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  • TEAM OF RIVALS : POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    TEAM OF RIVALS : POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    GOODWIN DORIS KEARNS
    ISBN: 9780141043722
    Title: TEAM OF RIVALS : POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
    Author: GOODWIN DORIS KEARNS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency. When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brilliant work has given Obama the model for his presidency, showing how Abraham Lincoln saved America by appointing his fiercest rival to key cabinet positions. As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. 'A wonderful book ...a remarkable study in leadership' Barack Obama 'A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius' The New York Times 'I have not enjoyed a history book as much for years' Robert Harris Doris Kearns Goodwin is the doyenne of US presidential historians, and one of the most acclaimed non-fiction authors in the world. Her works include Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga, and No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TEMPLARS
    TEMPLARS
    JONES DAN
    ISBN: 9781781858929
    Title: TEMPLARS
    Author: JONES DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The remarkable story of the Knights Templar - the wealthiest, most powerful and most secretive of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era.

    The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful – and most secretive – of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Their story – encompassing as it does the greatest international conflict of the Middle Ages, a network of international finance, a swift rise in wealth and influence followed by a bloody and humiliating fall – has left a comet's tail of mystery that continues to fascinate and inspire historians, novelists and conspiracy theorists.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TEN CITIES THAT MADE AN EMPIRE
    TEN CITIES THAT MADE AN EMPIRE
    HUNT TRISTRAM
    ISBN: 9780141047782
    Title: TEN CITIES THAT MADE AN EMPIRE
    Author: HUNT TRISTRAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi, and twentieth-century Liverpool: since the end days of Empire, Britain's colonial past has been the subject of passionate debate. Tristram Hunt goes beyond the familiar arguments about Empire being good or bad and adopts a new approach, describing the processes of exchange and adaptation that moulded the colonial experience and that, in their turn, transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles.

    'Ingenious and timely, a lively and cliché-busting survey of imperial history.' Maya Jasanoff, Guardian

    'It captures a vast, sprawling enterprise so very well. This work, like the empire it describes, is something unique.' Paul Kennedy, Financial Times

    'Rethinks the whole history of colonialism. From Boston to Liverpool, via Dublin, Calcutta and others, Hunt weaves a colourful account of trade and slavery, violence and aesthetic splendour.' Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

    'Lively, original, a cracking read.' Robert Service, Observer

    'Enthralling, superb . . . as Hunt shows in compelling tours of ten cities, whether the colonial past is celebrated or restored, ignored or eradicated, the legacy of the British Empire is indelibly stamped on the urban fabric.' Ben Wilson, Daily Telegraph



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • THEATRE OF THE WORLD : The Maps That Made History
    THEATRE OF THE WORLD : The Maps That Made History
    BERG THOMAS REINERTSEN
    ISBN: 9781473688629
    Title: THEATRE OF THE WORLD : The Maps That Made History
    Author: BERG THOMAS REINERTSEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    A beautifully presented, prize-winning book about how maps have changed the world.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $55.00
    Price: $55.00
  • THEY ALL LOVE JACK : BUSTING THE RIPPER
    THEY ALL LOVE JACK : BUSTING THE RIPPER
    ROBINSON BRUCE
    ISBN: 9780007548903
    Title: THEY ALL LOVE JACK : BUSTING THE RIPPER
    Author: ROBINSON BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A book like no other - the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history's most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire act from the legendary writer and director of Withnail and I.

    For over a hundred years, 'the mystery of Jack the Ripper' has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists, and endless volumes purporting finally to reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorised Victorian England. But what if there was never really any 'mystery' at all? What if the Ripper was always hiding in plain sight, deliberately leaving a trail of clues to his identity for anyone who cared to look, while cynically mocking those who were supposedly attempting to bring him to justice?

    In THEY ALL LOVE JACK, the award-winning film director and screenwriter Bruce Robinson exposes the cover-up that enabled one of history's most notorious serial killers to remain at large. More than twelve years in the writing, this is much more than a radical reinterpretation of the Jack the Ripper legend, and an enthralling hunt for the killer. A literary high-wire act reminiscent of Tom Wolfe or Hunter S. Thompson, it is an expressionistic journey through the cesspools of late-Victorian society, a phantasmagoria of highly placed villains, hypocrites and institutionalised corruption.

