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How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

Those interested in American history, politics, and its historical development will find much to enjoy in this well-written, argued work.
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Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II

A solid analysis of World War II’s first major operation, this work should appeal to any readers interested in Polish history or the war’s beginnings.

Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution

Carefully argued, Bell’s study should appeal to history lovers at all levels of expertise.

Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South

A seminal work of impeccable scholarship. Recommended to all working in the intersections of law, criminal justice, and social activism, along with readers of African American history and Southern history. Also see the documentary feature film A Crime on the Bayou (2020), in development with Augusta Films and HBO, which follows Duncan’s story. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Gods of War: History’s Greatest Military Rivals

Readers interested in military history and the lives of some of history’s noteworthy generals will enjoy the range and scope of this book.
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Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul

A valuable addition to reflections on Truman and the factors that motivate voters.

The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern

Recommended for readers of Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and 19th-century French history and literature.
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Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

Lively storytelling and accessible writing makes Hiltzik’s work suitable for all types of readers interested in railroad history.
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The Lost Pianos of Siberia

Tigers, pianos, prisoners, and historical perspective throughout Siberia’s past and present are the heart of this personal account that starts and ends with the search for a piano. While the pianos and their providence are captivating, the history and people stand out.

Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and History

This lively, discerning study requires familiarity with French history and politics. However, it is worth the effort for scholars of those areas
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Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945

Readers interested in rich foxhole perspectives in the Pacific theater of World War II will find this book worthwhile.

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They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty

This history of the Pilgrim’s story will be accessible to general readers and scholars alike. Using underutilized primary sources, Turner weaves a fresh history of the Plymouth Colony with an expanded cast of characters.
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All Against All: The Long Winter of 1933 and the Origins of the Second World War

Readers with an interest in reflective philosophical history will appreciate this book. Those looking for a more straightforward narrative of the period and how the two world wars relate might find Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back a better choice.

The American Women’s Almanac: 500 Years of Making History

A welcome counter to textbooks and encyclopedias that favor the achievements of men, this is an essential addition to reference or history collections in all public and academic libraries.
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A Day in the Life of an American Worker: 200 Trades and Professions Through History

This concise, well-written work is both an effective introduction to the subject but also a gateway for readers looking to take a deeper dive into an array of different types of occupations.
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The World of Ancient Greece

Users from advanced secondary students to general readers will find here a strong, accessible foundation of basic information revolving around the classical and Hellenistic periods.
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Great State: China and the World

This enjoyable read is essential for all students of Chinese history, and accessible to anyone with a general interest in the topic. A solid companion to Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.
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Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men’s Epic Duel To Rule the World

Recommended for general readers who enjoy aviation, technology, and business histories.

A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac

Highly recommended because of the insights on the time period, and a valuable contribution to understanding the common Civil War soldier.
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Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt

Consummate popular history: fast-paced, intelligent, and entertaining.

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The Habsburgs: To Rule the World

This admirably compact, exceptionally well-written survey will probably be the standard one-volume history of the Habsburg dynasty for years to come.

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1939: A People’s History of the Coming of the Second World War

Written in an accessible, engaging style, this book will appeal most to casual readers of popular history.

Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War. Vol. I: July 1937–May 1942

Frank succeeds in his goal to alter our view of World War II as mostly a European clash in this informative book meant for all serious world history readers, even those who presume to know all there is to know about World War II.

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Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy

This work speaks to the internal tensions within party organizations, the blinding force of ambition, and the ways distrust of democratic processes and institutions can destroy democracy itself. In that, it is a book for our time.
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How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Highly recommended for history buffs and readers concerned about the failure of democracy in the Middle East.
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A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian at Auschwitz

A story of survival that is rare in its coverage of life before and after the Holocaust, addressing the difficult question of what comes after such tragedy.
 
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Quest for Eternal Sunshine: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Darkness to Light

This heartfelt account of a remarkable life will interest anyone who has suffered trauma or who is overcoming difficulties, as well as those interested in ­Holocaust survivor biographies.
 

Those Who Forget: My Family’s Story in Nazi Europe–A Memoir, A History, A Warning

In searing yet engaging prose, Schwarz makes her case for the need for memory work in this highly recommended read for fans of memoirs and World War II history.

All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Although some of the military details can be a little dry, Lerner effectively balances two very different accounts surrounding a traumatic time in history. For fans of both military history and biography.
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Someone Is Out To Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness

All told, Brown delivers a tantalizing, stranger-than-fiction collection guaranteed to entertain. For fans of the History Channel and similar historical adventures.

No Man’s Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I

Moore’s story of the Women’s Hospital Corps will inspire women with medical careers and anyone who appreciates stories of hardworking heroes.

Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler

A welcome addition to World War II memoirs.

