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  • 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: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    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 SEA : THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM
    BLACK SEA : THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM
    ASCHERSON NEIL
    ISBN: 9780099520467
    Title: BLACK SEA : THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM
    Author: ASCHERSON NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    THE BLACK SEA is at once a homage to an ocean and its shores and an amazingly readable meditation on Eurasian history from the earliest times to the present. It evokes the culture, history and politics of the volatile region which surrounds the Black Sea. Ascherson recalls the world of Herodotus and Aeschylus; Ovid's place of exile on what is now the coast of Romania; the decline and fall of Byzantium; the mysterious fastness of the Chrisian Goths; the Tatar Khanates; the growth of Russian power across the grasslands, and the centuries of war between Ottoman and Russian Empires around the Black Sea; and in our own century the terrors of Stalinism and its fascist enemy, striving for mastery of these endlessly colourful and complex shores. This is a story of Greeks, Scythians, Samatians, Huns, Goths, Turks, Russian and Poles. This is the sea where Europe ended. It is the place where 'barbarism' was born.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

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

    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
  • BLITZKRIEG
    BLITZKRIEG
    CLARK LLOYD
    ISBN: 9781782391364
    Title: BLITZKRIEG
    Author: CLARK LLOYD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The German campaign in France during the summer of 1940 was pivotal to Hitler's ambitions and fundamentally affected the course of the Second World War. Having squabbled about fighting methods right up to the start of the campaign, the German forces provided the Fuhrer with a swift, efficient and decisive military victory over the Allied forces.

    In achieving in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to accomplish during the four years of the First World War, Germany altered the balance of power in Europe at a stroke. Yet, as Lloyd Clark shows in this enthralling new book, it was far from a foregone conclusion. Blitzkrieg tells the story of the campaign, while highlighting the key technologies, decisions and events that led to German success, and details the mistakes, good fortune and chronic weaknesses in their planning process and approach to war fighting. There are also compelling portraits of the officers who played key roles, including Heinz Guderian, Erwin Rommel, Kurt Student, Charles de Gaulle and Bernard Montgomery.

    Clark argues that far from being undefeatable, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable - a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union - and offers a gripping reassessment of the myths that have built up around one of the Second World War's greatest military victories.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLOOD BROTHERS
    BLOOD BROTHERS
    STILLMAN DEANNE
    ISBN: 9781476773520
    Title: BLOOD BROTHERS
    Author: STILLMAN DEANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The little known story of the unlikely friendship of two famous figures of the American West—Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull—told through their time in Cody’s Wild West show in the 1880s.

    It was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody—known across the land as Buffalo Bill—conceived of his Wild West show, an “equestrian extravaganza” featuring cowboys and Indians. The idea took off. For four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration.

    Blood Brothers flashes back to 1876, when the Lakota wiped out Custer’s 7th Cavalry unit at the Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull did not participate in the “last stand,” but was nearby—and blamed for killing Custer. The book also flashes forward to 1890, when Sitting Bull was assassinated. Hours before, Cody rushed to Sitting Bull’s cabin at Standing Rock, dispatched by the army to avert a disaster.

    Deanne Stillman unearths little told details about the two men and their tumultuous times. Their alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley. When Sitting Bull joined the Wild West, the event spawned one of the earliest advertising slogans: “Foes in ’76, Friends in ’85”—referring to the Little Big Horn. Cody paid his performers well, and he treated the Indians no differently from white performers. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish. But with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota and others availed themselves of the chance to perform in the Wild West. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his public funeral.

