Recent Nonfiction Books


Adelman, Jonathan R. Hitler and His Allies in World War II. London: Routledge, 2007. Print. “In an area where in-depth studies of Hitler’s relations with Nazi Germany’s allies, and the failure of Nazi Germany to make more effective use of them during the war, are scant, this is a survey that looks at the Soviet Union, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Romania and Hungary and their relationship to Nazi Germany.”

“‘Angry Days’ Shows An America Torn Over Entering World War II.” NPR. 26 Mar. 2013. Web. 1 Aug. 2013. <>. “During the debate over whether to invade Iraq, or whether to stay in Afghanistan, many people looked back to World War II, describing it as a good and just war — a war the U.S. knew it had to fight. In reality, it wasn’t that simple. When Britain and France went to war with Germany in 1939, Americans were divided about offering military aid, and the debate over the U.S. joining the war was even more heated. It wasn’t until two years later, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Germany declared war against the U.S., that Americans officially entered the conflict. … Olson’s new book, Those Angry Days, shines the spotlight on the national debate over whether to go to war in Europe. President Franklin Roosevelt led the interventionist charge, while aviator Charles Lindbergh became an unofficial leader of the isolationist movement.”

Bacque, James. Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians under Allied Occupation, 1944-1950. Toronto: Little, Brown and (Canada), 2006. Print. “More than 9 million Germans died as a result of deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after World War II—one quarter of the country was annexed, and about 15 million people expelled in the largest act of ethnic cleansing the world has ever known. Over 2 million of these alone, including countless children, died on the road or in concentration camps in Poland and elsewhere. That these deaths occurred at all is still being denied by Western governments.”

Baranowski, Shelley. Strength through Joy: Consumerism and Mass Tourism in the Third Reich. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print. “The giant Nazi leisure and tourism agency, Strength through Joy (KdF)’s low cost cultural events, factory beautification programs, organized sports, and, especially, mass tourism mitigated the tension between the Nazi regime’s investment in rearmament and German consumers’ desire for a higher standard of living. Shelley Baranowski reveals how Strength through Joy de-emphasized the sacrifices of the present while its programs presented visions of a prosperous future–that would materialize as soon as ‘living space’ was acquired. As an agency open to racially acceptable Germans only, it segregated the regime’s victims from the Nazi ‘racial community.’”

Beaumont, Roger A. The Nazis’ March to Chaos: The Hitler Era through the Lenses of Chaos-complexity Theory. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. Print. “Rather than a technical treatise based on equations, this study of the Hitler era in Germany from the standpoint of chaos-complexity theory is a narrative history based on a non-linear perspective. After defining basic chaos-complexity concepts and terms, like sensitivity to initial conditions and fractals, the book explores the Third Reich as a chaotic system; the clash between the image of Nazi technical prowess and the anti-modernism in National Socialist ideology; and German and Nazi military tactics and doctrine as ways of coping with the chaos of war and imposing it upon the enemy.

Berhahn, V. R. “The Big Lie.” New York Times: Books. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2000. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <>. “Since then [1960s] there have been any number of Hitler biographies and histories of the Third Reich. Now, with ”The Third Reich: A New History,” Michael Burleigh successfully adds another interpretation, one that, as he puts it, tells a ”very 20th-century story” about the ”almost total, moral collapse of an advanced industrial society at the heart of Europe’ and about ‘sections of the German elites and masses of ordinary people’ who ‘chose to abdicate their individual critical faculties in favor of a politics based on faith, hope, hatred and sentimental collective self-regard for their own race and nation.”’

Berkhoff, Karel C. Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine under Nazi Rule. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2004. Print. “Karel Berkhoff provides a searing portrait of life in the Third Reich’s largest colony. Under the Nazis, a blend of German nationalism, anti-Semitism, and racist notions about the Slavs produced a reign of terror and genocide. But it is impossible to understand fully Ukraine’s response to this assault without addressing the impact of decades of repressive Soviet rule. Berkhoff shows how a pervasive Soviet mentality worked against solidarity, which helps explain why the vast majority of the population did not resist the Germans. He also challenges standard views of wartime eastern Europe by treating in a more nuanced way issues of collaboration and local anti-Semitism.”

