To End All Wars, Adam Hothschild - About pacifists, conscientious objectors, and suffragettes in World War I. The broad outlines of the history, I imagine, will be familiar to your average B&T reader, but it's extremely well-written, gripping in its focus on the personal without forgetting the big picture, and has some cracking details. I also had no idea that in 1915, the British and Germans struck a deal [whoops, totally wrong link in first version of post] through Switzerland, to exchange German optics for British rubber; very sporting, really, and made sure everyone could keep the war going. (Checking, there seems to be some doubt as to whether the deal actually went through; Hothschild says that the UK received 32,000 binoculars in August 1915, but that the records on what they gave the Germans in return have disappeared.)
Why Marx Was Right, Terry Eagleton- Interesting, combative and well-written, as you'd expect, but glosses over the fact that a lot of the supposed "distortions" of Marx he complains about arise from Marxists themselves. It's a little like those defences of Christianity based purely upon the Gospels; the actual movement didn't work that way. And just plain bad when it comes to trying to find excuses for the Bolsheviks, and in the treatment of Marxism-in-power in general. Also, as usual with Eagleton, much too given to the arch professorial joke, ideally with a celebrity reference.
The World As It is, Chris Hedges - Chris Hedges has written one all-time classic, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, and three decent other books (American Fascists, I Don't Believe in Atheists, Empire of Illusion.) Unfortunately, this collection of essays brings out all his worst qualities - for instance, the brand of American exceptionalism that sees the US as uniquely sinful, degenerate, etc - and ridiculous comparisonsab. ("Any form of protest, no matter how tepid, is blocked by an internal security apparatus that is starting to rival that of the East German secret police.") Andif I cared what Noam Chomsky or Ralph Nader thought about anything, I'd buy their books. Apparently the idea that Nader was in any way to blame for the election of George Bush is "an absurdity that found fertile ground among those who had abandoned rational inquiry for the thought-terminating cliches of television."
Plus there's one of those passages about how he was on a boxing team in college, and "my closest friends were construction workers and pot washers," who were so much more reliable than the effete liberals at his university. Just once I'd like to see "I spent time with ordinary, honest working men when I was young, and they were a bunch of lazy racists."
Suicide in Nazi Germany, Christian Goeschel - Useful statistical and anecdotal material, but I wish they'd been comparative work with Japan, and it suffers badly from PhD-itis, right down to the lit. review at the beginning.
(Also The Retreat, by Michael Jones, a superior class of war-porn which makes, very oddly, no mention of the fact that the mass deaths of Russian prisoners, which he discusses, was planned pre-war by the Wehrmacht, and Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast, which was pretty good, but why is Scandinavian crime literature so obsessed with World War II?)