Category Archives: New WWII Books

New History Books

New history books will be added to this list as they become available (updated frequently):

Madeleine Albright, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (Harper Collins, 2012)

Antony Beever, The Second World War (Little, Brown, 2012)

Fergus M. Bordewich, Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Walter Borneman, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King–The Admirals Who Won the War at Sea (Little, Brown, 2012)

Alan Brinkley, John F. Kennedy (Times Books, 2012)

Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War (Houghton Mifflin Co, 2012)

Jeffrey Engel, Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War (Oxford UP, 2012)

Ute Gerhardt & Thomas Karlauf eds., The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Jan T. Gross and Irene G. Gross, Golden Harvest (Oxford UP, 2012)

Allen C. Guelzo, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford UP, 2012)

James H. Johnston, From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Oxford University Press, 2012)

John Kelly, The Graves are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People (Holt, 2012)

Bahgat Korany, Rabab El-Mahdi, Arab Spring in Egypt: Revolution and Beyond (Oxford UP, 2012)

David Clay Large, Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumphs at the Olympic Games (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012)

Keith Lowe, Savage Continent. Europe in the Aftermath of World War II (St. Martin’s, 2012)

William Lee Miller, Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World (Alfred Knopf/Random House, 2012)

Paul Thomas Murphy, Shooting Victoria. Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy (Pegasus, 2012)

Andrew Nagorski, Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

R. Kent Newmyer, The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Witold Pilecki, The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery (Aquila Polonica Ltd, 2012)

Andrew J. Polsky, Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War (Oxford UP, 2012)

Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust (Harper, 2012)

Barnett R. Rubin, Afghanistan in the Post-Cold War Era (Oxford UP, 2012)

Jonathan Sarna, When General Grant Expelled the Jews (Schocken Books, 2012)

Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee & Frans Coetzee, Empires, Soldiers and Citizens: A World War I Sourcebook (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Richard Slotkin, The Long Road to Antietam. How the Civil War Became a Revolution (Norton, 2012)

Steven Talty, Agent Garbo. The Brillian, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, 2012)

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, A Slave in the White House. Paul Jennings and the Madisons (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Joachim Whaley, Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, vols 1 and 2 (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Bernard Wasserstein, On the Eve: The Jews of Europe before the Second World War (Simon and Schuster, 2012)

Scott Weidensaul, The First Frontier. The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)

Jerry White, London in the Eighteenth Century (Bodley Head, 2012)

A. N. Wilson, The Elizabethans (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012)

Scott Zesch, The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871 (Oxford UP, 2012


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New WWII Books Worth Reading

Walter R. Borneman, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King–The Admirals Who Won the War at Sea (Little, Brown, 2012)

Ute Gerhardt & Thomas Karlauf eds., The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Ian Kershaw, The End: The Defiance and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-45 (Penguin, 2011)

[see review in NYTimes]

Max Hastings, Inferno:  The World at War, 1939-1945 (Alfred Knopf, 2011)  [see review in NYTimes by Richard J. Evans]

For a primary source reader on WWII, see Frans Coetzee and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, The World in Flames: A World War II Sourcebook (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Andrew Roberts, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (Harper, 2011)

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WWII Books

Ian Kershaw, The End:  The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler”s Germany, 1944-1945 (Penguin, 2011)

Ian Kershaw, Remembering Survival:  Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp (WW Norton, 2011)

Michael Burleigh, Good and Evil in World War II (Harper, 2011)



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World War II Books — Primary Sources and Diaries

1.  Konrad H. Jarausch ed., Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier’s Letters from the Eastern Front (Princeton University Press)–January 4, 2011 [letters written by father of well-known German historian, Konrad Jarausch, during World War II; highly recommended]

2.  Frans Coetzee & Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee eds., The World in Flames:  A World War  II Sourcebook (Oxford University Press, 2010) — a well-crafted and comprehensive collection of wide-ranging primary sources covering military and civilian aspects coupled with narrative and analysis; most up-to-date compilation of sources available on the market for both students and general readers [highly recommended] 

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World War II Books

With each passing year interest in World War II continues to grow and so do the number of books published on that subject.  2010 and 2011 are no exceptions.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the more interesting books (recently published and forthcoming).  More to follow . . .


Sheila Isenberg, Muriel’s War:  An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec. 2010)

Patrician K. O’Donnell, They Dared Return:  The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany (Da Capo, paperback, Nov. 2010)

Greg Robinson, A Tragedy of Democracy:  Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia UP, Nov. 2010)

Roger Moorhouse, Berlin at War (Basic, Oct. 2010)

David Faber, Munich, 1938:  Appeasement and World War II (Simon and Schuster, Sept 2010)

John W. Dower, Cultures of War:  Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/ 9-11/ Iraq (W.W. Norton, Sept. 2010)

Madhusree Mukerjee, Churchill’s Secret War:  The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II (Basic, August 2010)

Peter Schrijvers, Bloody Pacific:  American Soldiers at War With Japan(Palgrave Macmillan, August 2010, 2nd edition)

Catherine Epstein, Model Nazi:  Arthur Greiser and the Occupation of Western Poland (Oxford UP, July 2010)

Frans Coetzee & Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, The World in Flames:  A World War II Sourcebook (Oxford UP, March 2010)

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