Best, Nicholas. Five Days That Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the End of World War II. New York: Thomas Dunne /St. Martin’s, 2012. Print. “In the momentous days from April 28 to May 2, 1945, the world witnessed the death of two Fascist dictators and the fall of Berlin. Mussolini’s capture and execution by Italian partisans, the suicide of Adolf Hitler, and the fall of the German capital signaled the end of the four-year war in the European Theater. In Five Days That Shocked the World, Nicholas Best thrills readers with the first-person accounts of those who lived through this dramatic time.”

Blood, Philip W. Hitler’s Bandit Hunters: The SS and the Nazi Occupation of Europe. Washington, D.C.: Potomac, 2006. Print. “An original and thought-provoking work grounded in extensive research in German archives, Hitler’s Bandit Hunters focuses on this counterinsurgency campaign, the anvil of Hitler’s crusade for empire. Bandenbekämpfung portrayed insurgents as political and racial bandits, criminalized to a greater degree than enemies of the state; moreover, violence against them was not constrained by the prevailing laws of warfare. Philip Blood explains how German forces embraced the Bandenbekämpfung doctrine, demonstrating the equal culpability of both the SS police forces and the ‘heroic’  Waffen-SS combat arm and shattering the contrived postwar distinctions between them.”

Breitman, Richard, and Allan J. Lichtman. FDR and the Jews. Belknap of Harvard UP, 2013. Print. “Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe. Defenders claim that FDR saved millions of potential victims by defeating Nazi Germany. Others revile him as morally indifferent and indict him for keeping America’s gates closed to Jewish refugees and failing to bomb Auschwitz’s gas chambers.”

Campt, Tina. Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2004. Print. “It’s hard to imagine an issue or image more riveting than Black Germans during the Third Reich. Yet accounts of their lives are virtually nonexistent, despite the fact that they lived through a regime dedicated to racial purity. Tina Campt’s Other Germans tells the story of this largely forgotten group of individuals, with important distinctions from other accounts. Most strikingly, Campt centers her arguments on race, rather than anti-semitism. She also provides oral history as background for her study, interviewing two Black Germans for the book.”

Citino, Robert Michael. Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942. Lawrence: University of Kansas, 2007. Print. “For Hitler and the German military, 1942 was a key turning point of World War II, as an overstretched but still lethal Wehrmacht replaced brilliant victories and huge territorial gains with stalemates and strategic retreats. In this major reevaluation of that crucial year, Robert Citino shows that the German army’s emerging woes were rooted as much in its addiction to the ‘war of movement’–attempts to smash the enemy in ‘short and lively’ campaigns–as they were in Hitler’s deeply flawed management of the war.”

Citino, Robert Michael. The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943. Lawrence, Kan.: University of Kansas, 2012. Print. “Throughout 1943, the German army, heirs to a military tradition that demanded and perfected relentless offensive operations, succumbed to the realities of its own overreach and the demands of twentieth-century industrialized warfare. In his new study, prizewinning author Robert Citino chronicles this weakening Wehrmacht, now fighting desperately on the defensive but still remarkably dangerous and lethal.”

Connelly, John. From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2012. Print. “In 1965 the Second Vatican Council declared that God loves the Jews. Yet the Church had taught for centuries that Jews were cursed by God, and had mostly kept silent as Jews were slaughtered by Nazis. How did an institution whose wisdom is said to be unchanging undertake one of the largest, yet most undiscussed, ideological swings in modern history?”

De, Zayas Alfred M. A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print. “This book covers a part of history that many either do not know or would prefer to forget, in this case the forced expulsion of Ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe in the months following the end the World War Two. The book is balanced and has dozens of first-person accounts as well as archive material. It is a heartbreaking read. Highly recommended for those with any interest in human rights and opposing war crimes or crimes against humanity.”

