Valkyrie will put the 1944 plot to kill Hitler front and center. If you were like me, you first learned of the plot from William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which treats it contemptuously. Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945, by Marie Vassiltchikov, describes the world of the plotters from the inside.
The Age of Obama coincides with the Lincoln bicentennial. Myth gridlock! Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point, by Lewis E. Lehrman, looks at the Peoria speech of 1854 which, Lehrman argues, was the opening salvo of a years’ long Lincoln/Douglas debate, and outlined the major themes of Lincoln’s mature thought.