Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
I knew some details about Cixi but had not read nearly as much. Some of the story here contradicted tour guides in China, eg in the Summer Palace, who painted a much more negative picture. I’d not really seen a complete picture from the Taiping, via the Boxers, the Sino-Japanese war to the end of the Qing dynasty with the rise of the republic.
To the Bitter End: The Final Battles of Army Groups North Ukraine, A, and Center — Eastern Front, 1944-45 by Rolf Hinze
I didn’t enjoy this as much as Christopher Duffy’s book Red Storm on the Reich.
Blood in the Forest: the End of the Second World War in the Courland Pocket by Vincent Hunt
Interesting account of the Second World War in Latvia and a description of twentieth century history of Latvia.
The Naval War in the Baltic 1939-1945 by Poul Grooss
Useful account of the war in the baltic.
The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge by Paul Preston
Another book on the Spanish Civil War.
Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942: Red Steamroller by Robert Forczyk
Sequel to the 1941-45 book I read earlier.
The Spanish Holocaust Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain by Paul Preston
Useful book on terror and attrocities in the Spanish Civil War.