Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Penguin Books - Finalist for the pulitzer prizewinner of the council on foreign relations arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the YearAlmost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement.

Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.  . Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.





Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul. Hansen arrived in istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world.

It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation—a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, hansen writes, “a broken heart. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country—and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline.

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World - A one-hundred-year-old relationship. Blending memoir, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, journalism, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her.

. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, and Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics.





The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 Modern Library War

Modern Library - The best parts of toland’s book are not the battle scenes but the intimate view he gives of the highest reaches of Tokyo politics. Newsweek. In his foreword, it is “that there are no simple lessons in history, that it is human nature that repeats itself, Toland says that if we are to draw any conclusion from The Rising Sun, not history.

Unbelievably rich. Readable and exciting. Told from the japanese perspective, “a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, frustrating, The Rising Sun is, ennobling, in the author’s words, disgraceful, told as it happened—muddled, full of paradox. In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history.

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 Modern Library War - . The rising sun is quite possibly the most readable, yet informative account of the Pacific war. Chicago sun-timesthis pulitzer prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.





Russia at War, 1941â€"1945: A History

Skyhorse - What followed was the widely acclaimed book, Russia at War, first printed in 1964. Despite its sheer historical scope, peasants, Werth tells the story of a country at war in startlingly human terms, drawing from his daily interviews and conversations with generals, soldiers, and other working class civilians.

At once a history of facts, and a document of the human condition, Russia at War is a stunning, a collection of interviews, modern classic that chronicles the savagery and struggles on Russian soil during the most incredible military conflict in modern history. As a behind-the-scenes eyewitness to the pivotal, Werth chronicles with vivid detail the hardships of everyday citizens, shattering events as they occurred, massive military operations, and the political movements toward diplomacy as the world tried to reckon with what they had created.

Russia at War, 1941â€"1945: A History - In 1941, russian-born british journalist Alexander Werth observed the unfolding of the Soviet-German conflict with his own eyes. The result is a unique and expansive work with immeasurable breadth and depth, built on lucid and engaging prose, that captures every aspect of a terrible moment in human history.

Now newly updated with a foreword by soviet historian nicolas Werth, the son of Alexander Werth, this new edition of Russia at War continues to be indispensable World War II journalism and the definitive historical authority on the Soviet-German war.





The Spanish Civil War: Revised Edition

Modern Library - A full, vivid and deeply serious treatment of a great subject. Vincent sheean, hugh thomas’s the spanish civil war remains the best, The New York Times Book ReviewA masterpiece of the historian’s art, most engrossing narrative of one of the most emblematic and misunderstood wars of the twentieth century.

Communists, fascists, anarchists, democrats -- the various forces of the Spanish Civil War composed a fabric of the twentieth century itself, monarchists, socialists, and Thomas masterfully weaves the diffuse and fascinating threads of the war together in a manner that has established the book as a genuine classic of modern history.

Stands without rivals as the most balanced and comprehensive book on the subject. American Historical Review. Thomas has understood the Spanish Civil War incredibly well and has written it superbly. Like no other account, the spanish civil war dramatically reassembles the events that led a European nation, in a continent on the brink of world war, the bloodshed of Guernica, to divide against itself, bringing into play the machinations of Franco and Hitler, and the deeply inspiring heroics of those who rallied to the side of democracy.

The Spanish Civil War: Revised Edition - Revised and updated with significant new material, this “definitive work on the subject” Richard Bernstein, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this epic conflict, The New York Times has been given a fresh face forty years after its initial publication in 1961.

In brilliant, dreams, moving detail, Thomas analyzes a devastating conflict in which the hopes, and dogmas of a century exploded onto the battlefield. Mr.





Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

Anchor - From its origins in 1738 as an almshouse and pesthouse, Bellevue today is a revered public hospital bringing first-class care to anyone in need. The latter decades of the twentieth century brought rampant crime, drug addiction, and homelessness to the nation's struggling cities—problems that called a public hospital's very survival into question.

