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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 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.
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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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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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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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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The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age

While avid readers of World War II will turn to Richard Rhodes’s The Making of the Atomic Bomb as the definitive book on the Manhattan Project, those looking for a digestible and humanistic version of events will find Olson’s book fascinating and thought provoking. The rare crossover nonfiction for history and science readers to enjoy and ponder.
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Ancient Rome: Facts and Fictions

A decent attempt with a worthwhile premise, this book may be of interest to history buffs or undergraduate students, though the lengthy passages of ancient texts may prove difficult to follow for general readers.

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.
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The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South

With elements of legal and social history, this work is recommended for readers interested in the history of race and racism, and how it relates to medical practice in the United States.

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

Although focused primarily on the history of St. Louis and surrounding areas, this well researched and thoroughly documented work is too important to be dismissed as a strictly regional history. Highly recommended for all readers interested in American history.

Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union

Packed with notes on a variety of sources, this book can be a dense read. But for readers interested in American history and politics, particularly the role and response of the federal government during crises, this book offers a powerful and refreshing account on disunity in America and helps us understand more about today’s political fragmentation under state and national governments.
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Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England

Gaps in the historical record prompt Hollman to make some questionable speculations about the women’s attributes and relationships, but for the most part this is a well-researched and enlightening look at how cultural fear was used to justify acts of misogynistic vengeance and greed.

The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution

Frykman breathes life into his subject in this vividly written tale of an oft-underrepresented history. Readers interested in maritime, naval, labor, and Atlantic history will greatly enjoy.
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Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast

A must-read for anyone interested in slave revolts and the history of Atlantic slavery.
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Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency

Recommended for fans of Regency romances and for casual feminist history readers as a brief overview of the period and the many influential figures who defied society’s expectations.

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Unconditional: The Japanese Surrender in World War II

A scholarly work, this will appeal most to researchers and informed readers interested in the diplomatic history of World War II.
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Operation Vengeance: The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II

Although this history is well documented in World War II literature, the accessible storytelling by Hampton will likely be of interest for aficionados of the period.

The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis

Ohler’s gifts as a writer shine as he brings to life the personalities, motivations, and machinations of the Red Orchestra. Complementary works include Shareen Blair Brysac’s Resisting Hitler and Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton’s No Ordinary Men.

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941–44

A poignant, gripping, and beautiful multigenerational look at life before and during the Holocaust, as well as the process of rebuilding after the war.

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The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

This bold blend of personal and political history will reward enthusiastic readers for their time.

Union: The Struggle To Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

Woodard is a gifted historiographer, and this excellent work will be appreciated by anyone interested in American history and how it came to be written.
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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

A dramatic piece of nonfiction that recovers the history of a generation of leaders that helped create the environment for the civil rights battles in decades that followed Roosevelt’s death.
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The S.S. Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi

Readers of World War II literature and the history of the Nazi regime should find this a fascinating read.
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12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon

Holmes synthesizes technical reports and archival materials to produce this first book-length, accessible narrative on an essential factor of Allied victory in World War II. Readers of similar works on Navajo Code Talkers will also enjoy this story of wartime espionage.
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The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940–1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

A gripping study of a topic less explored, this work should appeal to readers interested in pre–World War II preparations and social and cultural aspects of U.S. Army history.
PREMIUM

The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

Sometimes argumentative but always insightful, this study of Sherman ranks among the best renderings of the man and the conduct of the Civil War, and will help readers reconsider Sherman's character and the discipline necessary to succeed in war.

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Rebels in the Making: The Secession Crisis and the Birth of the Confederacy

Citing contemporaneous diaries and newspapers, Barney’s investigative account supplies an enlightening exposé on the lead-up to the Civil War.

Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers

In an era in which some desire a return to a perceived greatness, books like this remind us greatness is often reliant on the selective memory of storytellers.

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town

Taking a compelling approach to documenting Ngaba’s history through the eyes of its own people, this wonderfully written book will leave readers with a stronger appreciation for why the movement to support the Tibetan people deserves so much more attention.
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Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

The publication date coincides with the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. While Blume doesn’t shed new insight, readers looking for an overview of World War II or background on Hersey’s Hiroshima will find this to be of interest.

