20th Century History

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  1. Book ImageRampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

    James M. Scott

    The definitive history of one of the most brutal campaigns of the war in the Pacific.More

  2. Book ImageGorbachev: His Life and Times

    William Taubman

    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

    “Essential reading for the twenty-first [century].” —Radhika Jones, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  3. Book ImageA Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland

    Seth G. Jones

    The dramatic, untold story of one of the CIA’s most successful Cold War intelligence operations.More

  4. Book ImageOceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

    John Lehman

    A thrilling story of the Cold War, told by a former navy secretary on the basis of recently declassified documents.More

  5. Book ImageThe Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

    David King

    “Gripping… a disturbing portrait of how an advanced country can descend into chaos.” —Frederick Taylor, Wall Street JournalMore

  6. Book ImageRAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force

    Richard Overy

    A great historian’s masterful account of the origins of air power in the RAF.More

  7. Book ImageAsperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

    Edith Sheffer

    A groundbreaking exploration of the chilling history behind an increasingly common diagnosis.More

  8. Book ImageA Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

    Roland Philipps

    The first full biography of one of the twentieth century’s most notorious spies.More

  9. Book ImageThe China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945-1947

    Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

    An Economist Best Book of 2018

    A spellbinding narrative of the high-stakes mission that changed the course of America, China, and global politics—and a rich portrait of the towering, complex figure who carried it out.More

  10. Book ImageTo the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

    Michael K. Honey

    To the Promised Land helps us to remember King as a prophet for poor and working-class people, as we carry on that campaign against racism and poverty in our own times. A terrific book.” —Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett TillMore

  11. Book ImageSiege of Khe Sanh: The Story of the Vietnam War's Largest Battle

    Robert Pisor, Mark Bowden

    A war correspondent’s masterful blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Khe Sanh, reissued with a new preface by Mark Bowden for the battle’s 50th anniversary.More

  12. Book ImageWhy?: Explaining the Holocaust

    Peter Hayes

    “Superbly written and researched, synthesizing the classics while digging deep into a vast repository of primary sources.” —Josef Joffe, Wall Street JournalMore

  13. Book ImageSchlesinger: The Imperial Historian

    Richard Aldous

    The first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy’s White House.More

  14. Book ImageAngels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel

    Robert Gandt

    The gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and protect the fledgling Jewish state.More

  15. Book ImageAlone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

    Michael Korda

    Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War Two and the great events that led to Dunkirk.More

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