• & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    ISBN: 9780062427007
    Title: & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - an Illustrated Chronology
    Author: GATES HENRY L. & BURKE KEVIN M

    The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. s PBS series, And Still I Rise a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

    Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965, And Still I Rise: From Black Power to the White House explores the last half-century of the African American experience. More than fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power, the United States has both a black president and black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies and a large black underclass beset by persistent poverty, inadequate education, and an epidemic of incarceration. Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy. How did the African American community end up encompassing such profound contradictions? And what will the black community mean tomorrow?

    Gates takes readers through the major historical events and untold stories of the sixty years that have irrevocably shaped both the African American experience and the nation as a whole, from the explosive social and political changes of the 1960s, into the 1970s and 1980s eras characterized by both prosperity and neglect through the turn of the century to today, taking measure of such racial flashpoints as the Tawana Brawley case, OJ Simpson s murder trial, the murders of Amadou Diallo and Trayvon Martin, and debates around the NYPD s stop and frisk policies. Even as it surveys the political and social evolution of black America, And Still I Rise is also a celebration of the accomplishments of black artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and thinkers who have helped to define American popular culture and to change our world."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00

    $65.00
  • 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    ISBN: 9780691168388
    Title: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
    Author: CLINE ERIC H

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA


    1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.


    Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters.


    While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton s discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city.


    With flair and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history.

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    ISBN: 9780007123742
    Title: 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
    Author: ZAMOYSKI ADAM

    Adam Zamoyski's bestselling account of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and his catastrophic retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on European history.

    In 1812 the most powerful man in the world assembled the largest army in history and marched on Moscow with the intention of consolidating his dominion. But within months, Napoleon's invasion of Russia - history's first example of total war - had turned into an epic military disaster. Over 400,000 French and Allied troops perished and Napoleon was forced to retreat.

    Adam Zamoyski's masterful work draws on the harrowing first-hand accounts of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict. The result takes the reader beyond the invasion of Russia to present both a poignant tale of the individual foot soldier and a sweeping history of a turbulent time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • 1947: When Now Begins
    1947: When Now Begins
    ISBN: 9781911617099
    Title: 1947: When Now Begins
    Author: ASBRINK ELISABETH & GRAHAM FIONA (TRANS)

    Somewhere on the timeline, the war ends, while somewhere else, a new age begins - the one we call now. The shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way to homes that are no longer there.

    People run from their deeds, and most of them get away. Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 are Asbrink's parents. In 1947, production begins of the Kalashnikov, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, Hassan Al-Banna draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day, and a UN committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.

    In 1947 Elisabeth Asbrink chronicles the creation of the world we now inhabit, as the forces that will go on to govern all our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 30 Second Ancient China
    30 Second Ancient China
    ISBN: 9781782409700
    Title: 30 Second Ancient China
    Author: ZHUANG YIJIE

    In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its rollcall of achievements is easily as impressive. 30-Second Ancient China unlocks the secrets of its Bronze Age glories and offers summaries of everything from the lost cities of the Zhou kings to the birth of Confucianism - the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilisations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    30 Second Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781782409717
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    Author: DER MANUELIAN PETER

    Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres' tomb? What did the Armana Letters reveal? What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? 30-Second Ancient Egypt presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliant and beguiling civilizations, where technological innovations and architectural wonders emerge among mysterious gods and burial rites. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds-using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a single picture. From royal dynasties and Tutankhamun's tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypt's most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's great civilizations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30 Second Ancient Rome
    30 Second Ancient Rome
    ISBN: 9781782409762
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Rome
    Author: NICHOLLS MATTHEW

    30-Second Ancient Rome presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliantly governed societies, where military might and expansive empire paved the way for technological advances that helped shape our modern existence. From aqueducts to sewers, from mosaics to medical diagnoses, this is the straightest road towards understanding the 50 key innovations and ideas that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilisations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Address Book What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    Address Book What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    ISBN: 9781781259009
    Title: Address Book What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Power, Race & Wealth
    Author: MASK DEIRDRE

    An exuberant work of popular history: why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or serve the powerful.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    ISBN: 9781911545477
    Title: Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Author: GLAISHER JAMES

    The True Story Behind the Major Motion Picture -- and one of the greatest daredevil stories in the history of aviation

    In 1862, ambitious scientist James Glaisher set out to do the impossible: ascend higher into the skies than ever before. A pioneer of weather forecasting and of photography, and a founding member of the Royal Meteorological Society, he wanted to take ground-breaking research measurements from different altitudes.

