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  • BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    APPLEBAUM ANNE
    ISBN: 9780141979229
    Title: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    Author: APPLEBAUM ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As Europe's borderlands emerged from Soviet rule, Anne Applebaum travelled from the Baltic to the Black Sea, through Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and the Carpathian mountains. Rich in vivid characters and stories of tragedy and survival, Between East and West illuminates the soul of a place, and the secret history of its people.

    'A beautifully written and thought-provoking account of a journey along Europe's forgotten edge.' Timothy Garton Ash

    'A vivid and penetrating assessment of the lands between the Baltic and the Black Sea in all their drama and desolation . . . a wise and useful book.' Robert Conquest

    'Combines the excitement of a well-written and adventurous travelogue with sophisticated reportage.' Norman Davies

    'You will be totally absorbed.' Norman Stone



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    ZIEGLER PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780857055231
    Title: BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War," was his bleak response.

    In BETWEEN THE WARS Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points - cultural and social as well as political and military - that led the world from one war to another. His approach is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, examining Gandhi's March to the Sea and the Chaco War in South America alongside Hitler's rise to power.

    It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated, yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict.

    Each chapter bears the unmistakable stamp of Ziegler's scholarship: a keen eye for the telling anecdote, elegant and fluid prose, and calm and fair judgments. In a world that grows ever more uncertain, its perspective on how hopes of peace can dissolve into the promise of war becomes more relevant with each passing day.

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETWEEN WORLDS
    BETWEEN WORLDS
    SALMOND ANNE
    ISBN: 9780143772170
    Title: BETWEEN WORLDS
    Author: SALMOND ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    'Vivid, convincing and utterly memorable.'
    -Michael King, North & South

    Anne Salmond's extraordinary Between Worlds begins with the arrival of Cook's second expedition in 1773 and takes the story through to 1815, with the establishment of the first British missionary settlement in the Bay of Islands. It describes Cook's second and third voyages, telling of a time when white settlers first lived on the shores of New Zealand, often joining Maori communities - the first so-called Pakeha-Maori. These Maori communities were working out their own strategies for dealing with the strangers in their midst. New ways of living began to emerge between Maori and European.

    Between Worlds redefines or understanding of the earliest days of Maori and European interaction and forces us to rethink New Zealand's shared history.

    'There is perhaps no scholar working in Oceania better equipped in knowledge, skills and sentiment to write obetween worldso history . . . That, I think, is the supreme grace of Anne Salmond's work.'
    -Greg Dening, Australian Historical Studies

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781250087560
    Title: BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    Author: DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time.

    Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians - although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis - only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans.

    In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    PAPPE ILAN
    ISBN: 9781851685875
    Title: BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    Author: PAPPE ILAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In this comprehensive survey of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe exposes the history of one of the world's most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Locating the occupation within a wider historical context that stretches back to 1948, Pappe dismisses the conventional view that the 1967 war emerged out of the blue, forcing' Israel to occupy the contentious territories.
    Using recently declassified archival material, Pappe analyzes the establishment of legal and security infrastructures that were put in place to control the population, revealing harsh oppression that was never advertised in international headlines, and which passed without any substantial Palestinian resistance for the first twenty years of its existence. Then turning to the years that have passed since the resistance began in 1987, Pappe offers hopeful visions of a future of reconciliation and peace.
    From daily life under occupation to analyzing political positions and abortive peace attempts in the present day, this book seeks to redress the harm done by the occupation, reversing the trend of Israel's silencing any attempt to oppose it from within.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    HOFFMAN DAVID E
    ISBN: 9781785781971
    Title: BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    Author: HOFFMAN DAVID E
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    January, 1977. While the chief of the CIA's Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West's most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard; until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Drawing on previously classified CIA documents and interviews with first-hand participants, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story from the final years of the Cold War.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    OVERY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780241274217
    Title: BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    Author: OVERY RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A short, brilliant account of the birth of the RAF for the centenary of its founding.


    The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over ten years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen.

    The RAF was created in 1918 as a revolutionary response to this new form of warfare - a highly contentious decision (resisted fiercely by both the army and navy, who had until then controlled all aircraft) but one which had the most profound impact, for good and ill, on the future of warfare.

    Richard Overy's superb new book shows how this happened, against the backdrop of the first bombing raids against London and the constant emergency of the Western Front. The RAF's origins were as much political as military and throughout the 1920s still provoked bitter criticism.

    Published to mark the centenary of its founding this is an invaluable book, filled with new and surprising material on this unique organization.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BITTER FRUIT
    BITTER FRUIT
    GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780646936390
    Title: BITTER FRUIT
    Author: GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this book may contain images of people who are deceased.

    Bitter Fruit is a brand new title from Michael Graham-Stewart, showcasing a collection of early photographs, many previously unpublished, focusing on Indigenous Australians. Presented in a beautiful hardcover, this is a breathtaking document of the Australian experience.

    The photographs reproduced in this book were collected over the past decade or so. During this time, online archives have grown in number and size, raising questions about what should be made available to the general public, and who should decide. At the same time, it has become easier to find information about the people who took the photographs, the places they were taken, and, most importantly, the individuals depicted.

    If this book has a purpose, it is to offer a sequence other than the familiar one, to broaden and to texture our sense of the histories of the place we know today as Australia. In these photographs, we can find evidence of wrongdoing and suffering, but also of resistance, adaptation, and continuity. Then, too, the images frequently reveal the agency of their 'subjects' - a force that can transcend the problems associated with the moment of making.


