In brilliant, dreams, thomas analyzes a devastating conflict in which the hopes, moving detail, and dogmas of a century exploded onto the battlefield. Revised and updated with significant new material, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this epic conflict, this “definitive work on the subject” Richard Bernstein, The New York Times has been given a fresh face forty years after its initial publication in 1961.
Thomas has understood the Spanish Civil War incredibly well and has written it superbly. A full, vivid and deeply serious treatment of a great subject. Vincent sheean, hugh thomas’s the spanish civil war remains the best, The New York Times Book ReviewA masterpiece of the historian’s art, most engrossing narrative of one of the most emblematic and misunderstood wars of the twentieth century.
Communists, democrats -- the various forces of the spanish civil war composed a fabric of the twentieth century itself, fascists, monarchists, socialists, anarchists, and Thomas masterfully weaves the diffuse and fascinating threads of the war together in a manner that has established the book as a genuine classic of modern history.
Stands without rivals as the most balanced and comprehensive book on the subject. American Historical Review. Like no other account, bringing into play the machinations of franco and hitler, in a continent on the brink of world war, to divide against itself, The Spanish Civil War dramatically reassembles the events that led a European nation, the bloodshed of Guernica, and the deeply inspiring heroics of those who rallied to the side of democracy.
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 Modern Library War
Readable and exciting. Told from the japanese perspective, disgraceful, frustrating, told as it happened—muddled, The Rising Sun is, “a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, ennobling, in the author’s words, full of paradox. In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history.
. In his foreword, toland says that if we are to draw any conclusion from The Rising Sun, that it is human nature that repeats itself, it is “that there are no simple lessons in history, not history. Unbelievably rich. The rising sun is quite possibly the most readable, yet informative account of the Pacific war.
Chicago sun-timesthis pulitzer prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The best parts of toland’s book are not the battle scenes but the intimate view he gives of the highest reaches of Tokyo politics.
Russia at War, 1941-1945: A History
What followed was the widely acclaimed book, Russia at War, first printed in 1964. At once a history of facts, a collection of interviews, and a document of the human condition, Russia at War is a stunning, modern classic that chronicles the savagery and struggles on Russian soil during the most incredible military conflict in modern history.
As a behind-the-scenes eyewitness to the pivotal, massive military operations, Werth chronicles with vivid detail the hardships of everyday citizens, shattering events as they occurred, and the political movements toward diplomacy as the world tried to reckon with what they had created. In 1941, russian-born british journalist Alexander Werth observed the unfolding of the Soviet-German conflict with his own eyes.
Despite its sheer historical scope, soldiers, Werth tells the story of a country at war in startlingly human terms, drawing from his daily interviews and conversations with generals, peasants, and other working class civilians. The result is a unique and expansive work with immeasurable breadth and depth, built on lucid and engaging prose, that captures every aspect of a terrible moment in human history.
Now newly updated with a foreword by soviet historian nicolas Werth, the son of Alexander Werth, this new edition of Russia at War continues to be indispensable World War II journalism and the definitive historical authority on the Soviet-German war.
The Kaiser's Pirates: Hunting Germany's Raiding Cruisers in World War I
Instead, they were ordered to attack Britain’s vital trade routes for as long as possible. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
By1914 germany had ships and sailors scattered across the globe, protecting its overseas colonies and showing the flag” of its new Imperial Navy. After war broke out on August 4 there was no hope that they could reach home. Under the leadership of a few brilliant, audacious men, they unleashed a series of raids that threatened Britain’s war effort and challenged the power and prestige of the Royal Navy.
The next year saw a battle of wits which stretched across the globe, drawing in ships and men from six empires. By the end, the kaiser’s Pirates” were no more, and Britain once again ruled the waves. The kaiser’s pirates is a dramatic and little-known story of World War I, when the actions of a few men shaped the fate of nations.
Including vivid descriptions of the battles of coronel and the falklands and the actions of the Emden, the Goeben and the Breslau, the Karsrühe and the Königsberg, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, The Kaiser’s Pirates tells a fascinating narrative that ranges across the Atlantic, and the Caribbean.
Skyhorse publishing, ancient rome, as well as our arcade imprint, the jfk assassination, the old West, medieval times, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, Vikings, conspiracies, the American Civil War, Hitler and his henchmen, the American Revolution, the Third Reich, gladiators, and much more.
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
. A clear-eyed biography. He writes fluidly. The new york times“in the half-century before the assassination of Julius Caesar. Cicero’s times. By the book’s end, mark antony, he’s managed to put enough flesh on Cicero’s old bones that you care when the agents of his implacable enemy, kill him. Los angeles Times.
. This period, is one of history’s most fascinating, when republican government slid into dictatorship, and one learns a great deal about it in this excellent and very readable biography. The plain Dealer“Riveting. Everitt combines a classical education with practical expertise. He lambasted mark antony and was master of the smear campaign, as feared for his wit as he was for his ruthless disputations.