    On 5th September, along with experienced balloonist Henry Coxwell as his pilot, he lifted off in a hot air balloon for what would prove to be a death-defying and historic flight. Rising above the English countryside, they rose to the remarkable height of 37,000 feet (7 miles or 11km), almost killing both men, who experienced blurred vision, loss of motor function and, eventually, unconsciousness. It was a miracle they survived to tell the tale.

    Written in his own words, The Aeronauts chronicles Glaisher's incredible flights and discoveries first hand, as well as his observations on those pioneers who came before and inspired him. His audaciously daring journey forms the story of the forthcoming major motion picture The Aeronauts.

    With an introduction by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

    $23.00
  • Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    ISBN: 9780141987286
    Title: Afropean Notes from Black Europe
    Author: PITTS JOHNY


    'A revelation' Owen Jones


    'Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and lyrical' Afua Hirsch


    A Guardian, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2019


    'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of Europe too ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the Afropeans, on a cold October morning.'


    Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    ISBN: 9780300240214
    Title: Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
    Author: SCOTT JAMES


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    ISBN: 9781846682971
    Title: Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures. The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment. From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Age of Empires
    Age of Empires
    ISBN: 9780500295496
    Title: Age of Empires
    Author: ALDRICH ROBERT


    For over five hundred years, empires have been a feature of the political landscape, and today, many contemporary conflicts resonate with issues tied to colonial conquest and the uneasy situations they produced. Empires evoke potent images: Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone, and the gallery of colonial explorers; the Spanish conquistadors' quest for gold and silver; and the Dutch heritage of trade in the East Indies. These legacies still pose major issues for historians who study their key role in the foundation of today's global civilization.


    The Age of Empires frames the era of empires with maps of explorations, chronologies of voyages, records of settlers and administrators, the balance sheets of commerce, and other records that made up the Age of Empires. This account incorporates research from across the globe and vivid illustrations to tell a story full of conflict, cruelty, great journeys, and influence.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    ISBN: 9781408870020
    Title: Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Author: GRAYLING A C


    Bestselling author A. C. Grayling explains how--fueled by original and unorthodox thinking, war, and technological invention--the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity.


    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639 when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.


    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favored by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset--Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy--by the end of that tumultuous century "the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity" had irrevocably taken place.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    ISBN: 9781781256978
    Title: All Against All: The Long Winter Of 1933 & the Origins of the Second World War
    Author: JANKOWSKI PAUL

    How ideas moved the world from post-war to pre-war once more.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    ISBN: 9781910821206
    Title: Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    ISBN: 9781632867223
    Title: America: The Epic Story of Spanish North America 1493-1898
    Author: GOODWIN ROBERT

    An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain: The Centre of the World. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud Spanish conquistadors and their largely forgotten Mexican allies went in search of glory and riches from Florida to California. Many died, few triumphed. Some were cruel, some were curious, some were kind. Missionaries and priests yearned to harvest Indian souls for God through baptism and Christian teaching.Theirs was a frontier world which Spain struggled to control in the face of Indian resistance and competition from France, Britain, and finally the United States. In the 1800s, Spain lost it all.Goodwin tells this history through the lives of the people who made it happen and the literature and art with which they celebrated their successes and mourned their failures. He weaves an epic tapestry from these intimate biographies of explorers and conquerors, like Columbus and Coronado, but also lesser known characters, like the powerful Gálvez family who gave invaluable and largely forgotten support to the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War; the great Pueblo leader Popay; and Esteban, the first documented African American. Like characters in a great play or a novel, Goodwin's protagonists walk the stage of history with heroism and brio and much tragedy.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    ISBN: 9780374536947
    Title: American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, & One Great Building
    Author: PIERPONT CLAUDIA ROTH


    The stories of America's most extraordinary strivers and their failures and triumphs


    Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age.


