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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.

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The Hidden Places of World War II; Extraordinary Sties Where History Was Made during the War “that saved civilization” by Jerome O’Connor. Lyons Press. For a new generation of readers, places not often mentioned in books about the wars. 

The Year Germany Lost the War:1941  Andrew Nagorski. Simon & Schuster. Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance. Germany could not defeat this formidable military alliance. By 1941 the War had been lost.

The Liberation of Paris; How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and Dietrich von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith. Simon & Schuster. The liberation of Paris at the end of World War II. Hitler had threatened its systematic destruction.

D-Day and Normandy; a Visual History by Anthony Richards. This is a visual history of the hours before dawn on June 6, 1044. The long-awaited, highly secret D-Day invasion was about to begin..

Landing on the Edge of Eternity; Twenty-Four Hours at Omaha Beach by Robert Kershaw. Pegasus. “Omaha Beach,” the landing site for American troops, became three miles of lethal, bunker-protected assault weaponry.

Under a Darkening Sky; The American Experience in Nazi Europe; 1939 o 1941 by Robert Lyman. Survival in the Burmese jungle.  Pegasus. A vivid history of the American expatriate experience in Europe between 1939 and 1941 ad the National Socialist menace brought a shadow over the continent.

Death March Escape; The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust by Jack Hersch. Frontline Press. First, his father was imprisoned in Mauthausen. Then he visited it after the war and experienced that horror all over again.

The Girls Next Door; Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines by Kara Vuic. Harvard University Press. Women’s roles in “military entertainment” from WWI to the 1990s.

Travelers in the Third Reich; The Rise of Fascism; 1919 to 1945 by Julia Pegasus. Most visitors found Germany a charming country with quaint villages and beautiful landscapes.

Going Back; Sixteen Jewish Women Their Life Stories, and Why They Returned to Germany, The Country that Once Wanted to Kill Them by Andrea von Treuenfeld. Independent Book Publishers Association.

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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.