International Press Clubs Converge in Warsaw

Warsaw was the site of the annual meeting of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) under the direction of Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk of the Press Club Polska. Jarek is an energetic man who ran the meetings, planned the programs and even acted as tour guide on excursions in Warsaw and Gdansk.

Hitlerland: Book Review, Spero News

Asking readers not to think about World War II in a book about the rise of Hitler is a tall order. But if you can read the public and private correspondence of American diplomats and journalists in Berlin between the wars as they were written—as contemporaneous commentary—Andrew Nagorski's Hitlerland is not only compelling, it is a warning.

The Greatest Battle - Now available on e-book for U.K. readers

The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II [Kindle Edition]

Roland Emmerich to Develop Lawrence of Arabia Miniseries

LONDON – Helmer-producer Roland Emmerich is to develop a miniseries based on the life of Lawrence of Arabia for FremantleMedia Intl.

Emmerich, best known for “Independence Day” and the upcoming  “White House Down,” is developing the series with Marc Frydman (“Straw Dogs,” “Murder in the First,” “Nil by Mouth”) and Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “The Last Castle,” ABC’s “Commander In Chief”).

Lurie will pen the six-hour skein with Clive Bradley (Channel 4’s “City of Vice,” the BBC’s “Waking the Dead”).

NZ sale for Prisoner reboot

New Zealand’s TVNZ has signed a pre-sale deal for a new Australian drama that FremantleMedia International will be launching at MipTV next week.

Wentworth (10x60′), a FremantleMedia Australia production, is due to premier on Foxtel’s SoHo channel in Australia in May this year. The show is a reboot of classic Australian series Prisoner (aka Prisoner Cell Block H) and stars Danielle Cormack (Underbelly: Razor) and Nicole Da Silva (Rush).

Author discusses American accounts of Nazi rise to power

Andrew Nagorski, a former Newsweek correspondent who was stationed in Bonn and Berlin, told an audience during a recent United States Holocaust Memorial Museum program at B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton that he didn't give much though

‘Vera Gran: The Accused’ by Agata Tuszynska

As a young girl, she idolized Marlene Dietrich; much later she sang with Charles Aznavour and was compared to Edith Piaf. Vera Gran, who burst to fame as a teenage Polish Jewish singer in the 1930s, craved admiration. “I wanted to stir emotions,” she proclaimed. She did so with her seductive contralto voice. But when she ended up singing in the nightclubs of the Warsaw ghetto during the German occupation, she stirred much more dangerous passions.

Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks

From Tina Brown to Andrew Sullivan to Michael Tomasky, our writers and editors pick the favorite books they read this year.

The Orphan Master’s Son
By Adam Johnson

Into the sinister, bizarre kingdom of North Korea Johnson leads us with flair.

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