History book reviews

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



Book review – Peace and War: Britain in 1914
by Nigel Jones
Rachel Duffett praises an engaging account of the social fissures that shaped Britain's path into the First World War
Harry's War: The Great War Diary of Harry Drinkwater
by Edited by Jon Cooksey and David Griffiths
Nigel Jones is enthralled by a book that features the first-hand experiences of a British soldier in the First World War
Book review – Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising
by Alexandra Richie
Evan Mawdsley commends a powerful account exploring the causes and tragic consequences of the Warsaw Uprising
The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century
by David Reynolds
Nigel Jones rates an ambitious study of the far-reaching impact of the First World War on the century that followed
Steaming to Victory: How Britain's Railways Won the War
by Michael Williams
Ashley Jackson enjoys an exploration of the key role that Britain's railway network played in the Second World War
July 1914: Countdown to War
by Sean McMeekin
Nigel Jones rates a new account exploring the diplomatic decisions that plunged Europe into the First World War
The Making of a Nazi Hero: The Murder and Myth of Horst Wessel
by Daniel Siemens
Roger Moorhouse praises a rigorous consideration of the life of a Nazi 'Brownshirt', elevated by propaganda to the status of martyr
Prisoners of Britain
by Panikos Panayi
Fiona Reid commends a compelling social history of the German people held as prisoners on British soil during the First World War
World War Two: A Short History
by Norman Stone
Ashley Jackson commends a masterful - and concise - account of the horrific sprawl of the Second World War
The Making of the First World War
by Ian FW Beckett
Gary Sheffield considers an examination of the causes and consequences of the First World War through a series of key moments
Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying
by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer
Roger Moorhouse recommends a study of the secretly recorded conversations of Second World War Axis PoWs
A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
by Mary Fulbrook
Dan Stone considers an account exploring the role of a civil servant in the Holocaust, and the issues raised by his relationship to the author
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