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  • AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9781408885406
    Title: AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The thrilling real-life story of a double agent in the Second World War

    One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero. The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top- secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    MALCOLM NOEL
    ISBN: 9780141978376
    Title: AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    Author: MALCOLM NOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the sixteenth century, the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul.

    Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    BARKER JULIET
    ISBN: 9780349119182
    Title: AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    Author: BARKER JULIET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9,000 men was engaged by 20,000 Frenchmen, but the limited space of battle favoured the more compact English forces. The undisciplined charges of the French combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare. Not more than 1,600 English soldiers died; the French probably lost more than 6,000 men. Juliet Barker's shimmeringly brilliant narrative commemorates and analyses a canonical battle in British history.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    MARTIN T / BLACKWELL C
    ISBN: 9780521148443
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE STORY OF AN ANCIENT LIFE
    Author: MARTIN T / BLACKWELL C
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everything we know about Alexander comes from ancient sources, which agree unanimously that he was extraordinary and greater than everyday mortals. From his birth into a hypercompetitive world of royal women through his training under the eyes and fists of stern soldiers and the piercing intellect of Aristotle; through friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; through acts of generosity and acts of murder, this book explains who Alexander was, what motivated him, where he succeeded (in his own eyes) and where he failed, and how he believed that he earned a new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine. This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place and rejects modern judgments asserted on the basis of an implicit moral superiority to antiquity.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    CARTLEDGE PAUL
    ISBN: 9781447237198
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    Author: CARTLEDGE PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The acclaimed biography of one of history's greatest icons, Alexander the Great.

    At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9780141983011
    Title: ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixteenth century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history. Ever since, it has remained one of the most contested. Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of the leading British historians of this turbulent and endlessly fascinating era. Many essays in this volume expand upon his now classic Reformation- Europe's House Divided, tracing, for example, the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible or reassessing the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. All Things Made New shows MacCulloch at his best - learned, far-seeing, sometimes subversive, and often witty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    KORDA MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781631491320
    Title: ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    Author: KORDA MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of the Second World War and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

    In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the Second World War, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days—surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $42.95

    Price: $42.95
  • ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    EVANS RICHARD J
    ISBN: 9780349140179
    Title: ALTERED PASTS : COUNTERFACUTALS IN HISTORY
    Author: EVANS RICHARD J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would have happened had Britain not entered the First World War but stood aside as a neutral non-belligerent?

    What might the result have been had Britain concluded a separate peace with Nazi Germany in 1940 or 1941?

    How would the British have behaved had they lost the Battle of Britain and been conquered and occupied by the armed forces of Hitler's Third Reich?

    ALTERED PASTS is a fascinating discussion of the historical and cultural significance of imagining the road not taken. From its beginnings as an Enlightenment parlour game to its relationship with modern-day conspiracy theories, Richard Evans charts the social and political implications of counterfactual history and its capacity for being a mirror on the present.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMAZONS : Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    AMAZONS : Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780593077603
    Title: AMAZONS : Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

    For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them.

    In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

    Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.

    In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9780099583646
    Title: ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

    But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

    Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

    Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity and explains how they made us who we are today.

    A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness'

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    PASSARELLO ELENA
    ISBN: 9781787330306
    Title: ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    Author: PASSARELLO ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the sixteen essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalised by humans. Here are the starling that inspired Mozart with its song, Darwin’s tortoise Harriet, and in an extraordinary essay, Jumbo the elephant (and how they tried to electrocute him). Modelled loosely on a medieval bestiary, these witty , playful, provocative essays traverse history, myth, science and more, introducing a stunning new writer to British readers.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780770435837
    Title: APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    Author: HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARABS : A HISTORY
    ARABS : A HISTORY
    ROGAN EUGENE
    ISBN: 9780718196783
    Title: ARABS : A HISTORY
    Author: ROGAN EUGENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The history of the Arab world is a story of colonization, war and resistance but also rich creativity, encompassing a diverse area from Morocco to Iraq. Eugene Rogan's acclaimed book traces five hundred years of tumultuous history, from the Ottoman conquests to today's world, drawing on accounts of politicians, poets, intellectuals and ordinary people to tell this story through the eyes of the Arab men and women who lived it.

    'An outstanding, gripping and exuberant narrative, full of flamboyant character sketches, witty asides and magisterial scholarship.' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Financial Times

    'Strikingly vivid and authoritative . . .He is a master of Arab sources.' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

    'Brilliant . . . Mixing academic rigour with a lively narrative style, The Arabs is required reading.' Anthony Sattin, Spectator

    'A beautifully created tour d'histoire . . . If you want to understand who the modern Arabs are and how their relationship with the western world has evolved, you will not find a better book.' Kishwer Falkner, Prospect

    'Outstanding on all levels, an essential guide for understanding the modern history of the Arabs and their future.' Akbar Al-Adab (Literature News, Cairo)

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780241975152
    Title: ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.

    In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

    'Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes.' The New York Times

    'If there's one thing that sets Beevor apart from other historians - beyond his gifts as a storyteller - it's because he is not afraid to look at the most uncomfortable, even frightening subjects, but does so in a way that does not threaten the reader. There's rarely a judgmental note to his writing. It's like having Virgil there to lead you through the underworld: he doesn't leave you stranded amid the horror, but leads you back out again, a wiser person for having undergone the journey.' Keith Lowe in The Daily Telegraph

    'Indispensable.' David Aaronovitch, The Times

    'The best military prose of our era.' El País

    'A wonderfully compelling follow-up to D-Day. No one has recounted it better than Beevor. His gripping, beautifully written narrative moves seamlessly from the generals' command posts to the privates in their snow-covered foxholes, and confirms him as the finest chronicler of war in the business.' Saul David, Observer

    'Enthralling.' Daily Mail

    'An exemplary picture of the misery and horror of this most appalling conflict, in which more than a million men fought in conditions comparable to those on the eastern Front. This is history as it should be written.' Spectator

    'Another perfectly judged episode of the second world war, a worthy companion to the works that made Beevor's name. Yet again, he has shown that he has the gift of alchemy.' Roger Moorhouse in the Financial Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    HASTINGS MAX
    ISBN: 9781447288749
    Title: ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    Author: HASTINGS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The stunning bestseller from one of Britain's most highly regarded military historians.

    One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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