Best European History Books

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1. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Author: by Erik Larson
Published at: Crown; First Edition (February 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0385348713

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitzan inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis One of [Erik Larson’s] best books yet …

Perfectly timed for the moment. Time A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers. NPR NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE EAST HAMPTON STAR AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time Vogue NPR The Washington Post The Globe & Mail Fortune Bloomberg New York Post The New York Public Library Kirkus Reviews LibraryReads PopMattersOn Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium.

Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy allyand willing to fight to the end.


2. Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)

Author: by Pellegrino Artusi
Published at: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 3rd ed. edition (December 27, 2003)
ISBN: 978-0802086570

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First published in 1891, Pellegrino Artusi’s La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangier bene has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times. It was reprinted thirteen times and had sold more than 52,000 copies in the years before Artusi’s death in 1910, with the number of recipes growing from 475 to 790.

And while this figure has not changed, the book has consistently remained in print. Although Artusi was himself of the upper classes and it was doubtful he had ever touched a kitchen utensil or lit a fire under a pot, he wrote the book not for professional chefs, as was the nineteenth-century custom, but for middle-class family cooks: housewives and their domestic helpers.

His tone is that of a friendly advisor – humorous and nonchalant. He indulges in witty anecdotes about many of the recipes, describing his experiences and the historical relevance of particular dishes. Artusi’s masterpiece is not merely a popular cookbook; it is a landmark work in Italian culture.


3. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Author: by Sonia Purnell
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 24, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0735225312

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERChosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of LondonWinner of the Plutarch Award for Best BiographyExcellentThis book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.

The New York Times Book Review”A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people – and a little resistance.” – NPR”A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller.” – Ben MacintyreA never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill’s “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and-despite her prosthetic leg-helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.


4. Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

Author: by Menachem Kaiser
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 16, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1328508034

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From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Polandand of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland.

Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as The Killer. A surprise discoverythat his grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complexleads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of Silesian treasure seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder.

Propelled by rich original research, Kaiser immerses readers in profound questions that reach far beyond his personal quest. What does it mean to seize your own legacy? Can reclaimed property repair rifts among the living? Plunder is both a deeply immersive adventure story and an irreverent, daring interrogation of inheritancematerial, spiritual, familial, and emotional.


5. Wake Up: Why the world has gone nuts

Author: by Piers Morgan
Published at: HarperCollins (October 20, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0008392598

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It’s time we get back to common sense. It’s time to cancel the cancel culture. It’s time to Wake Up. If, like me, you’re sick and tired of being told how to think, speak, eat and behave, then this book is for you.

If, like me, you think the world’s going absolutely nuts, then this book is for you. If, like me, you think NHS heroes and Captain Tom are the real stars of our society, not self-obsessed tone-deaf celebrities (and royal renegades!, then this book is for you.

If, like me, you’re sickened by the cancel culture bullies destroying people’s careers and lives, then this book is for you. From feminism to masculinity, racism to gender, body image to veganism, mental health to competitiveness at school, the right to free speech and expressing an honestly held opinion is being crushed at the altar of woke’ political correctness.

In 2020, the world faced its biggest crisis in a generation: a global pandemic. In the UK, it exposed deep divisions within society and laid bare a toxic culture war that had been raging beneath the surface. From the outset, Piers Morgan urged the nation to come to its senses, once and for all, and held the Government to often ferocious account over its handling of the crisis.


6. Diana: Her True Story–in Her Own Words

Author: by Andrew Morton
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Anniversary edition (June 27, 2017)
ISBN:
978-1501169731

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The sensational biography of Princess Diana, written with her cooperation and now featuring exclusive new material to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When Diana: Her True Story was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy.

Greeted initially with disbelief and ridicule, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography has become a unique literary classic, not just because of its explosive contents but also because of Diana’s intimate involvement in the publication. Never before had a senior royal spoken in such a raw, unfiltered way about her unhappy marriage, her relationship with the Queen, her extraordinary life inside the House of Windsor, her hopes, her fears, and her dreams.

Now, twenty-five years on, biographer Andrew Morton has revisited the secret tapes he and the late princess made to reveal startling new insights into her life and mind. In this fully revised edition of his groundbreaking biography, Morton considers Diana’s legacy and her relevance to the modern royal family.


7. The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Author: by Gregory A. Freeman
Published at: Dutton Caliber; Illustrated edition (September 2, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0451224958

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The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War IIwhen the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia… During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia.

Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planeswithout tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers.

And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and backwithout getting shot down themselves. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time ever.