    Claudia Roth Pierpont expertly mixes biography and criticism, history and reportage, to bring these portraits to life and link them in surprising ways. It isn't far from Wharton's brave new women to F. Scott Fitzgerald's giddy flappers, and on to the big-screen command of Katharine Hepburn and the dangerous dames of Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled world. The improvisatory jazziness of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has its counterpart in the great jazz baby of the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building. Questions of an American acting style are traced from Orson Welles to Marlon Brando, while the new American painting emerges in the gallery of Peggy Guggenheim. And we trace the arc of racial progress from Bert Williams's blackface performances to James Baldwin's warning of the fire next time, however slow and bitter and anguished this progress may be.


    American Rhapsody offers a history of twentieth-century American invention and genius. It is about the joy and profit of being a heterogeneous people, and the immense difficulty of this human experiment.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: Anarchy: The Rise & Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    ISBN: 9781451684544
    Title: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Author: BARTOV OMER

    "A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence" (The Wall Street Journal) and a cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level--turning neighbors, friends, and family against one another--as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.

    For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz--today part of Ukraine--was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In truth, though, this genocide didn't happen so quickly.

    In Anatomy of a Genocide, Omer Bartov explains that ethnic cleansing doesn't occur as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren't just sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family. They are also middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their wives and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder.

    For more than two decades Bartov, whose mother was raised in Buczacz, traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents rarely seen until now. He has also made use of hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. Anatomy of a Genocide profoundly changes our understanding of the social dynamics of mass killing and the nature of the Holocaust as a whole. Bartov's book isn't just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It's a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities--much more easily than we might think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00

    $31.00
  • Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    ISBN: 9780500292075
    Title: Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Author: MANCO JEAN

    This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe s past. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. Genetic clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility in epochs with written records, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs, and the adventures of the Vikings Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, and dating, Jean Manco s highly readable account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans place in the ancient world. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    ISBN: 9780500293768
    Title: Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP

    Here is an informative and entertaining guide to everything that any tourist needs for a journey back in time to ancient Rome in AD 200. You need only pack your imagination and a toothbrush - this guide provides the rest, describing all the best places to stay and shop, what to do, and what to avoid. Brought to life with wonderful computergenerated reconstructions of ancient Rome, this highly original, witty book will appeal to tourists, armchair travellers and history buffs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    ISBN: 9781784705749
    Title: Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM


    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER


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


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


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


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


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



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    ISBN: 9780300251630
    Title: Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM

    A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

    This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia.

    Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments--from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic--have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post-Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    ISBN: 9780393357790
    Title: Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna
    Author: SHEFFER EDITH


    Hans Asperger, the pioneer of diagnosing autism and Asperger syndrome in Nazi Vienna, has been celebrated for his compassionate defense of children with disabilities. But in this groundbreaking book, prize- winning historian Edith Sheffer exposes that Asperger was not only involved in the racial policies of Hitler's Third Reich, he was complicit in the murder of children.


    The first comprehensive history of the links between autism and Nazism, Asperger's Children uncovers how this diagnosis emerged from the atrocities of the Third Reich, and will move readers to rethink how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    ISBN: 9781784161873
    Title: At Home: a Short History of Private Life
    Author: BRYSON BILL


    With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.



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    Price: $30.00
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  • Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    ISBN: 9781786992772
    Title: Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century
    Author: ANDREWS KEHINDE

    The Black Lives Matter movement reinvigorated Black political movements around the globe. People who never thought of themselves as activists are on the march, while groups that struggled to be heard are finding themselves with a megaphone and an audience. But with this renewed energy also comes renewed questions: How far have we really come? And what's the best way to keep moving forward?

    In Back to Black, Kehinde Andrews argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. The book traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. It is an appeal to reclaim Black radicalism, a movement that has been diluted and moderated over time, willfully misrepresented and caricatured by others, and divested of its potency and potential for global change. Through chapters that center on topics such as cultural nationalism, black Marxism, and black survival, and including Black feminist and LGBTQ perspectives, Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition. He shows how its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, and the Black Panthers, and then connects the dots to today's struggles by showing what the politics of Black radicalism might look like in the twenty-first century.

