Karl Helicher

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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Readers Advisory

Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962

This important investigation of a significant Cold War event will inform and engross modern history readers.

Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History

The captivating narrative is at times slowed by a plethora of statistics and data, yet overall, is an illuminating investigation of post-1960s U.S. economic history that will engage readers of contemporary politics. See Rick Perlstein’s Reaganland for a detailed narrative of Reagan’s role in the nation’s shift to the right and his advocacy of pro-business governance.

Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

This richly detailed investigation will find an appreciative audience among Cold War scholars and current history readers. See Barry Gewen’s The Inevitability of Tragedy for more insight into Kissinger’s political underpinnings.

To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

Although exhaustive details might discourage general audiences, informed readers and foreign policy specialists will be engaged in what is likely the definitive contemporary account of the origins of the War in Iraq.

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Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act

This flowing account reveals the dark side of wartime strategies clouded by denials of FOIA requests. It will fascinate Cold War-era historians and readers concerned about access to government information.
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The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

Readers concerned about prison reform and social justice will be enlightened by the perspectives offered throughout. See Emily Bazelon’s Charged for another indictment of the U.S. judicial system.
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The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

This authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.

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No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS.

This detailed but swift narrative will fascinate readers of nonfiction espionage. See James Verini’s They Will Have To Die Soon for a first-person account of bloody warfare with ISIS.

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