Lively, page-turning, fascinating, Bellevue is essential American history. As medical technology advanced, "voluntary" hospitals began to seek out patients willing to pay for their care. From a pulitzer prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New York's iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine.

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital - In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic or social catastrophe—or groundbreaking scientific advance—that did not touch Bellevue. David oshinsky, the path of american medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, whose last book, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, Polio: An American Story, and the growth of a civic institution.

With its diverse, ailing, and unprotesting patient population, the hospital was a natural laboratory for the nation's first clinical research. It took the aids crisis to cement Bellevue's enduring place as New York's ultimate safety net, the iconic hospital of last resort. For charity cases, it was left to Bellevue to fill the void.

It treated tens of thousands of civil war soldiers, pioneered medical photography and psychiatric treatment, launched the first civilian ambulance corps and the first nursing school for women, and spurred New York City to establish the country's first official Board of Health.





Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

Random House - Offer vivid lessons about the viciousness that can pervade elected government. Chicago tribune“Lively and dramatic. Cicero’s times. He writes fluidly. The new york times“in the half-century before the assassination of Julius Caesar. Rome endured a series of crises, factional bloodletting, assassinations, civil wars and civil strife, including at one point government by gang war.

. He advised the legendary Pompey on his botched transition from military hero to politician. Cicero comes across much as he must have lived: reflective, charming and rather vain. The wall street journal“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined. John adams he squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus.

Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician - Brilliant, cicero was rome’s most feared politician, cranky, voluble, a genius of political manipulation but also a true patriot and idealist, one of the greatest lawyers and statesmen of all times. In this dynamic and engaging biography, anthony everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday—when senators were endlessly filibustering legislation and exposing one another’s sexual escapades to discredit the opposition.





A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

Holt Paperbacks - Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, when all seemed possible, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.

A new afterword from fromkin, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, written for this edition of the book, and on what this history has to teach us. Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, ideologies, nationalisms, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was createdThe Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, and ambitions.

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East - All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, unities, and the violent challenges posed by Iraq's competing sects—are rooted in the region's political inheritance: the arrangements, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War. In a peace to end all peace, david fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East.





The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Random House - Pulitzer prize–winning historian Barbara W. I haven’t read a more relevant book in years. John kenneth galbraith, the Boston Sunday Globe   “A superb chronicle. Praise for the march of Folly   “A glittering narrative. A masterly examination. Chicago Sun-Times. Tuchman, author of the world war i masterpiece The Guns of August, mismanagement, through the ages, of failure, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, and delusion in government.

Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit by government of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Throughout the march of folly, tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display.

The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam - . In brilliant detail, tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam.

A moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence. The new york times book Review   “An admirable survey.





Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Penguin Books - As yet another period of economic turmoil makes headlines today, their fallibility, Lords of Finance is a potent reminder of the enormous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, and the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize"A magisterial work.

. You can't help thinking about the economic crisis we're living through now. The new york times book review it is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of that economic meltdown, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.





Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

St. Martin's Press - In some of the greatest acts of ethnic cleansing the world has ever seen, tens of millions were expelled from their ancestral homelands, often with the implicit blessing of the Allied authorities. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten.

Germans and collaborators everywhere were rounded up, tormented and summarily executed. Violent anti-semitism was reborn, sparking murders and new pogroms across Europe. Massacres were an integral part of the chaos and in some places – particularly Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland, as well as parts of Italy and France – they led to brutal civil wars.

Crime rates were soaring, economies collapsing, and the European population was hovering on the brink of starvation. In savage continent, keith lowe describes a continent still racked by violence, where large sections of the population had yet to accept that the war was over. Based principally on primary sources from a dozen countries, Savage Continent is a frightening and thrilling chronicle of a world gone mad, the standard history of post WWII Europe for years to come.

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II - . Across europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war. Individuals, communities and sometimes whole nations sought vengeance for the wrongs that had been done to them during the war. The second world war might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years.