A mediocre summary of the post-WW1 peace treaties, the French book "Ils Ont Fait la Paix: La Traité de Versailles vu de France et d'ailleurs'" makes for an acceptable introduction but has too many omissions to be considered a good book - while lacking much energy or elan to make it interesting.
Vibrant, energetic, sweeping, energetic, and mesmerizing, Tournament of Shadows is an incredible look into the Great Game from the ground level, and a book which is well recommended for anybody interested in the region.
Lincoln's memory is something which changes as our own times change, and Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream is both a valuable piece of historical study in of itself but also a look into a particular era's perspective on the Great Emancipator.
Lina del Castillo's Crafting a Republic for the World provides a history of Colombia which delves into analysis of post-colonial construction of memory and a revisionist history of Colombia's 19th century history, in a sometimes byzantine but incisive and sophisticated book.
The Fall of the Ottomans is a very readable military history of Ottoman participation in the First World War, which gives a human feeling to the conflict from the plight of the Armenians to the common soldiers, and makes for a good introductory history into the war.
In the conclusion to Lisle A. Rose's Power at Sea trilogy, A Violent Peace 1946-2006 provides for a good, if American-centric, naval history which avoids some of the flaws of his previous works and gives a good understanding of the mentality and operations of the American fleet.
A very good overview of the naval fleets of the Great Powers of WWI and their capabilities, doctrine, makeup, forces, and objectives, "To Crown the Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War" is an invaluable addition to any library on naval history.
The Night Circus is what could have been a great fantasy book but which is left behind by its hackneyed depiction of rather flat main characters and stereotypical view of the Victorian Era.
The Breaking Storm 1919-1945 is a reasonably decent naval history of the Second World War, plagued by some over-enthusiasm and gaps but a much better volume than the first book in Rose's series.
A very specialist history devoted to the political evolution and foundation of the Eastern European communist states, and then their fall after failed attempts at economic reform, Eastern Europe Since 1945 is good for those fascinated by communists politics but is definitely not a general history.
Rather uninspiring and lacking much panache, A History of the Low Countries is a decent but unexciting overview of the story of Belgium and the Netherlands.
An intriguing history of a radical change in the Egyptian ecological and political economy in the late 18th century, Under Osman's Tree provides a unique perspective on Egypt in a time of transition.
Despite a remarkably uninteresting and terminology-laden introduction, the Sources of Military Doctrine is a very good general look at the strategy and armed forces of Britain, France, and Germany in the Interwar.
A swashbuckling adventure story in the Otto Prohaska series, the Emperor's Coloured Coat lacks some of the impressive depth of other books, but it is still a thrilling, exciting, funny, and moving novel.
Although in appearance a rather impressive and lengthy book, huge numbers of flaws and exceptions combine to make Power at Sea a mediocre naval history book which is best avoided.
A good look at the tactical level of engagements in the Mediterranean in WW2, Struggle for the Middle Sea doesn't give a holistic overview of the conflict.
The excellent Roots of Blitzkrieg convincingly shows that it was the German army in the 1920s, not its 1930s successors, who laid the groundwork for the ideas and doctrine that would lead Germany to conquer most of Europe in the 1940s.
Although Across South America may not be very useful to look at South America itself, it makes for an excellent lens upon the Americans who wrote it.
Chock full of plentiful details and with plentiful material about the diplomacy leading up to the Second World War, France and the Coming of the Second World War's narrowness of scope is made up for by the depth of its information.
A fascinating book which looks into the strategy, organization, doctrine, and history of Communist's Vietnam's army, winner of wars against so many enemies, which provides a great deal of information even if it may sometimes overdo its points.
A brilliant book which explores the propaganda war waged by the French and Japanese in Indochina for the minds of the Indochinese and of each other, with an incredible collection of sources drawn from no fewer than 4 languages.
A vast and far-reaching history of the Great War and the Interwar era, this book is a monumental project that recasts the rise of the United States in the early 20th century in an entirely different light, and which indefatigably examines the geopolitical context of the era.
An excellent book about the doctrinal development of the French army in the Interwar period by the renowned military historian Robert A. Doughty. This book is concise, efficient, convincing, and well supported.