DiNardo, Roichard L. Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse. Lawrence, Kan.: Univ. of Kansas, 2005. Print. “It seemed that whenever Mussolini acted on his own, it was bad news for Hitler. Indeed, the Führer’s relations with his Axis partners were fraught with an almost total lack of coordination. Compared to the Allies, the coalition was hardly an alliance at all. Focusing on Germany’s military relations with Italy, Romania, Hungary, and Finland, Richard DiNardo unearths a wealth of information that reveals how the Axis coalition largely undermined Hitler’s objectives from the Eastern Front to the Balkans, Mediterranean, and North Africa.”

Douglas, R. M. Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War. New Haven [Conn.: Yale UP, 2012. Print. “Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies authorized and helped to carry out the forced relocation of German speakers from their homes across central and southern Europe to Germany. The numbers were almost unimaginable—between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and children—and the losses horrifying—at least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless.”

Edsel, Robert M. Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2013. Print. “Saving Italy is an astonishing account of a little known American effort to save Italy’s vast store of priceless monuments and art during World War II. While American warriors were fighting the length of the country, other Americans were courageously working alongside to preserve the irreplaceable best of Italy’s culture. Read it and be proud of those who were on their own front lines of a cruel war.” (Tom Brokaw)

Fritzsche, Peter. Life and Death in the Third Reich. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2008. Print. “On January 30, 1933, hearing about the celebrations for Hitler’s assumption of power, Erich Ebermayer remarked bitterly in his diary, ‘We are the losers, definitely the losers.’ Learning of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which made Jews non-citizens, he raged, ‘hate is sown a million-fold.’ Yet in March 1938, he wept for joy at the Anschluss with Austria: ‘Not to want it just because it has been achieved by Hitler would be folly.’”

Grier, Howard D. Hitler, Dönitz, and the Baltic Sea: The Third Reich’s Last Hope, 1944-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute, 2007. Print. “The popular conception of Hitler in the final years of World War II is that of a deranged Fuhrer stubbornly demanding the defense of every foot of ground on all fronts and ordering hopeless attacks with nonexistent divisions. To imply that Hitler had a rational plan to win the war flies in the face of widely accepted interpretations, but historian Howard D. Grier persuasively argues here that Hitler did possess a strategy to regain the initiative in 1944-45 and that the Baltic theater played the key role in his plan.”

Hansen, Randall. Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945. New York: New American Library, 2008. Print. “During the Second World War, Allied air forces dropped nearly two million tons of bombs on Germany, destroying some 60 cities, killing more than half a million German citizens, and leaving 80,000 pilots dead. But the terrible truth is that much of the bombing was carried out against the expressed demands of the Allied military leadership, leading to the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians.”

Hoffmann, Peter. Behind Valkyrie: German Resistance to Hitler : Documents. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2011. Print. “While the ‘Valkyrie’ plot by Nazi officers to kill Adolf Hitler is the best known instance of German opposition to his dictatorship, there were many other significant acts of resistance. Behind Valkyrie collects documents, letters, and testimonies of Germans who fought Hitler from within, making many of them available in their entirety and in English for the first time. Peter Hoffmann assembles the words of citizens protesting the National Socialists’ dismantling of the first democratic German republic, socialists and conservatives arguing for civil liberties, and dissatisfied senior military officials. Behind Valkyrie’s first-hand accounts of reactions to crimes by the SS, mistreatment of millions of Soviet prisoners of war, mass murder of Jews, and the mismanagement of military campaigns show that attempts to maintain freedom, justice, and human rights often came from unexpected sources.”

Ingrao, Christian, and Andrew Brown. Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine. Polity. Print. “For a study of intellectuals, Believe and Destroy remains curiously coy about who or what intellectuals are and why we might expect their personal and professional experiences to be distinctive in the first place. We thus find ourselves back with Arendt’s Eichmann and Tarantino’s Landa, unsure who is the greater villain: the bland functionary or the brilliant careerist. If Ingrao’s book invites us to reflect on our own prejudices about education, erudition, and moral agency, it only hints at what a more thoroughgoing exposition of the foundational relationships between knowledge, power, and violence might look like.”

