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  • APNDEMIC CENTURY : A History of Contagion in 10 Outbreaks
    APNDEMIC CENTURY : A History of Contagion in 10 Outbreaks
    HONIGSBAUM MARK
    ISBN: 9780753558287
    Title: APNDEMIC CENTURY : A History of Contagion in 10 Outbreaks
    Author: HONIGSBAUM MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

    The most timely and informative history book you will read this year, tracing a century of pandemics, with a new chapter on COVID-19.

    Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease.

    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    BOUVERIE TIM
    ISBN: 9781784705749
    Title: APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut' Antony Beevor
    'One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years' Max Hastings
    'Brilliant and sparkling ... reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down' Peter Frankopan

    On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.

    Appeasing Hitler is a compelling new narrative history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, it sweeps from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. Bouverie takes us into the backrooms of 10 Downing Street and Parliament, where a small group of rebellious MPs, including the indomitable Winston Churchill, were among the few to realise that the only choice was between 'war now or war later'. And we enter the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the Royal Family.

    Drawing on deep archival research, including previously unseen sources, this is an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe.

    Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasing Hitler is not only eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    ISBN: 9780300251630
    Title: ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia. Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • 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
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air armada of Dakotas and gliders,carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He gazed up in envy at the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept- the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General 'Boy' Browning was doomed from the start. Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    WHORTON JAMES C
    ISBN: 9780199605996
    Title: ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    Author: WHORTON JAMES C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident. Kept in many homes for the purpose of poisoning rats, the white powder was easily mistaken for sugar or flour and often incorporated into the family dinner. It was also widely present in green dyes, used to tint everything from candles and candies to curtains, wallpaper, and clothing (it was arsenic in old lace that was the danger). Whether at home amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, at work manufacturing these products, or at play swirling about the papered, curtained ballroom in arsenical gowns and gloves, no one was beyond the poison's reach. Drawing on the medical, legal, and popular literature of the time, The Arsenic Century paints a vivid picture of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian daily life, weaving together the history of its emergence as a nearly inescapable household hazard with the sordid story of its frequent employment as a tool of murder and suicide. And ultimately, as the final chapter suggests, arsenic in Victorian Britain was very much the pilot episode for a series of environmental poisoning dramas that grew ever more common during the twentieth century and still has no end in sight.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    FORNASIERO JEAN
    ISBN: 9781743054277
    Title: ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    Author: FORNASIERO JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It was one of the most lavishly equipped scientific expeditions ever to leave Europe. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, French navigator Nicolas Baudin led two ships carrying 22 scientists and more than 230 officers and crew on a three-and-a-half-year voyage to the 'Southern Lands', charting coasts, studying the natural environment and recording encounters with indigenous peoples. Inspired by the Enlightenment's hunger for knowledge, Baudin's expedition collected well in excess of 100,000 specimens, produced more than 1500 drawings and published the first complete chart of Australia. Baudin's artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, painted a series of remarkable portraits of Aboriginal people and produced some of the earliest European views of Australian fauna. An integral part of the French scientific project, these exquisite artworks reveal the sense of wonder this strange new world inspired.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    GRIFFITHS TOM
    ISBN: 9781863959407
    Title: ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    Author: GRIFFITHS TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.

    In The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of fifteen historians at work, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he observes how a body of work is constructed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.

    Riveting, beautiful and elegantly written, this landmark book conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and revitalises our sense of thehistorian's craft - what Tom Griffiths calls 'the art of time travel'.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    FERGUSON NIALL
    ISBN: 9780141990262
    Title: ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    Author: FERGUSON NIALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call if what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that financial history is the back-story to all history.

    From the banking dynasty who funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that caused the French Revolution, this is the story of booms and busts as it's never been told before.