    Polemic, forensic investigation, panoramic portrait of an age, underpinned by deep scholarship and delivered in Robinson's inimitably vivid and scabrous prose, THEY ALL LOVE JACK is an absolutely riveting and unique book, demolishing the theories of generations of self-appointed experts - the so-called 'Ripperologists' - to make clear, at last, who really did it; and more importantly, how he managed to get away with it for so long.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THIRD REICH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY
    THIRD REICH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY
    EVANS RICHARD J
    ISBN: 9780349140759
    Title: THIRD REICH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY
    Author: EVANS RICHARD J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this fascinating and enlightening collection of essays, one of the most important historians of our time reflects on the ways our understanding of Nazi Germany have been transformed in the twenty-first century.

    Richard Evans examines new historical perspectives on the Third Reich, such as showing how it is increasingly viewed in a broader international - even global - context, as part of the age of imperialism. He investigates how Nazi policies in Europe drew on Hitler's image of the American colonisation of the Great Plains, how companies like Volkswagen and Krupp operated on a global scale and - perhaps most controversial of all - how historians have come to see the Holocaust not as a unique historical event but as a genocide with parallels and similarities in other countries and at other times. THE THIRD REICH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY explores how these new perspectives have brought dividends, but also offers a critical perspective on the ways they are changing our perception of the period.

    THE THIRD REICH IN HISTORY AND MEMORY, in Richard Evans' characteristically compelling style, shows us that memory has to be subjected to the close scrutiny of history if it is to stand up to examination, while history's implications for collective cultural memories of Nazism must be spelled out with precision as well as with passion.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THIS DARK BUSINESS : The Secret War Against Napoleon
    THIS DARK BUSINESS : The Secret War Against Napoleon
    CLAYTON TIM
    ISBN: 9781408708644
    Title: THIS DARK BUSINESS : The Secret War Against Napoleon
    Author: CLAYTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THIS DARK BUSINESS tells the riveting story of the British government's determination to destroy Napoleon Bonaparte by any means possible.

    Between two attempts in 1800 and 1804 to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte, the British government launched a campaign of black propaganda of unprecedented scope and intensity to persuade George III's reluctant subjects to fight the Napoleonic War, a war to the death against one man: the Corsican usurper and tyrant.

    THIS DARK BUSINESS tells the story of the British government's determination to destroy Napoleon Bonaparte by any means possible. We have been taught to think of Napoleon as the aggressor - a man with an unquenchable thirst for war and glory - but what if this story masked the real truth: that the British refusal to make peace either with revolutionary France or with the man who claimed to personify the revolution was the reason this Great War continued for more than twenty years? At this pivotal moment when it consolidated its place as number one world power Britain was uncompromising. To secure the continuing rule of Church and King, the British invented an evil enemy, the perpetrator of any number of dark deeds; and having blackened Napoleon's name, with the help of networks of French royalist spies and hitmen, they also tried to assassinate him.

    THIS DARK BUSINESS plunges the reader into the hidden underworld of Georgian politics in which, faced with the terrifying prospect of revolution, bribery and coercion are the normal means to secure compliance, a ruthless world of spies, plots and lies.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • THIS DIVIDED ISLAND : STORIES FROM THE SRI LANKAN WAR
    THIS DIVIDED ISLAND : STORIES FROM THE SRI LANKAN WAR
    SUBRAMANIAN SAMANTH
    ISBN: 9780857895974
    Title: THIS DIVIDED ISLAND : STORIES FROM THE SRI LANKAN WAR
    Author: SUBRAMANIAN SAMANTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The vivid and haunting story of Sri Lanka and its brutal thirty-year civil war, from one of India's best new writers.

    In the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to a bloody end the stubborn and complicated civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the war's fingers had reached everywhere: into the bustle of Colombo, the Buddhist monasteries scattered across the island, the soft hills of central Sri Lanka, the curves of the eastern coast near Batticaloa and Trincomalee, and the stark, hot north. With its genius for brutality, the war left few places, and fewer people, untouched.What happens to the texture of life in a country that endures such bitter conflict? What happens to the country's soul? Samanth Subramanian gives us an extraordinary account of the Sri Lankan war and the lives it changed. Taking us to the ghosts of summers past, and to other battles from other times, he draws out the story of Sri Lanka today - an exhausted, disturbed society, still hot from the embers of the war.

