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Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World

Weaving together archival transcripts and an incredible array of secondary sources, this book satisfies on many levels and will engage fans of military history, as well as readers looking for fresh takes on World War II. As in his previous books, Milton’s writing here is accessible and holds readers’ attention from start to finish.

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

Fans of military history will appreciate this book’s attention to the Ottoman side of the war; general readers will learn much about the influence of mass psychology. Like Fox’s previous works, this latest is a page-turner.

The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover

Readers should compare Letersky’s book with Hoover’s FBI by Cartha DeLoach, a 25-year FBI veteran who became number three in the agency (outranked only by Clyde Tolson); The Real J. Edgar Hoover by former assistant FBI director Ray Wannall; and the controversial book J. Edgar Hoover by Curt Gentry.

Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, and the Politics of Insinuation

This finely crafted book, based on meticulous use of archival records, satisfies on many levels and sheds light on often overlooked history.

Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books

McHugh’s work is distinctive and engaging as it describes American social history through the lens of mainstream nonfiction advice books, and explores how they define or redefine us.


Operation Pedestal: The Fleet That Battled to Malta, 1942

Hastings should please his current fans and attract new devotees with this lucidly limned account, suitable for general readers and specialists alike.


After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made

A useful, albeit partisan, view of the U.S. political scene from one of its lesser-known participants. Similar, but not identical reflections are offered in Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist, Susan Rice’s Tough Love, and, conversely, Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.


Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court

This exhaustively detailed book will engage general readers interested in civic duty and privacy. Contemporary journalistic treatments of the confirmation will have to suffice until historical perspective produces what scholars may consider a definitive account.

Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

Based on interviews and ideas replete in Sowell’s innumerable books, this biography is seasoned with selections from the economist’s sardonic quips. While many will disagree with his proposals, few should disregard his impact.

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