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Posted on March 12th, 2014

Anne Applebaum Iron Curtain:
The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956

(Allen Lane - Penguin Books / McClelland & Stewart)
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Biography

ANNE APPLEBAUM is a historian and journalist, a regular columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, and the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. She is the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, and she divides her time between Britain and Poland, where her husband, Radek Sikorski, serves as Foreign Minister.

Book Summary

At the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union unexpectedly found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

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Christopher Clark The Sleepwalkers:
How Europe Went To War In 1914

(HarperCollins / Allen Lane - Penguin Books)
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Biography

Christopher Clark is a professor of modern European history and a fellow of St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947, among other books.

Book Summary

On the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek arrived at Sarajevo Railway Station, Europe was at peace.  Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that resulted would kill over twenty million people, destroy three empires, and permanently alter world history. The Sleepwalkers reveals in gripping detail how this crisis unfolded.

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Fredrik Logevall Embers of War:
The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam

(Random House)
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Biography

Fredrik Logevall is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Book Summary

A groundbreaking history of America’s four-decade-long road to war in Vietnam. This monumental history asks the simple question: How did we end up in a war in Vietnam? To answer that question Fredrik Logevall traces the forty-year path that led us from World War I to the first American casualties in 1959.

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