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Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

A general purchase recommended for public libraries.
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999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Against the backdrop of World War II, this respectful narrative presents a compassionate and meticulous remembrance of the young women profiled throughout.
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Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler: Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain’s Plight of Appeasement: 1937–1939

This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs.
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The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution

Overall, the work presents a commendable treatment of pecuniary matters during this country’s embryonic stages and is recommended for readers interested in fiscal matters and American economic habits.
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When Reagan Sent in the Marines: The Invasion of Lebanon

Complementary to Benis Frank’s thoroughly researched U.S. Marines in Lebanon, 1982–1984 and John Laffin’s The War of Desperation: Lebanon 1982–1984, this smoothly written assessment of a modern American military disaster will be a worthwhile addition to most history collections.
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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

This accessible book will appeal to history buffs and biography fans in addition to those already familiar with Chang’s body of work.
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Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations

This exceedingly well-written chronicle will please all history lovers.
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Thomas Jefferson’s Education

Recommended only for readers of Jeffersonian history and those curious about the history of the University of Virginia and College of William & Mary. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]

Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century

A moving, wonderfully written history of a fascinating family that will attract readers of history and those interested in Judaic studies. Highly recommended.
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Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

The actions of freed slaves and other African Americans are given considerable attention; however, since the work is mainly concerned with the Eastern theatre, the war’s lasting impact on Native populations is neglected. Still, history and Civil War enthusiasts will find much to engage with in Gwynne’s latest book.

Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas

Harrigan is a master storyteller and weaves a highly enjoyable tale of Texas that is sometimes tall but always big. A must-read for all Texans and those who are curious about more than the legend of the state.
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The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin

For readers with an interest in the beginnings of the Soviet period and the collaboration between two nations often at odds with each other.

The King’s War: The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II

Highly recommended for readers of British history; the history of royalty, especially the Windsors; and above all, the events following The King’s Speech.

Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

Skillful writing makes Miller’s latest work a highly recommended and readable addition to the voluminous library of Civil War histories.

The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians

We do not know what members of Congress took away from the Dialogues, but readers of this book will learn much about biographical method, historical curiosity, and American exceptionalism. With close reading they will also realize that there is no one American story, Rubenstein’s claim notwithstanding.
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The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

An excellent study for specialists of religious and political history of 16th- and 17th-century England, Scotland, and America. However, general readers might find this less rewarding, in part owing to the dense writing style that unfortunately lacks a smooth narrative flow.
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Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages

While even Hartnell admits this book only brushes the surface of the topic, for an overview account it offers a well-rounded, thoughtful, and witty exploration that general readers should appreciate and even learn a thing or two from.
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Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941–1942

A solid analysis of the 1941–42 winter campaign, this work should appeal to readers interested in operations on the World War II’s eastern front.
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The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era

An optional purchase, as this is well-trod ground.

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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

This clearly written and engaging overview of human exploration since our beginnings will capture the imaginations of both YA and adult readers. Highly recommended.
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The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

A passionate, heartfelt account that will heighten our awareness of an important issue.
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The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

A colorful, quirky, and ultimately moving look at a misunderstood faith and the iron-willed women who continue to sustain it.
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Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Recommended for college students and academics with an interest in history, Latin American history, Aztec history, and Mexico’s colonial past.

Never Forget: A Look Back at World War II

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Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Roberts briefly distills conservative views on what it takes to be a leader, producing an extremely readable, if sometimes simplified, summation of this aspect of military history. For public libraries and larger academic collections.

Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot To Rediscover the Golden State

Neely's account is a solid mix of adventure story and history lesson. Recommended for anyone interested in California history.

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American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

This is an ambitious book whose occasional excesses of verbiage can be forgiven because it has so much to tell. It is handsomely produced, with illustrations and maps, and will appeal principally to history buffs.

The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust

Readers with an interest in World War II, 20th-century political history, Jewish history, and the Holocaust should find this an incisive and insightful exploration of the leading figures of this period.

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

An entertaining and informative look at a potent historical phenomenon whose echoes are still being felt today. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]
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This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

Silverman’s reconstruction of the world of the Wampanoag provides fascinating insights for both general readers and scholars into the early years of the colonization of Massachusetts, situating not only Thanksgiving within the nation’s history but also the tragedy of King Philip’s War.

Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Overall, recommended for scholars of World War II and religious history, and the history of espionage, as well as general readers interested in the intersection of American history and Christianity.

