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Best History Books of 2018

  • NONFICTION

    DENMARK VESEY'S GARDEN

    APRIL 3, 2018

HISTORY

DENMARK VESEY'S GARDEN

by Ethan Kytle & Blain Roberts

An important and fascinating examination of American slavery’s aftermath. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BROKEN LIVES

    JUNE 12, 2018

HISTORY

BROKEN LIVES

by Konrad H. Jarausch

A provocative addition to a vast literature: Jarausch’s history complicates our understanding of German society during the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE DEBATABLE LAND

    JUNE 12, 2018

HISTORY

THE DEBATABLE LAND

by Graham Robb

An imagination-stimulating work in which the past seems “to dissolve and reshape itself.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CRASHED

    AUG. 7, 2018

BUSINESS

CRASHED

by Adam Tooze

First-rate financial history and an admirable effort to wrestle a world-changing series of events between covers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    INDIANAPOLIS

    JULY 10, 2018

HISTORY

INDIANAPOLIS

by Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic

Fittingly, Vincent and Vladic close their enthralling, thrillerlike, meticulously researched book with the discovery of the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE ESCAPE ARTISTS

    SEPT. 18, 2018

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE ESCAPE ARTISTS

by Neal Bascomb

Expertly narrated, with just the right level of detail and drama. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RAMPAGE

    OCT. 2, 2018

HISTORY

RAMPAGE

by James M. Scott

Painful but necessary reading for students of World War II. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THESE TRUTHS

    SEPT. 18, 2018

HISTORY

THESE TRUTHS

by Jill Lepore

A splendid rendering—filled with triumph, tragedy, and hope—that will please Lepore’s readers immensely and win her many new... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    VIETNAM

    OCT. 16, 2018

HISTORY

VIETNAM

by Max Hastings

A definitive history, gripping from start to finish but relentlessly disturbing. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE WAR BEFORE THE WAR

    NOV. 6, 2018

HISTORY

THE WAR BEFORE THE WAR

by Andrew Delbanco

Essential background reading for anyone seeking to understand the history of the early republic and the Civil War. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CITY OF A MILLION DREAMS

    NOV. 12, 2018

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