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Russia are well known. What about those who joined the Axis?

The Berlin Airlift; A New History of the Cold War’s Decisive Relief Operation by Barry Turner. Icon Books. Paper. A vivid picture of the airlift including new material on the US and its attempted intervention, the Russian threat, and the German ascendancy.

Churchill and Attlee; The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War by David Cohen. Biteback Publishing. In 1940, Clemet Attlee and Winston Churchill entered into a political alliance that fought World War II.

Fall 2013. History. Other Lands.1

The Land of the Elephant Kings; Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire by Paul Kosmin. Harvard University Press, paper. A kingdom of great ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity stretching from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan.

Faithful Encounters; Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire by Emrah Sahin. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Paper.The author examines the relationships between the two elites who managed the empire form the capital city, Istanbul.

The Story of Greece and Rome by Tony Spawforth. Yale University Press. The intermingled civilizations of Greece and Roman and its reception to external influences from the eastern Mediterranean.

Marooned; Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly. Bloomsbury. Kelly makes the case for replacing Plymouth Rock with Jamestown as America’s founding myth.

Stone Circles by Hugh Newman. Bloomsbury Press. Stonehenge and other stone circles in Britain and around the world.

 

The King and the Catholics; England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780 to 1829 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 1936. The behind the scene machinations of the Baldwin Administration.

The Good Friday Agreement by Siobhán Fenton. Backbite Press. A look at the peace process in Northern Ireland and how it has survived in the intervening twenty years. The future looks bleak, however, Brexit!

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.

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.

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 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.