Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum
This follow-up to the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag discusses the creation of the Communist regimes that took hold in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II and describes what daily life was like in these countries.
Venice: A New History by Thomas F. Madden
An all-encompassing history of Venice. It draws on rare archival material and newly translated documents to chronicle the city's rise from a humble lagoon refuge, to its apex as a maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter, to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.
Describes the Great Irish Potato Famine that began in 1845 and discusses how the combined forces of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance started a disaster that killed twice as many people as died during the American Civil War.
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