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2021 Book Selections

Michael Neiberg, Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe 
Tim Bouverie, Appeasement
John J. Stephan, Hawaii Under the Rising Sun: Japan's Plans for Conquest After Pearl Harbor 
Gordon Thomas & Greg Lewis, Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule 
Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., Hitler's Thirty Days to Power January 1933
Telford Taylor, Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir
Thomas Childers, Soldier From the War Returning: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II
Tim Bouverie, Appeasement
Hampton Sides, Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission 
Jim Bishop, FDR's Last Year 
Adam Hochschild, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War 1936–1939 
Yuma Totani, The Tokyo War Crimes Trial: The Pursuit of Justice in the Wake of World War II

2020 Book Selections

Mark Stoler, George C. Marshall 
Craig Symonds, WWII at Sea: A Global History
Sonia Purnell, A Woman of No Importance
Andrew Gordon, A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
Allen Packwood, How Churchill Waged War: The Most Challenging Decisions of the Second World War
Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile
Steven Ross, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America
John Bunker, Heroes in Dungarees: The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II
Phillips Payson O'Brien, The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral D. Leahy, Roosevelt's Chief of Staff
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Brothers in Arms
Craig Nelson, Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

2019 Book Selections

​Aldolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ralph Manheim's 1943 translation
​Nigel Hamilton, Monty: The Battles of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery
David King, The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany
Daniel J. Goldhagen, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
William Manchester, Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
Susan Dunn, 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm
Mark Ryan, The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum
Mary Jo McConahay, The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II
James Q. Wilson, Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law 
Linda Hervieux, Forgotten
Niall Ferguson, The War of the World: 20th Century Conflict and the Descent of the West
Mark Wyman, DPs: Europe’s Displaced Persons, 1945–1951  
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich   

2018 Book Selections

Taylor Downing, Spies in The Sky: The Secret Battle for Ariel Intelligence During World War II
Irmgard A. Hunt, On Hitler's Mountain: Overcomming  the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood
Jonathan Dimbleby, Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War
James D. Hornfischer, Neptune's Inferno
Joseph Springer, Inferno: The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the USS Franklin in WWII
Antony Beevor, Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge
Jeffrey Herf, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust

2017 Book Selections

Charles Kaiser, The Cost of Courage​
David Motadel, Islam and Nazi Germany's War 
R.D. Rosen, Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocausts Hidden Child Survivors 
Francois Kersaudy, Norway 1940
Angelo Codivilla, Between the Alps and a Hard Place 
Ben Macyntire, Double Cross 
Michael Beschloss, The Conquerors-Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941–1945 
Longerrich & Bance, Goebbels: A Biography
Ian Kershaw, Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World 1940–1942

2016 Book Selections

Anonymous, A Woman In Berlin
Stephen Bungay, The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain
John Lukacs, The Legacy of the Second World War
Werner A. Herbert, Iron Coffins
Stanley G. Payne and Jesus Palacios, Franco: A Personal and Political Biography 
Robert Klara, FDR'S Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance
Charles Kaiser, The Cost of Courage

2015 Book Selections

Cornelius Ryan, The Last Battle 
Timothy D. Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin 
Wendy Lower, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields 
Dan McMillan, How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust 
Alon Confino, A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide 
David S. Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941–1945 
Antony Beevor, The Fall of Berlin 1945

2014 Book Selections

  • Michael Korda, With Wings like Eagles
  • Ben MacIntyre, Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
  • Winston S. Churchill, Their Finest Hour (The Second World War)
  • Fitzroy Maclean, Eastern Approaches(other title: Escape to Adventures)
  • Robert Gerwarth, Hitler's Hangman: Life of Heydrich
  • Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods
  • S.M Plokhy, Yalta: The Price of Peace

2013 Book Selections

  • Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken
  • Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
  • Richard B. Frank, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
  • Ronald H. Spector, In the Ruins of Empire
  • Lizzie Collingham, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food
  • Herbert Bix, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
  • Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
  • Lynn Olson, Citizens of London; Michael McKernan, Defending the Home front in World War II

2012 Book Selections

  • Ronald Spector, Eagle against the Sun: The American War with Japan
  • rank McLynn, The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph, 1942-45
  • Brian Garfield, The Thousand-mile war: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians
  • John Dower, War Without Mercy
  • Stuart D. Goldman, Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory that Shaped World War II
  • Craig L. Symonds, The Battle of Midway
  • Arthur Herman, Freedom Forge

2011 Book Selections

  • Ben Macintyre, Operation Mincemeat
  • Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking
  • Haruo Tohmatsu and H.P. Wilmott, A Gathering Darkness: The Coming of War to the Far East and the Pacific, 1921-1942
  • Jay Taylor, The Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China
  • Theodore White and Annalee Jacoby, Thunder out of China
  • Walter Lord, Day of Infamy
  • Robert B. Stinnett, Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor
  • Peter Mersky, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
  • Alistair Cooke, The American Home Front 1941-1942

2010 Book Selections

  • Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
  • David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House, The Battle of Kursk
  • Charles Glass, Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944
  • Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier
  • Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate
  • Walter Ford Carter, No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love: A Son's Journey to Normandy

2009 Book Selections

Fitzroy MacLean, The Heretic: The Life and Times of Josip Broz-Tito by
  • Mark Mazower, Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941 - 44
  • Charles R. Gallagher, Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII
  • Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort,1941-1945
  • John Lucaks, Hitler and Stalin
  • Rodric Braithwaite, Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War
  • Russell H.S. Stolfi, Hitler's Panzers East: World War II Reinterpreted
  • Constantine Pleshakov, Stalin's Folly: The Secret History of the German Invasion of Russia, June 1941
  • Harrison E. Salisbury, The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad

2008 Book Selections

  • Richard Overy, Why the Allies Won
  • Rick Atkinson , The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943
  • Claudia Koonz, The Nazi Conscience
  • Nicholas W. Bethel, The War Hitler Won: The Fall of Poland, September, 1939
  • William Trotter, A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 
  • Tom Schachtman, The Phony War, 1939-1940
  • Allen Chew, The White Death

2007 Book Selections

  • Philip Gerard, Secret Soldiers
  • J. B. Bosworth, Mussolini
  • John Lukacs, The Last European War
  • Iris Origo, War in the Val d'Orcia
  • Ken Burns, "The War" (WWII Documentary)

2006 Book Selections

  • Herbert Bix, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
  • James Bradley, Flyboys
  • E.B.Sledge, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
  • D.K. Goodwin, No Ordinary Time
  • Paul Carell, The Foxes of the Desert
  • Vasily Grossman, A Writer at War, With the Red Army, 1941-1945
  • Marcus Binney, The Women Who Lived for Danger
  • Philip Gerard, Secret Soldiers
  • Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn

2005 Book Selections

  • Stephen Ambrose, Band of Brothers
  • Dr. Francis de Marneffe, Last Boat from Bordeaux War Memoirs of Francis de Marneffe
  • Stephen Ambrose, Eisenhower
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar
  • Margaret McMillan, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
  • John Toland, Rising Sun
  • William Manchester, American Caesar [Douglas MacArthur]

2004 Book Selections

  • Origins of the Second World War by A.J. P. Taylor
  • Hitler by Joachim C. Fest