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We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland

In O’Toole’s case, sharp reporting makes good history.

Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past

History lovers will find this exceptionally well-written book as insightful as it is a pleasure to read.

My Annihilation

Nakamura’s (The Thief) dark, elegant novel will appeal more to lovers of experimental fiction than fans of crime thrillers.

Free: A Child and a Country at the End of History

This astonishing memoir is a lively and subtle reflection on the relation between personal and political, in a world where neither old nor new fit without personal loss. Ypi’s writing sets itself apart.

Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire

This book is really two books mashed into one, and not as successfully as they might have been. Katz's account of his own visits intrudes on his account of Smedley's life, and his indictment of military policy is interrupted by the constant return to biography. Only for military history completists.

The Loft Generation: From the de Koonings to Twombly; Portraits and Sketches, 1942–2011

This account of one of the most important moments in the history of modern art is invaluable as well as fascinating.

Five Decembers

This is hardboiled fiction at its best: an exceptional tale, filled with emotion, plenty of surprises, and enough violence to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader.

The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World

Crisply written and meticulously researched, Shawcross’s engaging book tells a lively story that will appeal to most history buffs.

The Transcendentalists and Their World

This lively social and cultural history should reward most readers interested in this critical period of American history.

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