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The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice

More than a simple crime story, this is a forgotten history of Arkansas in the mid-20th century. Recommended for readers interested in antiheroes, self-made men, and survivor stories.
PREMIUM

The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey’s Vietnam Conflict

For scholars of both the period and the career of Humphrey.
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Lincoln’s First Crisis: Fort Sumter and the Betrayal of the President

Recommended for Civil War buffs and those who enjoy political intrigue.

The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle To Transform American Capitalism

It’s no easy task to write a dual biography while also incorporating the feelings and emotions of the historical moment, yet Berfield accomplishes all of this. An extremely readable work that will engage American history and business readers everywhere.
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The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch

A spirited, entertaining read with a twist of insight and a tang of scandal.
PREMIUM

Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Rome

A serviceable study of Alaric himself, but more valuable as a resource offering a look at the Roman Empire midway through its fall.

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front

This treasure trove of love letters, cultural history, and memoir should make a wonderful addition to all World War II collections.
PREMIUM

The German War Machine in World War II: An Encyclopedia

Of interest to high school and college students in addition to anyone with a research interest in German military history.
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Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Exhaustively researched using cross-disciplinary resources, this breathtaking, epic history will appeal to all types of readers.
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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965

A clear, well-crafted historical overview of U.S. immigration, and the people who shaped it. Yang defines the issues these debates raised but never settled in a way that informs without overwhelming readers.

The Brothers York: A Royal Tragedy

Penn’s latest is a treat for dedicated readers of English history who know the outlines of the story covered but wish to learn more.
 
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The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times

Overall, a rich, intimate, evenhanded narrative that reveals the Cuban people’s resilience and resourcefulness amid oppression.

 

Europe Against the Jews: 1880–1945

Essential reading for anyone trying to understand the Holocaust with a view toward preventing future genocides. [See Prepub Alert, 10/7/19.]
 
 
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The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Recommended for readers of World War II history and women’s and Jewish studies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]
 

Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950–1953

An extraordinary kaleidoscope of human experiences in a catastrophic forgotten war.
PREMIUM

The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War

This compelling work is highly recommended for those interested in World War II or in the history of fascism.

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The Year of Peril: America in 1942

While this may appear to be yet another history of World War II, Campbell’s book sets itself apart by revealing a fractionalized society and showing the moment of fragility before America became a contender on the global stage.
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Hitler’s True Believers: How Ordinary People Became Nazis

As with his earlier book, Backing Hitler, Gellately substantively revises our understanding of the process whereby average Germans became active participants or indifferent bystanders to Nazi atrocities. This work, an impressive synthesis of scholarship and archival sources, will be beneficial for all libraries.
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The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed

While the authors offer no new information or interpretation of Lincoln’s preinaugural journey, which is better related in Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, the instructive accounting of the mentality, movements, and means of Pinkerton and his agents makes for a revealing look inside the world of secessionist fanaticism.
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Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine

For the vast majority of people who will never experience life in a submarine, Humphreys’s work delivers an engaging glimpse into what they’re missing out on
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The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power

Despite a few missteps, Range exhibits a deft hand at keeping track of the multiple plot lines of German politics. This will be of interest to readers of his previous book and those looking for more insight into the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power.
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Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, World War II’s Invisible Secret Weapon

Lewis presents a richly detailed and nail-biting tale. For readers who enjoy well-told history and scholars of World War II.
PREMIUM

The NRA: The Unauthorized History

The book is meticulously detailed, sometimes overly so, including investigations into the NRA’s internal debates and parliamentary process. Still, libraries looking for a nonpartisan history of the organization will be well-served.

Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation

An important history, though the book is often redundant in its exploration of the author’s heritage.
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The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices Of A Country and Its People

Kangarlou presents an engaging set of profiles that offer an important and balanced portrait of Iran, a country often misunderstood and misrepresented in the West.
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Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor

Lehr’s skills as a journalist dig deep into the lives of Yamamoto and Mitchell, shining light on the public and private life of each. Anyone interested in World War II, and especially the war in the Pacific, will find this account fascinating. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]
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Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America

Colt’s powerful personality drives the narrative, showing his brilliant showmanship, family connections, occasional legerdemain, and aggressive political lobbying to force his business dream into a commercial success. No hagiography, this work is as much a non-judgmental history of the development of American gun culture as it is of Samuel Colt himself.

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.

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.]
PREMIUM

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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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
PREMIUM

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.

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.

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.
PREMIUM

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.
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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.

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.
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