Controversial historian Orlando Figes' latest attempt at telling a tale of life in the gulag takes the form of excerpts from 1,246 letters between two young people.
Joshua Rubenstein's biography of Ilya Ehrenburg, who survived Stalin's regime, tries to make the Jewish journalist-propagandist come off as a saint.
In her biography of three men who reigned over the Continent during the Great War, Miranda Carter diverges from the account given by Hollywood.
Britain's participation in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars turned Tony Blair from fabulously popular to hated at home. In his memoir, he insists that he never lied and that he did the right thing
Douglas Brinkley's new biography of Theodore Roosevelt tries to reconcile the controversial U.S. president's interest in nature conservation with his condescending social Darwinism
Historian Richard Overy's new book presumes to deal only with the mood in Britain between the two world wars, but one can also draw conclusions from it about the way democracies behave in times of crisis.
David Faber rejects the portraits of Neville Chamberlain as a tragic statesman, in a history of the Munich accords that is full of juicy anecdotes: "Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis" by David Faber, Simon & Schuster, 350 pages, $19.80
The phenomenon of documentary TV series and book tie-in has given rise to a new line of stars, the latest, most successful example of which is Simon Schama. His latest production, about contemporary America, is irresistible.
He adored Shakespeare, liked to write limericks and managed to convince former rivals to serve his own purposes. Three biographers offer new perspectives on Abraham Lincoln.
Nicholson Baker presents pacifists as the heroes of World War II, a war he says could have been avoided, and for which the Allies bear responsibility no less than Hitler.
Biographer Tim Jeal tries to salvage the reputation of Henry Morton Stanley, but there's only so much one can do to save this colorful 19th-century adventurer from himself.
In publishing a book on U.S. president Andrew Jackson, was Newsweek editor Jon Meacham trying to present a role model for America's new commander in chief, or showing the outgoing one that history may yet deem him a great leader?
Author Ron Suskind's newest scoop involves evidence showing that U.S. policymakers knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. But aside from uncovering the lies of the Bush administration, he also has an optimistic message.
As opposed to the official version of events, the Cuban Missile Crisis was not a matter of ?good? Americans vs. ?bad? Russians. And its after-effects can still be felt today?
In 1947, the U.S. launched one of the most comprehensive financial endeavors of the past century, to prevent post-war Europe from turning communist. Greg Behrman traces the ideas behind, and impact of, the Marshall Plan.
Susan Jacoby's book traces the decline in rationality in the U.S. to the 1960s student revolts, which eliminated the distinction between high and low culture. Welcome to a world where McCartney is on a par with Bach
In collected testimonies from victims of Stalin's Soviet regime, historian Orlando Figes was fully aware that people tend to 'borrow' stories from each other, which lends their stories a certain similarity .
While staunchly insisting that Picasso was the 20th century's greatest artist, Richardson refuses to be seduced by his subject's narrative in this latest, spellbinding biographical volume
While staunchly insisting that Picasso was the 20th century's greatest artist, Richardson refuses to be seduced by his subject's narrative in this latest, spellbinding biographical volume.
In Brendon's original narrative, there are very few saints and he has no qualms about ripping the veil off those who have long been stars in the firmament of British history.
Ackroyd's new book 'sets the Thames on fire,' by providing a detailed account of the historical highs and lows of the river that embodies the might and essence of England.
Many biographers and researchers of Virginia Woolf's life downplay the role of her husband, Leonard. This new book tries to set the record straight.
In following up on an earlier book about Stalin's adult life, this new biography on the early years of the 'Red Czar' reverses the temporal rules of biographies, but it doesn't offer anything new.
A strange partnership between two power-hungry and ruthless men resulted in quite a number of striking foreign policy successes.
Non-Germans find it hard to hear that Hitler's countrymen didn't deserve the beating they endured from the Allies. But among two new books on the fire-bombings of World War II is one from a German historian who argues just that.
Sebag-Montefiore's account transforms the campaign that ended in northern France from a heroic tale of evacuation into an important military accomplishment.
A long, and long in coming, biography of the man considered the father of the atom bomb focuses on the devastation wreaked not by nuclear explosions but by the lies and deceit perpetrated by democracies in the name of security.
A Soviet military correspondent reveals the unique human stories in his reporting of World War II.