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Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition

As a whole, this collection showcases the vastness of Black thinking and writing, and nicely complements works by Martha S. Jones and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Complete with a list of suggestions for further reading, this winning anthology is a must for all interested in Black history, but unsure where to start.
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Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico

Villoro is not for the casual reader but for those who are interested in a deeply complex yet personal social history of Mexico City. The book serves as a nice complement to The Mexico City Reader (2004).

The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century

A must for all students, researchers, and general readers with an interest in Black lives, this essential overview of the CCP’s legacy offers fresh understanding of the history of organized Black activism and commitment to community efforts for equal rights. Highest recommendation.

Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

This important, absorbing work shows that the full story of the Cuban Missile Crisis must be told from its global perspective. See Martin Sherwin’s Gambling with Armageddon for another account that places the Crisis in its Cold War context.
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The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones

A valuable addition to public library collections, the latest from Loftis will especially engage those interested in World War II history and espionage.
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Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

An engaging read for fans of polar and Arctic history.

Imperial China

It is more important than ever that China’s history be widely known, and this irresistible volume will help readers recognize its many cultural legacies.

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

At a time when definitions of citizenship and civil rights are again under assault, Masur’s careful accounting of the ways Americans came to understand such terms provides an informed perspective to appreciate that such concepts never were, and thus never are, self-evident. They require due diligence and vigilance to secure and sustain at all levels of government. An essential book.
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Fears of a Setting Sun

Though Written primarily for history lovers, this thought-provoking book may strike a chord with others as well.

Children of the Holocaust

Often chilling, sometimes inspiring, inexpressibly moving, this volume, while not comprehensive, provides an essential record for all readers interested in history, morality, politics, and human nature.
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The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680–1790

A giant tome that will be indispensable for advanced students and readers of history, especially those wishing to learn more about this pivotal era.

The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication

Readers who enjoy British and royal history as well as fans of the Netflix series The Crown will greatly enjoy this insightful book.

Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia

An absorbing account of a visionary project that will engage readers interested in Southern history.
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Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring 20s

An engaging social history that touches on issues of freedom and liberation, issues that continue to resonate today.
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Himalaya: A Human History

For readers interested in a detailed, wide-ranging overview of the history and people of the Himalaya in relation to outside influences.
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Queens of the Crusades: England’s Medieval Queens

Existing fans of Weir’s histories will enjoy this newest installment, while those interested in English queens of this time period will find this a suitable if occasionally patchy overview.

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The World Turned Upside Down: A History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

This detailed and thoroughly researched work is essential reading for all students of modern Chinese history.

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Doomed Romance: Broken Hearts, Lost Souls, and Sexual Tumult in Nineteenth-Century America

Heyrman’s previous experience writing on this era of evangelicalism gives her a noted assurance in navigating the complexities of this incident, and she infuses what might have been a dry recounting of facts and dates with effective levels of tension and emotion, making this not only a valuable book for scholars of this subject area but also interesting for a more general audience.

The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America

This well-written and researched book will strongly appeal to those interested in U.S. history and civil rights.
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A Thousand May Fall: Life, Death, and Survival in the Union Army

The personal sacrifice of soldiers in war often gets lost in military histories, and Jordan's moving account of the 107th Ohio is a welcome corrective.

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The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP

This gripping story is an important reminder of the many layers of injustice still present in the United States, and would be a timely, relevant addition to most true crime and history collections.
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A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation

Highly recommended for fans of historical biography, especially as it intersects with the Civil War.

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George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle To Build a Capital City and a Nation

Aside from the idealization of Washington and some prominent historians, this is an informative narrative of the contested founding of the nation’s capital for both general readers and academics.
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Fortune’s Many Houses: A Victorian Visionary, a Noble Scottish Family, and a Lost Inheritance

This work uses primary resources to tell the story of a special couple who were the exception rather than the norm. While there are a few other works about them, including their own 1927 reminiscence We Twa, this balanced recounting will be enjoyed by those who savor details on nobility during the Victorian era.
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The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War I’s Most Famous Soldier

A flawed work that will probably best suit World War I completists.
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Beating the Nazi Invader: Hitler’s Spies, Saboteurs and Secrets in Britain 1940

With a cast of colorful characters, some familiar and others not, and a variety of stories that will be new to casual readers, this is a strong recommendation for most libraries with history-loving patrons. For readers of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre and A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell.
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A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

Wilkinson is a master storyteller, and the narrative is so engaging that readers will find it hard to put down. This comprehensive study is highly recommended for anyone interested in the exploration and study of Egypt, both ancient and modern.

Fourteenth Colony: The Forgotten Story of the Gulf South During America’s Revolutionary Era

An excellent, well-researched introduction to a long-forgotten British colony of America’s Revolutionary era; for general readers.

The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed

No comparable title exists that focuses exclusively on the mysterious background behind one single photo, making this compelling history an essential read for World War II enthusiasts.

A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era

Lang’s tour de force is a compelling and essential read. He shows how Americans’ self-anointed claim of exceptionalism was, and is, premised on a supposed consensus on liberty’s meaning that never was and perhaps will never be. Vital reading for all.