    With the world in the grip of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there's never been a better time to understand the ascent - and descent - of money.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    STATIEV ALEXANDER
    ISBN: 9781108424622
    Title: AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    Author: STATIEV ALEXANDER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is the story of the highest battlefield of World War Two, which brings to life the extremes endured during this harsh mountain warfare. When the German war machine began faltering from a shortage of oil after the failed Blitzkrieg against the Soviet Union, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Edelweiss in the summer of 1942, a bold attempt to capture the Soviet oilfields of Grozny and Baku and open the way to securing the vast reserves of Middle Eastern oil. Hitler viewed this campaign as the key to victory in World War Two. Mountain warfare requires unique skills: climbing and survival techniques, unconventional logistical and medical arrangements and knowledge of ballistics at high altitudes. The Main Caucasus Ridge became the battleground that saw the elite German mountain divisions clash with the untrained soldiers of the Red Army, as they fought each other, the weather and the terrain.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    ISBN: 9780316352024
    Title: ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The uniquely designed Atlas of Lost Cities details the destinies of 44 once-thriving urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns.

    Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In ATLAS OF LOST CITIES, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuac n, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people that never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water. Original artwork shows the location of the lost cities, as well as a depiction of how they looked when they thrived.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ATLAS OF THE UNEXPECTED
    ATLAS OF THE UNEXPECTED
    ELBOROUGH TRAVIS
    ISBN: 9781781317167
    Title: ATLAS OF THE UNEXPECTED
    Author: ELBOROUGH TRAVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    From the fortuitous discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, to the savvy invention of Vaseline at an American oil rig, Atlas of the Unexpected uncovers the most astounding and bizarre discoveries which have been unearthed on our planet. Spanning centuries and reaching all around the globe, each entry provides key information, wittily observed, and is accompanied by specially-drawn maps that illuminate the geographical oddities of each discovery.

    Imprint: QUARTO US
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • ATLAS OF UNUSUAL BORDERS : Discover intriguing boundaries, territories and geographical curiosities
    ATLAS OF UNUSUAL BORDERS : Discover intriguing boundaries, territories and geographical curiosities
    NIKOLIC ZORAN
    ISBN: 9780008351779
    Title: ATLAS OF UNUSUAL BORDERS : Discover intriguing boundaries, territories and geographical curiosities
    Author: NIKOLIC ZORAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world is not always what we think it is. This beautifully designed book presents unusual borders, enclaves and exclaves, divided or non-existent cities and islands. Numerous conflicts have left countries divided and often shattered. Remnants of countries can by design or accident be left behind as a legal anomaly in this complex world.

    Most people believe that a country's borders are clearly defined: just lines that separate countries. Everything on one side of the line belongs to one country and everything on the other side belongs to another country. This might be the case most of the time, but there are unusual exceptions to this unwritten rule.

    Examples include:
    * Campione d'Italia where Italian residents have to travel 15km through Switzerland to reach the nearest available Italian territory
    * Tomb of Suleyman Shah which is a tiny Turkish enclave within Syria which was moved closer to Turkey when Lake Assad was created but still stayed in Syria
    * Pheasant Island which for half a year belongs to the Spanish city of Irun, and the remaining half, to its French twin-town, Hendaye
    * Canadian Stanstead and American Beebe Plain where the boundary line runs along the centre of the main street, so that the houses on one side of the street are in Canada and on the other in the United States

    These and many more instances are captured in this fascinating book full of strange geographical intrigue.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSCHWITZ : A History
    AUSCHWITZ : A History
    STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    ISBN: 9780141987484
    Title: AUSCHWITZ : A History
    Author: STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A short, devastating study of history's most notorious killing ground.

    At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends. In Sybille Steinbacher's terse, powerful new book, the reader is led through the process by which something unthinkable to any European in the 1930s had become a sprawling, industrial reality during the course of the world war. How Auschwitz grew and mutated into an entire dreadful city, how both those who managed it and those who were killed by it came to be in Poland in the 1940s, and how it was allowed to happen, is something everyone needs to understand.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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