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Prae­to­rian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Im­pe­rial Body­guard Guy de la Bé­doyère Yale Univer­sity Press, Fe­bru­ary 28

A his­tory of the Prae­to­rian Guard, which was founded by Em­peror Au­gus­tus in 27 BCE, but slowly be­came a po­lit­i­cal force as well as a mil­i­tary one. A tale of jeal­ousy, sub­terfuge and power.

The Spy Who Loved Cas­tro: How I Was Re­cruited by the CIA to Kill Fidel Cas­tro Marita Lorenz Ebury Press, March 2

Marita Lorenz tells the ex­traor­di­nary story of her life: a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp sur­vivor; CIA re­cruit in Cuba, lover of a for­mer Venezue­lan dic­ta­tor; and po­lice in­for­mant.

Out of China: How the Chi­nese Ended the Era of West­ern Dom­i­na­tion Robert Bick­ers Allen Lane, March 30

With a resur­gent Chi­nese na­tion­al­ism fed on a diet of sto­ries of past hu­mil­i­a­tions, Bick­ers ex­plains how China’s gov­ern­ment has re­gained con­trol over all ex­ter­nal threats to its sovereignty this cen­tury.

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