The Last Palace; Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Civilizing torture. Crown. One historic Prague building and its notable residents.
The First Soldier; Hitler as Military Leader by Stephen Fritz. Yale University Press. Civilizing the invasion of Russia, for example.
Reckonings; Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice by Mary Fulbrook. Oxford University Press. The disjuncture between official myths about “dealing with the past and the majority of Nazi perpetrators who were able to evade responsibility in the successor states to the Third Reich – East and West Germany and Austria.
Rescue Board; The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe by Rebecca Erbelding. Anchor. Paper. Our last-ditch effort to save European Jewry in 1944.
Mussolini and Hitler; The Forging of the Fascist Alliance by Christian Goeschel. Yale University Press. The two dictators, Beneto Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, conferred many times. Don’t underestimate Mussolini!
Victory City; A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II by John Strausbaugh. Twelve Press. German U-boats lurking on the approaches to the New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Naval Yards. Thousands of soldiers and sailors passing through the city on their way to Europe and needed entertaining.
Wilber’s War; An American Family’s Journey through World War II by Hale Brandt. Van Doirn Books. Paper. A father’s odyssey, a mother’s secret, a son’s story.
The Battle of the Atlantic; How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby. Oxford University Press. Paper. Winston Churchill, and many others in the War Cabinet were not all too sure that Britain was going to gain a victory in the North Atlantic, the true front of the war for Europe.
The Battle of Arnhem; The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II by Anthony Beevor. Viking. Credit should be divided amongst the American airborne landings and tank warfare.
De Gaulle by Julian Jackson. Harvard University Press. De Gaulle insisted that he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France. Thanks to de Gaulle, France was recognized as one of the victorious Allies when Nazi Germany surrendered.
At War’s Summit; The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II by Alexander Statiey. The German war machine had faltered from a shortage of oil after the failed Blitzkrieg against Russia. Operation Edelweiss was their attempt to capture the Russian oil fields in the Baku region.
Rampage; MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila by James Scott. W.W. Norton. Before World War II Manila had been an elegant slice of Americana, home to thousands of servicemen, business executives and their families. General Douglas MacArthur declared it an open city and it was quickly occupied by the Japanese.
Landing on the Edge of Eternity; Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach by Robert Kershaw. Pegasus Books. Paper. A reminder of the second phase of the Normandy Landing.