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History lovers will rejoice at Winston Groom’s newest effort at understanding the personalities behind World War II, The Allies (National Geographic, $30). Focusing on the three leaders of the Allied nations, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin, Groom weaves together an intricate and detailed analysis of the war from multiple perspectives. This is not just a war history, however—this is a triple biography of these larger-than-life men. From the early Boer War correspondent days of Churchill, to the political rise and scandalous love affairs of Franklin and Eleanor, to the communist in-fighting of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky, we can see the vastly different formative experiences that ultimately led to this shaky alliance, with many blind eyes turned, to face down the common threat. Groom’s broad war analysis will leave readers with a better appreciation of the dominant leadership personalities that shaped an era. 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781426219665
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Published: National Geographic - November 13th, 2018

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Let us return one last time to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, with Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s eagerly anticipated conclusion to his four-part series, The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Harper, $37.50). Operating within the same world as The Shadow of the Wind, this novel follows special investigator Alicia Gris, a young, beautiful, and deadly woman, orphaned by the Spanish Civil War, as she unravels one last case of a missing government minister. With the help of her gruff, unlovable partner, Vargas, and familiar Barcelona booksellers Daniel Sempere and Fermin Romero de Torres, Alicia unravels the complicated and intricate web of deception that has kept the repressive Franco regime in power for decades. This combines all the gothic, action-packed mystery that Zafón’s bibliophile fans have come to expect, along with a thrilling finale, putting the whole four-book series in brilliant perspective.

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$37.50
ISBN: 9780062668691
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Published: Harper - September 18th, 2018

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A political thriller of the highest order, The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Riverhead $27), is a rare combination of literary, mystery, historical, and political whodunit. Already highly acclaimed, Vásquez considers this book to be the masterpiece he’s been attempting to write for years. Loosely centered on the brutal murder in the Bogotá streets of the Colombian Liberal General Rafael Uribe Uribe in 1914, this is a meta-novel about the author working with a conspiracy theorist investigating the killing, and the alleged massive government and church cover-up that pinned the murder on two unskilled workers. A circular, twisting novel that jumps around in time and perspective, and echoes other, later murders of the politicians Gaitan and Kennedy, this is a sweeping blend of fact, fiction, history, and speculation that explores the way dark moments in a country’s past eerily shape its present.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211148
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 25th, 2018

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