Book cover of Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain by David Carballo
Americas

Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain

Mexico of five centuries ago was witness to one of the most momentous encounters between human societies, when a group of Spaniards led by Hernando Cortés joined forces with tens of thousands of Mesoamerican allies to topple the mighty Aztec Empire. It served as a template for the forging of much of Latin America and initiated the globalized world we inhabit today. The violent clash that culminated in the Aztec-Spanish war of 1519-21 and the new colonial order it created were millennia in the making, entwining the previously independent cultural developments of both sides of the Atlantic. […Learn More]

Book cover of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela Toler
Biography & Autobiography

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History 

The woman warrior is always cast as an anomaly—Joan of Arc, not GI Jane. But women, it turns out, have always gone to war. In this fascinating and lively world history, Pamela Toler not only introduces us to women who took up arms, she also shows why they did it and what happened when they stepped out of their traditional female roles to take on other identities. […Learn More]

Book cover of Strategiya: The Foundations of the Russian Art of Strategy by Ofer Fridman
History

Strategiya: The Foundations of the Russian Art of Strategy

In recent years, Western experts have generally portrayed the Kremlin’s actions as either strategic or tactical. Yet this proposition raises a very important question: how closely does the West’s interpretation of Russian strategy reflect the country’s own definitions? 

While many military historians have sought to interpret Russian strategy, Strategiya takes a different approach. It brings together, in English, the classic works of the Russian art of strategy, which were rediscovered after the collapse of the Soviet Union. […Learn More]

History

Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II

The full story of the first and only time American and Soviets fought side-by-side in World War II

At the conference held in in Moscow in October 1943, American officials proposed to their Soviet allies a new operation in the effort to defeat Nazi Germany. The Normandy Invasion was already in the works; what American officials were suggesting until then was a second air front: the US Air Force would establish bases in Soviet-controlled territory, in order to “shuttle-bomb” the Germans from the Eastern front. […Learn More]

Computers & Technology

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems–from Israel’s Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter–and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. […Learn More]

History

The Future of War

An award-winning military historian, professor, and political adviser delivers the definitive story of warfare in all its guises and applications, showing what has driven and continues to drive this uniquely human form of political violence. […Learn More]