Tag: History

The Coming of the Third Reich

On March 30, 1933, two months after Hitler achieved power, Paul Nikolaus, a Berlin cabaret comedian, wrote disconsolately, “For once, no joke. I am taking my own life…. [U]nfortunately I have fallen in love with my Fatherland. I cannot live in these times.” How Germans could remain in love with their fatherland under Nazism and even contribute willingly to its horrific extremism ... »

God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

Retail A deeply reported, fast-paced expose of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican-the world’s biggest, most powerful religious institution-from an acclaimed journalist with “exhaustive research techniques” (The New York Times). From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, t... »

The Brave Ones

How does the US Army mold a video-game generation with its thumbs on the joystick into a proud fighting force with its fingers on the trigger-and lives on the line-in America’s War on Terror? Michael J. MacLeod, already an accomplished professional photographer and journalist, decided to find out the hard way: by enlisting in the armed forces at age forty-one. What he observed and experience... »

Voltaire’s Calligrapher

De Santis has fashioned an appropriately sinister-if slim-steampunk mystery set in the age of Voltaire. Although Enlightenment reasoning is inspiring forward-thinking writers, philosophers, and scientists, the forces of ignorance, represented primarily by organized religion, are fighting to retain their viselike grip on the hearts and the souls of the general population. When Voltaire dispatches D... »

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hi... »

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages

A compelling, lucid, and highly readable chronicle of medieval life written by the authors of the bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City Historians have only recently awakened to the importance of the family, the basic social unit throughout human history. This book traces the development of marriage and the family from the Middle Ages to the early modern era. It describ... »

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949

The Holocaust has never been so widely commemorated, but our understanding of the accepted narrative has rarely, if ever, been questioned. David Cesarani’s sweeping reappraisal challenges accepted explanations for the anti-Jewish politics of Nazi Germany and the inevitability of the ‘Final Solution’. The persecution of the Jews was not always the Nazis’ central preoccupatio... »

Bystanders to the Holocaust: A Re-Evaluation

Using accessible archival sources, a team of historians reveal how much the USA, Britain, Switzerland and Sweden knew about the Nazi attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe during World War II. ** »

And the World Closed Its Doors: The Story of One Family Abandoned to the Holocaust

Much has been written about the West’s unwillingness to attempt the rescue of tens of thousands of European Jews from the hands of the Nazis. Now David Clay Large gives a specific human face to this tragedy of bureaucratic inertia and ill will. In this masterpiece of Holocaust literature, Large tells the wrenching story of Max Schohl, a German Jew who in the years preceding World War II coul... »

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