    Through travels and conversations, he examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, how religion and state conspire, how the powerful become cruel, and how victory can be put to the task of reshaping memory and burying histories.

    This Divided Island is a harrowing and humane investigation of a country still inflamed.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THIS ORIENT ISLE : Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
    THIS ORIENT ISLE : Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
    BROTTON JERRY
    ISBN: 9780141978673
    Title: THIS ORIENT ISLE : Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
    Author: BROTTON JERRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1570, when it became clear she would never be gathered into the Catholic fold, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary English alignment with Muslim powers who were fighting Catholic Spain in the Mediterranean, and of cultural, economic and political exchanges between England and the Islamic world of a depth not experienced again until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia.

    They included the resourceful mercer Anthony Jenkinson, who met both Suleyman the Magnificent and the Persian Shah Tahmasp in the 1560s, William Harborne, the Norfolk merchant who became the first English ambassador to the Ottoman court in 1582, and the adventurer Sir Anthony Sherley, who spent much of 1600 at the court of Shah Abbas the Great. The previous year, remarkably, Elizabeth sent the Lancastrian blacksmith Thomas Dallam to the Ottoman capital to play his clockwork organ in front of Sultan Mehmed. The awareness of Islam which these Englishmen brought home found its way into many of the great cultural productions of the day, including most famously Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Merchant of Venice. The year after Dallam’s expedition the Moroccan ambassador, Abd al-Wahid bin Mohammed al-Annuri, spent six months in London with his entourage. Shakespeare probably began to write Othello six months later.

    This Orient Isle shows that England’s relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England. It is a startlingly unfamiliar picture of a celebrated period in our national and international history.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9781846144295
    Title: THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Thomas Cromwell is one of the most famous - or notorious - figures in English history. Born in obscurity in Putney, he became a fixer for Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s. After Wolsey's fall, Henry VIII promoted him to a series of ever greater offices, such that in the 1530s he was effectively running the country for the King. That decade was one of the most momentous in English history: it saw a religious break with the Pope, unprecedented use of parliament, the dissolution of all monasteries, and the coming of the Protestantism. Cromwell was central to all this, but establishing his role with precision has been notoriously difficult.

    Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography is the most complete life ever written of this elusive figure, making connections not previously seen and revealing the channels through which power in early Tudor England flowed. It overturns many received interpretations, for example that Cromwell and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their common religious sympathies, showing how he in fact destroyed her. It introduces the many different personalities contributing to these foundational years, all worrying about the 'terrifyingly unpredictable' Henry VIII, and allows readers to feel that all this is going on around them. For a time, the self-made 'ruffian', as he described himself - ruthless, adept in the exercise of power, quietly determined in religious revolution - was master of events.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • THREE EMPERORS : THREE COUSINS THREE EMPIRES AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR ONE
    THREE EMPERORS : THREE COUSINS THREE EMPIRES AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR ONE
    CARTER MIRANDA
    ISBN: 9780141019987
    Title: THREE EMPERORS : THREE COUSINS THREE EMPIRES AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR ONE
    Author: CARTER MIRANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
    TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
    MORTIMER IAN
    ISBN: 9780099542070
    Title: TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
    Author: MORTIMER IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the author of one of the biggest-selling history books of recent years, the follow-up to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. The past is a foreign country - this is your guide.

    We think of Queen Elizabeth I as 'Gloriana': the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, and of great writers, such as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time?

    In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask. Applying the groundbreaking approach he pioneered in his bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, the Elizabethan world unfolds around the reader.

    He shows a society making great discoveries and winning military victories and yet at the same time being troubled by its new-found awareness. It is a country in which life expectancy at birth is in the early thirties, people still starve to death and Catholics are persecuted for their faith. Yet it produces some of the finest writing in the English language and some of the most magnificent architecture, and sees Elizabeth's subjects settle in America and circumnavigate the globe. Welcome to a country that is, in all its contradictions, the very crucible of the modern world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TIMEKEEPERS : How the World Became Obsessed with Time
    TIMEKEEPERS : How the World Became Obsessed with Time
    GARFIELD SIMON
    ISBN: 9781782113218
    Title: TIMEKEEPERS : How the World Became Obsessed with Time
    Author: GARFIELD SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. The Beatles learn to be brilliant in an hour and a half. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A US Senator begins a speech that will last for 25 hours. The horrors of war are frozen at the click of a camera. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister lives out the same four minutes over a lifetime. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks.

