On December 8, 1941, the day after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Japan. The Senate... read more

When the U.S. and its allies announced they would sanction... read more

I recently shared my favorite books on the view from London in 1941 on a new website called Shepherd. I... read more

Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler’s War on Art
By Charlie English. 336 pp. Random House, 2021. $28.

In the aftermath of World War I, the world... read more

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