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 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.

Fall 2018. History. 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.