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Seven common misconceptions about World War II

Japanese officials arriving onboard the USS Missouri, September 2, 1945, to sign the instrument of unconditional surrender. Image credit: Stars and Stripes. For many years, I’ve been reading a great deal about World War II, both fiction and nonfiction. And that reading is reflected in the reviews I’ve collected at 5 top nonfiction books about World War II and The 10 bes [...]

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The extraordinary Soviet spy who gave Stalin the bomb

Ben MacIntyre is one of the most prolific producers of nonfiction books about espionage in the English language. Of the thirteen books he's written to date, nearly all are about spies, saboteurs, and partisans, and five of those books have been made into documentaries by the BBC. In his latest venture, MacIntyre tells the tale of an extraordinary Soviet spy in World War II [...]

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Trade Fiction

An alternate history of the Manhattan Project

Three-quarters of a century after the conclusion of World War II, debate still rages about the nuclear weapons program that was one of the war's most shocking aspects. Continuing controversy about the bomb's first use, of course. Still unresolved questions about the extensive Soviet espionage that delivered the secrets of the American Manhattan Project and British Tube All [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

It looks like science fiction but it’s not

You'd think that a novel centered on cutting-edge research on the frontiers of particle physics would fit easily into the genre of science fiction, and hard science fiction at that. After all, it's about the work in a lab at Dartmouth College by a man who appears to be on the path to a Nobel Prize. Well, it's not science fiction. Interference by the bestselling thriller wr [...]

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Seven common misconceptions about World War II

Japanese officials arriving onboard the USS Missouri, September 2, 1945, to sign the instrument of unconditional surrender. Image credit: Stars and Stripes. For many years, I’ve been reading a great deal about World War II, both fiction and nonfiction. And that reading is reflected in the reviews I’ve collected at 5 top nonfiction books about World War II and The 10 bes [...]

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