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A Hidden Life
Portrait of an Ordinary Nazi

Daniel Lee’s new book about his surprise discovery of an SS officer’s hidden files gives us a rare look into the lives of the countless bureaucratic enablers who kept the Nazi machine running.

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Oral History
The Forgotten Women of the Gulag

A new book by Monika Zgustova brings the harrowing, heartbreaking history of the Soviet Gulag’s female prisoners to life.

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Oral History
Voices from the Berlin Wall

A new book by Iain McGregor offers a vivid account of daily life in divided Berlin, collecting the stories of ordinary people who lived, worked, and served on either side of Checkpoint Charlie.

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Defending Freedom
A User’s Guide to Free Speech

Timothy Garton Ash impresses with a fact-filled, ideas-rich discussion of free speech in the modern, interconnected world.

Old Worldliness
The Hotel Patriot

A collection of Joseph Roth’s nonfiction in translation shows the melancholy wanderer at his captivating best.

Art of Betrayal
Sins of the Father

Two books on spying home in on the “human factor” in high-profile espionage cases, one American and one Soviet.

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