"A one-dimensional interpretation of the Holocaust. Goldhagen insists that it happened because most all of Germany had long been immersed in what he calls "eliminationist antisemitism." In other words, most every German believed that every Jew ought to die. Overly-simple, in my opinion."
"Borowski was a non-Jewish Pole who survived his time in a Nazi concentration camp. He tells a series of related fictional stories that strike me as thinly-veiled autobiography. A bit of a Polish Hemingway, in the years after the War and while he was still young, Borowski killed himself. If you want to get a feel for what "life" was like in the camps, read this."
"In Neighbors, Jan Gross tells the story of a summer day when “half the population of a small East European town murdered the other half” (p. 7). The author, a Polish Jew who now teaches at Princeton, gives special attention to the question of “who did what in the town of Jedwabne [Poland] on July 10, 1941, and at whose behest” (p. 10)."
"Marty Glickman was one of two Jewish athletes who should have run for the U.S. in the 1936 Olympics. He was denied that opportunity for reasons that are still being debated. In the decades that followed, Glickman went on to become a sportscaster deluxe. Here he writes his life's story. A nice read."
"First published in 1997, Saul Friedlander’s, Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume I: Years of Persecution, 1933-1939, has gone on to establish itself as a major contribution to Holocaust studies. Volume II, which covers the years of the War, 1939-1945, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. This work is that good."
"A series of eight lectures by a Yale history professor. He responds to questions like, What do historians do? Why? And what is the value of their work? This book is a quick entry into those sorts of questions."
"This is the 2nd edition (2009) of Tosh's anthology. His Introduction (pages 1-15) is worth the price of the book for people who want to understand the "four longstanding and influential aspirations of historians.""
"The subtitle says it all. This is a popular edition of McMillon's doctoral dissertation, completed at Baylor University in 1972. It overviews the impact of Scottish religious leaders like John Glas, Robert Sandeman, James and Robert Haldane on the later American Restoration Movement (also known as the Stone-Campbell Movement)."
"Bobby Kennedy's riveting account of the time the world came closest to nuclear war. Yes, there's a lot of bias and aspiration between the lines here. But it's still a significant primary source and an interesting read."
"From 1977 to 1999, Stern was Historian at the JFK Presidential Library. He was almost certainly one of the first to ever hear the tapes made at the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. From his transcripts of those tapes, he narrates the episode and provides a historical framework."
"Wills, the Pulitzer prize-winning jouralist and historian, serves up a scathing critique of the Kennedy clan. This book was written not long after Ted Kennedy's unsuccessful bid to gain the Democrat's nomination for President in 1980. Devastating."
"Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and experienced the Castro revolution as a grade-schooler. In this memoir from that time, Eire brings together his childhood fun and fears, theology, and a deep wonder about what might have been. A great read from a truly fine scholar."