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Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan

An enjoyable read that provides a useful introduction to the cultures, histories, and current events of three major countries in East Asia. Highly recommended for general readers with an interest in the region.
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The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point

The extensive use of primary sources makes this book of interest to all Civil War enthusiasts.
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The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began

Readers of medieval history and anyone interested in the achievements of non-Europeans will enjoy this work. However, readers wanting to get a better understanding of globalism may be disappointed.
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The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military

For readers and scholars interested in civilian-military relations, military law, and military leadership. An excellent companion to Eliot Cohen’s Supreme Command; the two stand together in defiance of Samuel P. Huntington’s 1957 classic, The Soldier and the State.
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Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

Readers who enjoyed the first two books in this popular history trilogy will look forward to this excellent and fitting conclusion on one famous town of the “Wild West.”
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An Environmental History of the Civil War

For scholars of the Civil War, this book adds a fresh perspective, illustrating how ecology, nature, and weather had a striking and unpredictable effect upon military preparedness and the waging of war.

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Blending a gripping narrative and a well-researched examination of personal and news archives, Larson’s distinctive history of Britain's "darkest hour" offers a new angle for those already familiar with this era, while attracting readers who wish to learn more about the notable leader.

The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

A must-read for those interested in women’s and World War II history.
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Germany: A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500–2000

Smith rejects the notion that German history is the story of militant nationalism marching toward genocide, and instead focuses on cartographers intellectuals who, prior to 1918, often described the landscape and ethnography of Germany in pacifistic terms. This new perspective on German history should be welcomed by all libraries.

Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich

Everyone concerned about the rise of nationalism, the impact of extreme partisanship, and preserving democracy should read this insightful book.

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

Engaging, illuminating, and with highly relevant current subject matter, this book is recommended for all readers, especially fans of popular history and politics.
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All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

This fast-paced narrative, focusing less on Kennedy and more on local people, will find audiences among those who enjoyed J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Tony Horowitz’s Spying on the South.
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Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

This valuable addition to the scholarship of Native American dispossession and extermination should be read by scholars and general readers alike.

In the Waves: My Quest To Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine

This engaging investigative work will intrigue readers of Civil War and naval histories and sleuths of scientific puzzles.

City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism

Van Engen has created an engrossing, highly recommended intellectual history that counters one of America’s founding myths.

50 Events That Shaped African American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

In distilling African American history down to a series of essential snapshots, this title offers an excellent jumping-off resource for students exploring avenues for research in U.S. history, African American studies, and sociology.
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Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

Roberts conveys the personal and political impact of a pivotal event in American history in a narrative that will engage readers of the time period and resonate with today’s social justice activists.
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The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One

With several chill-inducing moments combined with engaging writing, this book will hold readers’ interest until the last page. May be of particular interest to fans of Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers.
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Island Stories: An Unconventional History of Britain

With this well-documented and engaging, narrative, readers will gain a better understanding of the nuanced histories of this island nation.
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Ride the Devil’s Herd: Wyatt Earp’s Epic Battle Against the West’s Biggest Outlaw Gang

Readers interested in Wyatt Earp and “Wild West” history will enjoy this new chronicle of the lawman’s life and times.
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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best

Highly recommended for historians and aficionados of pre–World War II motorsport competition and its larger-than-life contestants.

 

War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War

A compelling look at a tumultuous moment in U.S. history through the lives of three extraordinary individuals. Fans of 20th-century American culture as well as Boston and World War I history will rejoice.

Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War

Marrs weaves a complex history to capture the essence of the literature and art surrounding the Civil War, resulting in a valuable work beneficial to a variety of collections.

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Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation

This personal account nicely blends memoir and history to offer a balanced look at life in the West Bank. It is sure to pique the interest of readers seeking to explore just resolutions to the ongoing unrest in the region.
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Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930–1944

More a regional history scrutinizing the intersection of wealth and war through the biography of a famous resident than a traditional treatment of Chanel’s life. Those seeking the latter may prefer Caroline Young’s Living with Coco Chanel.
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River of Blood: American Slavery from the People Who Lived It

This important collection documents the experiences of formerly enslaved people and exposes readers to the difficult truths of American history. An eye-opening record and exploration of how the past informs our present.

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945

Well researched, powerfully written, and balanced, this book will let the reader decide whether the bombing of Dresden was a war crime or a calculated step to bring a long and bloody war to an end. For all interested in military history and World War II.

American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution

Sankovitch has woven a compelling, potent chronicle of members of three principal American families that will be valued by readers of American history at all levels.
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The Boston Massacre: A Family History

Zabin has done extensive research into the public records of several Revolutionary era archives and has compiled a compelling history of the Boston Massacre, weaving personal stories together to present a comprehensive view of this turning point incident.

Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe

This well-written and astutely researched book makes the wartime work of librarians engaging and engrossing. Those fascinated by intelligence missions or keen on the history of library science will appreciate this excellent read.

