Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Volume I: July 1937-May 1942

In 1937, the swath of the globe east from India to the Pacific Ocean enclosed half the world s population, all save a fraction enduring under some form of colonialism Japan s onslaught into China that year unleashed a tidal wave of events that fundamentally transformed this region and killed about

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

On Winston Churchill s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons It was

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research n nApril 25, 1986, in Chernobyl, was a turning point in world history The disaster not only changed the world s perception of nuclear power and the science that

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

In the bestselling tradition of Why Nations Fail and The Revenge of Geography, an award winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo political strategies of the world powers.All leaders of nations are constrained by geography Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers,

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918 1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.In Pa

The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

The creator of the wildly popular award winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future n nDo tough times create tougher people Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself Will human te