About Time, by David Rooney

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Whether understood as a concept or a tool, time is elusive and can be perceived and put to use in myriad ways. History is full of examples, and itself serves to show the ever-increasing importance time has played in regulating our lives. This is the theme of Rooney's engrossing study. Using clocks and other measuring devices as a lens for charting our relationship to time--one that has grown to represent many aspects of our lives--he shows how various leaders, institutions, and ordinary individuals have used time to signify qualities ranging from grandeur to piety to learning.


About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks By David Rooney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867930
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

Agent Sonya, by Ben Macintyre

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Ben Macintyre, further burnishing his reputation as John le Carré’s nonfiction counterpart, recounts the story of another real-life, accomplished spy. This time his subject is Ursula Kuczynski—codename Sonya—who, over the course of a 20th-century career working for Moscow that took her from Germany to China, Poland, Switzerland, and eventually Britain, managed to elude German, British, and American authorities. Before coming in from the cold, she lived in a quiet village in the English Cotswolds with three children and a husband. Behind the facade of her picturesque life, she worked with nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs, transmitting scientific secrets that enabled the Soviets to develop nuclear bombs

Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy By Ben Macintyre Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593136300
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Published: Crown - September 15th, 2020

The Last Million, by David Nasaw

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Longtime history professor David Nasaw, who has authored several acclaimed biographies, provides a deeply researched and eye-opening account of how the world managed the massive refugee crisis that emerged after World War II. The one million displaced persons who ended up stranded for several years in camps in Germany included not only Jews who had survived the Holocaust but Polish forced laborers and Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian collaborators who either refused to go home or had no homes to return to. In The Last Million, Nasaw describes how  humanitarian considerations often gave way to narrow foreign policy goals and Cold War calculations, setting a pattern for what governments would do when confronted by other refugee crises in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War By David Nasaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206733
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Published: Penguin Press - September 15th, 2020