    An iconic friendship tale like no other, Blood Brothers is truly a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. And it foretells today’s battle on the Great Plains.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BLOODLANDS : EUROPE BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN
    BLOODLANDS : EUROPE BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN
    SNYDER TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9780099551799
    Title: BLOODLANDS : EUROPE BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    * In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes starved, shot and gassed fourteen million people in a zone of death between Berlin and Moscow. * These were the bloodlands - today's Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, western Russia and the eastern Baltic coast. In a twelve-year period - 1933 to 1945 - as a result of deliberate polices unrelated to combat, an average of more than a million civilians were murdered annually. At the end of the Second World War the bloodlands fell behind the iron curtain, leaving their history in darkness. * In this revelatory book Timothy Snyder offers a groundbreaking investigation of Europe's killing fields and a sustained explanation of the motives and methods of both Hitler and Stalin. He anchors the history of Hitler's Holocaust and Stalin's Terror in their time and place and provides a fresh account of the relationship between the two regimes. Using scholarly literature and primary sources in all relevant languages, Snyder pays special attention to the testimony of the victims: the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries found on corpses. * Brilliantly researched, profoundly humane, authoritative and original, Bloodlands re-examines the greatest tragedy in European history and forces us to rethink our past.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BOMBING WAR : EUROPE 1939-1945
    BOMBING WAR : EUROPE 1939-1945
    OVERY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141003214
    Title: BOMBING WAR : EUROPE 1939-1945
    Author: OVERY RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tells the history of the Blitz in the Second World War. This book examines the well-known parts of the campaign, and the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Front for example (and discovered material on the more familiar 'Blitz' on Britain), or the Allied campaigns against Italian cities.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • BOOK : A COVER-TO-COVER EXPLORATION OF THE MOST POWERFUL OBJECT OF OUR TIME
    BOOK : A COVER-TO-COVER EXPLORATION OF THE MOST POWERFUL OBJECT OF OUR TIME
    HOUSTON KEITH
    ISBN: 9780393244793
    Title: BOOK : A COVER-TO-COVER EXPLORATION OF THE MOST POWERFUL OBJECT OF OUR TIME
    Author: HOUSTON KEITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    “Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” Erik Spiekermann, typographer

    We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages?of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important and universal information technology.

    Imprint: WW NORTON CO
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    HANSEN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780691170152
    Title: BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    Author: HANSEN WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Captured centaurs and satyrs, talking animals, people who suddenly change sex, men who give birth, the temporarily insane and the permanently thick-witted, delicate sensualists, incompetent seers, a woman who remembers too much, a man who cannot laugh--these are just some of the colorful characters who feature in the unforgettable stories that ancient Greeks and Romans told in their daily lives. Together they created an incredibly rich body of popular oral stories that include, but range well beyond, mythology--from heroic legends, fairy tales, and fables to ghost stories, urban legends, and jokes. This unique anthology presents the largest collection of these tales ever assembled. Featuring nearly four hundred stories in authoritative and highly readable translations, this is the first book to offer a representative selection of the entire range of traditional classical storytelling.


    Set mostly in the world of humans, not gods, these stories focus on figures such as lovers, tricksters, philosophers, merchants, rulers, athletes, artists, and soldiers. The narratives range from the well-known--for example, Cupid and Psyche, Diogenes and his lantern, and the tortoise and the hare--to lesser-known tales that deserve wider attention. Entertaining and fascinating, they offer a unique window into the fantasies, anxieties, humor, and passions of the people who told them.


    Complete with beautiful illustrations by Glynnis Fawkes, a comprehensive introduction, notes, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology will delight general readers as well as students of classics, fairy tales, and folklore.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $78.00

    Price: $78.00
  • BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    COPENHAVER BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780141393148
    Title: BOOK OF MAGIC : FROM ANTIQUITY TO ENLIGHTENMENT
    Author: COPENHAVER BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    'As when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulphur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun...'

    This rich, fascinating anthology of the western magical tradition stretches from its roots in the wizardry of the Old Testament and the rituals of the ancient world, through writers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Milton, John Dee and Matthew Hopkins, and up to the tangled, arcane beginnings of the scientific revolution. Arranged historically, with commentary, this book includes incantations, charms, curses, Golems, demons and witches, as well as astrology, divination and alchemy, with some ancient and medieval works which were once viewed as too dangerous even to open.

    Selected and translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    ENGLISH CHARLIE
    ISBN: 9780008184902
    Title: BOOK SMUGGLERS OF TIMBUKTU : The Race to Reach the Fabled City and the Fantastic Effort to Save its Past
    Author: ENGLISH CHARLIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding.Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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