    Timekeepers is a book about our obsession with time and our desire to measure it, control it, sell it, film it, perform it, immortalise it and make it meaningful. It has two simple intentions: to tell some illuminating stories, and to ask whether we have all gone completely nuts.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TO CATCH A KING : Charles II's Great Escape
    TO CATCH A KING : Charles II's Great Escape
    SPENCER CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780008153663
    Title: TO CATCH A KING : Charles II's Great Escape
    Author: SPENCER CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history? In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic. When his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by the might of Cromwell's armies at the battle of Worcester.With 3,000 of his supporters lying dead and 10,000 taken prisoner, it seemed as if his dreams of power had been dashed. Surely it was a foregone conclusion that he would now be caught and follow his father to the block?At six foot two inches tall, the prince towered over his contemporaries and with dark skin inherited from his French-Italian mother, he stood out in a crowd. How would he fare on the run with Cromwell's soldiers on his tail and a vast price on his head?The next six weeks would form the most memorable and dramatic of Charles' life. Pursued relentlessly, Charles ran using disguise, deception and relying on grit, fortitude and good luck. He suffered grievously through weeks when his cause seemed hopeless. He hid in an oak tree – an event so fabled that over 400 English pubs are named Royal Oak in commemoration. Less well-known events include his witnessing a village in wild celebrations at the erroneous news of his killing; the ordeal of a medical student wrongly imprisoned because of his similarity in looks; Charles disguising himself as a servant and as one half of an eloping couple to escape capture.Charles never forgot those who helped him and, when restored to the throne as Charles II, told the tale of his adventures to Samuel Pepys who transcribed it all.In this gripping, action-packed, true adventure story, based on extensive archive material, Charles Spencer, bestselling author of Killers of the King, uses Pepys' account and many others to retell this epic story. With bloodied feet and facing certain death if caught, Charles relied upon a patchwork of hiding places that had evolved to hide Catholics from lethal persecution. Now, in the 1650s, they saved the life of a king.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • TO END ALL WARS : A STORY OF PROTEST AND PATRIOTISM IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    TO END ALL WARS : A STORY OF PROTEST AND PATRIOTISM IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    HOCHSCHILD ADAM
    ISBN: 9780330447447
    Title: TO END ALL WARS : A STORY OF PROTEST AND PATRIOTISM IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR
    Author: HOCHSCHILD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant history of the First World War by the bestselling and prizewinning author of King Leopold's Ghost and Bury the Chains. Adam Hochschild follows a group of characters connected by blood ties, close friendships or personal enmities and shows how the war exposed the divisions between them. They include the brother and sister whose views on the war could not have been more diametrically opposed – he a career soldier, she a committed pacifist; the politician whose job was to send young men who refused conscription to prison, yet whose godson was one of those young men and the suffragette sisters, one of whom passionately supported the war and one of whom was equally passionately opposed to it. Through these divided families, Hochschild paints a vivid picture of Britain poised between the optimism of the Victorian era and the era of Auschwitz and the Gulag – a divided country, fractured by the seismic upheaval of the Great War and its aftermath.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TO HELL AND BACK : EUROPE 1914-1918
    TO HELL AND BACK : EUROPE 1914-1918
    KERSHAW IAN
    ISBN: 9780141980430
    Title: TO HELL AND BACK : EUROPE 1914-1918
    Author: KERSHAW IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a second conflict that managed to be even worse - a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust.

    To Hell and Back
    tells this story with humanity, flair and originality. Kershaw gives a compelling narrative of events, but he also wrestles with the most difficult issues that the events raise - with what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times - and what this means for us.

    'A great achievement . . . There could hardly be a more judicious guide to this bloody terrain . . . a stark lesson in man's capacity for evil.' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

    'Chilling epic-size history . . . should be required reading.' Harold Evans, The New York Times

    'The story of how the Old World plunged toward hell for 30 years . . . There is no man better qualified than Kershaw to take us through the dark valleys of the world wars and the two sombre intervening decades . . . fair-minded, deeply researched and highly readable.' Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal

    'A triumph . . . one of a tiny handful of historians whose books will still be read in 100 years.' Laurence Rees, Mail on Sunday

    'We are in the hands of a master historian.' Nigel Jones, Spectator

    'Magisterial.' Economist



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
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