The Holodomor by Charles River Editors

The Holodomor by Charles River Editors

The Holodomor by Charles River Editors – The History and Legacy of the Ukrainian Famine Engineered by the Soviet Union – is a short book that is well worth reading. It offers a good insight into Holodomor, but in a very short version, perfect for…

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy – A History of Ukraine – is a book I read to accompany the course Timothy Snyder gave at Yale and that is available online, alongside the reading list. I would have read this book regardless, as it…

The volunteer by Jack Fairweather

The volunteer by Jack Fairweather

The volunteer by Jack Fairweather – One man, an underground army, and the secret mission to destroy Auschwitz – is the story of Witold Pilecki. In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, Witold Pilecki volunteered to go undercover in what was…

The Making of Mămăligă by Alex Drace-Francis

The Making of Mămăligă by Alex Drace-Francis

The Making of Mămăligă by Alex Drace-Francis – Transimperial Recipes for a Romanian National Dish – is a fascinating book. Mămăligă is polenta, while mălai is corn meal. This is a cereal that was brought over to Europe from America. It is interesting to see…

Invasion by Luke Harding

Invasion by Luke Harding

Invasion by Luke Harding – Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival – is a well written and worth reading book. It is on the 2023 Political Writing Book prize short list by The Orwell Foundation. The book is mostly descriptive, each chapter touching…

Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd

Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd

Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd – the rise of fascism seen through the eyes of everyday people – is a fascinating book. While the analysis part of it lacks a bit, the rest is so well researched and so nicely written that…

Creating Spaniards by Sandie Holguín

Creating Spaniards by Sandie Holguín

Creating Spaniards by Sandie Holguín – Culture and National Identity in Republican Spain – is an over 20 years old book, but so worth reading. It was recommended to me by my teacher and I’m so glad he mentioned it, as I enjoyed it very…

A History of the Baltic States by Andres Kasekamp

A History of the Baltic States by Andres Kasekamp

A History of the Baltic States by Andres Kasekamp is a very short book considering it reveals the history of 3 countries: Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. With only 200 pages on the topic as the rest are notes and so on, the material is very…

An Anti-Communist on the Eastern Front by Vladímir Kovalevski

An Anti-Communist on the Eastern Front by Vladímir Kovalevski

An Anti-Communist on the Eastern Front by Vladímir Kovalevski* is a must read! I loved this book for so many reasons. First of all it offers one of the most unusual perspectives of WWII and a bit of the Spanish civil war. It was written…

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky

A Message from Ukraine by Volodymyr Zelensky is a short book containing 16 speeches, personally selected by him. These are war speeches as the russians went to war against Ukraine in 2014, years before the full-scale invasion of 2022. The speeches start from 2019, with…

Yugoslav Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War by Vjeran Pavlakovic

Yugoslav Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War by Vjeran Pavlakovic

Yugoslav Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War by Vjeran Pavlakovic is a short, but really good book on the Yugoslavia’s involvement in the Spanish civil war. The numbers were not high, as about 2,000 volunteers joined, but the book covers what happened in a very…

How to Manage Your Slaves by Jerry Toner

How to Manage Your Slaves by Jerry Toner

How to Manage Your Slaves by Jerry Toner or, it’s full title: How to Manage Your Slaves by Marcus Sidonius Falx by Jerry Toner, is a fun book. Toner wrote the book in “collaboration” with Falx. In fact, it’s an interpretation of what a Roman…

A Prisoner of Stalin by Christian Huber

A Prisoner of Stalin by Christian Huber

A Prisoner of Stalin by Christian Huber – The Chilling Story of a Luftwaffe Pilot Shot Down and Captured on the Eastern Front* is an interesting book, a primary source from two points of view, a primary source for Ehlert’s life that includes him in…

The World Health Organization: A History by Marcos Cueto

The World Health Organization: A History by Marcos Cueto

The World Health Organization: A History by Marcos Cueto, Theodore Brown, and Elizabeth Fee is a book on the history of WHO. I don’t have a lot to say besides that I was annoyed by their views on Eastern Europe – the whole “buffer” between…

Hitler’s Henchmen by Helmut Ortner

Hitler’s Henchmen by Helmut Ortner

Hitler’s Henchmen by Helmut Ortner* – Nazi Executioners and How They Escaped Justice After WWII was shocking to read. Not because of what the Nazis did, that was to be expected, but what happened in Germany ever since. He is highly critical of the German…

The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now

The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now

The Nazi Death Camps. Then and Now*, edited by Winston Ramsey, is a fantastic reference book for anyone who is studying about or interested in Nazi Germany. The National Socialist Party was in power in Germany for 12 years and in this time they opened…