. National bestseller • “an excellent introduction to a critical period in the history of Rome. Cicero comes across much as he must have lived: reflective, charming and rather vain. The wall street journal“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
Focusing on the formative years of 1914 to 1922, he delivers in this sweeping and magisterial book the definitive account of this defining time, when all seemed possible, showing how the choices narrowed and the Middle East began along a road that led to the conflicts and confusion that continue to this day.
A new afterword from fromkin, written for this edition of the book, includes his invaluable, updated assessment of this region of the world today, and on what this history has to teach us. All of these conflicts—including the hostilities between Arabs and Israelis, and the violent challenges posed by Iraq's competing sects—are rooted in the region's political inheritance: the arrangements, unities, and divisions imposed by the Allies after the First World War.
In a peace to end all peace, david fromkin reveals how and why the Allies drew lines on an empty map that remade the geography and politics of the Middle East. Published with a new afterword from the author—the classic, ideologies, nationalisms, bestselling account of how the modern Middle East was createdThe Middle East has long been a region of rival religions, and ambitions.
Stalin in Power: The Russian Revolution From Above, 1928-1941
Tucker was a professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. He forced 25 million peasant families into state-run collectives and transformed the Communist Party into a servile instrument. Tucker has hunted out the sources, and he has discovered and developed a great deal more than has been generally known.
. In 1939, he concluded the pact with Hitler that enabled him to grasp at Eastern Europe while Hitler made war in the West. The author shows that stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolution cast the country deep into its imperial, autocratic past. Tucker's biography of Joseph Stalin, following Stalin as Revolutionary.
This is the best book about stalin that has ever been written and one that is not likely to be superseded in the foreseeable future' — W. Bruce lincoln, stalin plunged soviet russia into a coercive "revolution from above", Chicago TribuneIn 1929, a decade-long effort to amass military-industrial power for a new war.
This book forms the second volume of Robert C. Tucker brings a fresh analysis to these events and to the terror of the 1930s, revealing the motives and methods of what he calls the greatest murder mystery of this century. Praise for stalin in power:'the most significant single scholarly contribution made to date, anywhere, bold thesis' - Jane Good, to the history of Soviet power' - George Kennan, Institute for Advanced Study'This is history as it should be written: compelling narrative, intriguing detail, Washington Post'Mr.
An extremely valuable contribution to our knowledge' - Robert Conquest, Wall Street JournalRobert C.
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
A fresh and acclaimed account of the spanish civil war by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century.
. With new material gleaned from the russian archives and numerous other sources, provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, course, this brisk and accessible book Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, and consequences.
The Spanish Armada
Although the english were superior sailors, the two fleets were evenly matched. Finally, a storm sent by a vengeful God wrecked most of that proud fleet on its way home. Award-winning author Jay Williams sheds new light on the traditional picture. The ensuing events brought a Spanish word, armada, into the English language and created a host of legends.
In the summer of 1588, a great body of ships sailed from Spain on a Crusade: to restore England to Catholicism. Only when set in the context of a Europe bitterly divided between Catholics and Protestants can the contest be fully understood. Moreover, the battle emerges as the high point of a four-year cold war between England and Spain.
Intrepid english sea dogs in tiny ships, it was said, had bravely faced down towering Spanish galleons. The personalities of queen elizabeth i of England and King Philip II of Spain and their commanders - especially Francis Drake - are also key to this dramatic story.
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Praise for the march of Folly “A glittering narrative. Throughout the march of folly, tuchman’s incomparable talent for animating the people, places, and events of history is on spectacular display. Pulitzer prize–winning historian Barbara W. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W.
Tuchman, of failure, mismanagement, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, and delusion in government. I haven’t read a more relevant book in years. John kenneth galbraith, the Boston Sunday Globe “A superb chronicle.
. A moral book on the crimes and follies of governments and the misfortunes the governed suffer in consequence. The new york times book Review “An admirable survey. In brilliant detail, the breakup of the holy see provoked by the renaissance popes, Tuchman illuminates four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly: the Trojan War, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ own persistent mistakes in Vietnam.
A masterly examination.
Even winston Churchill held him in awe. Stalin is a powerful history of russia's evolution from backward nation to world power, as well as a dramatic portrait of a man who was called both "The Implacable" and "Beloved Father. ". His name brings to mind brutal terrorism and ruthless oppression. In his single-minded dedication to the growth of Russia under communism, Stalin was able to disregard all sense of morality.
Yet, at the core of the man of steel was a humble, as New York Times bestselling author Ian Grey shows, puritanical Georgian peasant. What set him above others was his intelligence, perception, and above all, indomitable will, discipline, a messianic determination to lead Russia to a grand destiny. Grey's comprehensive biography portrays stalin as a complex, paradoxical figure - a leader whose power was rooted in the tsarist traditions he abhorred and whose tyranny was based on an ambition to ensure the strength of his party.
Yet, through his magnetism, he commanded the respect of his colleagues and the adulation of his people. Joseph stalin was one of the most frightening figures of the twentieth century.