In Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, Norman Ohler shows how methamphetamines made the German Blitzkrieg possible As German Panzers overran France in the summer of 1940, their drive and endurance astonished Winston Churchill, who wrote in his memoi...
With a fascinating cast of characters, Philipp Blom’s engaging history of the inter-war years stages the glories and agonies of these troubled times. The legacy of World War I was one of disillusionment, even betrayal: Four empires were destroyed and Europe’s economy devastated, the creative energy, pride and optimism that had come with technological progress […]
E-readers may be an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to pulp. But are publishers now looking over your shoulder while you read? Have you heard about the latest innovation in book publishing? Neither have we. Like most monopolies, the traditional book publishing business resists change, even as retail bookselling has been disrupted almost beyond recognition by digital […]
Doing business with people from different cultural backgrounds can be tricky. Understanding them is the first step to making it work There is an old adage that the British and Americans are two peoples separated by a common language: When the British “table a discussion,” they bring it up for consideration. When the Americans “table” […]
In seeing the world in all its delicate beauty and overwhelming roughness, Christoph Ransmayr’s Atlas of an Anxious Man finds a language for mapping the intricacies of the human heart We travel to discover the world; we peer at places and people...
A chronicle of Hitler’s war in the Alpine borderlands As Europe’s map was redrawn at Potsdam in 1945, Austria was again separated from Germany, and the Alpine regions regained their pre-war borders. As much as Berlin, the Alps had been the heart of the Third Reich, argues Jim Ring in Storming the Eagle’s Nest: Hitler’s […]
Traveler, soldier, linguist, scholar, bon vivant, grand flaneur, Patrick Leigh Fermor was one of the greatest travel writers of the 20th century. Artemis Cooper recounts his peripatetic life with great affection and humor in Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure. Today “Paddy” Fermor is best known for walking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in […]
On 300 dense pages the Scottish political economist Mark Blyth delivers a ringing battle cry to change course – or else. With the economy back on a growth trajectory and unemployment beginning to fall across the euro zone, politicians and economists rejoice that their harsh austerity measures have worked. Political economist Mark Blyth begs to differ. […]