Archive for Items Categorized 'History', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Brian A. Harrison
Inextricably woven into the history of Britain, the Tower of London has served as a royal residence and a zoo but it is as a state prison and torture chamber that it claims its place in the cultural consciousness. Over 8000 names tell its story here.
by Matti Friedman
A 10th-century sacred text survives a thousand years—only to be partially stolen during or after being moved from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel.
by John Lewes
This early admirer of Hitler became so disillusioned with the Nazi regime’s methods that he volunteered for an elite British outfit specializing in counter-espionage, the Special Air Service and became its principal training officer.
by Bruce McAllister
So you survived six years of war, three years of occupation. You’re rebuilding your city, your life. And then one day the electricity is off, the gas burner doesn’t light, you’re under siege, and when the food runs out. . . . Enter, the biggest airlift the world had seen.
by Carl De Keyzer and David Van Reybrouck
Whether you’re a student of history or photography this book has new things to say and show—none of them simple or simplistic but all wrenching and necessary.
by Andrew Skeen
Sounds like “ancient history” but while it doesn’t have application today, it has implications that are still relevant in a world of terror and guerilla fighting.
by Alexander M. Grace Sr.
In 1942 the Allies landed forces in North Africa to engage the Germans. What if they had anded in France instead, specifically the unguarded southern coastline of Vichy France? Effective as it was, D Day in 1944 was a horrible carnage. This is not a fluff book, full of idle mind games!
Photographs by Ulrich Mack
From the Berlin Blockade in 1948/49 to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, tensions between East and West made the whole world a powder keg. JFK called Berlin “the great testing place of Western courage and will.” And then he went there and said something even more momentous.
by Blaine Taylor
You heard the name before, but put that aside for a moment. If it weren’t for the burden of history, we would see her story and her photos with unprejudiced eyes—and realize that this is absolutely an unusual story.
by the Ministry of Information
Read this alongside some of Winston Churchill’s speeches and there won’t be a dry eye in the house. The over 1000 RAF and WAAF personnel that made these wartime broadcasts remained anonymous but the highly personal pictures they paint cut to the bone.
by Robert M. Neer
Horrible stuff. And horribly effective. This is a disturbing examination of the disconnect between technocratic progress and morals and the laws of war. What ends justify such nightmarish means?
by Herman Wouk
You know you’ve seen the book or heard about it. Wouk himself wrote the screenplay for the TV mini series—but reading the book has an altogether different impact. Don’t miss it!