Jones, Michael K. The Retreat: Hitler’s First Defeat. New York: Thomas Dunne /St. Martin’s, 2010. Print. “At the moment of crisis in late 1941 on the Eastern Front, with the forces of Hitler massing on the outskirts of Moscow, the miraculous occurred: Moscow was saved. Yet this feat of endurance was a prelude to a long and arduous retreat in which Soviet troops, inspired by deep beliefs in the sacred Motherland, pushed back German forces steeled by the vision of the Ubermensch—the iron-willed fighter. Supported by tanks and ski battalions, Soviet troops engaged in this desperate struggle in the harshest Russian weather.”

Kershaw, Ian. The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945. New York: Penguin, 2011. Print. “Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost the Second World War, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital questions of how and why the Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Drawing on prodigious new research, Ian Kershaw, an award-winning historian and the author of Fateful Choices, explores these fascinating questions in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the death of Adolf Hitler and the German capitulation in 1945. The End paints a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.

Kershaw, Ian. Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich: Bavaria 1933 – 1945. Oxford: Clarendon, 2005. Print. “Now updated with a new introduction and bibliography, Kershaw’s classic study of popular responses to Nazi policy and ideology explores the political mentality of ‘ordinary Germans’ in one part of Hitler’s Reich. Basing his account on many unpublished sources, the author analyzes socioeconomic discontent and the popular reaction to the anti-Church and anti-Jewish policies of the Nazis, and reveals the bitter divisions and dissent of everyday reality in the Third Reich, in stark contrast to the propaganda image of a ‘National Community’ united behind its leaders.”

Kitchen, Martin. Rommel’s Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2009. Print. “”Rommel’s Desert War brings fresh sources and a fresh perspective to the North African campaign. Kitchen’s skillful blend of policy and strategy, operations and tactics, pulls no punches. His stringent, well-documented critique of Rommel’s performance in particular makes this a significant contribution to the literature on the Second World War.”

Kochavi, Arieh J. Confronting Captivity: Britain and the United States and Their POWs in Nazi Germany. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2005. Print. “How was it possible that almost all of the nearly 300,000 British and American troops who fell into German hands during World War II survived captivity in German POW camps and returned home almost as soon as the war ended? In Confronting Captivity, Arieh J. Kochavi offers a behind-the-scenes look at the living conditions in Nazi camps and traces the actions the British and American governments took–and didn’t take–to ensure the safety of their captured soldiers.”

Koker, David, R. J. Van Pelt, Michiel Horn, and John Irons. At the Edge of the Abyss: A Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2012. Print. “David Koker’s diary is one of the most notable accounts of life in a German concentration camp written by a Jew during the years of the Holocaust. First brought to attention when the Dutch historian Jacob Presser-Koker’s history teacher in high school-quoted from Koker’s diary in his monumental history, published in English as The Destruction of the Dutch Jews (1968), the diary itself became a part of the Dutch literary canon when it was published in 1977.”

Laqueur, Walter. “Hitler’s Jews: Max Von Oppenheim and the Myth of German Jewish Guilt.” Tablet Magazine. 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2013. <>. “New biographies shed light on the cohort of Germans of Jewish descent who historians have portrayed as having served the Nazis.”

Lineberry, Cate. The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics behind Nazi Lines. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. Print. “The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U.S. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe. When 26 Army nurses and medics-part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron-boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.”

Lowe, Keith. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. New York: St. Martin’s, 2012. Print. “A graphic and chilling account of the murderous vengeance, terroristic reprisals, and ferocious ethnic cleansing that gripped Europe following—and often as a direct continuation of—the Second World War. Keith Lowe’s excellent book paints a little-known and frightening picture of a continent in the embrace of lawlessness, chaos, and unconstrained violence.”

Ludewig, Joachim. Rückzug: The German Retreat from France, 1944. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 2012. Print. “The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, marked a critical turning point in the European theater of World War II. The massive landing on France’s coast had been meticulously planned for three years, and the Allies anticipated a quick and decisive defeat of the German forces. Many of the planners were surprised, however, by the length of time it ultimately took to defeat the Germans.”

