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Publishers tend to shift gears as the season shifts to autumn. Suddenly, or so it seems, the slower and more idling pace of summer is shed and all manner of books—serious, scholarly, frivolous, practical, and everything along the spectrum—begin crowding the publishers’ lists. The new releases tables at the bookstores become crowded with choices, and the sedimentary layers of those choices only deepen as the gift-giving holidays of winter begin to draw near. 

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The annals of ancient history contain hundreds, maybe thousands of named battles, and the vast majority of them are unfamiliar to all but the most dedicated students of history. If you mention the Battle of Tegyra to a random sampling of people on a crowded city bus, you're likely to see onl…

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The new book from economic historian Adam Tooze, “Shutdown: How COVID Shook the World's Economy,” takes his career-long concentration on finance in history and brings it right to the doorstep of the present day: instead of studying the economics of Nazi Germany or the international markets i…

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Allen Guelzo's new book is a biography of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and as Guelzo himself makes clear, his book is the latest in a very, very long line of similar works. Full-length hagiographies of the man began appearing almost immediately after his death in 1870. John Esten Cooke…