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks

While putting a spotlight on an underrepresented era of medieval history, this book seeks to appeal to all kinds of readers with its easy narrative style, in-depth research, and engrossing details.
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The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America

Extensively researched, tediously old-school military history.
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The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

This excellent oral history provides a much-needed perspective of the events and aftermath.
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Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation

This captivating study will thrill World War II buffs as well as mystery readers of all ages. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power

An essential purchase for all collections of American history and Native American studies.
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One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America

The results of this fascinating, well-researched narrative are conveyed with immediacy, insight, and humor. A solid choice for all readers.

Heirs of an Honored Name: The Decline of the Adams Family and the Rise of Modern America

For scholars and serious students of 19th-century American history.

Military History Trending: Old Conflicts, New Formats

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The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson

Inniss presents a riveting legal review of a high-profile fugitive slave case. Whereas Johnson’s story had previously been localized, this study is a welcome addition to all research, legal, and public libraries as an invaluable addition to this emergent field of studies.

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The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

A masterly effort with an intriguing thesis put forward to explain key factors contributing to human history. Highly recommended.

Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

Highly recommended. This work sheds light on misdeeds done in the name of American democracy and should have wide appeal among general readers.

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Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination

Will appeal to a broad range of readers, from academics interested in the history of medicine and popular culture, to general readers seeking social history rooted in an imaginative variety of sources.

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The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China

An enjoyable read that sheds light on Chinese feudal arrangements of the late imperial era. Highly recommended for all Chinese history enthusiasts

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight To Defeat the Nazis

An incredibly sweeping and readable tale, this excellent history is for readers interested in World War II and personal narratives

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least

Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940–1945

Highly recommended for Francophiles and those interested in World War II; this work adds to World War II and French historiography.

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They Will Have To Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate

This brisk narrative will grip readers of battle accounts and will give those fascinated by Middle East politics much to ponder. See Linsey Hilsum’s In Extremis for another work about the dangers encountered by civilians and journalists during war.

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The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town

This vignette of American Jewish history will be illuminating to readers of Jewish and regional U.S. history, for the particular factors relevant to upstate New York.

The Battle of the Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community

A must-read for those interested in early American republic history.

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

Overall, recommended for readers interested in American history, especially those seeking an understanding of slavery’s impact on life throughout the United States.

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Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

Although this work treads familiar ground, Brands is a master storyteller whose latest monograph will enthrall aficionados of 19th-century American history.

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Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital

This book will set the standard for other much-needed intensive, up-close examinations of what the Civil War meant on the ground.

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

A fascinating book that assists readers in gaining a deeper understanding of the past in order to move forward. Highly recommended for all history readers and teachers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

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The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

This work adds intriguing depth to Roosevelt histories. Highly recommended for cultural, presidential, and sport histories.

Polygamy

This is a must-read for scholars seeking to understand better the evolving family forms that populated the North American landscape and inflected cross-cultural encounters and tensions, from early European colonization through the early American republic.

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In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family

The combination of historical research and conversations with these women and their families creates a distinctive account that shows the ongoing effects of the conflict on generations. Readers interested in seeing beyond stereotypes and political posturing will appreciate.

Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich

What could have been an exploration of the continued ethical problems with the art world’s handling of these items instead becomes an overly simplistic cultural history of German artists and Hitler’s rise to power that covers the same ground as Susan Roland’s Hitler’s Art Thief. And while the Gurlitt family’s story provides a new view on culture in Nazi Germany, the author overall relies too much on well-trod history.

The Cigarette: A Political History

Milov’s history will be of great interest to those interested in political history and the interactions between the government and industry.

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I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music

This book will surprise those who have preconceived notions about country music and Southern politicians, and their longstanding connection.

Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre

This captivating work is essential for readers interested in China’s recent history.

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Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience

This accessible book, among several that have demythologized Mayflower history, will appeal to readers at all levels.

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land

Exploring natural history as part of humanity, this unique, artistic, and original work will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]
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Escalante’s Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

As in Greg MacGregor’s photo essay In Search of Dominguez & Escalante, this work breathes new life into a centuries-old journey.

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Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II

These stories are at once poignant and gut-wrenching, and given their scope within the longer interviews conducted by Alexievich, the author’s overall literary intent becomes clearer throughout. Readers with an interest in World War II, oral history, 20th-century history, Russian and/or Soviet history would find this well worth reading. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941–1943

Clearly written in an engaging style, this book will appeal to general readers of military history.

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25 Events That Shaped Asian American History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

College and advanced high school students, as well as general readers interested in Asian American history, will find these thorough writings a rich source of research ideas.

