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World War 2


  • Book Review: Erik Larsen, 'The Splendid and the Vile'

    by Jeff Roquen

    In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson has not only produced an engaging and timely portrait of the perilous period of when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany but has also illuminated how tragedy and loss can be turned into a triumph and justice through steadfast determination and solidarity of purpose.  



  • The Secret British Campaign to Persuade the U.S. to Enter WWII

    Henry Hemming writes that British intelligence services planted made-up episodes of heroic military raids on Nazi-occupied Europe and fabricated Nazi plans to invade South America to try to overcome prevailing isolationist sentiments among Americans. 


  • The SS Officer's Armchair

    by Daniel Lee

    The discovery of a trove of documents in an old armchair led the author on a five-year search for information about a previously anonymous Nazi, whose history intersected with the author's family in surprising ways.



  • Nazi Lockdown

    by Ronald C. Rosbottom

    The German occupation crushed ordinary life in Paris as its citizens hid from the “brown plague.”



  • Fake News, Then and Now

    by Tracy Campbell

    Rumor and gossip during World War II reflected currents of racism in American society, as well as many citizens' unwillingness to make deep sacrifices to the war effort. 



  • Botch on the Rhine (Review)

    A new book blames British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's thirst for glory for Operation Market Garden, an ill-fated effort to drop airborne troops behind the Rhine River to accelerate the Allied invasion of Germany.