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The best of today’s history reading
The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010 (Chicago: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012)
The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America (New York: Basic Books, 2012)
Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944 (New York: Basic Books, 2012)
Ajax, The Dutch, The War: the Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour (New York: Nation Books, 2012)
Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012)
State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1945-2011 (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2012)
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 (New York: Basic Books, 2012)
Motherland in Danger: Soviet Propaganda during World War II (Harvard University Press, 2012)
The Young Turks' Crime against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012)
The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press, 2011)
Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots (New York: Basic Books, 2011)
Philanthropy in America: A History (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011)
Chivalry in Medieval England (Harvard University Press, 416 pp, 2011, ISBN 978-0-674-06368-6)

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