New Books Network

Christopher E. Mauriello, “Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II” (Lexington Books, 2017)
Christopher Mauriello’s groundbreaking book Forced Confrontation: The Politics of Dead Bodies in Germany at the End of World War II (Lexington Books, 2017) focuses on American soldiers’ reactions to the victims of the Holocaust.  Using photographs, memoirs, and letters from US soldiers, Mauriello attempts to recreate the emotional and traumatic... Read More
Mark Roseman, “Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany” (Metropolitan Books, 2019)
What makes some people aid the persecuted while others just stand by? Questions about rescue and resistance have been fundamental to the field of genocide studies since its inception.  Mark Roseman offers a sophisticated and deeply human exploration of this question in his new book Lives Reclaimed: A Story of... Read More
Alex J. Kay, “The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Alex Kay’s The Making of an SS Killer: the Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) is a must read for those interested in the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and World War II.  Focusing on the actions and consequences of a “front-line Holocaust perpetrator”, Kay’s biography diverges... Read More
Jeffrey Ostler, “Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas” (Yale UP, 2019)
Jeffrey Ostler’s Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas (Yale University Press, 2019) is the first of what will be a two-volume set that comprehensively chronicles the devastating effects of U.S. expansionism on Native Nations. Surviving Genocide covers the eastern United States... Read More
Alma Jeftić, “Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book, Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Routledge, 2019). Alma Jeftić presents the compelling results of an empirical psychological study on how ordinary people remember war, drawing on narratives from two generations of people in Sarajevo and neighboring East Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This... Read More
Frank Dikötter, “Mao’s Great Famine” (Bloomsbury, 2011)
In the years he ruled the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong presided over the greatest mass murder in human history, both in his elimination of millions of perceived political enemies and also in the starving of tens of millions in callously engineered mass famine. Professor Frank Dikötter estimates that... Read More
Evgeny Finkel, “Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust” (Princeton UP, 2017)
Can there be a political science of the Holocaust? Evgeny Finkel, in his new book Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017), answers Charles King’s question with a resounding yes. Finkel is interested in a very specific question: What made individual Jews choose from a... Read More