The Borgias: Power and Fortune

Highly recommended for readers interested in the drama surrounding the Borgias that spurred a number of scandalous rumors that continue to circulate today.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Levin’s timely and telling account should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the uses and abuses of history and the power and dangers of mythmaking.

Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany

Through extensive use of primary source material, including some in private collections, and interviews with members of the Bund, Roseman writes a gripping narrative documenting the lives of the people who helped others and those who benefited from their actions. Highly recommended.

The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

An arresting account of America’s auto-camping movement and its incipient motivators. Highly recommended, especially for social historians, travel and camping enthusiasts, automotive specialists, naturalists, and also for general readers.

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

A must-read for anyone interested in U.S. history.

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The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America

Abbot keeps up the momentum and suspense while giving her substantial characters their due. Recommended for fans of historical true crime, such as Mary Cummings’s Saving Sin City; fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will also devour this juicy read.

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Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World

Part history text and part cultural commentary, this is essentially a biography of opium. The story, however, is far from over; there is much work to be done in addressing the opioid crisis. In this informative, insightful, and ultimately hopeful work, the authors offer concrete solutions to an epic problem.

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Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story

This polished narrative with a rigid thematic structure lacks space for deeper nuance and context. Readers seeking a general history of Latin American should opt for Chasteen’s Born in Blood and Fire.

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Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War

At times riveting and insightful, this book will appeal to readers of Cold War history and readers of espionage thrillers. However, because of its expansive scope, it is difficult to recommend to general readers.

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

An exciting read for fans of World War II history, espionage tales, and the development of nuclear weapons.

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The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy

Readers interested in the American Civil War and its leaders will find much to enjoy in this fresh, new interpretation.

World War II in Focus | History, June 2019

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Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

An engaging read for both teens and adults interested in satellite remote sensing and other technologies as well as archaeology. They will learn some intriguing things about civilizations in the process.

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

A fitting celebration and remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France and Paris. Recommended for readers of military history.

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Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

Despite these drawbacks, this book may find a home among dedicated readers of military history.

When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History

Hayoun’s debut memoir offers a new perspective on world affairs and will be appreciated by readers interested in family histories told through personal narratives.

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Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

Part history lesson, part rodeo diary, this will find appeal across a broad audience and be of particular interest to fans of rodeo culture, Hawaiian history, and the early American West. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]
PREMIUM

The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction

This poignant and powerful book shows us that decisions and laws surrounding racial identity and interest were deliberate. Knowing that matters in thinking about race today. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

This thoroughly researched work is highly recommended for those interested in the Chinese American experience or the history of San Francisco. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]
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Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

History readers, particularly of the 20th century, will appreciate Bouverie’s relentless pursuit of answers to the question, “Why?”
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Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Guiet’s tribute to his father’s remarkable life will appeal to readers interested in World War II history and the American OSS and British SOE wartime spy agencies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Recommended for readers interested in a selective but engaging glimpse into modern life in the rural South. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.]

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War

Released in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this is possibly one last testament to those valiant soldiers who helped secured American victory.

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D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

A solid read highlighting women’s heroism and resistance during World War II and beyond.

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This America: The Case for the Nation

This is a call to reconsider what it means to be an American and for advocating liberalism as a corrective for “illiberal nationalism” pervading the country. Informed readers, especially historians, will welcome Lepore’s nuanced, graceful interpretation.

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The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century

A sympathetic, journalistic account of an unruly band of brothers whose 45 days of fighting in Cuba changed the world.

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Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War To Save a Nation

For those wanting to see spying through both a wide-angle lens in terms of patterns of espionage and a microscopic one in terms of personalities, Waller’s book is the one to read.

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Battle for France

Meticulous attention to large and small detail combined with a conversational writing style make this World War II chronicle accessible for most general readers.

Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

This insightful history of crimes perpetrated against gay men is essential for social history fans. Readers who enjoy well-researched, deliberate social commentary will appreciate Polchin’s enlightening and descriptive style.

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The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

Kershaw’s latest will appeal to readers interested in World War II and firsthand accounts of soldiers and their time in battle.

Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Johnson masterfully weaves historical details and current events into the interviews with her subjects, with each aspect enriching the broader tale. Highly recommended to readers with an interest in military history, women’s studies, women’s history, and Japanese-U.S. relations.

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Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona

An excellent popular history, this intimately researched text will appeal to anyone with interest in military or maritime history as well as those who enjoy personal narratives.

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A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture After the Holocaust

A serious work of Jewish studies scholarship that is nevertheless important and accessible for anyone interested in the history of the book or postwar Europe
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