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  • 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 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 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
  • BLOCKBUSTER : FERGUS HUME AND THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB
    BLOCKBUSTER : FERGUS HUME AND THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB
    SUSSEX LUCY
    ISBN: 9781922147943
    Title: BLOCKBUSTER : FERGUS HUME AND THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB
    Author: SUSSEX LUCY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

    Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab with the humble hope of bringing his name to the attention of theatre managers. The book sold out its first run almost instantly and it became a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon—but its author sold the copyright for a mere fifty pounds, missing out on a potential fortune.

    Blockbuster! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full bloom. Rigorously researched and full of arresting detail, this captivating book is a must-read for all fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOOD OF THE CELTS : THE NEW ANCESTRAL STORY
    BLOOD OF THE CELTS : THE NEW ANCESTRAL STORY
    MANCO JEAN
    ISBN: 9780500051832
    Title: BLOOD OF THE CELTS : THE NEW ANCESTRAL STORY
    Author: MANCO JEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The heritage of the Celts turns up from Portugal to Romania, from Scotland to Spain. Yet debate continues about who exactly were the Celts, where ultimately they came from, and whether the modern Celtic-speakers of the British Isles and Brittany are related to the Continental Celts we know from ancient history. So a fresh approach is needed. Blood of the Celts meets this challenge, pulling together evidence from genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics in an accessible and illuminating way, taking the reader on a voyage of discovery from the origins of the ancient Celts to the modern Celtic Revival, with some startling results.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    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
  • BOER WAR : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA AND IAN HAMILTONS MARCH
    BOER WAR : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA AND IAN HAMILTONS MARCH
    CHURCHILL SIR WINSTON S
    ISBN: 9781472520821
    Title: BOER WAR : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA AND IAN HAMILTONS MARCH
    Author: CHURCHILL SIR WINSTON S
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On October 11th, 1899 long-simmering tensions between Britain and the Boer Republics - the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Republic - finally erupted into the conflict that would become known as the Second Boer War. Two days after the first shots were fired, a young writer by the name of Winston Churchill set out for South Africa to cover the conflict for the Morning Post.

    The Boer War brings together the two collections of despatches that Churchill published on the conflict. London to Ladysmith recounts the future Prime Minister's arrival in South Africa and his subsequent capture by and dramatic escape from the Boers, the adventure that first brought the name of Winston Churchill to public attention. Ian Hamilton's March collects Churchill's later despatches as he marched alongside a column of the main British army from Bloemenfontein to Pretoria. Published together, these books are a vivid eye-witness account of a landmark period in British Imperial History and an insightful chronicle of a formative experience by Britain's greatest war-time leader.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • BORDERLAND : A JOURNEY THROUGHT THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE
    BORDERLAND : A JOURNEY THROUGHT THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE
    REID ANNA
    ISBN: 9781780229270
    Title: BORDERLAND : A JOURNEY THROUGHT THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE
    Author: REID ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.

    Centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the tenth century, then divided between warring neighbours for a millennium, Ukraine finally won independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Tiring of their own corrupt governments, Ukrainians have since mounted two popular revolutions, taking to the streets to demand fair elections and closer ties to Europe. In the spring of 2014, Russia responded by invading Crimea and sponsoring a civil war in the Russian-speaking Donbass. Threatened by Moscow, misunderstood in the West, Ukraine hangs once more in the balance.
    Speaking to pro-democracy activists and pro-Russia militiamen, peasants and miners, survivors of Hitler's Holocaust and Stalin's famine, Anna Reid combines history and travel-writing to unpick the past and present of this bloody and complex borderland.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BORGIAS : HISTORYS MOST NOTORIOUS DYNASTY
    BORGIAS : HISTORYS MOST NOTORIOUS DYNASTY
    HOLLINGSWORTH MARY
    ISBN: 9781782069447
    Title: BORGIAS : HISTORYS MOST NOTORIOUS DYNASTY
    Author: HOLLINGSWORTH MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Borgias have become a byword for pride, lust, cruelty, avarice, splendour and venomous intrigue. An inspiration for many works of fiction, most famously Mario Puzo's The Godfather, they have aroused abomination and fascination in almost equal measure, while their patronage of the arts created some of the great masterpieces of the Renaissance. From the powerful, merciless Rodrigo Borgia, better known as Pope Alexander VI, to the beautiful Lucrezia and the debauched and murderous Cesare, Mary Hollingsworth's account of the dynasty's dramatic rise from its Spanish roots to the heights of Renaissance society forms a compelling tale of brutality, incest, unparalleled corruption and extortionate greed.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRAND LUTHER : How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe...
    BRAND LUTHER : How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe...
    PETTEGREE ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780399563232
    Title: BRAND LUTHER : How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe...
    Author: PETTEGREE ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    When Martin Luther posted his “theses” on the door of the Wittenberg church in 1517, protesting corrupt practices, he was virtually unknown. Within months, his ideas spread across Germany, then all of Europe; within years, their author was not just famous, but infamous, responsible for catalyzing the violent wave of religious reform that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation and engulfing Europe in decades of bloody war.

    Luther came of age with the printing press, and the path to glory of neither one was obvious to the casual observer of the time. Printing was, and is, a risky business—the questions were how to know how much to print and how to get there before the competition. Pettegree illustrates Luther’s great gifts not simply as a theologian, but as a communicator, indeed, as the world’s first mass-media figure, its first brand. He recognized in printing the power of pamphlets, written in the colloquial German of everyday people, to win the battle of ideas.

    But that wasn’t enough—not just words, but the medium itself was the message. Fatefully, Luther had a partner in the form of artist and businessman Lucas Cranach, who together with Wittenberg’s printers created the distinctive look of Luther’s pamphlets. Together, Luther and Cranach created a product that spread like wildfire—it was both incredibly successful and widely imitated. Soon Germany was overwhelmed by a blizzard of pamphlets, with Wittenberg at its heart; the Reformation itself would blaze on for more than a hundred years.

    Publishing in advance of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Brand Luther fuses the history of religion, of printing, and of capitalism—the literal marketplace of ideas—into one enthralling story, revolutionizing our understanding of one of the pivotal figures and eras in human history.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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