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa

Frank writes a fascinating story of grief and history that will draw readers in from the first page. Must-read narrative nonfiction.

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Craft: An American History

The history of craft is framed as the history of America in a dense compendium. A comprehensive volume perfect for academic use or ambitious novice readers.

The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution

This book will appeal to readers interested in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and constitutional history.

The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice

Handling difficult topics with adroit respect and care, Lemmon offers a story that’s eminently relatable and speaks to the ongoing fight for women’s rights the world over. This is a story that needed to be told and needs to be heard. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in current events and women’s history.
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Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War

Featuring often-overlooked perspectives, this is an important read on America’s military involvement in Afghanistan..
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War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East

A solid analysis of how espionage impacted an important theater, this book should appeal to anyone interested in World War II history, particularly intelligence operations.

You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

Readers interested in the Vietnam War and in women’s history will be engaged. See Joyce Hoffmann’s On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam, a compilation of first-person accounts, for additional insight into Vietnam War–era women journalists.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019

With YA crossover appeal, this is an essential collection proving that African American history is American history, and that the two cannot be studied separately.

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The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of the Anglo-Saxons and the Rise of the Normans

This dense account is not written in a narrative format but seeks for a firm understanding of a pivotal moment in history. Casual readers will not get as much out of Bradbury’s book as serious students of history and readers who like deep analysis of events.

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany

Readers interested in German and Cold War history and cultural studies of religious and supernatural beliefs will find much to enjoy in this rich study.
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Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves

An insight into World War II that will appeal mostly to military enthusiasts and those interested in social history.
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Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett

An accessible maritime history for libraries with extensive World War II collections.
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African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs

Covering subjects that are frequently mentioned in contemporary discourse but not always fully explained (see, for instance, the informative entry on historically Black colleges and universities), this is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers.
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All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

A moving account of not just a seminal battle but the lasting effects on those waiting for decades to know what happened to their loved ones.
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Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe After World War II

This eminently readable study thoroughly details how European nations sought to redefine and rebuild themselves in the postwar era. It’s indispensable reading for those seeking to better understand modern world affairs.

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

This thoroughly researched work will engage anyone interested in military, social, and political history of Britain during World War II.
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Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis

This is a satisfying contribution to World War II scholarship, highlighting a sophisticated, cultured, and still grassroots resistance effort. Recommended for public libraries.

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

While some of the material may be dense for non-classicists, there are many readers who will find the sections about how we tell and understand medical stories timely and important.
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Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany

Recommended for readers of popular World War II history.
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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Well-written and well-researched, this work is recommended for those interested in causes of the Civil War, Mexican-American history, and human rights.

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Metropolis

Information rich and accessible. For history and public policy readers seeking a global vision of the impact of world cities.

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A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War

This detailed and meticulously-researched account is an important contribution to the history of American slavery. Recommended primarily for readers interested in the legal history of slavery and in stories of enslaved people who directly challenged the legality of slavery in the United States.

The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights

Holt presents a brief if full picture of the civil rights movement in America that will appeal to high school and college students.
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The Pyramids: The Archaeology and History of Egypt’s Iconic Monuments

This sumptuously illustrated study incorporating the latest archaeological findings is highly recommended for general and informed readers fascinated by the pyramids and ancient Egyptian civilization. Fans might also enjoy Mark Lehner’s The Complete Pyramids.

The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage

A signal contribution to U.S. antebellum historiography. Highly recommended for U.S. Middle Period, African American, and Civil War historians, and for all general readers.
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We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign To Embrace Gratitude and Grace

Thanksgiving can often get lost in the commercialization of the holiday season, but this history of its origins puts the holiday in a fresh perspective. Readers seeking an inspiring story of persistence and achievement will appreciate.
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The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses

This fascinating look at the lives and times of the six daughters of George III and Queen Charlotte delivers an engaging read for enthusiasts of the royals and British history.

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Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

Stunningly well-researched, this book fully examines a pivotal moment in Chicago’s history. Readers of Smith’s other Chicago-based books will find this fascinating. Fans of Erik Larson, American history, and the triumph of the human spirit will also greatly enjoy..

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

The latest book by Hess has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author’s historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy.
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The Untold Story of Shields Green: The Life and Death of a Harper’s Ferry Raider

DeCaro has assembled fragments of Green’s life from the historical record in a judicious and thoughtful biography. Readers interested in antebellum, African American, and Civil War history will enjoy this brief biography.

Sicily ‘43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe

An excellent and accessible telling of the invasion that will be enjoyed by military history and World War II enthusiasts alike.

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Offering a look at the Founders rarely glimpsed, Ricks successfully argues that America needs to rediscover its classical roots.
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The Handy History Answer Book: From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

Anticipating basic questions, maintaining objectivity, and deploying an engaging style, Werner ably provides an introduction of Western history for general readers.
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Votes for Women! The American Woman Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment

A skilled blend of interpretative essays and primary documents about the women’s suffrage movement recommended for students, teachers, and general readers.
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The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those who like history and readers interested in social justice.