    Andrews maintains there is hope that revolutionary change is possible. But he warns there can be no hesitation or excuses: "It's already too late to be standing on the side-lines waiting to see whether you should commit." Back to Black is the definitive book on the roots and evolution of Black radicalism. It is a radiant call-to-action from one of the world's most daring Black political voices.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    ISBN: 9781783784523
    Title: Balkans,1804-2012: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers
    Author: GLENNY MISHA

    A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    ISBN: 9780552174916
    Title: Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Author: MAN JOHN

    'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live.' Guardian
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    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire.


    We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as 'Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.


    Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a 'barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Basque History of the World
    Basque History of the World
    ISBN: 9780099284130
    Title: Basque History of the World
    Author: KURLANSKY MARK

    "The Basque History of the World" is the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people. Signs of their civilization existed well before the arrival of the Romans in 218 B.C., and though theories abound, no one has ever been able to determine their origins. Their ancient tongue, Euskera, is equally mysterious: It is the oldest living European language, and is related to no other language on Earth.

    Yet despite their obscure origins and small numbers (2.4 million people today), the Basques have had a profound impact on Europe and the world for more than 2,000 years. Never seeking more land, they have nonetheless fiercely defended their own against invaders ranging from the Celts and Visigoths to Napoleon and Franco. They have always been a paradoxical blend of inbred tradition and worldly ambition, preserving their indigenous legal code, cuisine, literature even their own hat and shoe while at the same time striving immodestly to be leaders in the world. They were pioneers of commercial whaling and cod fishing, were among the first Europeans in the Americas, Africa, and Asia during the age of exploration, and were prosperous capitalists when capitalism was a new idea, later leading the Industrial Revolution in southern Europe. Their influence has been felt in every realm, from religion (the charismatic Ignatius Loyola founded the Jesuits in 1534) to sports and commerce. Today, even while clinging to their ancient tribal identity, they are ready for a borderless world: The unique Basque concept of nationhood has never been more relevant, at a time when Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence.

    Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people their heroes and commoners alike-and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout "The Basque History of the World." Like his celebrated book "Cod," it blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781847925107
    Title: Beauty & the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    Author: FLETCHER CATHERINE

    The Italian Renaissance shaped western culture - but it was far stranger and darker than many of us realise.
    We revere Leonardo for his art but few now appreciate his ingenious designs for weaponry. We know the Mona Lisa for her smile but not that she was married to a slave-trader. We visit Florence to see Michelangelo's David but see nothing of the thousands who were massacred at the republic's downfall. In focusing on the Medici in Florence and the Borgias in Rome, we miss the vital importance of the Genoese and Neapolitans, the courts of Urbino and Mantua. Rarely do we hear of the women writers, Jewish merchants, the mercenaries, engineers, prostitutes, farmers and citizens who lived the Renaissance every day.


    In fact, many of the most celebrated artists and thinkers that have come to define the Renaissance - Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Machiavelli and Castiglioni - emerged not during the celebrated 'rebirth' of the fifteenth century but amidst the death and destruction of the sixteenth century. For decades, a series of savage wars dominated Italy's political, economic and daily life, generating fortunes and new technologies, but also ravaging populations with famine, disease and slaughter. In this same short time, the birth of Protestantism, Spain's colonisation of the Americas and the rise of the Ottoman Empire all posed grave threats to Italian power, while sparking debates about the ethics of government and enslavement, religious belief and sexual morality.


    In The Beauty and the Terror, Catherine Fletcher provides an enrapturing narrative history that brings all of this and more into view. Brimming with life, it takes us closer than ever before to the lived reality of this astonishing era and its meaning for today.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    ISBN: 9780141990538
    Title: Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Author: PILLING DAVID

    Updated with a new chapter.

    Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and the essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Berlin
    Berlin
    ISBN: 9781780224589
    Title: Berlin
    Author: MACLEAN RORY

    The first single-volume biography of Berlin, one of the world's great cities - told via twenty-one portraits, from medieval times to the twenty-first century.

    A city devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn, Berlin today resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low. And few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations.

