History book reviews

Reviews of the latest history books, all written by expert historians.



Book review – Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769–1814
by Rory Muir
Gary Sheffield praises the first volume of a masterful and detailed exploration of one of the “big beasts” of British history
Command and Control
by Eric Schlosser
Michael Goodman explores an idiosyncratic take on the US's attitude to nuclear weapons during the 20th century
A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the  Hundred Years’ War
by Gordon Corrigan
Jeremy Black considers an accessible exploration of the causes – and consequences – of the Hundred Years’ War
Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States
by Michael Haag
Helen Nicholson explores an unusual, but contentious, account of the effect that the crusades had on the Middle East
The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam
by Andrew Wiest
Saul David praises a study of the impact that the Vietnam War had on US troops
The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan-Chief, Rebel and Double-Agen
by Sarah Fraser
Rab Houston has some qualms about a romanticised portrait of an 18th-century Scottish aristocrat
Wellington’s Wars
by Huw J Davies
Gary Sheffield on a revisionist analysis of the Iron Duke’s triumphs and failings
National Service: From Aldershot to Aden: Tales from the Conscripts, 1946–62
by Colin Shindler
Denis Judd considers the experiences of former national servicemen
The Fighting Irish: The Story of the Extraordinary Irish Soldier
by Tim Newark
Neil Hegarty applauds a military history infused with personal narratives
Five Days That Shocked the World
by Nicholas Best
An excellent read is marred by factual errors, says Roger Moorhouse
The Nazi, the Painter and the Forgotten Story of the SS Road
by GH Bennett
Roger Moorhouse commends an investigation into a disturbing film that highlights SS atrocities
The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe
by RI Moore
Jonathan Wright believes that a new study of medieval heresy takes the right approach to a tricky subject
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