World War II (1939-45)

Critic’s Pick: ‘Shoah: Four Sisters’ Review: Harrowing Tales of Survival in the Holocaust

Claude Lanzmann’s documentary shares the stories of four women through installments that can be watched independently or together.

War Stories: George Washington, William T. Sherman and Viking Marauders

Lessons about war from the American Revolution, the Civil War, medieval Britain and West Africa.

Nonfiction: How the United States Achieved World Leadership

Derek Leebaert’s “Grand Improvisation” tells a complicated story of post-World War II Europe with Washington often operating in a fog.

Nonfiction: Wendell Willkie: The Forgotten Maker of History

David Levering Lewis’s “The Improbable Wendell Willkie” describes a political shooting star who left an outsize legacy.