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $110.00

    Price: $110.00
  • BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    FEIGEL LARA
    ISBN: 9781408845332
    Title: BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    Author: FEIGEL LARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2016 NEW RELEASE

    As the Second World War neared its conclusion, Germany was a nation reduced to rubble: 3.6 million German homes had been destroyed leaving 7.5 million people homeless; an apocalyptic landscape of flattened cities and desolate wastelands.

    In May 1945 Germany surrendered, and Britain, America, Soviet Russia and France set about rebuilding their zones of occupation. Most urgent for the Allies in this divided, defeated country were food, water and sanitation, but from the start they were anxious to provide for the minds as well as the physical needs of the German people. Reconstruction was to be cultural as well as practical: denazification and re-education would be key to future peace and the arts crucial in modelling alternative, less militaristic, ways of life. Germany was to be reborn; its citizens as well as its cities were to be reconstructed; the mindset of the Third Reich was to be obliterated.

    When, later that year, twenty-two senior Nazis were put in the dock at Nuremberg, writers and artists including Rebecca West, Evelyn Waugh, John Dos Passos and Laura Knight were there to tell the world about a trial intended to ensure that tyrannous dictators could never again enslave the people of Europe. And over the next four years, many of the foremost writers and filmmakers of their generation were dispatched by Britain and America to help rebuild the country their governments had spent years bombing. Among them, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Marlene Dietrich, George Orwell, Lee Miller, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Billy Wilder and Humphrey Jennings.

    The Bitter Taste of Victory traces the experiences of these figures and through their individual stories offers an entirely fresh view of post-war Europe. Never before told, this is a brilliant, important and utterly mesmerising history of cultural transformation.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    SNYDER TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9781784701482
    Title: BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people.

    It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think.

    Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands was an acclaimed exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when Nazi and Soviet policy brought death to some 14 million people. Black Earth is a deep exploration of the ideas and politics that enabled the worst of these policies, the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Its pioneering treatment of this unprecedented crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and thus all the more terrifying.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK HAND
    BLACK HAND
    TALTY STEPHAN
    ISBN: 9781785037122
    Title: BLACK HAND
    Author: TALTY STEPHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card- the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point.

    Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the oItalian Sherlock Holmes,o he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective, and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand's activities spread far beyond New York's borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino's quest to root out the source of the Black Hand's power would take him all the way to Sicily-but at a terrible cost.

    Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BLACK PRINCE
    BLACK PRINCE
    JONES MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781784972936
    Title: BLACK PRINCE
    Author: JONES MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A major new biography of the Black Prince: hero of the battles of Crecy and Poitiers and England's greatest medieval warrior.

    As a child he was given his own suit of armour; in 1346, at the age of 16, he helped defeat the French at Crecy; and in 1356 he captured the King of France at Poitiers. For the chronicler Jean Froissart, 'He was the flower of all chivalry'; for the Chandos Herald, who fought with him, he was 'the embodiment of all valour'. Edward of Woodstock, eldest son and heir of Edward III of England, better known as 'the Black Prince', was England's pre-eminent military leader during the first phase of the Hundred Years War.

    Michael Jones uses contemporary chronicles and documentary material, including the Prince's own letters and those of his closest followers, to tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of warfare and society in the tumultuous fourteenth century.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BLACK TUDORS : The Untold Story
    BLACK TUDORS : The Untold Story
    KAUFMANN MIRANDA
    ISBN: 9781786071842
    Title: BLACK TUDORS : The Untold Story
    Author: KAUFMANN MIRANDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A transformative history - in Tudor times there were Africans living and working in Britain, and they were free

    A black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily pregnant African woman is abandoned on an Indonesian island by Sir Francis Drake. A Mauritanian diver is despatched to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose - Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England. From long-forgotten records, remarkable characters emerge. They were baptised, married and buried by the Church of England. They were paid wages like any other Tudors. Their stories, brought viscerally to life by Kaufmann, provide unprecedented insights into how Africans came to be in Tudor England, what they did there and how they were treated. A ground-breaking, seminal work, Black Tudors challenges the accepted narrative that racial slavery was all but inevitable and forces us to re-examine the seventeenth century to determine what caused perceptions to change so radically.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • BLACK WAR : FEAR SEX AND RESISTANCE IN TASMANIA
    BLACK WAR : FEAR SEX AND RESISTANCE IN TASMANIA
    CLEMENTS NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780702250064
    Title: BLACK WAR : FEAR SEX AND RESISTANCE IN TASMANIA
    Author: CLEMENTS NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this encounter into a 'war of extermination'.'

    Between 1825 and 1831 close to 200 Britons and 1000 Aborigines died violently in Tasmania's Black War. It was by far the most intense frontier conflict in Australia's history, yet many Australians know little about it.

    The Black War takes a unique approach to this historic event, looking chiefly at the experiences and attitudes of those who took part in the conflict. By contrasting the perspectives of colonists and Aborigines, Nicholas Clements takes a deeply human look at the events that led to the shocking violence and tragedy of the war, detailing raw personal accounts that shed light on the tribes, families and individuals involved as they struggled to survive in their turbulent world.

    The Black War presents a compelling and challenging view of our early contact history, the legacy of which reverberates strongly to the present day.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    OHLER NORMAN
    ISBN: 9780141983165
    Title: BLITZED : Drugs in Nazi Germany
    Author: OHLER NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

    The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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