The Forgotten 500 is the gripping, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II. Amazing [and] riveting. James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers


8. Princeton Review AP European History Premium Prep, 2021: 6 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Strategies & Techniques (College Test Preparation)

Author: by The Princeton Review
Published at: Princeton Review (August 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0525569558

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PREMIUM PRACTICE FOR A PERFECT 5WITH THE MOST PRACTICE ON THE MARKET! Ace the 2021 AP European History Exam with this Premium version of The Princeton Review’s comprehensive study guide. Includes 6 full-length practice exams, thorough content reviews, targeted test strategies, and access to online extras.

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4 full-length practice tests in the book with detailed answer explanations 2 full-length practice tests online with detailed answer explanations End-of-chapter questions for targeted content review Helpful timelines of major events in European history


9. When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

Author: by Adam Fergusson
Published at: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (October 12, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1586489946

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When Money Dies is the classic history of what happens when a nation’s currency depreciates beyond recovery. In 1923, with its currency effectively worthless (the exchange rate in December of that year was one dollar to 4,200,000,000,000 marks), the German republic was all but reduced to a barter economy.

Expensive cigars, artworks, and jewels were routinely exchanged for staples such as bread; a cinema ticket could be bought for a lump of coal; and a bottle of paraffin for a silk shirt. People watched helplessly as their life savings disappeared and their loved ones starved.

Germany’s finances descended into chaos, with severe social unrest in its wake. Money may no longer be physically printed and distributed in the voluminous quantities of 1923. However, “quantitative easing,” that modern euphemism for surreptitious deficit financing in an electronic era, can no less become an assault on monetary discipline.

Whatever the reason for a country’s deficit – necessity or profligacy, unwillingness to tax or blindness to expenditure – it is beguiling to suppose that if the day of reckoning is postponed economic recovery will come in time to prevent higher unemployment or deeper recession.

10. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Author: by Patrick Radden Keefe
Published at: Anchor; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0307279286

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEARLONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZEBEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR – TIME MAGAZINEA WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEARNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNamed a best book of the year by The Wall Street Journal, EW, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune, GQ, Slate, NPR, Variety, Slate, TIME, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Dallas Morning News, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPageNamed a best book of the decade by Literary Hub and EW”Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972.

In this meticulously reported book – as finely paced as a novel – Keefe uses McConville’s murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga.” – New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the YearFrom award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs.

11. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Author: by William L. Shirer
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (October 11, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1451651683

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The fiftieth anniversary edition of the National Book Awardwinning bestseller that is the definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. This special edition now features a new introduction by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins.

No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler.

This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private lettersall the vast paperwork behind Hitler’s drive to conquer the world. The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L.

Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.

12. Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library (Hardcover))

Author: by Marcus Aurelius
Published at: Modern Library; First Printing edition (May 14, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0679642602

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Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life. Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D.161180).

A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s insights and adviceon everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with othershave made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style.

For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago. In Gregory Hays’s new translationthe first in thirty-five yearsMarcus’s thoughts speak with a new immediacy.

13. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Author: by Erik Larson
Published at: Crown; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0307408853

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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence.

Enamored of the New Germany, she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home.

Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romanceand ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

14. Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins–and WWII Heroes

Author: by Tim Brady
Published at: Citadel (February 23, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0806540382

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The astonishing true story of three fearless female resisters during WWII whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity. Recruited as teenagers, Hannie Schaft, and Dutch sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen fulfilled their harrowing missions as spies, saboteurs, and Nazi assassins with remarkable courage, but their stories have remained largely unknown…Until now.May 10, 1940.

The Netherlands was swarming with Third Reich troops. In seven days it’s entirely occupied by Nazi Germany. Joining a small resistance cell in the Dutch city of Haarlem were three teenage girls: Hannie Schaft, and sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen who would soon band together to form a singular female underground squad.

Smart, fiercely political, devoted solely to the cause, and “with nothing to lose but their own lives,” Hannie, Truus, and Freddie took terrifying direct action against Nazi targets. That included sheltering fleeing Jews, political dissidents, and Dutch resisters. They sabotaged bridges and railways, and donned disguises to lead children from probable internment in concentration camps to safehouses.

15. Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Author: by Neil Price
Published at: Basic Books; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0465096985

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The definitive history of the Vikings – from arts and culture to politics and cosmology – by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertiseThe Viking Age – from 750 to 1050 – saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world.

As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, distorted to suit the tastes of medieval clerics and Elizabethan playwrights, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more.

None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology and religion, their material world.

Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered, and in the process were themselves changed. From Eirk Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.

16. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Author: by Christopher R. Browning
Published at: Harper Perennial; Revised edition (February 28, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0062303028

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A remarkableand singularly chillingglimpse of human behavior… This meticulously researched book… Represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.”Newsweek Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jewsnow with a new afterword and additional photographs.

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.

Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever.