Book cover of The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler by Kathryn Olmsted
Biography & Autobiography

The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler

As World War II approached, the six most powerful media moguls in America and Britain tried to pressure their countries to ignore the fascist threat. The media empires of Robert McCormick, Joseph and Eleanor Patterson, and William Randolph Hearst spanned the United States, reaching tens of millions of Americans in print and over the airwaves with their isolationist views. Meanwhile in England, Lord Rothermere’s Daily Mail extolled Hitler’s leadership and Lord Beaverbrook’s Daily Express insisted that Britain had no interest in defending Hitler’s victims on the continent. […Learn More]

Book cover of Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II by Paul Kennedy
History

Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II 

In this engaging narrative, brought to life by marine artist Ian Marshall’s beautiful full‑color paintings, historian Paul Kennedy grapples with the rise and fall of the Great Powers during World War II. Tracking the movements of the six major navies of the Second World War—the allied navies of Britain, France, and the United States and the Axis navies of Germany, Italy, and Japan—Kennedy tells a story of naval battles, maritime campaigns, convoys, amphibious landings, and strikes from the sea. […Learn More]

Book cover of Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World by Richard Middleton
Biography & Autobiography

Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World

The first biography of Charles Cornwallis in forty years—the soldier, governor, and statesman whose career covered America, India, Britain, and Ireland

Charles, First Marquis of Cornwallis  (1738–1805), was a leading figure in late eighteenth-century Britain. His career spanned the American War of Independence, Irish Union, the French Revolutionary Wars, and the building of the Second British Empire in India—and he has long been associated with the unacceptable face of Britain’s colonial past. […Learn More]

Book cover of Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova by Leo Damrosch
Biography & Autobiography

Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova

The life of the iconic libertine Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) has never been told in the depth it deserves. An alluring representative of the Enlightenment’s shadowy underside, Casanova was an aspiring priest, an army officer, a fortune teller, a con man, a magus, a violinist, a mathematician, a Masonic master, an entrepreneur, a diplomat, a gambler, a spy—and the first to tell his own story. In his vivid autobiography Histoire de Ma Vie, he recorded at least a hundred and twenty love affairs, as well as dramatic sagas of duels, swindles, arrests, and escapes. He knew kings and an empress, Catherine the Great, and most of the famous writers of the time, including Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. […Learn More]

Book cover of Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence by Kate Crawford
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence

What happens when artificial intelligence saturates political life and depletes the planet? How is AI shaping our understanding of ourselves and our societies? In this book Kate Crawford reveals how this planetary network is fueling a shift toward undemocratic governance and increased racial, gender, and economic inequality. Drawing on more than a decade of research, award-winning science, and technology, Crawford reveals how AI is a technology of extraction: from the energy and minerals needed to build and sustain its infrastructure, to the exploited workers behind “automated” services, to the data AI collects from us. […Learn More]

Book cover of The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century by John Mauceri
Entertainment

The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century

A prominent conductor explores how aesthetic criteria masked the political goals of countries during the three great wars of the past century

This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. […Learn More]

Book cover of Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by V. M. Zubok
Biography & History

Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union 

A major study of the collapse of the Soviet Union—showing how Gorbachev’s misguided reforms led to its demise

In 1945 the Soviet Union controlled half of Europe and was a founding member of the United Nations. By 1991, it had an army four-million strong, five-thousand nuclear-tipped missiles, and was the second biggest producer of oil in the world. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew
History

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

The history of espionage is far older than any of today’s intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti
Biography & Autobiography

The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia

The first English-language book to document the men who emerged from the gulags to become Russia’s much-feared crime class: the vory v zakone

Mark Galeotti is the go-to expert on organized crime in Russia, consulted by governments and police around the world. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War by Mark Galeotti
History

The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War

Hybrid War, Grey Zone Warfare, Unrestricted War: today, traditional conflict—fought with guns, bombs, and drones—has become too expensive to wage, too unpopular at home, and too difficult to manage. In an age when America threatens Europe with sanctions, and when China spends billions buying influence abroad, the world is heading for a new era of permanent low-level conflict, often unnoticed, undeclared, and unending. […Learn More]