WWII

Alone

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9781631491320
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 19th, 2017

If you’ve seen Christopher Nolan’s film, Dunkirk, and want to learn more, try Alone. Korda’s book is a compelling and detailed examination of the events leading up to the beginning of World War II through the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk interspersed with Korda’s own memoir of his illustrious, movie-making, emigre family.

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My Grandfather's Gallery - A Family Memoir of Art and War

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By Anne Sinclair, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074775
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Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

Author and French television host Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, Paul Rosenberg, the celebrated French art dealer, who fled the Nazis during World War II. Part of the legendary Paris art scene, Rosenberg knew intimately Picasso, Matisse, Braque and others and his story paints a fascinating tale of war, betrayal, and ultimately, triumph.

Nathan


Blitzed

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Astonishing, history-making jaw-dropper answers many curious questions about the 3rd Reich - for instance, how do you stop a blitzkrieg wherein the attacking army (including Rommel) doesn't sleep for 5 days straight and thinks itself invincible?

 

Gary


Commander in Chief

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Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544279117
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 7th, 2016

Commander in Chief is the second volume of Nigel Hamilton’s masterful reexamination of FDR’s crucial role in the planning and execution of the Allied war strategy during World War II. This volume centers on the decision making process after the North African invasion beginning  with Roosevelt’s summit with Churchill in Casablanca in 1943 and how it took all of Roosevelt’s diplomatic skill and resolve to set the course for ultimate victory.

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1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802125118
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

NAGASAKI: LIFE AFTER NUCLEAR WAR

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780670025626
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Published: Viking - July 28th, 2015

Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing, like John

Hershey’s much earlier book, Hiroshima, Southard brings us the horrific

story of that day and the years that followed  through the detailed, first-person

accounts of five survivors.

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374300227
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - May 12th, 2015

Phillip Hoose tells the amazing story of a group of Danish boys who disagree with their government’s decision to let Nazi Germany take over their country without a fight. Danish resistance began with boys on bicycles committing annoying acts of sabotage. Kid Power!!

Carol

 


The Hotel on Place Vendome

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The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061791086
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Published: HarperTorch - March 11th, 2014

Author Tilar Mazzeo brings to life the magic of the Hotel Ritz, the glorious luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, during the Occupation. Despite the raging war, the hotel carries on becoming the headquarters for Hermann Goring and home to the rich and famous, including Coco Chanel. Rich in atmosphere and intrigue, The Hotel on Place Vendome is a fascinating portrait of Paris, World War II and a hotel that somehow survived it all and continues to thriveto this day. 

Nathan


All the Light We Cannot See

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

I bypassed this book originally because I have had my fill of World War II books, but decided to read it when I heard the rumor (false), that the author is related to writer Harriet Doerr. I’m glad I changed my mind! All the Light We Cannot See weaves together interesting characters, a captivating plot, beautifully rendered settings, a lyrical writing style and multiple layers of metaphor and meaning into an imminently readable and unforgettable novel.

 

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