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WORLD WAR II

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THE LAST MONTHS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
Written by JOSEPH LELYVELD

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35079-2

“By far the most enigmatic leading figure” of World War II. That’s how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never more so than at the end of his life. Here, in a hugely insightful account, a prizewinning author and journalist untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt’s final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life...

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ASCENT, 1889-1939
Written by VOLKER ULLRICH

Format: Hardcover, 1008 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35438-7

A major new biography—an extraordinary, penetrating study of the man who has become the personification of evil.


For all the literature about Adolf Hitler there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler's childhood to his failures as a young man in Vienna to his...

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ON THE ORIGINS OF "GENOCIDE" AND "CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY"
Written by PHILIPPE SANDS

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $32.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-35071-6

A profound and profoundly important book—a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich.

East West Street
 looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity,” both of whom, not knowing the other, studied at the...

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MASTERING THE LOST SECRETS OF STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74222-3

Christopher McDougall’s journey begins with a story of remarkable athletic prowess: On the treacherous mountains of Crete, a motley band of World War II Resistance fighters—an artist, a shepherd, and a poet—abducted a German commander from the heart of the Axis occupation. To understand how, McDougall retraces their steps across the island that birthed Herakles and Odysseus, and discovers ancient techniques for endurance, sustenance, and natural movement that have been preserved in unique...

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LIFE AND DEATH IN HITLER'S CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR WOMEN
Written by SARAH HELM

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27871-5

Months before the outbreak of World War II, Heinrich Himmler—prime architect of the Holocaust—designed a special concentration camp for women, located fifty miles north of Berlin. Only a small number of the prisoners were Jewish. Ravensbrück was primarily a place for the Nazis to hold other inferior beings: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Resistance fighters, lesbians, prostitutes, and aristocrats—even the sister of New York’s Mayor LaGuardia. Over six years the prisoners endured forced labor, torture,...

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Written by MIRON BIALOSZEWSKI
Translator MADELINE G. LEVINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17665-8

On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to gain renown as one of Poland’s most innovative poets, went out to run an errand for his mother and ran into history. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, reducing Warsaw to rubble while slaughtering some 200,000 people,...

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THE QUEST FOR JUSTICE
Written by TIMOTHY W. RYBACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17200-4

The remarkable story of Josef Hartinger, the German prosecutor who risked everything to bring to justice the first killers of the Holocaust and whose efforts would play a key role in the Nuremberg tribunal.

At 9 am on April 13, 1933, deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger received a telephone call summoning him to the newly established concentration camp of Dachau. Four prisoners had been shot. The SS guards claimed that the men had been trying to escape. But what Hartinger found when he arrived...

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A NOVEL
Written by H. G. ADLER
Translator PETER FILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98315-9

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Compared by critics to Kafka, Joyce, and Musil, H. G. Adler is becoming recognized as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century fiction. Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote that “Adler has restored hope to modern literature,” and the first two novels rediscovered after his death, Panorama and The Journey, were acclaimed as “modernist masterpieces” by The New Yorker. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of...

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THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
Written by TIMOTHY SNYDER

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90345-2

    In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first.  Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying. 
      The Holocaust began in a...

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THE UNEXAMINED LIFE OF A MASS MURDERER
Written by BETTINA STANGNETH

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95016-1

Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature and Recipient of the Cundill “Recognition of Excellence” prize
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award 
New York Times Notable Book 


In 1960, Adolf Eichmann took to the defendant’s box in Jerusalem and insisted that he was no “manager of the Holocaust,” as his accusers claimed, just a smalltime bureaucrat following orders. Like countless others, Hannah Arendt—covering the trials for The New Yorker—believed him. Eichmann Before...

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Written by THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE
Contribution by W. H. AUDEN, ELIZABETH BISHOP
Introduction by DAVID REMNICK
Edited by HENRY FINDER

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98329-6

Including contributions by W. H. Auden • Elizabeth Bishop • John Cheever • Janet Flanner • John Hersey • Langston Hughes • Shirley Jackson • A. J. Liebling • William Maxwell • Carson McCullers • Joseph Mitchell • Vladimir Nabokov • Ogden Nash • John O’Hara • George Orwell • V. S. Pritchett • Lillian Ross • Stephen Spender • Lionel Trilling • Rebecca West • E. B. White • Williams Carlos Williams • Edmund Wilson
 
And featuring new perspectives by Joan Acocella • Hilton Als • Dan Chiasson •...

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A MEMOIR
Written by LEON WERTH
Translator AUSTIN D. JOHNSTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/12/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19425-7

A rare eyewitness account by an important author of fleeing the Nazis’ march on Paris in 1940, featuring a never-before-published introduction by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
 
In June of 1940, Leon Werth and his wife fled Paris before the advancing Nazis Army. 33 Days is his eyewitness account of that experience, one of the largest civilian dispacements in history.

Encouraged to write 33 Days by his dear friend, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, Werth finished the...

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