A Black Women’s History of the United States

A substantial addition to popular history. Will likely be well-received by black women seeking better historical representation and by allies looking to educate themselves about black history.
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Lord of All the Dead

This unusual offering is an effort to heal as much as it is a way to trace an uncertain history, and will appeal to readers seeking more background on Spain and others who admire good writing.

Race of Aces: WWII’s Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle To Become the Masters of the Sky

Eloquent and finely researched, this book will appeal to amateur historians or anyone interested in the USAAF and World War II maneuvers in the South Pacific.
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Every Drop of Blood: Hatred and Healing at Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

Although Achorn doesn’t offer new interpretations of Lincoln or his speech, he does, however, provide the fullest accounting of the inauguration experience. A solid history that will allow readers to feel as if they are in the moment.

The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic: The Rise of the Third Reich

Highly recommended for all readers of European history and global current events.

American Political Humor

Students of politics, journalism, and culture, as well as political mavens, will benefit from the scope, expertise, and viewpoints here.

Man-Made Wonders of the World

A feast for the eyes, this informational volume will appeal not only to those interested in architecture, but also politics, economics, history, archaeology, and theology, as well as armchair travelers.

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

An enriching look at African American history through the lens of the black motorist, and as one of the few books on the subject, this is essential for most collections.
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Seduction: A History From the Enlightenment to the Present

The book’s quasibiographical approach provides an unusual but engaging way of addressing its central topic, though readers wanting a more clear-cut exploration of the subject will almost certainly find it too tangential.
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The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London

A solid choice for readers of 20th-century British literary history or the lives of the British during World War II.
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Stealth: The Secret Contest To Invent Invisible Aircraft

This authoritative contribution to the history of aviation will be welcomed by academics and general readers of flight, military theory, and aeronautical engineering.
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Great Society: A New History

While far from a polemical text, Shlaes’s work raises a point of view that represents a specific spectrum of economic ideology; for readers who share the author’s beliefs.

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A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II

Vibrant and readable, recommended for anyone interested in the history of World War II, women in the military, naval history, and military history.
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Land of Tears: The Exploration and Exploitation of Equatorial Africa

Essential reading for serious students of modern African history.

Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest To Save the Mosul Zoo

Recommended for readers seeking a more nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent to this region.
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1774: The Long Year of Revolution

Norton’s cogent discussion of the details of the “long year” will appeal to colonial and revolutionary period scholars and enthusiasts. Her inclusion of suppressed female and loyalist voices should be applauded.

A House in the Mountains

Recommended for those interested in World War II and women’s history.
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Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

Even astute readers of history and civil rights will be alarmed by this story, which is why it should be read. For fans of American history, politics, and civil rights.

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Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

Well-written, entertaining, and strongly recommended for readers interested in American history.
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Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

This narrative presents an engaging and enlightening perspective on the history of the presidency; also suggest Seth Cotlar and Richard J. Ellis’s Historian in Chief.

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Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression

Recommended for readers interested in the history of Florida and those who enjoy stories of the rich and glamorous in the 1920s.
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Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

This book will be a strong addition to a variety of nonfiction collections, and is appropriate for hobbyists with an interest in women’s activism and for those who are newer to American history.
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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions. Readers of polar histories, U.S. Navy history, and other armchair adventurers will enjoy this work.

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

A must-read for scholars, historians, academics, and students of politics.
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A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

This straightforward account will appeal principally to Revolutionary War buffs.
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Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947

A unique perspective on the role of Jews in European intellectual life, this will be of interest to music and art history readers, as well as those interested in Jewish history.

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

Highly recommended as a valuable and accurate presentation of a century of struggle between Jews and Palestinians seeking to build a nation on the same territory, vastly unequal in resources and efficacy. Khalidi weaves his personal and family perspective into his academic study.
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The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors

This work will appeal to World War II buffs and fans of nonfiction adventure or sports.

World War II Map by Map

Casual and serious readers alike will find the engaging cartography of this superb, data-rich volume conveys the exceptional range, duration, costs, and intensity of a war that dramatically altered history.

When It Was Grand: The Radical Republican History of the Civil War

A new perspective on the Civil War. All will appreciate the gripping accounts of partisanship, political ambition, civil disobedience, and the creative ways that radicals used print and speech to persuade Americans to understand and accept the necessity of emancipation and the importance of equal rights.

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Eight Days at Yalta: How Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin Shaped the Post-War World

This examination into the Yalta conference is a solid choice for readers of popular history who want to understand the lessons and legacy of Yalta: as important now as ever.

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Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up To Change a Nation

A must-read for those interested in antebellum African American life and education.

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Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War

For historians, political scientists, and students of women’s history, as well as general readers interested in contemporary global concerns and human rights.

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The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism

A harsh and thorough skewering of the worst parts of English nationalism, though the narrative’s narrow focus undercuts its potential to be more than a caustic takedown of the country's self-image.

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American Demagogue: The Great Awakening and the Rise and Fall of Populism

Despite its misleading title, this work remains a thoughtful take on an intriguing period of American history.

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