Spies, World War II; Continent: Europe

Agent Zigzag: The True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre Action-packed and clever, but this bit of history has just enough “Hogan’s Heroes” to make you shake your head 364 pages (305 pages without Appendix and Notes) Who doesn’t love a spy story? Some of the best ones come from information […]

Nationalism, Culture, Germany; Continent: Europe

Author Stephen Winder’s personal, meandering discussion of topics in pre-WWII history will make you laugh and think, often in the same chapter 480 pages (Bibliography begins page 379) I confess, I read Winder’s 2015 book, Danubia, before I got back to read Germania, his 2011 offering. Germania is the slightly shorter book (Danubia is a […]

1980s, Socialism; Continent: Europe

Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte So did Gorbachev “tear down this wall,” as challenged by Reagan in a 1987 speech? Um…no, but the real story has its own drama 320 pages (Acknowledgments, et cetera, begin page 185) November 1989, and I stood transfixed in the living room of […]

Book 1; Continent: Europe

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter 468 pages (402 pages of narrative content) Sure, see the movie. I enjoyed it. Then get a richer context for the Monuments Men through the detailed and insightful book. I’d been excited to see […]