Herein you will find a few but a growing number of book reviews of works by leading and pioneering scholars in the social sciences and humanities that are pushing intellectual and knowledge frontiers.

Further, as readers will quickly realize, these scholars deal with a wide variety of subjects and diverse issues in far-flung regions of the world which is a wealth of knowledge that has enriched, informed and influenced my own research interests and broad thematic approach to matters African.

Murder at The Door:


Gross, Jan T. Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. New York, 2001


Jan Tomasz Gross is a professor of war and society at Princeton University where he teaches modern European history. In this book, The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne (2001) he presents a different kind of view of the holocaust, which places Jedwabne Poles at the center of events leading to the massacre of half the town’s Jews. He advocates for the Holocaust to be viewed as a heterogeneous phenomenon: that is, on the one hand as a system that “functioned according to a preconceived (though constantly evolving) ... Read more...

Mixed Jewish Interethnic Fortunes:


Meir, Natan M. “Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians in Kiev: Intergroup Relations in Late Imperial Associational Life.” Slavic Review, 65, 3(Fall 2006): 475-501.


Natan Meir’s article “Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians in Kiev: Intergroup Relations in Late Imperial Associational Life,” (2006) looks beneath the obviously tense Jewish and Non-Jewish relations in late 19th century and early 20th century Kiev.[1] The period which he deals with is, in the main, notable for its heightened interethnic tensions, state-sponsored segregation and sporadic violence ... Read more...

Standing Grand Against all Odds:


Braithwaite, Rodric. Moscow, 1941: A City and Its People at War. New York, 2006.


Sir Rodric Quentin Braithwaite book Moscow, 1941 (2006) is an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable read.[1] It is written in a colorful and simple language and narrative style peppered with a myriad of stories by various people who experienced the German offensive on Moscow and other historic events like the Russian Civil War, directly or indirectly. It must be also said that the book is an ambitious one as it tries to not only incorporate a micro-perspective of the attack on Moscow from personal witnesses ... Read more...