Lunde, Henrik. Finland’s War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Alliance in World War II. Casemate, 2011. Print. “This book describes the odd coalition between Germany and Finland in World War II, and their joint military operations from 1941 to 1945. This is a topic often missing in English, though in stark contrast to the numerous books on the shorter and less bloody Winter War. That conflict represented a gallant fight of a democratic ‘David’ against a totalitarian ‘Goliath’ that caught the imagination of the world. The story of Finland fighting alongside a ‘Goliath’ of its own has not brought pride to that nation and was a period many Finns would rather forget.”

Marks, Leo. Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker’s War, 1941-1945. New York: Free, 1998. Web. “In 1942, Leo Marks left his father’s famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including ‘the White Rabbit’ and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War.”

Megargee, Geoffrey P. War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Print. “On June 22, 1941, Hitler began what would be the most important campaign of the European theater. The war against the Soviet Union would leave tens of millions of Soviet citizens dead and large parts of the country in ruins. The death and destruction would result not just from military operations but also from the systematic killing and abuse that the German army, police, and SS directed against Jews, Communists, and ordinary citizens.”

Melvin, Mungo. Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General. New York: Thomas Dunne /St. Martin’s, 2011. Print. “Among students of military history, the genius of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein (1887–1973) is respected perhaps more than that of any other World War II soldier. He displayed his strategic brilliance in such campaigns as the invasion of Poland, the Blitzkrieg of France, the sieges of Sevastopol, Leningrad, and Stalingrad, and the battles of Kharkov and Kursk.”

Mikies, David. “Hollywood’s Creepy Love Affair With Adolf Hitler, in Explosive New Detail.” Tablet Magazine. 10 June 2013. Web. 17 June 2013. <>. Book – The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, Harvard University Press, 2013. “As it turns out, Hitler’s love for American movies was reciprocated by Hollywood. A forthcoming book by the young historian Ben Urwand, to be published by Harvard University Press …  presents explosive new evidence about the shocking extent of the partnership between the Nazis and major Hollywood producers. Urwand … takes the subject personally: His parents were Jewish refugees from Egypt and Hungary. Digging through archives in Berlin and Washington, D.C., he has unearthed proof that Hollywood worked together with the Nazis much more closely than we ever imagined. Urwand has titled his riveting book The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler, and as you turn its pages you realize with dismay that collaboration is the only fitting word for the relationship between Hitler and Hollywood in the 1930s. Using new archival discoveries, Urwand alleges that some of the Hollywood studio heads, nearly all of whom were Jewish, cast their lot with Hitler almost from the moment he took power, and that they did so eagerly—not reluctantly. What they wanted was access to German audiences.”

Mitcham, Samuel W. Defenders of Fortress Europe: The Untold Story of the German Officers during the Allied Invasion. Washington, D.C.: Potomac, 2009. Print. “Yet, as the Wehrmacht retreated, Germans still had hope. If the men of the Western Front could repulse the great invasion, dozens of units—including panzer divisions, SS regiments, and paratrooper formations—would arrive to thwart the Red advance. German scientists needed at least another year to develop their ‘wonder weapons,’ such as V-2 rockets, submarines, jet airplanes, and perhaps even an atomic bomb. Everything depended on the Western Front’s warlords. ”

Mitcham, Samuel W. The Men of Barbarossa: Commanders of the German Invasion of Russia, 1941. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2009. Print. “The story of history’s greatest military operation and the commanders who nearly led it to success … This book not only tells the story of Operation Barbarossa but describes the expertise, skills, and decision-making powers of the men who directed it. The result is an illuminating look at the personalities behind the carnage, as summer triumph turned to winter crisis, including new insights into the invasion’s many tactical successes, as well as its ultimate failure.”

