By Andrew Nagorski

Andrew Nagorski is the author, most recently, of “1941: The Year Germany Lost the War.”

Benito Mussolini took power in Italy in late 1922, making him Europe’s... read more

Poland 1939: The Outbreak of World War II

By Roger Moorhouse. 432 pp.

Basic Books, 2020. $32.

WHEN HITLER LAUNCHED HIS ATTACK on Poland on September 1, 1939, igniting World... read more

Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942
By David Stahel. 545 pp.
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2019. $35.

The Battle of Moscow, which officially... read more

Nazi doctrine pigeonholed them as obedient mothers and wives, but a cadre of strong female supporters aided the rise of the Führer and some of his most trusted men. ... read more

On May 14, 1938, after finishing a night of drinking by downing a bottle of whiskey, the Tokyo-based Soviet spy Richard Sorge mounted his motorcycle and, as always, roared through the city’s... read more

„Nareszcie będziemy traktowani jak ludzie” – cieszyli się mieszkańcy okupowanych terenów wschodniej Polski. Niemieckie wojska, które sforsowały granicę 22 czerwca 1941 roku witano kwiatami... read more

Most people know that the storming of the Bastille triggered the French Revolution, the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo triggered World War I, and the fall of the Berlin... read more

On this 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, which launched World War II, I find myself thinking as much about my father,... read more

Andrew Nagorski is a former Newsweek foreign correspondent and editor, whose postings included Hong Kong, Warsaw and Moscow. He is the author of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War.

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When General Raymond E. Lee, the former U.S. military attaché in wartime London, died in 1958 at age 72, his obituary in the New York Times pointed out that no one “was ever more popular... read more