Fred S. Naiden, “Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The Macedonian king Alexander III is best remembered today for his many martial accomplishments and the empire he built from them. Yet as Fred S. Naiden details in Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great (Oxford University Press, 2018), this ignores what for his subjects were his... Read More
Micah McCrary, “Island in the City” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
If you read a lot of nonfiction, you may be familiar with what some call the “memoir quandary”—the complaint that memoir and autobiography are too narrowly focused on the writer’s life to be of real interest to anyone but themselves. To avoid this criticism, many nonfiction writers attempt to achieve... Read More
Robin Wallace, “Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery” (UChicago Press, 2018)
Music lovers and researchers alike have long been fascinated by the story of Ludwig van Beethoven who became profoundly deaf as an adult and could not hear some of his most famous compositions including the Ninth Symphony. Many people have written about Beethoven’s deafness and speculated how he might have... Read More
Mark T. Calhoun, “General Lesley J. McNair: Unsung Architect of the U.S. Army” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
Even now, eighty years after its beginning in Europe, the Second World War continues to exert tremendous cultural and social influence on American historical writing. Perhaps one of the best testaments to this phenomenon is the increased interest in biographies of the war’s primary and secondary army commanders. Remarkably there... Read More
Julian Jackson, “De Gaulle” (Harvard UP, 2018)
Charles de Gaulle is one of the greatest figures of twentieth-century history. If Sir Winston Churchill was (in the words of Harold Macmillan) the “greatest Englishman In history,” then Charles de Gaulle was without a doubt, the greatest Frenchman since Napoleon Bonaparte. Why so? In the early summer of 1940,... Read More
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