Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later: A Quartet of Titles That Will Live On

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Harding’s history of the Cynthia Olson will appeal to nautical and military historians; Nelson looks at the overall effects of World War II on the American psyche; A Matter of Honor casts light on a controversial episode in history; Twomey provides much-needed context

World War II Secret Agents | RA Crossroads

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Gross’s tense and harrowing story portrays how one extraordinarily brave soldier attempts the unthinkable, producing nail-biting suspense, a mournful ode to those who endured the camps, and an exploration of what constitutes a civil and spiritual life.

Reflections of War: Behind the Scenes of Notable Battles

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Spanning three centuries of history, these titles recount the aftermath of battle, in particular the Revolutionary War (1775–83), Civil War (1861–65), and World War II (1939–45). There are also two contrasting appraisals of leader Douglas ­MacArthur, along with a biography of Civil War general William Tecumseh ­Sherman.

Nonfiction on Lincoln’s Assassination and Roosevelt’s Singular Presidency | Xpress Reviews

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Canavan’s “good read” on the minutiae of LIncoln’s death won’t much change what we already know; Daniels’s readable but dense volume on FDR will appeal primarily to scholars for its often useful and interesting commentary

History | Best Sellers, July 2015

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Larson’s Lusitania, Churchill, and Waterloo

Life During Wartime | Classic Returns

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A pre–Memorial Day “Classic Returns” looks at war stories and tales of survival during wartime.

America at War: Behind the Scenes of Prominent Battles

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Blehm’s stirring Legend; first-time author Davenport’s spectacularly well-written work on the Battle of Cantigny; Johnson bridges the gap among military historians in a classic page-turner that is fun to read.

Nonfiction: OCD, Benjamin Morrell & Dako, John Smith, Ed Shames, and Mayakovsky | Xpress Reviews

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A memoir with OCD, the friendship of captor and captive, Capt. John Smith with a “sheen of historical truth,” paratrooper Ed Shames, the life of Russian poet Mayakovsky

With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

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This month’s memoir column features women on the cusp of change and a 50-year estrangement.

Nonfiction: Sportswriter Epstein, Victorian London, Alaska Memoir, plus Info Tech, World War II History, Ebola | Xpress Reviews

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A new volume for Epstein readers, an atypical look at London’s social history, a beautifully written memoir of Alaska, naturalists will savor McAllister’s love letter, the U.S. Army’s Pathfinders in action, a defined study of sociology.