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The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
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Henry Clay: The Essential American - David S. Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler

David and Jeanne Heidler's book is a useful narrative account of Clay's political career, one defined by his longtime (and unsuccessful) quest for the presidency. In clear language they explain well the political battles of the era, conveying a good sense of the issues and personalities involved. Yet there is little within its pages that is new, and in many respects the book's coverage of Clay's life is inferior to that of Robert Remini's Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union. Readers seeking to learn about the career of this fascinating and important figure would be better served picking up a copy of Remini's biography instead of this book.