Historical Non-Fiction

What’s New in Historical Non-Fiction?

November is going to be astounding in the field of historical non-fiction. Historians like  Robert Service, Ian Kershaw, along with a classicist Mary Beard, are considered to be the leading experts in their fields and they are all releasing a book! And not just any book, each work might be considered an author’s magnum opus. Make sure not to miss these!

Mary Beard – SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Publication Date: November 9, 2015


SPQR is an acronym of a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus, which means ‘the Senate and the People of Rome’. In her SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, Mary Beard brings the reader an enthralling tale of Rome’s birth. Previously, Beard wrote extensively on the topics of the Western cultural heritage and her invaluable expertise in the field is cherished by her colleagues and her readership.

Robert Service – The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991

Publication Date: November 10, 2015


Robert Service is regarded with great respect in historical circles. Having published eleven other books prior to The End of Cold War, Service has been helping the reader to make sense of the complex Russian history since 1979. In his new book, Service explores the final six years of the Cold War period. Service possess a unique talent of presenting complex ideas in a simple, straightforward prose, which makes his books accessible to most adult readers. This one is high on my reading list!

Ian Kershaw – To Hell and Back: 1914-1949

Publication Date: November 17, 2015


If Robert Service is a master of Russian history, Ian Kershaw is a colossus of German historical narrative. He is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert in the studies of Adolf Hitler and the Thrid Reich. Long-awaited To Hell and Back: 1914-1949 is Kershaw’s first publication in the last four years, which recreates the most destructive and tragic period in European, and perhaps, the world’s history.

-Ilya K

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