John Lukacs was born in Budapest in 1924. He is the author of over thirty books, including ­Historical Consciousness and, most recently, A Short History of the Twentieth Century.


Monsters Together

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov signing the Nazi–Soviet Pact, with German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop directly behind him, next to Stalin, August 23, 1939

The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939–1941

by Roger Moorhouse
In the vast literature about Stalin and Hitler during World War II, little is said about their being allies for twenty-two months. That is more than an odd chapter in the history of that war, and its meaning deserves more attention than it has received.

The Siege of Budapest

The merits of Krisztián Ungváry’s Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II are at least twofold. First, as a military history it is unrivaled. None of the otherwise quite good military histories of the battles of Stalingrad or Warsaw or Berlin comes close to its minute details …

In Love with Hitler

Die Tagebücher von Joseph Goebbels: Sämtliche Fragmente (The Goebbels Diaries: All Entries)

The diaries of Joseph Goebbels are an extraordinary find, for many reasons, including their size and their history. Goebbels was a truly compulsive writer as well as speaker—an unusual combination. He began to write a regular diary in July 1924 (there are indications of an irregular diary even earlier) at …

French Army

The French Army: A Military Political History

by Paul Marie de la Gorce

Dare Call It Treason

by Richard M. Watt
It is almost a century since 1870, a year that marked a turning point in French, European and, thus, world history. That year the armies of France were beaten by the Prussians, and they have never since recovered their position as the principal military force on the continent (except perhaps …