    Through vivid portraits spanning five centuries, Rory MacLean reveals the varied and rich history of Berlin, from its brightest to its darkest moments. We encounter an ambitious prostitute refashioning herself as a princess, a Scottish mercenary fighting for the Prussian Army, Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality and Hitler fantasising about the mega-city Germania. The result is a uniquely imaginative biography of one of the world's most volatile yet creative cities.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Berlin the Downfall 1945
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY

    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.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Between the Wars 1919-1939
    Between the Wars 1919-1939
    ISBN: 9780857055231
    Title: Between the Wars 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP


    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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Black Prince
    Black Prince
    ISBN: 9781784972943
    Title: Black Prince
    Author: JONES MICHAEL

    'A clear-eyed and thrilling vision of the man behind the legend' DAN JONES.


    In 1346, at the age of sixteen, he won his spurs at Crécy; nine years later he conducted a brutal raid across Languedoc; in 1356 he captured the king of France at Poitiers; as lord of Aquitaine he ruled a vast swathe of southwestern France. He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, but better known to posterity as 'the Black Prince'.


    Michael Jones tells the remarkable story of a great warrior-prince - and paints an unforgettable portrait of warfare and chivalry in the late Middle Ages.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    ISBN: 9781472271105
    Title: Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion & Collective Memory in the Middle East
    Author: GHATTAS KIM


    A timely and unprecedented examination of how the modern Middle East unravelled, and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979


    'What happened to us?'


    For decades, the question has haunted the Arab and Muslim world, heard across Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and in the author's home country of Lebanon. Was it always so? When did the extremism, intolerance and bloodletting of today displace the region's cultural promise and diversity?


    In Black Wave, award-winning journalist and author Kim Ghattas argues that the turning point in the modern history of the Middle East can be located in the toxic confluence of three major events in 1979: the Iranian revolution; the siege of the Holy Mosque in Mecca; and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Before this year, Saudi Arabia and Iran had been working allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region - but the radical legacy of these events made them mortal enemies, unleashing a process that transformed culture, society, religion and geopolitics across the region for decades to come.


    Drawing on a sweeping cast of characters across seven countries over forty years, Ghattas demonstrates how this rivalry for religious and cultural supremacy has fed intolerance, suppressed cultural expression, encouraged sectarian violence, birthed groups like Hezbollah and ISIS and, ultimately, upended the lives of millions. At once bold and intimate, Black Wave is a remarkable and engrossing story of the Middle East as it has never been told before.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    ISBN: 9781474602037
    Title: Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Author: VATIKIOTIS MICHAEL

    Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world?

    Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most experienced outside observers. This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    ISBN: 9781468313994
    Title: Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Author: BROICH JOHN


    Spring 1941 was a high point for the Axis war machine. Western Europe was conquered; southeastern Europe was falling, Great Britain on its heels; and Rommel's Afrika Korps was freshly arrived to drive on the all-important Suez Canal.


    In Blood, Oil and the Axis, historian John Broich tells the story of Iraq and the Levant during this most pivotal time of the war. The browbeaten Allied forces had one last remaining hope for turning the war in their favor: the Axis running through its fuel supply. But when the Golden Square--four Iraqi generals allegiant to the Axis cause--staged a coup in Iraq, elevating a pro-German junta and prompting military cooperation between Vichy French-occupied Syria and Lebanon and the Axis, disaster loomed.


    Blood, Oil and the Axisfollows those who participated in the Allies' frantic, improvised, and unlikely response to this dire threat: Palestinian and Jordanian Arabs, Australians, American and British soldiers, Free French Foreign Legionnaires, and Jewish Palestinians, all who shared a desperate, bloody purpose in quashing the formation of an Axis state in the Middle East. Memorable figures of this makeshift alliance include Jack Hasey, a young American who ran off to fight with the Free French Foreign Legion before his own country entered the war; Freya Stark, a famous travel-writer-turned-government-agent; and even Roald Dahl, a twenty-three-year-old Royal Air Force recruit (and future author of beloved children's books).


    Taking the reader on a tour of cities and landscapes grimly familiar to today's reader--from a bombed-out Fallujah, to Baghdad, to Damascus--Blood, Oil and the Axisis poised to become the definitive chronicle of the Axis's menacing play for Iraq and the Levant in 1941 and the extraordinary alliance that confronted it.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
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