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The Iron Sea: How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler’s Warships

Overall, an engaging history recommended for all U.S. history and World War II collections.
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Saving Stalin: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Cost of Allied Victory in Europe

Errors and awkward prose mar a work that could have otherwise been acceptable. Not recommended.
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I Marched with Patton: A Firsthand Account of World War II Alongside One of the U.S. Army’s Greatest Generals

Of modest value as a war memoir.
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The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation

Bringing these men together as a group draws attention to how their thought and action unfolded in response to new challenges and dispels any illusion that they were a monolithic bloc. Cheney is an adept writer who makes no wrong steps. Perfect for history buffs, though little new ground is tread.
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Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire

A lively work recommended for both researchers and casual readers with an interest in prehistory, ancient history, anthropology, religion, and popular culture.
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Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World

Essential for anyone interested in 19th-century Japanese history, and a great companion piece to Anna Sherman’s The Bells of Old Tokyo, which compares modern day Tokyo with historic Edo.

Agent Sonya

This fast-paced historical account reads like a novel, with surprising twists and turns, and will thrill readers until the very last page. Readers who enjoy the writings of Neal Bascomb or Candice Millard, and fans of historical fiction will relish this book.
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War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Those interested in military history, and the idea of how we make, prepare, and enable war, will enjoy this thought-provoking read.
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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans; A Story of Love and War

This impressively researched book will appeal to general history readers interested in untold perspectives of World War II.
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The Domestic Revolution: How the Introduction of Coal into Victorian Homes Changed Everything

A fascinating, fun view of how far-reaching changes resulted from choices in household fuel. This will be particularly valuable for those interested in the unwritten history of domestic labor and “women’s work.”
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American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People

Readers looking for consolation and a plan for a more just and equitable future will not find it here. Recommended primarily for those concerned by the tone and direction of American politics and seeking a better understanding of the question on which the book is framed: “How did we get here?”

The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley

. Although this is a lengthy book, it reads easily and, within its accessible pages, readers can gain a better understanding of an ongoing, yet often forgotten war. An essential, thoroughly reported work.

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.

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Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War’s Most Notorious Spy Rings

This fast-paced narrative will engage those interested in Cold War international espionage and true crime.

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America

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An absorbing narrative of pride, greed, arrogance, and retribution that will find a place in history and true crime collections.

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The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help

A crushing but nonetheless important read chronicling firsthand perspectives and experiences of a lost family miraculously brought to life. Highly recommended as a respectfully told, exhaustively researched, and ceaselessly alarming call to attention.

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The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War—A Tragedy in Three Acts

A fascinating and compulsively readable account of warime spying.
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

A fascinating and wonderfully readable portrayal of the tensions between fiery militancy and determined but measured devotion in working toward a goal. Excellent for general readers, especially those with an interest in the Civil War.
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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945

Fans of Toll’s previous volumes will enjoy this book. World War II experts may find this work redundant, since it uses previously published materials. However, casual enthusiasts will appreciate as it compiles those works thoroughly.

If Then: How Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future

Scholars of American history and technology will appreciate the extensive research that went into this book, while general readers will be swept up by the novelistic scope of the story.

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

A thought-provoking, highly recommended perspective on a complex and largely overlooked people and period of modern history.

Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976–1980

Perlstein casts a broad net, riffing on everything from Ted Bundy to New York Mayor Ed Koch, but that is part of the package here; by the end readers have more insight on the rising tide of conservative politics.

Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II

This well-researched book is an important contribution to the history of the Cold War, and should become the standard account of the International Military Tribunal, with its inclusion of the Soviet perspective.

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America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

Readers interested in the history of U.S.-Iran and Middle Eastern politics and history will find Ghazvinian’s book to be richly telling and in-depth.
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Elsewhere: A Journey into Our Age of Islands

Overall, this is a great primer on the concept of islands in the modern age, and though engagingly written, it retains a textbook feel that will appeal to professionals or students of geography, ecology, and city planning.
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Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House

Written much like a tell-all, this historical yet approachable look at the sex lives and scandals of several U.S. presidents will appeal to history buffs as well as a large general audience.
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The City on the Thames: The Creation of a World Capital: A History of London

In addition to providing an enjoyable urban history that accurately and affectionately captures the fabric and character of London history, this account also serves as an optimal guide for armchair travelers.

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

A wonderful, exciting, engaging, scholarly yet accessible work for all readers of world history, a book that addresses a critical but often overlooked axis of global history.
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The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914–1945

Those who relish history and photography will appreciate this eloquent and artistic work.

Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

It’s difficult to imagine a better book about this often-overlooked, yet important relationship between two countries. Capozzola makes history accessible, and tells his story exceedingly well.

Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice

Will appeal to readers of military and World War II history and legal thrillers.

A People Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Modern Spain

A definitive political history of modern Spain: searing, sympathetic, analytical, and packed with enough intrigues and regime changes to excite scholars and history buffs alike.
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