Mosier, John. Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin : The Eastern Front, 1941-1945. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010. Print. “The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, began a war that lasted nearly four years and created by far the bloodiest theater in World War II. In the conventional narrative of this war, Hitler was defeated by Stalin because, like Napoleon, he underestimated the size and resources of his enemy. In fact, says historian John Mosier, Hitler came very close to winning and lost only because of the intervention of the western Allies. Stalin’s great triumph was not winning the war, but establishing the prevailing interpretation of the war. The Great Patriotic War, as it is known in Russia, would eventually prove fatal, setting in motion events that would culminate in the collapse of the Soviet Union.”

Neiberg, Michael S. The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944. Basic, 2012. Print. “As the Allies struggled inland from Normandy in August of 1944, the fate of Paris hung in the balance. Other jewels of Europe—sites like Warsaw, Antwerp, and Monte Cassino—were, or would soon be, reduced to rubble during attempts to liberate them. But Paris endured, thanks to a fractious cast of characters, from Resistance cells to Free French operatives to an unlikely assortment of diplomats, Allied generals, and governmental officials. Their efforts, and those of the German forces fighting to maintain control of the city, would shape the course of the battle for Europe and color popular memory of the conflict for generations to come.”

O’Brien, Mary-Elizabeth. Nazi Cinema as Enchantment: The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004. Print. “Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh have long been exalted as two of the greatest American icons of the twentieth century. Now award-winning journalist Max Wallace uncovers groundbreaking and astonishing revelations about the poisonous effect these two so-called American heroes had on Western democracy and how the two of them—acting in league with the Nazis—almost brought democratic Europe to the verge of extinction.”

Ossian, Lisa L. The Forgotten Generation: American Children and World War II. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri, 2011. Print. “Two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt addressed the nation by radio, saying, ‘We are all in it—all the way. Every single man, woman, and child is a partner in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history.’ So began a continuing theme of the World War II years: the challenges of wartime would not be borne by adults alone. Men, women, and children would all be involved in the work of war.”

Paterson, Lawrence. Black Flag: The Surrender of Germany’s U-boat Forces. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith/MBI Pub., 2009. Print. “On the eve of Germany’s surrender in May 1945, Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz commanded thousands of loyal and active men of the U-boat service. Still fully armed and unbroken in morale, enclaves of these men occupied bases stretching from Norway to France, where cadres of Uboat men fought on in ports that defied besieging Allied troops to the last. At sea U-boats still operated on a war footing around Britain, the coasts of the United States and as far as Malaya.”

Payne, Stanley G. Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany, and World War II. New Haven: Yale UP, 2008. Print. “Was Franco sympathetic to Nazi Germany? Why didn’t Spain enter World War II? In what ways did Spain collaborate with the Third Reich? How much did Spain assist Jewish refugees?”

“Putting a Human Face to Hitler.” Ginger Musings. 6 July 2013. Web. 12 July 2013. <>. “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink. “Something that fascinates me with respect to one’s understanding of history is tangibility. I have yet to see a work of literature tackle that subject better than Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader. The main character, Michael Berg, struggles with history in two ways. 1.) He’s a German, so he struggles with the intimacy with which he is interlocked with his country’s history, even if he wasn’t literally there to have made the history; it’s still very much his as a German citizen. 2.) Juxtapose to that intimacy is the idea of distance or related to my idea, tangibility. That is, Berg has a difficult time truly understanding the events of the Holocaust and the extent of what the Nazis did, as Germans. In a bit of irony, Michael talks about how movies and books have shaped his perception of the Holocaust and in that perception manifest the distance he feels to the Holocaust.”

Reese, Roger R. Why Stalin’s Soldiers Fought: The Red Army’s Military Effectiveness in World War II. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 2011. Print. “Inept leadership, inefficient campaigning, and enormous losses would seem to spell military disaster. Yet despite these factors, the Soviet Union won its war against Nazi Germany thanks to what Roger Reese calls its ‘military effectiveness’: its ability to put troops in the field even after previous forces had been decimated.”

Rigg, Bryan Mark. Lives of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: Untold Tales of Men of Jewish Descent Who Fought for the Third Reich. Lawrence: University of Kansas, 2009. Print. “They were foot soldiers and officers. They served in the regular army and the Waffen-SS. And, remarkably, they were also Jewish, at least as defined by Hitler’s infamous race laws. Pursuing the thread he first unraveled in Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, Bryan Rigg takes a closer look at the experiences of Wehrmacht soldiers who were classified as Jewish. In this long-awaited companion volume, he presents interviews with twenty-one of these men, whose stories are both fascinating and disturbing.”

Rosenfeld, Gavriel David. Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments, and the Legacy of the Third Reich. Berkeley: University of California, 2000. Print. “Munich, notorious in recent history as the capital of the Nazi movement, is the site of Gavriel Rosenfeld’s stimulating inquiry into the German collective memory of the Third Reich. Rosenfeld shows, with the aid of a wealth of photographs, how the city’s urban form developed after 1945 in direct reflection of its inhabitants’ evolving memory of the Second World War and the Nazi dictatorship. In the second half of the twentieth century, the German people’s struggle to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism has dramatically shaped nearly all dimensions of their political, social, and cultural life.”

Schoonover, Thomas David. Hitler’s Man in Havana: Heinz Lüning and Nazi Espionage in Latin America. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, 2008. Print. “When Heinz Lüning posed as a Jewish refugee to spy for Hitler’s Abwehr espionage agency, he thought he had discovered the perfect solution to his most pressing problem: how to avoid being drafted into Hitler’s army. Lüning was unsympathetic to Fascist ideology, but the Nazis’ tight control over exit visas gave him no chance to escape Germany. He could enter Hitler’s army either as a soldier… or a spy. In 1941, he entered the Abwehr academy for spy training and was given the code name ‘Lumann.’ Soon after, Lüning began the service in Cuba that led to his ultimate fate of being the only German spy executed in Latin America during World War II. Lüning was not the only spy operating in Cuba at the time. Various Allied spies labored in Havana; the FBI controlled eighteen Special Intelligence Service operatives, and the British counterintelligence section subchief Graham Greene supervised Secret Intelligence Service agents.”

Staff, NPR. “‘Guns At Last Light’ Illuminates Final Months Of World War II.” NPR. 14 May 2013. Web. 01 Aug. 2013. <>. “In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler’s armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation. The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances. … The Guns at Last Light is the final volume of Atkinson’s trilogy about World War II and covers the events between D-Day and the final Allied victory.”

Stansky, Peter. The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. Print. “On September 7, 1940, the long-feared and anticipated attack by the German Luftwaffe plunged London into a cauldron of fire and devastation. This compelling book recreates that day in all its horror, using rich archival sources and first-hand accounts, many never before published. Eminent historian Peter Stansky weaves together the stories of people who recorded their experiences of the opening hours of the Blitz. Then, exploring more deeply, the author examines what that critical day meant to the nation at the time, and what it came to mean in following years.”

Thacker, Toby. The End of the Third Reich: Defeat, Denazification & Nuremburg January 1944 – November 1946. Stroud: Tempus, 2006. Print. “This book is an interesting, albeit not complete, account of this period of history, covering roughly the time of the buildup for the D-Day landings to the surrender of Germany to the denazification efforts, including the Nuremberg trials, whereby the Allies efforts to destroy Nazism culminated in the trials of those of its remaining leaders who could still be found, of whom many were executed.”

Tuszyńska, Agata. Vera Gran: The Accused. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Print. This book discusses “the nature of the accusations made against Gran, and about the slow process of discovery that has followed from Tuszyńska’s learning, at age 19, that her mother was a Jew.”

Waite, Robert G. L. Kaiser and Führer: A Comparative Study of Personality and Politics. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1998. Print. “Thoroughly documented and engagingly written this is a classic work of scholarship that will fascinate historians, psychologists, and general readers alike.”

Wallace, Max. The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich. New York: St. Martin’s, 2003. Print. “Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh have long been exalted as two of the greatest American icons of the twentieth century. Now award-winning journalist Max Wallace uncovers groundbreaking and astonishing revelations about the poisonous effect these two so-called American heroes had on Western democracy and how the two of them—acting in league with the Nazis—almost brought democratic Europe to the verge of extinction.”